Year end deadline reminder for coaches and instrcutors



TO: All USJF Chartered Clubs/Dojos
Yudanshakai Presidents
Yudanshakai Rank Registration Chairpersons
Certified Coaches
FROM: Robert Fukuda, Executive Director
RE: Important Deadline Reminder
DATE: December 18, 2002

We are nearing the end of 2002. We trust that all of you have enjoyed a healthy and productive year…
We would like to take this opportunity to request that you remind all of your members and students of
some important deadlines…

Final 50th Anniversary Book Deadline – December 31, 2002

As previously announced, the 50th Aniversary Book will be printed and distributed this summer.
Thus, we have extended the deadlines for pre-sales discounts and for sponsoring the project as
well. Please visit our web site to download the forms. The 31st is just around the corner. Don’t

First Aid & CPR Compliance Deadline – January 31, 2003

All USJF Certified Coaches MUST submit copies of their valid CPR & First Aid Certification to the
National Office by Friday, January 31, 2003. Failure to comply will invalidate your coach
certification. The National Office has been charged with tracking compliance and will be furnishing
updated rosters to all national events. If you do not submit your valid CPR & First Aid certifications
to the National Office, you will appear on the roster as having a suspended license.

To have valid coach certification, you must have the following on record at the National Office:

  1. Passed Coach Certification Clinic (certification valid for 4 years)
  2. Paid the Coach Certification Fee ($20 – $10 certificate & $10 badge)
  3. Submitted copy of CPR certification (generally American Red Cross or American Heart Association)
  4. Submitted copy of First Aid or Sport Safety Training certification (generally American Red Cross or American Heart Association)

You must not allow your CPR and First Aid certifications to lapse – they must be current or your
Coach certification along with its privileges will become void.

All coaches who have not complied by January 31, 2003, will have their coach
certification suspended and will not be permitted to coach at any national event.

We would also like to clarify a couple of points here:

  • The clinic fees you pay to attend and participate in a Coach Certification Clinic is not your
    certification fee. It is the clinic fee to help offset clinic costs.
  • To be certified, you must pay the certification fee to the USJF National Office. The fee is
    $20 and includes your certificate and your badge.
  • If you do not have a USJF coach certification certificate and/or a USJF coach badge, then
    you are not certified by USJF. Attending a certification clinic is not sufficient, you must pay
    the certification fee to be certified.
  • If you already have current USJI certification, then it is not necssary for you to obtain USJF
    certification. But, if you would like to obtain USJF certification, you must pay the certification
    fees and submit the required documentation as mentioned earlier.

Passing of Kuniyuki Sensei

  We are saddened to inform you that Mr. Kenneth Kuniyuki passed away on
November 28, 2002, after a brief illness. Kuniyuki Sensei was 92 years

Kuniyuki Sensei was the 2nd person to be awarded 9th Dan by the USJF.

Funeral services will be held at:

    Saturday, December 14, 2002
    10:00 AM
    Centenary United Methodist Church
    300 S. Central Avenue
    Los Angeles, California

Donations to the family may be sent to:

    Kuniyuki Family
    c/o Seinan Judo Dojo
    17503 Patronella Avenue
    Torrance, CA  90504

Please distribute this information to all interested parties and

November Development Newsletter


Development Newsletter

November, 2002

Upcoming Events (November-December 2002)

The following lists various USJF sanctioned events. Please check the USJF website at for the most recent information.

Date Event Location YDK Contact Phone Number
11/29/02 44th Annual Honpa Hongwanji Judo Fed. St. Champ. Mililani, HI 50th State Herbert M. Yagi (808) 487-5737
11/30/02 Dallas Invitational Grapevine, TX Shufu James R. Webb (972) 733-1581
12/01/02 2002 Fresno Judo Invitational Fresno/Easton, CA San Joaquin Larry M. Tsutsui (559) 284-5481
12/07/02 Daiheigen 2002 Jr. Development Clinic Sacramento, CA Daiheigen Harou Makimoto (916) 427-6830
12/08/02 3rd Annual Northeastern Invitational Judo Champ. Paterson, NJ Hudson Anthony Camal (973) 812-6322
01/18/03 Bushido Kai Kata Classic Penfield, NY Niagara Heiko Rommelmann, Jr (585) 265-1234
03/29/03 2003 Virginia State Judo Championship Charlottesville, VA Shufu Tim Redden (434) 975-4482
05/18/03 Okubo/APOA Judo Club Invitational Tournament Sacramento, CA Daiheigen Haruo Makimoto (916) 427-6830
05/24/03 Am-Can International Judo Challenege Amherst, NY At Large Melvin Ginter (716) 693-6008


Coming soon!
Newly reinvented USJF Magazine coming out in December and mailed to members household. USJF Top Athlete
Calendar to be available in December.

