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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.


Presidents New Year Greeting

The U.S. Judo Federation is in its 70th year, and we celebrate the resilience of the USJF community across local, regional and national boundaries. I am excited to be able to lead us in celebration of the strengths we have demonstrated as we enter the year 2022.

USJF COVID-19 Event Planning Guidelines

The USJF Medical Committee has reviewed the guidelines released by the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee regarding event planning

COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-21 Update

Dr. Eric Chen, Dr. Jeffrey Fujimoto, Dr. Steven Isono, and Dr. Ricardo Joseph of the USJF Medical Committee for their time and expertise in helping to put together this information along with recommendations for our community.

2022 USJF – USJA Summer Nationals

2022 USJF - USJA Summer Nationals July 21st - 24th Fort Lauderdale Beach, Florida  

News and Events

Interview with Yoshihiro Uchida – Pioneer of American Judo

President’s Address Interview with Yoshihiro Uchida – “Pioneer of American Judo” Sunday, November 21, at 1PM Pacific The USJF continues its series of collaborative presentations and information sharing. Join our Zoom webinar with Judo Legend, Sensei Yoshihiro “Yosh”...

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David Matsumoto

David Matsumoto Class of 2021 David Matsumoto proposed by Daiheigen Yudanshakai Current Positions Founder and Program Director, East Bay Judo Institute (2015-current) Daiheigen Yudanshakai, Board of Examiners Chair (2020-current) Judo Awards, Honors, and Fellowships...

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Darlene Anaya

Darlene Anaya Class 1993 Darlene Anaya proposed by the Hall of Fame committee, Darlene Anaya wrote:At the age of 6, my father and sensei, Tony Anaya, introduced me to the art of Judo. He began teaching me basic moves on our living room carpet and by the age of 9, my...

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USJF Coach Conference

Sunday, October 24th, 2021 at 1pm Pacific The United States Judo Federation and the USJF Coach Committee are excited to present our second USJF Virtual Coach Conference on Sunday, October 24th. This event will focus on the tournament experience with Sensei Richie...

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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.

YDK tournament pic

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