Adademic Honor Society forms for Elementary students

 
The Application Forms for the Academic Honor Society for Elementary, Middle School, Junior
High, and Senior High Students are now available for downloading. The
Applicaton deadline is Friday, August 16, 2002. Be sure to send in the
completed application along with specified documentation and a photograph
to the USJF National Office.

Click here to download the form Middle School, Junior High, and Senior High Students.

Click here to download the form for elementary school students.

Referee Commission Fundraiser

 
The USJF & USJI are combining efforts to bring IJF Referee Director,
Carlos Barcos, and PJU Refereee Director, Carlos Diaz, to the U.S. Open
this fall in Las Vegas. They will evaluate and critique the referees
working the event, providing all of our U.S. referees with a tremendous
opportunity to be seen and receive instruction from these 2 individuals.

To raise the necessary funds to cover the expenses to bring them to the
U.S., we are selling “USA Referee” ties and polo shirts. The logo
displayed here is embroidered on a regular length, black tie, suitable
for refereeing with or as a gift. The polo shirt is a creme colored shirt
with the logo embroidered on the left breast.

The tie is $25.
The shirt comes in S, M, L, & XL for $40. XXL is available for $43.
The price includes shipping & handling.

To order, please make out a check to “USJI” and send it to:

Noboru Saito
139 Roth Boulevard
Clawson, MI 48017

It will take about 3-4 weeks for your order to arrive.

Please support the improvement of our referees by purchasing a polo shirt
and tie! Thank you very much!



Report of the 2002 National Teachers Institute Conference

 

Report on the 2002 USJF National Teachers Institute

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
6-8 June 2002

Day One

The 2002 USJF National Teachers Institute was held 6-8 June 2002 at the Seven Hills
Conference Center at San Francisco State University in San Francisco. This was the
first conference for judo teachers held by any national judo organization in recent
history of American judo, and signified the commitment of the USJF to stimulate growth
across the country by providing meaningful educational activities for judo teachers, who
are the backbone of judo in the country. Forty five participants from all around the U.S.
came to the three-day event, and all left very satisfied and excited about the teaching of
judo.

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The conference opened on Thursday 6 June 2002 with an opening address by David Matsumoto,
Chair of the Development Committee of the USJF. He discussed the new and exciting changes
that have occurred in the USJF in recent years, and its renewed commitment to teacher
development around the country. In particular, he described the difference between judo
teaching and coaching, the former being responsible for the overall development of judo
students, the latter being related specifically to the development of skills related to
competition judo. The emphasis in this conference was on the imparting of judo culture
and values through the teaching of judo. Competition is important, but is important only
within a larger scheme of overall moral and character development of the individual.

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After the conference opening, the first content session was the “Successful Dojo Symposium,”
where instructors from four of the most successful dojos in the country were invited to
tell participants about their dojos. The instructors in attendance were Warren Agena from
Northglenn Judo Club in Colorado, Vaughn Imada from the San Jose Buddhist Judo Club, Mickey
Matsumoto from Gardena Judo Club in Los Angeles, and Ed Shiosaki from South Bay Judo Club
in Los Angeles. Collectively these dojos typically register well over 600 members a year,
and they shared the wisdom and insights with the participants.

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The next presentation was by Beth Kelley, faculty in the Department of Kinesiology at
San Francisco State University. Her presentation focused on ethics and risk management. She
gave any practical suggestions on how to minimize risk and liability in our dojos from a sport
science point of view.

 

 

 

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The afternoon session on the 6th started off with the presenters from the successful dojo
symposium showing participants the first techniques they teach in their dojos and how. The
session was moderated by Hayward Nishioka, Chairman of the National Teachers Institute Subcommittee
of the USJF. Of interesting note was the variety of first throws these dojo instructors taught
their students, from seoinage to ogoshi to tsurikomigoshi. Nishioka also taught a simple way of
teaching mae mawari ukemi, which was useful for all participants.

