Self Defense Sub-Committee (last updated 22 September 2020)


USJF Self-Defense

Self-defense, as defined by the United States Judo Federation is

  • The ability to recognize a threatening environment
  • The ability to resolve or avoid the situation
  • In the event that the threat cannot be resolved or avoided, the ability to use techniques derived from Judo training to survive and escape with the least amount of force

Many of the martial art programs teach some sort of self-defense course. Judo studies contains a wide variety of techniques that can readily be adapted for use in self defense training and application. These techniques and principles are cataloged in the Katas as well as day to day training in sport Judo. The spectrum of those techniques and their variations ranges from escape, to compliance, to non-lethal, to techniques that could have lethal results. USJF Self Defense Trainers, Teachers, and Assistant Teachers must understand the ramifications of teaching those techniques and be capable of making their students understand the definition of the appropriate amount of force for a given situation

Because self-defense is not a one-time learning event, another aspect of teaching self-defense is the introduction of Judo to the public. Courses first exposes participants to the concepts and practices of self-defense using Judo and can introduce them to further Judo programs that continue with the training so that participants can gain more skill and acumen.


Yudanshakai Konan
Neil Simon

Yudanshakai Hokka
Keith Watanabe

Yudanshakai Konan
Don Flagg

, Yudanshakai Northwest
John Schaedler

, Yudanshakai Northwest
Rob Schab

, Yudanshakai Hokka
Mac Takeda

, Yudanshakai Shufu
John Floyd