United States Judo Association

The United States Judo Association is a sports association in the United States. It was formed in 1968 following a reorganization of the Armed Forces Judo Association, and is one of three national judo associations in the United States, the other two being USA Judo and the United States Judo Federation.[1]

United States Judo Association
SportJudo
Founded1968
AffiliationUSA Judo
Regional affiliationUnited States
Official website
www.usja-judo.org
United States

HistoryEdit

The US Judo Association was founded by George Harris,[2] George Bass, Robey Reed, Jim Bregman, Philip S. Porter, Rick Mertins, and Karl Geis[3]

LeadershipEdit

In addition to the founding members, leadership of the USJA has included Jim Nichols, Jesse Jones, Mike Szrejter, Jim Webb, AnnMaria De Mars (Ronda Rousey's Mother), Gary Goltz, Marc Cohen, John Paccione, and Paul 'Bob' Rush.

RankingsEdit

USJA Junior Judo Rank System
Rank Identification Minimum Age Time-In-Grade Promotion Points
Junior 1st Degree Yellow Belt 2 4 Months 5
Junior 2nd Degree Yellow Belt 5 2 Months 5
Junior 3rd Degree Orange Belt 6 2 Months 6
Junior 4th Degree Orange Belt 7 2 Months 7
Junior 5th Degree Green Belt 8 3 Months 8
Junior 6th Degree Green Belt 9 3 Months 9
Junior 7th Degree Blue Belt 10 3 Months 10
Junior 8th Degree Blue Belt 11 3 Months 11
Junior 9th Degree Purple Belt 12 4 Months 12
Junior 10th Degree Purple Belt 12 4 Months 12
While the USJA does have a Junior 11th and 12th Degree, usually Juniors with superior ability are promoted to Senior Sankyu at age 13
USJA Senior Judo Rank System
Rank Identification Minimum Time Promotion Points
6th Class Rank (Rokkyu) Yellow Belt 3 Months 6 Points
5th Class Rank (Gokyu) Orange Belt 5 Months 9 Points
4th Class Rank (Yonkyu) Green Belt 6 Months 12 Points
3rd Class Rank (Sankyu) Brown Belt 8 Months 16 Points
2nd Class Rank (Nikyu) Brown Belt 10 Months 20 Points
1st Class Rank (Ikkyu) Brown Belt 10 Months 23 Points
1st Degree (Shodan) Black Belt 1 Years 60 Points
2nd Degree (Nidan) Black Belt 2 Years 120 Points
3rd Degree (Sandan) Black Belt 4 Years 240 Points
4th Degree (Yodan) Black Belt or Red and Black Belt 5 Years 300 Points
5th Degree (Godan) Black Belt or Red and Black Belt 6 Years 400 Points
6th Degree (Rokudan) Black Belt or Red and White Belt 7 Years 600 Points
7th Degree (Shichidan) Black Belt or Red and White Belt 8 Years 700 Points
8th Degree (Hachidan) Black Belt or Red and White Belt 9 Years 800 Points
9th Degree (Kudan) Black Belt or Red Belt
10th Degree (Judan) Black Belt or Red Belt

The highest ranks (Kudan and Judan) are bestowed by the USJA's Promotion Board in conjunction with the Board of Directors on rare occasions

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Thomas A, Green; Joseph R. Svinth (2010). Martial Arts of the World: An Encyclopedia of History and Innovation, Volume 2. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 9781598842432. p. 449.
  2. ^ http://www.usjf.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/George-Harris-PR-1-11.pdf
  3. ^ "International Judo Federation". Archived from the original on 2015-02-15. Retrieved 2015-03-11.