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The second mat session on the 6th was a rare treat for the participants. The session was led
by Takenari Asanuma, a licensed judo seifuku therapist, who introduced participants to the
techniques and history of judo seifuku therapy. These involve the techniques of resuscitation
that were originally developed in jujutsu, and handed down from one generation to the next.
After Kano Jigoro created judo, the name of these techniques was changed to judo seifuku,
showing the close connection between the techniques of resuscitation and judo. Participants
not only heard a presentation about the history of this aspect of judo, but also had practical
training in kappo and kinesio taping techniques.

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The evening of the 6th saw a welcome reception hosted by the USJF for the conference
participants at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Food and drink, which all judo people
love, were abundant, and a good time was had by all. The networking possibilities and new
friendships forged were one of the major pluses of the conference that many participants
told us later.

 

Report on the 2002 USJF National Teachers Institute

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
6-8 June 2002

Day Two

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The second day of the conference began with an excellent presentation on motor development
by Dr. Allen Abraham, Professor of Kinesiology at San Francisco State University. Dr. Abraham
was also the head wrestling coach at SFSU, so he had some good stories and experiences to share.
He was assisted by Dr. Neil Laughlin, a 5-dan in judo, former student of Mits Kimura, and
Professor of Kinesiology at the University of San Francisco. Their joint presentation made
for a lively discussion and interaction about motor development and what kinds of training
techniques would be most suited for people at different ages.

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The second morning session on the 7th was a presentation on basic psychological principles by
Dr. Jeff LeRoux of the Psychology Department at San Francisco State University. Dr. LeRoux
presented basic principles of learning and memory. He also was able to relate many of the
concepts he discussed through his previous two-year experience with judo when he was an
adolescent.

 

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The afternoon mat session on 7 June was another rare treat for the conference participants,
as it was led by Tadahiro Nomura, two-time Olympic gold medalist (Atlanta and Sydney), who
is in San Francisco working and training with David Matsumoto. He showed participants his
ideas about gripping and training, and then demonstrated his versions of seoinage, ippon
seoinage, and osoto gari. One of the messages he impressed upon all was that he was always
told never to give up a grip, and to learn how to throw regardless of who your opponent was
or how big he was. He also gave the participants his ideas of the ideal teacher from his
standpoint as an elite athlete of Japan.

New Development Committee Budget Process

 

UNITED STATES JUDO FEDERATION
DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE BUDGET PROCESS

CREATION OF THE ANNUAL USJF DEVELOPMENT BUDGET

I. Prior to the April Meeting

  1. The Development Committee (DC) Chairperson distributes Requests for Programs (RFPs) to the
    Subcommittee Chairs and Yudanshakai Presidents by the end of January.
  2. Subcommittees and Yudanshakais submit requests back to the DC Chair by 1 March. The RFPs
    must align with the DC business plans, as approved by the President and outlined and described
    by the DC Chair.
  3. The DC Chair reviews and edits the RFPs as necessary, and prepares a preliminary budget for DC
    review at the April meeting.
  4. Simultaneous to C, the DC Chair simultaneously submits a budget proposal with appropriate line
    items to the National Office by the March deadline. The National Office forwards the budget to
    the Chairperson of the Finance Committee by the appropriate deadline in March.

II. At the April Meeting

  1. The DC convenes to deliberate about the budget proposals, and makes revisions as necessary. If
    revisions are made, the DC chair communicates these to the Chair of the Finance Committee and
    the President
  2. Finance Committee creates the first trial budget based on the submitted request and any revisions
    communicated by the DC Chair.
  3. Executive Committee reviews the budget and makes recommendations.
  4. Treasurer creates the Annual Trial Budget Report based on the trial budget and presents it to the
    USJF Board of Directors.
  5. The USJF Board of Directors reviews and votes to accept the Treasurer’s report.

III. After the USJF Spring Meeting and Until the July Special Board Meeting

  1. Further adjustments are made to the budget by the DC Chair to accommodate new needs/new priorities,
    and prepares the budget for review by the DC at the special board meeting.
  2. Notification is made to the Treasurer of pending revisions to the trial budget. The Treasurer
    revises the trial budget accordingly.

