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United States Judo Federation

Building Judo In America

Our Vision: 

Building strong wellness communities by empowering members to make known the Judo maxim, Jita-kyoei (spirit of mutual prosperity for self and others), through safe and positive experiences.

Our Mission:

Promote and support Judo as a physical, mental, and moral practice.


Interview with Sensei Hector Estevez

Join us on June 12th at 1PM (Pacific) for an in-depth conversation with Sensei Estevez as the guest in the ongoing USJF Seminar Series of webinars. You won’t want to miss this inspirational story of one of the most dedicated and successful judokas in the history of US judo.

“Pathway to IJF “A” Referee” Janet Johnson

Sensei Johnson will share her experience with her path to the highest levels of refereeing and the practical application of educational methods. Check out the Youtube video of her presentation

News and Events

Memorial Service for Haruo Makimoto

It has been almost 3 years since Haruo had passed away from pancreatic cancer on February 12, 2020. See Makimoto Sensei’s obituary here. As you know, we had to postpone his memorial service in 2020 due to Covid 19. A Memorial Service for Haruo Makimoto will take place...

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New USJF Jr. Rank Requirements

Junior Rank RequirementsStructure and Content of the Junior Rank Promotion Requirements The Presidential Ad Hoc Committee truly appreciates all of the hard work, efforts, and products of those that have served in this capacity before us.  It is sincerely our hope that...

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Road Map back to Safe Practice

Building the Community

pathway to success

Pathways Toward Success

When your son or daughter participates in Judo through a charter club approved by the United States Judo Federation, they will have quality instruction and a positive experience which will enrich their lives as they grow and mature. 

teacher certification


The United States Judo Federation Teachers Institute, with its long standing tradition of technical excellence in teaching and coaching is committed to serving our members with the latest information and procedures.  In addition, certification in Self Defense Instruction, National refereeing and kata judging are offered.

Video Resources

Many dojos have had to adjust to a hybrid-remote model, a combination of in-person and virtual blended instruction.  The USJF videos are available to all sensei’s and coaches. Our hope is that these videos serve as useful learning tools for your practice.

Obukan Judo Club

the Community

The USJF is committed in supporting the dojo/club. 

Judo participation can provide the space for healthy activities and access to areas where people come together, and foster outlets for physical and mental health recovery.

USJF committee meeting

USJF National 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.

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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). The purpose of the Yudanshakai is to promote judo in its own area and run local events.

United States Judo Federation

When you join the USJF not only will you enjoy the benefits it offers, you will have access to resources and a knowledge base that will serve to educate and enhance your enjoyment of this great sport.

Dojo’s Making a Difference in their Community


Fresno Judo Club

Fresno, California

Sensei Larry Tsutsui

Class of 2021

Lifetime Achievement Award

Jerry Hays

George Y. Tsubota