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Regional Coordinators

Goal/Objective of Regional Coordinators

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

Possible duties and activities

  1. Soliciting feedback and suggestions from local clubs and judoka:
    • Formally and/or informally survey individuals and clubs to identify programming that would best address local interests and needs.
    • Ask for feedback and ideas.
  2. Serving as a resource person for his/her area:
    • Forward helpful information to clubs/individuals, such as USJA newsletter and grassroots coaching news.
    • Convey information to clubs/instructors and provide support. Answer questions or help them to find answers to their questions.
    • Direct clubs/individuals to USJA resources, such as the list of available clinicians, coaching resources, and marketing materials.
    • Provide sample flyers, forms, "to-do" lists, etc., to assist event hosts.
  3. Coordinating USJA Judo events, such as camps, clinics, and exchanges between clubs such as inter dojo workouts in his/her area:
    • Encourage many different clubs to host clinics, camps, and exchanges on a regular basis.
    • Help clubs select and/or contact a clinician.
  4. Support hosting clubs with arrangements and logistics: setting fees and schedules, getting sanctions, etc.
    • Assist hosting clubs with publicity, including composing a flyer and distributing it through a regional email list.
    • Act as a liaison between potential hosts and potential clinicians once an event is scheduled.
  5. Functioning as a liaison between his/her region and the national organization:
    • Be a point of contact should a USJA clinician anticipate traveling to their area and be available to teach.
    • Recommend instructors in their area to be included in the clinicians list.
    • Communicate with national officers and national committee chairs as needed.
  6. Promoting publicity for USJA and judo:
    • Write and/or solicit news items and articles from their area for the Growing Judo the USJA's online magazine.
    • Maintain a contact list (email, address, and phone) for clubs and individuals in their area and use this to publicize events.

Job Description

Regional Coordinators are very active, knowledgeable, and motivated individuals. Their job description includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Visit every dojo in their region at least every six months, or hold a Zoom session.
  • Ensure all members are registered with the USJA, and actively persuade all practitioners to register. Assist as necessary.
  • All ranks are validated, and the club roster is up to date.
  • Partner with the club coach to informally and formally recognize deserving individuals for promotions and awards.
  • Advise all coaches in their respective regions of upcoming tournaments, coaching, kata, referee, and guest instructor clinics.
  • Confer with coaches and coordinate meetings to find out needs of coaches and provide insight on how to improve judo in the region.
  • Provide a written report to the committee chair of clubs visited, promotions, awards, tournaments, and clinics due by the end of each quarter.
  • The committee chair shall compile into one report for all regions and provide to the board quarterly.

If you wish to refer back to a feature article in Growing Judo for valuable information about teaching/coaching judo, please visit the Growing Judo Page.


Name Email Location Region Title
Paulo Fernando Augusto San Marcos CA Alaska/Hawaii Member
Gregory Becker Greeley CO Mountain Member
Doug Bedsaul Starkville MS Southeast Chairman
Alan L. Best Eugene OR Pacific Member
Justin Breese Ketchikan AK Alaska/Hawaii Member
Huie Clinton Brizendine Bowling Green KY Southeast Member
Marshall R. Coffman Dunkirk MD Northeast Member
Thomas R. Gustin Racine WI Midwest Member
Jeffrey A. Johns Kitanning PA Northeast Member
Henry Kaku Petaluma CA Pacific Member
Roger M. Lenfest III Derry NH Northeast Member
Steven P. Owen Tucson AZ Southwest Member
Dave Passoff Great Neck NY Mountain Member
Brian P. Rowe Johnson City TN Southeast Member
Sergio Sanchez CAPE CORAL FL Southwest Member
Eiji Teragouchi Boerne TX Southwest Member


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