IV. At the Special Board Meeting in July

  1. The DC deliberates about the trial budget with revisions, if appropriate.
  2. The DC Chair informs the Treasurer about any revisions to the trial budget, if necessary.
  3. The Finance Committee meets and finalizes the annual budget.
  4. The Executive Committee reviews and finalizes any required changes.
  5. The Board of the Directors vote and approve the final budget
  6. The DC Chair notifies all Yudanshakai Presidents and subcommittee chairs of the final results of
    the budgeting process.

PAYMENT REQUEST PROCESS

I. Only programs approved by the DC will be approved for funding.

II. From National Development Subcommittees

  1. The Chairperson of each subcommittee submits a payment request to the DC Chair who then forwards
    it to the Treasurer.
  2. The Treasurer cuts a check and mails it out before the due date that is stated in the payment
    request form.
  3. After completion of the program, the subcommittee chair is responsible to send the activity report
    and financial report to the DC Chair within 30 days of the close of the activity. If the reports
    are not filed, no additional payment requests will be paid or granted to the subcommittee until
    all delinquent reports are filed.
  4. The activity report must be submitted in electronic format in a major wordprocessing system, and
    appropriate for distribution and publication.
  5. The DC Chair reviews and forwards the Activity Report and Financial Report to the National Office
    and other appropriate distribution outlets.
  6. The National Office reviews the material for completeness and ensures that the events occurred and
    then forwards them to the Finance Committee Chairperson

III. From Yudanshakais

  1. The Yudanshakai Program Director completes and signs the payment request form. The request form is
    then transmitted to the Yudanshakai President for signature. Note: The form will not be processed
    unless both the Yudanshakai Program Director and President sign the form.
  2. The Yudanshakai President submits the payment request to the DC Chair who then forwards it to the
    Treasurer.
  3. The Treasurer cuts a check and mails it out before the due date that is stated in the payment request
    form.
  4. After completion of the program, the Yudanshakai president is responsible to send the activity
    report and financial report to the DC Chair within 30 days of the close of the activity. If the
    reports are not filed, no additional payment requests will be paid or granted to the Yudanshakai
    until all delinquent reports are filed.
  5. The activity report must be submitted in electronic format in a major wordprocessing system, and
    appropriate for distribution and publication.
  6. The DC Chair reviews and forwards the Activity Report and Financial Report to the National Office
    and other appropriate distribution outlets.
  7. The National Office reviews the material for completeness and ensures that the events occurred and
    then forwards them to the Finance Committee Chairperson

BUDGET REALLOCATION PROCESS

  1. By 15 February each year, the DC Chair reassesses the budget. This reassessment is based on the
    actual expenses and expected upcoming expenses both within subcommittees and Yudanshakais.
  2. By 15 February each year, the Subcommittee Chairs and Yudanshakais submit their plans for completion
    of their remaining programs to the DC Chair.
  3. The DC Chair determines whether there will be a projected surplus or deficit in the budget. If
    there is a projected surplus, the DC Chair then distributes RFPs to subcommittee chairs and
    Yudanshakai presidents for additional programs within that FY. Notification is made to the
    Executive Committee via the President and Executive Director.
  4. RFPs are received by the DC Chair by 31 March.
  5. DC deliberates at its April meeting for revisions to the current budget based on new RFPs.
  6. The DC Chair notifies the President, Executive Director, and Treasurer of adjustments to the
    budget as necessary after the April meeting.
  7. The DC Chair notifies all Yudanshakai presidents and subcommittee chairs of adjustments to
    the current FY budget.

Athlete Scholar of the Year Package Available

 

The application packet for the 2002 USJF Athlete Scholar of the Year
Award is available for downloading. Click here
to download.

Read through the entire packet and submit your completed application with
transcripts by Friday, August 16, 2002.

Please distribute this information to anyone who may be interested.

