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Promotion Board

Mission Statement

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 contributions of the person being promoted. Inherent in this process is the direct evaluation of candidates for high dan promotions. Additionally, the Board will ensure that the process maintains its fairness by simultaneously withholding ranks from unqualified candidates and recognizing deserving candidates. 


Name Rank Email Location Status
Donna C. Turk Rokudan donnaturk@aol.com Navarre FL Chairperson
Kenneth Durand Shichidan kdurand603@gmail.com Keene NH Vice Chair
Raymond A. Conte Rokudan smijudo@gmail.com Amsterdam NY Secretary
Bruce A. Bender Rokudan babender836@gmail.com Marion IN Member
Russell D. Burke Shichidan tpd1161@gmail.com Toledo OH Member
Constance H. Halporn Rokudan constance.halporn@gmail.com Brooklyn NY Member
Mark A. Hays Rokudan manddhays@cox.net Santee CA Member
Randy K. Pierce Shichidan konjo7@aol.com Imperial MO Member
Heiko Rommelmann Jr Rokudan heikojr@yahoo.com Webster NY Member
James S. Bregman Judan jsbregman.64@gmail.com Leesburg VA Emeritus Member


Category Form Action Notes
Judo 12/20 Rank Promotion System, Page Updates View Download
Judo Black Belt Promotion Exam View Download
Judo Black Belt Promotion Package View Download
Judo Black Belt Recommendation For Promotion Form View Download
Judo Certified Rank Examiner Application Form View Download
Judo Judo Rank Validation Form View Download
Judo Judo Rank Validation Package View Download
Judo Junior Recommendation for Promotion Form View Download
Judo Promotion - Senior Kyu View Download
Judo Senior Points Guide - 12/20 p28-33 View Download
Membership Safesport & Heads Up Instructions View Download

Recent High Dan Promotions

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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


  2. USJA OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS (This includes Promotion Board Minutes)
  3. Certified Rank Examiner Sub-Committee Page

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