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

Assistance Requested for the IJF Refugee Project

Dear USA Judo Clubs & Coaches,

The International Judo Federation is actively working to help refugee judoka all around the world, in line with the principles and values of our sport. They are already supporting participation in the IJF World Tour for some of them and their goal is to build a refugee team for the World Championships 2019 in Tokyo, as well as possibly the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. Needless to say, this will provide judo an exceptional status and media coverage on the world’s stage

In light of the above, we are kindly asking you to inform us about any refugee judoka you may be aware of and provide us with basic information in order to determine their eligibility for this project. Historically, the United States has offered refuge to more people than all other nations combined, so your participation in this project by providing a list of refugees you are aware of will be instrumental to the IJF in successfully achieving this initiative. To clarify, refugees are people who flee to another country for safety and asylum due to violence or persecution experienced in their home country.

Should you have one or several athletes matching the conditions, please send the following information to Corinne Shigemoto at by FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019, and USA Judo will then compile a list to send to the IJF:

  1. Name
  2. Date and place of birth
  3. Legal status of immigrant and rightful residency
  4. Contact to the athlete and his/her coach/club
  5. Judo history, participation in competitions, results

Thank you in advance for your collaboration and contribution to this project.

The 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp and the Marti Malloy Clinic

I am pleased to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp on June 7th-10th and the Marti Malloy Clinic on June 8th. Both of the events will be hosted at Boise State University in Boise, ID. The camp is open to judoka age 12 to 20 with a rank of orange belt and higher. The clinic is open to judoka age 7 and older. Marti Malloy will be the featured clinician at both events. She is a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver medalist at 57kg.

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Call for applications for Athlete-Scholar of the Year

The 2019 Athlete-Scholar of the Year Committee, on behalf of the USJF Board of Directors, is proud to invite applications for scholarships of $1,000, $750, and $500 to further educational opportunities at trade school, technical college, graduate school, college or university studies. Applications are available

The application for this award are

  • Due to USJF before March 29, 2019 (PDF via E-mail accepted)
  • Academic year 2017-2018 transcripts required
  • Complete application includes Head Instructor’s Endorsement
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 minimum
  • Winners Announced at 2019 Grassroots Judo™ Jr. National Championship

On behalf of the USJF Athlete-Scholar of the Year Committee, thank you for continuing your educational opportunities. It is a sincere desire of United States Judo Federation that you continue to open doors to opportunities to learn and grow. It is our pleasure to continue USJF financial assistance.

In 2015, the committee received 10 applications from outstanding USJF qualified members and after extensive deliberation the following three applicants were selected as the 2015 scholarship recipients:

  1. Chase Oishi, Tarsh Judo Club, Nanka Yudanshakai
  2. Benjamin R. Hinatsu, Western Idaho Judo Institute, Daiheigen Yudanshakai
  3. Andrew Kageyama, Sacramento Judo Club, Hokka Yudanshakai

What happened to ASOY? With the untimely passing of Chairman Jeff Takeda, the committee took pause after the summer of 2015.

Takeda Sensei’s remaining committee members are

Mr. Low Dong, Nanka,
Dr. Kuniko Takeuchi, Daiheigen,
Bryan Matsuoka, Daiheigen,

and began work again in 2017.

New committee members in 2018 include:

Mrs. Francis Glaze, Konan
Mrs. Janet Y. Ashida Johnson, Niagara Yudanshakai
Ms. Karen Nagai, Northwestern Yudanshakai.

The committee will review the applications following the March 28, 2019 due date and finalize the awards for the presentations this summer 2019.

Sanix 2018 from Carson Furneaux

During the holidays I visited Japan and got to compete in the Sanix 2018 International Juvenile Judo Team Championships as well as the Taisei Cup. I competed as an individual and on a team with the help of coaches Harun Bogdanic, Sensei Saito, and Sensei Takahashi. While I was there I got to experience many amazing things that were only possible in Japan. For example, the bath house, mochi making and red sash randori.

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Save the Date Camp

I am pleased to announce that June 7th-10th will be the 2019 Daiheigen Yudanshakai Summer Camp in Boise, ID. The event is open to judoka age 12 to 20 with a rank of orange belt and higher. We are very excited that the featured clinician for 2019 will be Marti Malloy. She is a 2012 Olympic Bronze medalist and 2013 World Silver medalist at 57kg.

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