Referee Clinic Package Available

 

The information & registration packet for the Referee Clinic at the USJF
Jr. Nationals is available for downloading. Click here
to download.

Clinicians will be South American PJU Referee Commission Member, Mr.
Ovidio Garnero of Argentina and our own Mr. Joon Chi, who is the North &
Central American PJU Referee Commission Member.

It will be a great learning opportunity and also a chance to be critiqued
by 2 members of the PJU Referee Commission.

Please distribute this info to anyone who may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there!

New Presidents Message Online

 

The USJF is a national non-profit corporation dedicated to the development of judo. The USJF regularly forms
committees and events at the local, regional and national level for these purposes. Check the pages here for more
information!


At the last USJF Board of Directors meeting in Cleveland, Ohio, the Board approved a change
in the term of president from 2 years to 4 years. This change was considered necessary so
that the president would be able to create and implement long-term strategic plans. I have
been elected, again, to be President of USJF, and I will be your president for the next 4 years.
We also elected other officers of the corporation, and they are Vaughn Imada (1st V.P.), Julie
Koyama (2nd V.P.), Vicki Trent (Secretary), Michael Matsumoto (Treasurer). These are all for a
2-year term. Additionally, I appointed Mr. Richard Muller as USJF Corporate Counsel and Mr. Robert
Brink as Senior Adviser to the President. Mr. Yoshisada Yonezuka was reelected as Chairman of
the Board of Examiners. The entire Executive Committee will put forth our best efforts to make
USJF an active, open-minded, and accountable organization.

At the Cleveland meeting, the new Executive Committee participated in Strategic Planning Sessions,
where we revisited the USJF Vision and Mission Statements. Following are the newly adopted USJF
Vision and Mission Statements, with Strategy and Guiding Principles included.

VISION:
Judo in every American community and school.

MISSION (Purpose):
To serve and support its members in the America judo community while upholding the principles of
mutual welfare and benefit.

STRATEGY:
Create and maintain a customer service orientation.
Cultivate leadership at all levels of the organization.
Create a positive image of judo.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

  • Open communications
  • Clarifying before speaking (making sure you understand what the person is saying and where they are coming from)
  • Deal with facts (data) (Fact-based decision making)
  • Cooperation – all working toward the same outcome
  • Decision-making in the best interest of grass roots judo in the US through Yudanshakais and USJF Committees – Mutual welfare and benefit
  • Balanced Budget
  • Collaboration of activities – helping each other out
  • Inclusiveness rather than exclusiveness
  • Integrity – doing what you say you are going to do

With the above plan, all of the USJF Committees and Yudanshakais will conduct their own Strategic
Planning Sessions to incorporate the USJF Vision and Mission. These processes will strengthen our
organization at every level – from individual members, clubs, yudanshakais and up to the national
level. The President and Executive Committee will conduct a “check-up” to assess our progress once
a year, and I will present you with the progress report once a year.

One more significant thing happened. Our registered membership climbed to 11,100 members this past
March. This is the first time that our active membership number has surpassed 11,000. Our membership
has been growing at a rate of over 5% for the last few years, and I am trying to maintain at least a
5% growth annually. Our life memberships are up, and for the 2000-2001 FY, 62 new life members have
registered. This FY is still going strong; so far 46 new life members have registered, and we are
getting closer to our target of 65 new life members. Again, I would like to see a 5% growth in this
area. The endowment fund is growing, thanks to your support, and this is a great way to keep the
legacy going and to lay the foundation for our younger generation.

As mentioned in the last issue of the USJF News, my close friend, Mr. George Balch passed away this
past March. I put in a request for his 7th dan promotion to the National Promotion Board as soon
as I found out that his cancer was terminal. Our Board acted very swiftly in approving his promotion
within a week, and his certificate was delivered within 10 days of the request. I was very pleased
that all of them acted so kindly, and the fact that every effort was made to recognize George, I felt
was so neat and great. I will never forget George’s expression of surprise, pleasure, and honor to
receive his USJF 7th dan. And I feel that this is a great example of USJF spirit right now.

