Yudanshakai

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) that their members deal with. Many of these Yudanshakai had been operating individually for many years and have a rich legacy. The purpose of a Yudanshakai was to promote judo in its own area and run local events while the USJF focuses on the coordination and organization of grass root Judo at the national level.

The USJF as an organization has a system similar to the Electoral College. Each Yudanshakai elects its delegates who represent their interests at the national meeting.

Today, the purpose of the yudanshakai is much the same. The Yudanshakai represents its clubs and members to the national organization and promotes judo with its own members. The structure of the yudanshakai, however, is more operational and less geographical than it used to be. There are some parts of the country where two or more yudanshakai operate in the same area and some Yudanshakai have clubs and members that are located far from their geographic location.

Charter clubs and individual members are generally members of a specific Yudanshakai.

Active Yudanshakai

50th State

Contact – Gene Nakashima
Phone – (808) 323-2530

Arizona

Contact – Steve Owen
Phone – (520) 465-0700

Central Coast

Contact – Neal Kodama
Phone – (510) 440-9956

Chicago

Contact –

Chuka

Contact – Tom Jay
Phone – (559) 562-1134

Daiheigen

Contact – Conrad Hisaka

Florida

Contact – Alberto Fernandez
Phone – (786) 236-2780

Florida State

Contact – Larry Labrador
Phone – (305) 386-1848

Ganbaru

Contact –
Phone – (831) 212-9006

Hawaii

Contact – Rodney Nakayama
Phone – (808) 662-2765

Hawaii State

Contact – Nathan Hiraoka
Phone – (808) 285-4837

Hokka

Contact – Mac Takeda

Hudson

Contact –
Phone – (516) 242-7705

Intermountain

Contact – Jerry Mizuta
Phone – (541) 889-6922

Konan

Contact – James Murray
Phone – (616) 293-1568

Makoto

Contact – Roland Fernando
Phone – (619) 479-8954

Nanka

Contact – Keith Chu
Phone – (949) 232-3012

Niagara

Contact – Janet Y. Ashida Johnson
Phone – (585) 352-6162

Northwest

Contact – John Schaedler
Phone – (206) 364-0851

Pacific Southwest

Contact – Earnest Matsubara
Phone – (460) 434-2398

Rokushu

Contact – Dale Swet
Phone – (617) 491-0520

San Joaquin

Contact –
Phone – (559) 222-2163

Shinnanbu

Contact – Nobuo R. Hayashi
Phone – (504) 450-2353

Shufu

Contact –
Phone – (202) 332-9224

Southern Pacific

Contact – Allen Inouye
Phone – (310) 625-1407