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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Sanix 2018 — From Bryson Baker

First off, I would like to say I’m blessed beyond measure for being giving this incredibly opportunity. My trip to Japan was truly an eye-opening Experience for me filled with Historic culture, top notch Judo randori and competition and the unforgettable people that I met, showed unbelievable hospitality and respect. I’m truly forever grateful for This life changing experience.

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Sanix 2018 — from Jim Uyekawa, Coach

Looking back, I’m extremely thankful for Saito sensei’s words of encouragement to join the Sanix delegation and in turn, altering my winter comfort routine into a meaningful experience. Most of my travel outcomes in the past have been centered on the individual(s) that have accompanied me or the people I have had the good fortune to meet. This year’s coaching staff, competitors and parents have fulfilled both aspects.

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2019 USJF National Kata Conference

Venue : St. Louis , Missouri

Date : March 8 (Friday) & 9 (Saturday), 2019

All are welcome to attend this two-day conference with classroom and mat sessions focusing on the IJF kata scoring system

Featuring : Michel Kozlowski, Sports Director Deputy – IJF Kata expert from Belgium

2019-kata-clinicSee the PDF Brochure about the 2019 usjf kata conference and registration forms