The USJF Board of Directors also approved the creation of the USJF George Balch Scholarship Fund and
Committee at this last meeting. The fund now totals just over $18,000, including pledges. This scholarship
will be given annually to a judo student majoring in education. The details of the scholarship will be
available at https://www.usjf.com and also at http://www.georgebalch.com. Mr. Balch’s student and longtime
friend Mr. James Cornforth heads the scholarship committee, and according to him, that committee is planning
to award the scholarship starting in August 2003.

I thank you very much for your support and encouragement for the last 2 years. I promise you that all of
the national level officers will serve you to the best of their ability, and we will strive to make judo a
highly recognized sport as well as a highly respected educational tool in the United States.


The mission of the United States Judo Federation is to serve and support its members in the America judo community while
upholding the principles of mutual welfare and benefit.

Development Events for 2002 Junior Nationals

 

Development Committee Events at the 2002 USJF Jr. Nationals

Sacramento, CA

  1. Coaches Certification, including CPR and First Aid Course
    Thursday July 4th and Friday July 5th
    Clinician: Hayward Nishioka
  2. Coaches Meeting and Dojo Coaches Clinic
    Friday July 5th
    Clinician: Steve Cohen
  3. Kata Clinic and Certification Testing
    Thursday, July 4th (registration 8:30 a.m.)
    Clinician: Eiko Shepherd and the USJF Kata Subcommittee
  4. Referee Clinic
    Friday July 5th
    Clinicians: Ovidio Garnero, PJU Referee Commission Member from South America
    Joon Chi PJU, Referee Commission Member from North & Central America
  5. Adidas Judo Gis Distribution
    Awarded to 1st place winners who have been members of USJF for 3 preceding years
    Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th
    Sponsor: HSU & Seka Sports
  6. Youth Development Clinic
    Monday July 8
    Clinicians: 2001 USJF World Team Members
    Grace Jividen-Chapman
    Sayaka Matsumoto
    Neal Takamoto
    Amy Tong

National Teacher Institute Update

  Latest News about the National Teachers Institute Conference

This is the latest update that will be sent about the National Teachers Institute Conference
occurring this week from 6-8 June 2002 at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, California.

We have a great program scheduled that includes mat sessions by Tadahiro Nomura, Two Time Olympic
Gold Medalist; Steve Cohen, 1988 Olympic Team Member and Head Coach, 2000 Olympic Team; and the
instructors of some of the most successful dojos in the country. In addition, we have classroom
sessions that provide the latest information on psychology, motor development, ethics. Also,
Professor Naoki Murata of the Kodokan Judo Institute of Tokyo, Japan will provide a speech on
the history and philosophy of judo.

Some slots are still available for either one-day or full conference participation. Walk in
registration will be available every morning from 8:00 a.m.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Thanks a lot in advance for making this conference a
huge success for the USJF.

David Matsumoto

Announcement of USJF News Email List

  We are starting up an email list called USJF_NewsList to disseminate news,
updates, and forms from the USJF National Office via email to our member
dojos, clubs, and members.

To join/subscribe to the USJF_NewsList via email:

1. Send a blank email to:
USJF_NewsList-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

2. You will receive a subscription confirmation message. Just reply to
this message and your subscription will be complete.

If you are serving as a Yudanshakai President, Yudanshakai Rank
Registration Chairperson, USJF Committee or Subcommittee Chairperson, or
USJF Executive Committee Member, you may NOT want subscribe to this
listing as it will oftentimes receive the same information that is
already being sent to you because of your position.

PLEASE encourage others to join the list so that they may be kept
informed and up to date on events, information and programs. Please copy
the instructions and forward them to anyone who may be interested in
keeping up on what’s happening in the USJF.

As this is not meant to be a discussion group, this is a read-only group.
Members cannot respond or post to the list.

Thank you very much for your continued support of Judo and the United
States Judo Federation!