Kata Development and Certification Sub-Committee (last updated 19 August 2021)



, Chairperson
Ben Ott, Vice Chair
, Secretery

Voting Members
Frances Glaze
Diane Jackson
Ben Ott
Leeanne Oue
Mike Purcell
Tom Sheehan
Eiko Shepherd
Doug Tono

The purpose of the USJF Kata Development and Certification Subcommittee is to introduce Dr Kano’s Kodokan Kata to everyone including yudanshakai, shiai players, seniors and juniors.

The USJF Kata Development and Certification Subcommittee provides training and certification for those who wish to become kata teachers and shiai coaches. Also we provide training for those seeking to fulfill USJF promotion requireents for kata knowledge. Once a judoka passes a USJF kata certification test, the student does not have to demonstrate that kata during their promotion test. A class A, B, or C certification will be sufficient for that particular kata for any promotion requirement.

Class A
Master Instructor
Class B Class C Comments
Rank Requirement 4 dan and above Shodan Shodan USJF Recognised Rank
Registration Fee $30.00 per kata $25.00 per kata $20.00 per kata Yudanshakai receives $10.00
Testing Fee $20.00 per kata $20.00 per kata $20.00 per kata Fee goes to USJF

If a person tests for one or more tests on the same day, the testing fee is only $20.00. However, the registration fees will be charged separately.

Example: A Judoka tests for Class B and Class A on the same day. The registration fees would be $30 plus $25 plus one testing fee of $20. So the total fee would be $75.00 ($30 + $25 + $20 = $75)

USJF Kata Development examiners

Eiko Shepherd
Doug Tono (CJBBA)
Karen Whilden (Shufu)
Diane JAckson (Shufu)
Tom Sheehan (Konan)
Frances Glaze (Konan)
Mike Purcell (North West)
Delynn Purcell (North West)

The instructors and examiners must be ranked Godan and up.

An examiner must hold a Class A certification in the specific kata for which they are going to give the test. For example, a person with a Class A certification in Ju no Kata may give the test for Ju no Kata. However if they do not have a Class A certification in Nage no Kata, they are not authorized to give the test for Nage no Kata.

There must be two (2) examiners for each kata that is tested. Ideally both examiners should hold Class A certification. It is also acceptable to have one Class A examiner and two Class B examiners to give the test. Once again, these examiners may only administer tests for the specific katas in which they are certified.

USJF Kata Development Committee Recommendations for building Kata in the Yudanshakai.

  • Introduce kata to beginning players.
  • Let them ovserve kata being performed and require that they go through the motions of set one of Nage no Kata.
  • They do not havr to throw because they are beginners.
  • Just walking through the motions may help acquaint them with kata.
  • The instructor should determine when students are able to throw, and especially at the junior level, instructors must watch carefully.

Kata Clinics

Jigoro Kano developed judo as a complete education system of the mind and body. He wanted to develop good people who were both physically and mentally strong. The physical training was supplemented with technique repetition, free practice and competition whereas the mind was trained through the study of kata – an organized set of techniques and movements that highlight different aspects and principles of our martial art.

Reports about Clinics

Kokushi Midwest Judo Kata Clinic

Intermountain sent a summary of their Kata Clinic.

CENCO sent a summary of their Kata Clinic.

The Chicago Judo Black Belt Association has reported on their Clinic.

The Pacific Southwest Yudanshakai has reported on the USJF Kata Clinic in San Diego.

The Chuka Yudanshakai has sent a report on their USJF Kata Clinic in Fresno.

USJF training programs

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Kata instruction for judoka and judges

Texts from the Kokodan Judo Institute

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IJF Kata judging material

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