USJF Board of Examiners Minutes
Organization Committee Structure
As a non-profit organization, the USJF guidelines are determined by vote from a Board of Directors representing a wide variety of all our fifty States. Proposed guidelines and practices are generated largely by committees. Voluntary committee members are dedicated to the continuous improvement of our members and their communities by providing research, experience, education and diversity in the interest of the betterment of man-kind through the practice and study of judo.
Ed Hanashiro, First Vice President
✉ Boris Munoz, Second Vice President
✉ Krista Tsutsui Steele, Secretary
Ranks and promotions
Referee Development Grants
The USJF National office can be contacted during office hours of 7:30am to 4:30pm Mountain Time.
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Phone: (541) 889 8753
Fax: (541) 889 5836
USJF National Office
The offices of the United States Judo Federation have been located in Ontario Oregon since 1996. The office has been managed by Robert Fukuda since 1994 and he has acted as the Executive Director of the USJF since 1996. In addition to managing the national office, Robert has been instrumental in scheduling and organizing meetings for the committees, and acting as a communications center to dispense information to everybody. Robert has also helped bring the national office into the digital age by installing several MacIntosh computers and databases to manage the many files that have been passed from office to office over the years. He has also been instrumental in pushing the use of the USJF Website to provide a source of information and services for members.
(Robert is also the head instructor of his own judo club, the Western Idaho Judo Institute, in Fruitland, Idaho.)
The national office is run and operated with the assistance of Terri Waibel and Renee Saunders. Terri and Renee are instrumental in sending out forms, processing memberships, managing sanction requests, formatting and providing information for online use, and the many other things that are required to run an office that manages to accomplish so much. You can email them questions through the contact form on the USJF website.
Telephone, email or postal mail are the ways by which you can contact the USJF national Office.
Please note USJF does in its course of business collect personal information and we respect the need to protect this information.
Yudanshakai - Regions
Yudanshakai – Regions
Being the oldest Judo organization in the USA, the USJF was originally called the Judo Black Belt Federation (JBBF). It was organized around regional/local Yudanshakai (black belt associations) that their members deal with. Many of these Yudanshakai had been operating individually for many years and have a rich legacy. The purpose of a Yudanshakai is to promote judo in its own area and run local events while the USJF focuses on the coordination and organization of grass root Judo at the national level.
The USJF as an organization has a system similar to the Electoral College. Each Yudanshakai elects its delegates who represent their interests at the national meeting.
Today, the purpose of the yudanshakai is much the same. The Yudanshakai represents its clubs and members to the national organization and promotes judo with its own members.
The structure of the yudanshakai, however, is more operational and less geographical than it used to be. There are some parts of the country where two or more yudanshakai operate in the same area and some Yudanshakai have clubs and members that are located far from their geographic location.
Charter clubs and individual members are generally members of a specific Yudanshakai.
Dojo - Club Membership
By becoming a club member of the USJF, you are immediately part of a family of judo organizations that are there to support the club in its activities. Clubs are integral to each Yudanshakai (Black Belt Orgaganization).
Club membership of the USJF has many Benefits that serve to help teach judo in clubs and for competition.
The USJF is focused on supporting all aspects and the promotion of judo at the local and State level.