Referee’s Corner


Recent Article from the January 6, 2016 New York Times entitledThe Subtle Art of Judo Refereeing


Shufu Referees


USJF Referee Development and Certification


Testing Procedures for Local and Regional Certification


Guide to Visually Impaired Judo

2014 – 2016 IJF Referee Rules, March 2015


2016 IJF Referee and Coach Seminar

Tokyo, Japan

Part 1

Part 2


2015 IJF Referee Seminar

Malaga, Spain

Part 1

Part 2


Notes from 2014 IJF Referee Seminar

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA


Robert Fukuda Clinic Video


USA Judo Referee Page


USA Judo Chief Referee Manual


USJA Referee Committee


USA Judo Referee Rules – 2010


IJF Rules Changes 2010 – 2012


Mexico City Seminar on IJF Rules Changes – 2013


USA Judo Referee Development


USA Judo Referee Commission


EJU Referee Commission

George Balch Scholarship

Reminder to all high school seniors and graduates intending to continue judo and attend college – The application deadline for the 2018 George Balch Scholarship is June 30, 2018. This year, in addition to the four continuing scholarship awardees, the Committee will strive to fund one additional scholarship. Please read the qualifications and application form carefully and be sure to provide the required information.

Balch Scholarship Fund webpage

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: