Referee Development & Certification Committee
last updated 10 Oct 2016
Gary Takemoto, IJF-A,
David Smith, IJF-A,
Greg Moore, IJF-A
Hector Estevez, IJF-A
Mark Hirota, IJF-A
Calvert Kitaura, National
The Referee Development and Certification Committee is responsible for recruiting, educating, and supporting referees and assists in the development of certified regional, National, and International referees.
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About the Referee Development & Certification Committee
The REFEREE DEVELOPMENT AND CERTIFICATION COMMITTEE shall be responsible for the recruiting, educating, and supporting referees and assisting in the development of certified regional, National, and International referees.
The Committee will assist in scheduling and conducting clinics, programs, training course, and/or seminars/workshops to educate and disseminate information regarding International Judo Federation (IJF) rule interpretations and educational documents.
Also, the Committee shall provide such assistance and guidance to its members in the formation and development of a Yudanshakai Referee Development Program.
The Referee Development and Certification Committee shall consist of not less than (3) members, and appointment on the Committee is intended to demonstrate a fair representation across the continental United States.
Under the guidance from the Referee Development and Certification Committee, the Committee shall establish general guidance and criteria for Yudanshakais for creating and supporting local Referee Development Programs.
Questions regarding judo rules and/or situations may be directed either to the Yudanshakai Referee Chair or to the JF Referee Committee.
List of Yudanshakai Referee Committee Chairs
Last Update February 2, 2008
|50th State Judo Association||Raymond Saito|
|Arizona Judo Yudanshakai||Greg Moore|
|Central California Judo Black Belt Association|
|Central Coast Judo Association||Cal Kitaura|
|Chicago Judo Black Belt Association||None|
|Daiheigen Judo Yudanshakai||Robert Fukuda|
|Florida Judo Yudanshakai||Terri Lahner|
|Florida State Judo Yudanshakai||Hector Estevez|
|Ganbaru Judo Yudanshakai|
|Hawaii State Judo Association||Nathan Hiraoka|
|Hokka Judo Yudanshakai||Mac Takeda|
|Hudson Judo Yudanshakai|
|Intermountain Judo Yudanshakai||Randy King & Bob Suyehira|
|Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii||Clay Asato|
|Konan Judo Yudanshakai (Great Lakes)||Tom Sheehan|
|Nanka Judo Yudanshakai||Dan Takata|
|Niagara Judo Yudanshakai|
|Northwest Judo Yudanshakai||Calvin Terada|
|Pacific Southwest Judo Yudanshakai||Bernie Semel|
|Rokushu Judo Yudanshakai||Thomas White|
|San Joaquin Valley Judo Association||Haruo Imamura|
|Shinnanbu Judo Black Belt||None|
|Shufu Judo Yudanshakai||Roy Englert|
|Southern Pacific Judo Yudanshakai||Craig Takeshita|
Work Products, Clinics, and Trip Reports
2009 USA Judo Refereeing Rules [PDF – 403KB]
May 05 2009
Policy & Procedures for Referee Workshops
Mar 02 2008
Referee Clinician Travel Reimbursement Form
USJF coaching training programs
Clinics are held through the year. The Summer Junior National Tournament, for instance, has a clinic with them.