United States Judo Association

The USJA commits itself to spreading the art of Judo to the best of our abilities in the spirit of jita-kyoei, mutual benefit. This was Jigoro Kano's vision when he founded Judo, and we carry this philosophy on and off the tatami. We look forward to providing support, education, and a community of like-minded people to help foster the growth and expansion of Judo in the United States.

Our committees, members, and staff all have ample experience working with each other to create the best environment that facilitates people of all ages getting involved and integrating Judo and it's principles into their lives. We hope you enjoy your time here and explore the vast amount of services that we offer; from member services and club management options to webinars and clinics with the nation's top competitors and coaches.

"If there is effort, there is always accomplishment." - Jigoro Kano

Latest News

October Promotion Board & CRE Committee News


August Promotion Board & CRE Committee News


Sensei David Parritt 8D


Today's Birthdays

  • Miss Reina Frances Prince
  • Ashley Travis
  • Samantha Millar
  • Edward Hiroyuki Iizumi
  • Colton William Garcia
  • Gary G. Garnett
  • Rachel Vanni
  • Me Zachary Scott Krietemeyer
  • Michael Ashley McKeever
  • Elyssa Lee Specht

Last 10 Promotions

04/23/2024 Shawn Alan Wilson Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/23/2024 Shannon Fee Johnson City Judo Club Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/23/2024 Israel Gelpi Bronx Judo and Martial Arts Inc. Yodan - 4th Degree
04/23/2024 Kevin M. Fritschy Derry Judo Club Yodan - 4th Degree
04/23/2024 Steven M. McDowell Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/23/2024 Haiven Alexis Ortiz Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Yellow Belt - 1st Degree
04/23/2024 Troy Jennings Milholin Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/23/2024 Neal Robert Flanagan Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/23/2024 Johnathan Keith Ortiz Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC Rokyu - Yellow Belt
04/22/2024 Abigail McKeon Budokan Judo Club Green Belt - 5th Degree

Top 10 Clubs

Harrisburg Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo LLC
Milestone Martial Arts
Samurai Judo Association
Bushido Kai Judo, Inc
Ohio Judan Judo Club
SOHK Judo Club
Hollywood Judo Dojo
Judo-Jujitsu Madison
Shoshinkan Martial Arts
Emerald City Judo


Become a member of the United States Judo Association now

  • Annual Membership
  • Individuals and Families
  • Family Discounts More Info
  • Accident and Liability Insurance
  • Members Only Specials
  • Rank Verification
  • $75 / 12 months
  • Sign up
  • Life Membership
  • Includes Annual Membership Benefits
  • Life Member Specials
  • Be a part of judo for life!
  • $400 / initial
  • $45 / 12 months (sustaining)
  • Sign up
  • Trial Membership
  • Accident and Liability Insurance
  • Members Only Specials
  • Rank Verification
  • Join the largest judo organization
    in the US!
  • $10 / 10 days
  • Sign up

*Please pick the membership option that best serves your needs.

Board of Directors

Our Leadership

The USJA Board of Directors are democratically elected by our senior members every 4 years.

The USJA has 2 standing committees: Promotion & Standards and Ethics.

David Brogan

David Brogan, Esq.


C. Scott Main

C. Scott Main

New Jersey


Steve Matias

Vice President

Peter Mantel

Jordan Stone


George E. Chittenden

George E. Chittenden


John Schneider

John Schneider

New York

Paul Bova

Paul Bova


We are always looking for volunteers to serve on our various committees. You must be an active member and have a current, cleared background check to volunteer.

Volunteer now


Current USJA Comittees

Michael Goldsmith, Chair


The Bylaws Committee is responsible for safeguarding The USJA bylaws and all related changes.

Learn More
Jason Morris, Chair


The USJA Coaching Education and Certification Committee has these main goals: to run clinics and training camps throughout the country to raise the technical skills of coaches and their athletes, and to run a certification program of outstanding quality emphasizing a comprehensive approach to coaching.

Learn More


The mission of the USJA’s Development Committee is to build stronger communities and better people through the discipline, physical conditioning, focus, and ethical values learned in judo.

Learn More


The Election Committee is responsible for operating our Director elections according to the USJA Bylaws.

Learn More
Barry Stebbins, Chair


The USJA believes that all variations of Jujitsu have something to offer our Jujitsuka. We believe that all styles can peacefully coexist under one banner. We believe that all styles of Jujitsu should conform to the basic principles as broadly depicted in the USJA Jujitsu manual.

Learn More
Kenneth Durand, Chair


Our Kata Committee serves the membership by providing step-by-step descriptions of kata, plus score sheets for judges. We suggest you print the guidelines for the kata you are doing and refer to them often for guidance. We encourage kata practitioners to attend judo camps and clinics to perfect the kata, for evaluation, and perhaps even for certification as kata instructor or judge.

Learn More
David Brogan, Chair


The Kosen Judo committee is devoted to educating and improving all aspects of newaza development.

Learn More
Steven Matias, Chair


Our focus is on the improvement, organization, and solidarity of our men and women in uniform, as well as those who serve the public.

Learn More
James Bregman, Chair


The National Awards Committee, like all non-standing committees, serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors. We may suggest or recommend to the Board individuals or programs worthy of recognition.

Learn More
Isaac "Ike" Henderson, Chair


The mission of the Professional Judo Committee is to gather, create, and distribute information and resources that are beneficial to those individuals wanting to open new schools or transition existing programs into full-time, paying, commercial martial arts schools.

Learn More
John Paccione, Chair


The mission of the USJA Promotion Board is to ensure that the standards of promotions awarded by the USJA reflect the technical expertise, range of techniques, character development, overall judo knowledge, and contribution to the sport of the person promoted.

Learn More


The Publications Committee is responsible for the organizations publications, such as newsletters, updates, and other correspondence.

Learn More
Richard Celotto, Chair


The purpose of the Referee Certification Committee is to educate the competitor, coach, and referee in the Competitive Rules of judo.

Learn More
Doug Bedsaul, Chair


The goal of regional coordinators is to facilitate the development of judo at all levels. Regional coordinators contact and encourage many clubs and individuals to participate and host events aimed at increasing participation in judo via the USJA.

Learn More


The mission of this committee is two-fold. First, the committee will examine the role of judo in the lives of school-aged children and teens. Secondly, the committee will examine the process of developing partnerships with elementary, middle, and high schools with suggestions for implementing judo in local schools in the spirit of mutual “welfare and benefit”.

Learn More
Michael Goldsmith, Chair


The USJA Code of Ethics is our statement of purpose. It is the guideline for our commitment to a standard of excellence and integrity unprecedented in sports. It is the mission of the USJA Standards and Ethics Committee to encourage, support, and foster the ethical behavior of all USJA members as well as to establish a policy of intolerance for behavior contrary to the USJA’s established Code of Ethics.

Learn More
Brian Lee Money, Chair


The Special Needs Committee is dedicated to educating, advising, and certifying prospective judo coaches and instructors on training and teaching judo students with Special Needs.

Learn More
Michael Hall, Chair


We get stuff done!

Learn More

Contact Us

Need help with something?

United States Judo Association, Inc.

2059 Merrick Road #313
Merrick, NY 11566
Phone: (516) 366-3311 Fax: (844) 892-6608

We look forward to speaking with you.

Send us mail

Or follow us on Facebook

Proud member of the American Judo Alliance: