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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 directly evaluating candidates for high dan promotions. Additionally, the Board will ensure the process maintains fairness by withholding ranks from unqualified candidates and recognizing deserving candidates.

Safe Sport Program

Please remember all coaches must now take and pass this online 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, please send an email to requesting access to the Safe Sport Program. The National Office will give you a number to use to access Safe sport.

Concussion Training (Your choice of CDC or NAYS)

By taking the CDC Heads Up Concussion Training 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 Heads Up Concussion course. Once you complete the training and quiz, you can print out a certificate and email it to the office for verification.

To complete the NAYS course, please visit the National Alliance for Youth Sports website, choose the 'SIGN UP' button and follow the instructions. Upon proper completion, download the certificate and email to or fax to (844) 892-6608. You may visit the NAYS website HERE.

Background Check

Go to the Background Screening Site HERE.

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


Name Rank Email Location Status
John Paccione Shichidan Cape Coral FL Chairman
Kenneth Durand Shichidan Keene NH Vice Chair
Russell D. Burke Shichidan Toledo OH Secretary
James S. Bregman Judan Leesburg VA Member
Jan D. Finkbeiner Shichidan Williamsport PA Member
Mark A. Hays Rokudan Santee CA Member
Osmil Millan Hachidan Maddison WI Member
Randy K. Pierce Hachidan, Imperial MO Member
Heiko Rommelmann Jr Rokudan Webster NY Member


Category Form Actions
Judo Promotion - Senior Kyu View Download
Judo Junior Recommendation for Promotion Form View Download
Judo Judo Rank Validation Package View Download
Judo Judo Rank Validation Form View Download
Judo Black Belt Promotion Exam View Download
Judo Senior Points Guide - 12/20 p28-33 View Download
Judo Certified Rank Examiner Application Form View Download
Membership * USJA Rank Promotion Updates View Download
Judo Black Belt Dan Recommendation For Promotion form View Download
Membership Black Belt Dan Promotion Package View Download
Judo 9th and 10th Dan Promotion Requirements View Download
Judo 9th and 10th Dan Recommendation For Promotion Form View Download
Membership USJA Judo Rank Promotion System – Addendum 4.0 (Effective 8/2/2023) View Download
Judo * Promotion Point Approval 07/10/2023 View Download
Judo * Rank Examination for all Senior Kyu Ranks Through Shodan View Download
Judo Black Belt 1-3 Dan Promotion Form (2024) View Download
Judo * Rank Examination for all Senior Kyu Ranks Through Shodan View Download

High Dan Promotions

Member Rank Rank Date Club