Local and National Events

Get Ready for the Samurai Slam Judo Tournament on November 16th in Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 16 all-day

Dear Judo Friends,

It’s time for the next Samurai Slam Judo Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.  Please save the date for November 16th, 2019!

The tournament packet is attached, with a few details still TBA.  The tournament website is up and ready to accept registrations.  Please go to

We are doing pre-registration only.  Early registration deadline is November 4th, and final registration deadline is by November 13th.  Weight classes and divisions can be modified up to the November 13th with no penalties.  NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

As usual we will run juniors, seniors, and veterans divisions on multiple mats.  Kosen (ground only divisions) are back by popular demand. We will also offer kata competition or exhibition graded by national judges and can sign off on requirements for rank testing for most kata in all organizations.

Awards include:

Outstanding Junior Competitor (Male and Female),

Outstanding Senior Competitor (Male and Female),

 Best Kata Team,

 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Junior Team, and

 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Senior Team.

With your continued support the Samurai Slam has continued to grow and is now a major fundraiser for judo in our region.  Please spread the word and come out to participate.  You’ve got 6 weeks to get ready.  You can do it!

Please contact us if you have any questions during registration.


Robert Gouthro

Assistant Tournament Director

American Judo Foundation



North East Promotional Event
Nov 17 all-day


To:   North East Promotional Group/ Shufu North


From:  Miki Takemori, Co-event coordinator (


SAVE THE DATE – November 17th


Pam Hinkle/Blue Dragon Judo is in the final stages of completing the flyer and sanctioning for the Fall Promotional on Sunday, November 17h in New Britain, CT. We will be testing by Shufu Judo Yudanshakai testing procedures/standards (United States Judo Federation) but the test is open to candidates from any organization.


Below are the specific deadlines:


The initial deadline for Shufu Dan Promotion (Form 20) is October 18th and must be sent to Karen Whilden, Shufu Registration Chair at  The fully completed/finalized Form 20 must be completed and sent to Karen by November 2nd.  Kata requirements must also be completed by November 2nd. Please forward your information to me as well at (


Kyu promotional lists (from Club Sensei or his designee) should be turned in by November 2nd, so appropriate paperwork can be prepared for their tests to me at (  Kata requirement for Kyu candidates should also be completed by November 2nd.


Junior Promotional lists (from Club Sensei or his designee) should be turned in by November 10th, so appropriate paperwork can be prepared for their tests to me at (


In regards to the Promotional Standards, the junior promotional standards were approved by the USJF Board of Examiners. We will be following the new USJF Standards for the Junior promotions. At present, a new junior promotional testing sheet is being completed. The standards are attached  to this email.


As far as the Senior Promotional standards are concerned, the adjustment of the guidelines were submitted in the Spring 2019 USJF meeting but were tabled until the next meeting, which will be on December 14-15.  Those revised standards have been resubmitted and hopefully they will be approved.  In the meantime, we will be following the Shufu Senior Promotional Standards with some leeway towards the present USJF standards. I apologize for the delays.


I hope to see you in November.


Thank you,


Miki Takemori and Pam Hinkle

Event Coordinators

Dallas Invitational @ Irving Convention Center
Nov 23 all-day

Dallas Invitationsl

Nov 24 all-day
2019 USA Judo National Presidents Cup Championships
Nov 24 all-day
President’s Cup @ Irving Convention Center
Nov 24 all-day

Annual President’s Cup Judo Tournament

2019 USJA-USJF Winter Nationals @ Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day

This premier event is held each December in sunny Southern California at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center outside of Los Angeles. It was created and is hosted by Goltz Judo and is endorsed by the USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo™ alliance . You can expect to see over 800 competitors from all over the country as well as different parts of the world such as Europe, Asia, South America, even a team from Tahiti! In addition to the national tournament for all age groups and skill levels, clinics are held on coaching, refereeing, kata, and anything pertaining to the study of judo.

James Takemori Memorial Clinic with Sir Neil Adams
Jan 5 all-day
2020 Youth National Judo Championships @ Salt Palace
Mar 28 – Mar 29 all-day

The 2020 edition of the Youth National Championships will be hled in Salt Lake City, UT on March 28-29.

USA Judo Senior National Championships
May 16 – May 17 all-day

Save the Date: USA Judo’s Senior Nationals will be held in Daytona Beach, FL May 16th and 17th of 2020.

USJF-USJA Judo Summer Nationals
Jul 16 – Jul 19 all-day

Ft. Lauderdale, FL will host the USJA-USJF Judo Summer Nationals on July 16-19, a grassroots judo competition – Save the Dates!

A three day Training Camp will follow from July 20-22.

32nd U.S. Open Judo Championships
Jul 23 – Jul 26 all-day

The 32nd annual U.S. Open Junior and Senior International Judo Championships will be hosted by Gerry Navarro in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The tournament will be followed by a three-day training camp.


Save the Dates!

Coach Certification

SafeSport Certification is now required for all USJF registered clubs. If you have already completed the course and submitted a copy of your certificate, you do not need to resubmit. For more information or to take the course, please visit

Heads Up concussion training, through the CDC’s website, is a requirement for all members of your USJF registered club who function as teachers at any time. Please advise all of your instructors and assistant instructors of this requirement. The training can be accessed at: