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Professional Judo Committee

The USJA recognizes that there are many different reasons that people run judo programs. Just like there is a need and place for those who want to run community based programs there is also a need for full-time, professional judo instructors who run commercial, for-profit judo programs. With this in mind the USJA Professional Judo Committee has been formed.

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. Members of the Professional Judo Committee are individuals with a proven track record of managing professional, for-profit schools. These individuals share resources and ideas that have proven successful in their own schools and are available for seminars and small group training sessions with you and your assistant instructors for a nominal fee. 

We are always actively seeking qualified volunteers to serve on this committee. 

The criteria is as follows:
  • Should be an Active USJA Club Leaders (Black Belt Level) who currently run a successful for-profit judo program.
  • Must be willing to share their thoughts, ideas and strategies with other coaches in the interest of helping to grow Judo in the US.
  • Must be willing to provide seminars/small group training to interested coaches in their region.

If you think you have what it takes and are willing to play an active role in the formation of this new Committee please respond to this message with some basic info on yourself and your school/program.

Please send all replies to:

Isaac Henderson, Committee Chair

Safe Sport Program

Please remember all coaches must now take and pass this on-line test. You may do this at your convenience. It takes between 2 and 3 hours total but can be completed in segments. Once you have completed the program, please send a copy of the certificate to the USJA Office. Please go to Safe Sport, select the option of USA Judo member or Non-USA Judo member, and follow the required steps. You will use your USA Judo membership number if you are a member. If you are a non-member, you will be given a number to use to access Safe sport.

Heads Up Concussion Training

By taking this free, online course and using what you learn, you will be well positioned to improve the culture of concussion. Your actions can help create a safe environment for young athletes so that they can stay healthy, active, and thrive – both on and off the playing field. Click Here to take the course. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate and email it to the office for verification.

Background Check

A completed and clear current background check is required for all Certified Coaches. Go to the Background Screening Site.

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Name Rank Email Location Status
Paul Edward Haben Sandan Spring Branch TX Vice Chair
Andrew Connelly Hachidan Spring TX Member
Thomas Knowlton Sandan Meriden CT Member
Michael Lockwood Nidan Carlisle PA Member
Alexis Perez-Cruz Nidan Carlisle Barracks PA Member
Kevin C. Schaumleffle Yodan Fort Mitchell AL Member


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