Junior Judoka Development

No news to report.

Senior Judoka Development

No news to report.

Kata Development

No news to report.

Instructor Development

National Judo Conference

UNITED STATES JUDO FEDERATION invites you to be a part of a great experience next June in
San Francisco, at the 2003 National Judo Conference (Exact dates TBA). This year’s conference
will feature:

    Teacher Certification

    Referee Workshop

    Kata Clinic

    Elite Athlete Training Camp

Look for more information, please visit or
contact Margaret Catt at or 317-862-1171

Referee Development

Rules changes for Spring 2003

At a referee meeting held on October 11, 2002 by Mr Juan Barcos (IJF Referee Dir.) and Mr Carlos
Diaz (PJU Referee Dir), the following Judo rules go into affect Spring 2003.

Kawasu gake (hansokumake) – Defined what is kawasugake as hooking the leg and throwing backward
when Tori is looking upward.

Golden Score – Used for tie. Osaekomi goes to conclusion.

Penalties in 2 groups (shido and hansokumake) Chui are shido penalties. Keikoku are hansokumake penalties.

Referee drawing by computer for finals.

Calling for medical personnel: One referee and medical only for injuries (no judges in center).
Less than one minute for injuries unless major.


Please visit
for further information.


USJF & USJI Primary Membership Fees Increase

By Robert Fukuda

Effective October 1, 2002, the USJF & USJI Primary Membership Fees will increase to $50 per year.
All membership applications postmarked on or after October 1, 2002, will be subject to the new rate.
Secondary Membership fees remain unchanged at $15. Please use the following link to download a memo
regarding the new increase as well other membership and insurance related topics:

You may also check the TOP of the What’s New page
of the web site. Please distribute this link to other interested parties. Thank you very much for
your continued support!

The Strategic Planning Process Made Friendly and Simple

This guide has been created for the leadership of USJF including the USJF committees, yudanshakai
leaders, and dojo leaders. The purpose of this booklet is to assist in understanding the strategic
planning process that USJF uses.

Strategic Planning, like judo, is a discipline. As we all learn to practice this discipline,
the “force” of our federation will become stronger and more aligned. The more we use this
process, the more we learn to work together, we can better focus as a team, the greater our
potential becomes, and the better for United States grass roots judo.

The value of this process is twofold. First, build a mutual image during the journey of this
process. A mutual image means that all involved basically see judo in the same way whether it
is competitive and/or recreational. Secondly, while pursuing a mutual image, relationships are
built through learning as a team and working as a team for a mutually desired outcome. If done
properly, the strategic process is sound and important bonds have been created.

USJF Development Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes

October 9, 2002

The following are excerpts from the USJF Development Committee Meeting Minutes held on October 9, 2002.
For the full report, please visit

Subcommittee reports and progress on duties and responsibilities

Jr. Development

Chris Mitsuoka reported that his committee had received three grant applications and had begun
deliberations on them. He expects final funding decisions to be made within 90 days. He also reported
that he anticipated the use of the entire budget allocated to his subcommittee for this.

Sr. Development

Teri Takemori had submitted a written report to DM prior to the meeting indicating her desire to
use their funds to support three camps for elite athletes – one on the west coast, east coast, and
Midwest. This would exhaust their entire budget.

Teacher’s Institute

Bryan Matsuoka reported on the discussions that had occurred in NTIS re: the proposed new curriculum


Eiko Shepherd A written report was submitted prior to the meeting and distributed.

Unfinished Business

Review of Development Committee Awards – do we need to revise the criteria?

It was moved, seconded and passed (MSP) to eliminate the awards for National Intermediate Male and
Female Athletes of the Year, and National Junior Male and Female Athletes of the Year (under 13) from
the DC awards for lack of nominations from Yudanshakais. All committee members were encouraged to
consider substitute motions to be considered in the future.

New Business

It was MSP to create a Dojo of the Year Award to be awarded as follows: Place winners’ dojos from
all divisions at the USJF Jr., Youth, Team, and Kata National Championships will be awarded points
according to finish: 5, 3, and 2 points for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd
place finishes. Place winners must be USJF members at the time of the tournament. All points for
each dojo are then added across all male and female youth divisions and the highest point gathering
dojo is the winner. In the case of ties, decision will be based on a vote of the DC of the tied
dojos. Only dojos that are chartered clubs of the USJF at the time of the tournament and award are

To adopt katame no kata competition in the USJF Jr. and Youth Nationals. See attached. This motion failed.

2003 Judo Conference Planning

It was MSP to have the 2003 USJF Judo Conference in San Francisco, consisting of teacher’s
certification, referee seminar, kata clinic and certification, and athlete training camp.

It was MSP to have all conference participants pay a standard fee, to be determined.

It was MSP to have the conference on the following dates, in priority order:

    13-15 June 2003

    6-8 June 2003

    20-22 June 2003

It was MSP that by 31 October 2003, the NTIS, NRDCS, NKDCS, and the NSDS provide to David Matsumoto
plans for staff, clinicians, and projected expenditures and number of participants.

It was MSP to recommend to the Board of Directors that USJF Jr. and Youth National outstanding
competitor awards be standardized as follows: that Outstanding Male and Female, Fighting Spirit,
Sportsmanship, and Best Technique awards be given every day of competition.

Newsletter Staff

We welcome your comments about the USJF Newsletter, suggestions for future editions, or inquiries
about USJF. Please write to anyone of the below newsletter staff.

Editor: Ernie Wakamatsu

USJF, PR Committee Chairperson, Vaughn Imada

USJF, Development Committee Co-Chairperson, David Matsumoto

Disclaimer of Liability: This newsletter is provided for informational purposes only, and neither USJF
nor any of its employees or members makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability
or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information disclosed.

50th Anniversary Book Project Extended



TO: All USJF Chartered Clubs/Dojos
Yudanshakai Presidents
Yudanshakai Rank Registration Chairpersons
USJF Committee Chairpersons
CC: USJF Executive Committee
FROM: Robert Fukuda, Executive Director
RE: 50th Anniversary Book Update
DATE: November 15, 2002

The 50th Anniversary Book project is moving forward towards completion. Unfortunately, due to the
events of September 11, 2001, the original schedule has been adversely affected and pushed back
several months. Thus, the book will not be ready for distribution in next month, as called for in the
original timetable.

The new target date for completion and distribution is now July 2003. We apologize for this delay and
appreciate your patience and understanding in this matter.

Because of the extra time, we are re-opening the pre-sales campaign and
also accepting more sponsors and donors for the project. This is another
opportunity to participate in pre-sales of the book at an attractive
discount. This is another chance for those interested in donating to
project to do so and have their names listed among the projects
benefactors. Please act quickly as this window will close on 12/31/02.

If you have any questions, please contact us. We would also appreciate it if you would please
distribute this memo to all interested persons and parties.

Thank you very much.

Download the updated Donation Form here.

Download the updated Discount Order Form here.

Balch Scholorship Application

In Honor & Memory of our dearly departed Friend and Leader, George C.
Balch, the USJF has approved and created the George C. Balch Education

Please visit the web site: It is a wonderful
tribute to Mr. Balch and a lot of fun. Information about the scholarship
including: the selection and application process, forms, and how to
contribute to the scholarship can all be found there.

Application forms for the scholarship can be downloaded here.

Memo regarding Coaches Certifications


At our Fall Meetings in Las Vegas, the National Teachers Institute
Subcommittee has confirmed that we will track & enforce the CPR & First
Aid requirements for coach certification.

The deadline for compliance is January 31, 2003. All USJF certified
coaches must send to the USJF National Office copies of their CPR & First
Aid certifications to keep their certification valid. Failure to comply
will invalidate your coach certification.

Please download the memo regarding this. Please distribute this memo to
all interested parties.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you very much.

Message from USJF President Noboru Saito

  Last week at the 2002 U.S. Open in Las Vegas, we were fortunate to have
two guests: Mr. Juan Carlos Barcos, the IJF Referee Director from Spain,
and Mr. Carlos Diaz, the Pan American Judo Union Referee Director from
Venezuela. They worked together to put on a clinic for all of the
referees to update us on the new IJF rules and modifications.

Summaries and examples of the new rules and modifications are available
at the following:
“”. There are
also documents that can be downloaded.

We would also like to say “Thank you very much” to all those who
participated in the fund raising to bring these key individuals to the
U.S. Open. It was effective in establishing a good relationship with them
and U.S. Judo. In the long run, this will bring benefit to many USJF

Thank you very much.

Noboru Saito
President, USJF