Recommendations from the USJF Medical Committee about COVID-19

COVID-19 Pandemic 2020

(March 14, 2020)

Thank you very much to Dr. Ricardo Joseph and Dr. Eric Chen of the USJF Medical Committee for their time and expertise in helping to put together this information along with recommendations for our community. This will be helpful for everyone as we all work through the trying & difficult times ahead.

This document provides recommendations from the USJF Medical Committee on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

  • We must all behave responsibly to protect own health, but also to protect everyone’s health by not contracting, carrying, and transmitting the COVID-19 virus to others.
  • These recommendations are based on the current and most up-to-date information and data available at the time of creation. This was accomplished by researching and reviewing guidelines published by various sports medicine organizations, the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • We remind you that the COVID-19 pandemic is a rather fluid and sometimes chaotic environment with occasionally conflicting medical information.
  • Keep yourself informed with the latest information, developments, and situation by visiting the CDC’s COVID-19 page.
  • Also visit your state’s health department website, and keep up with your local news. Empowerment though knowledge and education is critical.
  • It is vitally important for everyone to be mindful that each individual’s health situation is unique and may require different strategies. Thus, we strongly recommend that people consult with their primary care physician/doctor/medical professional to ensure that they are taking the appropriate measures that are what is safest and most effective for their
    personal situation.
  • These are general recommendations. It is NOT our intent to circumvent or replace the advice or directives from your primary care physician/doctor/medical professional.
  • We encourage compliance with government recommendations, regulations,
    requirements, and laws.
  • Our intent is to help keep all of our members safe while still retaining some flexibility for our high-level elite athletes.

Here is a pdf for distribution

Continue reading “Recommendations from the USJF Medical Committee about COVID-19”

Letter from Michael Eldred (ASOY)

photo of michael eldred

The Athlete Scholar of the Year (ASOY) award provided several opportunities for me. I was fortunate enough to receive the award six times. Two important opportunities the award provided are: (1) Allowing me to focus more time on academic and athletic goals during college and (2) Completing my Bachelors and Masters degrees with minimal student debt.

The funds from the ASOY award allowed me to focus more time on academic and athletic goals during college instead of spending additional time working to pay for school. While attending college at Boise State University, I had an academic goal to graduate with Honors. I was able to achieve this goal for both my Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration. Remaining focused on this academic goal allowed me to maintain a high GPA and receive additional scholarships. An athletic goal was qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Games in Judo. While attending school, I was training and competing at international judo events. Both training and competing require large amounts of time and money. Receiving scholarships like ASOY allowed additional time and money to be put toward my athletic goals. I was able to achieve my goal when I qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games at 73kg.

The ASOY award helped me to complete both of my degrees with minimal student debt. Many graduates from college finish with a large amount of student debt, which can make it difficult financially after college is complete. The money received from ASOY reduced my overall college expense and as discussed earlier, allowed me to maintain a high GPA, which led to receiving additional scholarships. Finishing my college career with minimal student debt created an easy transition to my professional and personal life.

I believe the athlete scholar of the year award is appropriately named since it awards prior athletic and academic accomplishments and allows recipients to pursue future goals in both areas. The award allowed me to pursue my goals, which shaped me into the person I am today. I would like to thank the United States Judo Federation (USJF) for awarding scholarships. I have great appreciation for USJF’s continued support of their members through activities like the ASOY award.

About the five star San Jose Buddhist Judo Club

San Jose Buddhist Judo Club

San Jose Buddhist Judo Club web site

The San Jose Buddhist Judo Club was established in 1947. The club has two locations in San Jose, CA. The club is a member of Central Coast Judo Association. Currently approximately 185 members with 22 instructors. Instructors are SafeSport, CDC Heads Up and CPR/First Aid certified. Yearly events include: annual “Sensei Memorial” tournament, camps, clinics, beach party, movie nights, awards dinner, promotional ceremonies, and support of community events such as Obon Festival and Nikkei Matsuri.

Athlete Scholar of the Year applications

Attention All Athlete Scholars

The applications are due to the National Office no later than March 29, 2020.

If you have Spring Break in March, we need to see your excellence on paper prior to your Break!

USJF has a great success story by Chanin Sugimoto: the ASOY scholarship helped me create the best possible life for myself and for my family.

You now have 6 weeks remaining to:

  • Request your electronic transcript from 2018-2019
  • Request a letter of support from your Instructor
  • Reflect on what your judo studies have done for you

Be a Champion and get this started today!

Results USJA/USJF Winter Nationals® 2019


Link to all results

Overall statistics

USJA/USJF Winter Nationals®
2019


Link to Photos on Facebook


Link to Photos by Jerry Hays and Stephanie
Varela

Competitors Female Male
Juniors 568 162 406
5-6 Years 35 5 30
7-8 Years 95 22 73
9-10 Years 145 60 85
11-12 Years 150 40 110
13-14 Years 95 19 76
15-16 Years 48 16 32
Seniors
Novice
51 11 40
Seniors Brown & Black 80 11 69
Masters 46 3 43
Total Competitors 745 187 558
Total Divisions 143

Total Clubs 102

Fresno Judo, one of USJF’s 5-star dojos

USJF 5-star dojo program is up and running! Demonstrated Excellence in instructors, referees, coaches, kata and special activities, like clinics, tournaments, self defense, camps.

Congratulations! Is your club a 5-star USJF club? Let everyone know! Apply today on USJF website.

Mark Muranaka, USJF president, and Robert Oishi show off the new USJF 5-star dojo banner

Five Star Dojo Program

five stars logo

USJF is proud to announce the “5 Star Dojo Certification Program.” The program is to recognize those dojos that demonstrate excellence in Judo by having within their membership the following certifications:

  1. USJF Teacher or Assistant Teacher certification.
  2. USJF National Coach, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Master or Elite National Coach certification.
  3. USJF or USA Judo Referee certification at local, regional, national or international level.
  4. USJF Kata certification A, B, or C in nage no kata, katame no kata, ju no kata, kime no kata, goshin jutsu, itsutsu no kata or koshiki no kata.
  5. Special activities including clinics, judo camps or tournaments.

five star banner

Your club must have a minimum of one member for each area: teacher, coach, referee, kata and at least one special activity. Clubs meeting the 5 Star Dojo criteria will receive a banner recognizing them as a USJF 5 Star Dojo. Clubs meeting 4 of the 5 criteria will receive a 4 Star Dojo certificate.

The 5 Star Dojo committee members are:

  • Dr. Larry M. Tsutsui, Program Chair
  • Mitchell Palacio, Founder of the Program
  • Julia Tsutsui, Program Manager

Learn more

Matsumae Judo Juku Study Abroad Program

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience the essence of Japanese judo in addition to learning about Japanese culture. The program is hosted by Matsumae Judo Juku (part of the Tokai University Educational System).

  • Dates: July 12-23
  • Location: Tokyo, Japan
  • Male & Female judoka ages 13-19
  • Must have been a USJF member for at least 3 years
  • Club must be a USJF registered club
  • Recommendation from sensei describing good character and work ethic
  • Funding Available

For More Information Contact:
or by telephone (404) 273-5007

Deadline to Register May 31, 2019

PDF poster available