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
Gene Nakashima
Captain Cook, HI  96704
Phone – (808) 323-2530

Arizona

Contact – Steve Owen
1713 Avenida Planeta
Tucson, AZ  85710
Phone – (520) 465-0700

Central Coast

Contact – Neal Kodama
neal Kodama
Fremont, CA  94538
Phone – (510) 440-9956

Chicago

Contact –
Sandra Hauptmann
Chicago, IL  60640

Chuka

Contact – Tom Jay

Phone – (559) 562-1134

Daiheigen

Contact – Conrad Hisaka
4421 Weeping Spruce
Concord, CA  94521

Florida

Contact – Alberto Fernandez
Allberto Fernandez
Miami, FL  33183
Phone – (786) 236-2780

Florida State

Contact – Larry Labrador
13931 SW 71 Ln.
Miami, FL  33183
Phone – (305) 386-1848

Ganbaru

Contact –
1972 Yosemite St.
Seaside, CA  95045
Phone – (831) 212-9006

Hawaii

Contact – Rodney Nakayama
Rodney Nakayama
Kailua, HI  96734
Phone – (808) 662-2765

Hawaii State

Contact – Nathan Hiraoka
Nathan Hiraoka
Honolulu, HI  96822
Phone – (808) 285-4837

Hokka

Contact – Mac Takeda
Mac Takeda
Elk Grove, CA  95624

Hudson

Contact –
Boris Munoz
Staten Island, NY  10310
Phone – (516) 242-7705

Intermountain

Contact – Jerry Mizuta
Jerry Mizuta
Ontario, OR  97914
Phone – (541) 889-6922

Konan

Contact – James Murray
James Murray
Rockford, MI  49341
Phone – (616) 293-1568

Makoto

Contact – Roland Fernando
3151 Wheeling Ln.
Bonita, CA  91902
Phone – (619) 479-8954

Nanka

Contact – Keith Chu
Keith Chu
Mission Viejo, CA  92692
Phone – (949) 232-3012

Niagara

Contact – Janet Y. Ashida Johnson
282 Gallup Rd.
Spencerport, NY  14559
Phone – (585) 352-6162

Northwest

Contact – John Schaedler
John Schaedler
Mill Creek, WA  98012
Phone – (206) 364-0851

Pacific Southwest

Contact – Earnest Matsubara
Earnest Matsubara
Vista, CA  92083
Phone – (460) 434-2398

Rokushu

Contact – Dale Swet
2322 Massachusetts A
Cambrigde, MA  02140
Phone – (617) 491-0520

San Joaquin

Contact –
Larry Tsutsui D.C.
Fresno, CA  93704
Phone – (559) 222-2163

Shinnanbu

Contact – Nobuo R. Hayashi
12 Park Island Dr.
New Orleans, LA  70122
Phone – (504) 450-2353

Shufu

Contact –
1918 1 ST. NW #2
Washington, DC  20009
Phone – (202) 332-9224

Southern Pacific

Contact – Allen Inouye
1304 15th St. #408
Santa Monica, CA  90404
Phone – (310) 625-1407