Gary Takemoto Referee Clinic November 4th

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Olympic referee Gary Takemoto returns for another informative, entertaining clinic. For those seeking local or regional referee certification a CENCO written test will follow the Clinic.  This is a closed book test and Participants are expected to have studied CENCO’s recommended referee manual in advance: http://bit.ly/2xYKEo3; A practical examination will follow during Palo Alto’s tournament on Sunday November 5th at the Menlo-Atherton High School gym.

The clinic will cover both current status and possible future directions for rules and be of great value for Referees, Coaches, and Competitors alike:

  • Referees: Improve your “game” and get ready for further advancement
  • Coaches: Learn how Referees are being guided and prepare your athletes accordingly
  • Competitors: Learn how you can seek ethical advantages and avoid surprises on the mat

Clinic attire is slacks and polo shirts. The cost for CENCO members will be $35 and $40 for members of clubs outside CENCO.

Eligibility: Must be a current USJF, USJA or USJI member and present card

Questions: Please email max.rayner+refclinic@gmail.com

USJF SANCTION # 17-11-12

Sponsored by: CENCO Yudanshakai

Hosted by: Palo Alto Judo Club at Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, USA

Saturday, November 4, 2017 Registration at 9:30am.  Clinic 10am – 2pm.

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North Bay Developmental Shiai and Referee Clinic

The North Bay Developmental Shiai will be held August 20th in Petaluma. There are no black belt divisions at this tournament – kyu ranks only for both kids and adults.

As in previous years there will be a referee clinic the day before.

You can download the tournament flyer and all referee clinic documents below.

Referee 2017 clinic

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Refereeing Judo-August 2017

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Clinics this weekend in conjunction with San Jose Buddhist tournament

As you know, San Jose’s Sensei Memorial Tournament is coming up this weekend and we have a couple of important clinics in conjunction with the main event:

San Jose State University Event Center

7th Street and San Carlos

Sanctioned By: USA Judo #2017-08-02

http://www.sjbjudo.org/2017-sensei-memorial-tournament

Judo clinic/workout on Saturday morning:

JUDO CLINIC/WORKOUT

Yosh Uchida Hall on SJSU Campus, corner of 4th Street & San Carlos Street.

Judo Clinic/Workout for all from 10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M., Saturday, February 18, 2017$30 payable to SJBJC.

Check website for entry form and updated information atwww.sjbjudo.org. 

Referee Clinic with tests for both National and Regional/Local referees: 

NATIONAL AND REGIONAL REFEREE CERTIFICATION, Latest Rules Discussion

All clinics and written test will be at the SJSU Event Center, aerobics room, on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  Contact Vaughn Imada at vpimada@aol.com if you have questions regarding National and/or Regional Referee testing. 

Referee Clinic 2:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. ($20 payable to USA Judo)

National and Regional Referee Candidate written test 4:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. or soon after referee clinic.  New IJF contest rules as adopted by USA Judo discussed.  Referees attending clinic must be dressed in Referee attire.  National candidates must be fully dressed in referee suit and tie even at the clinic.

Candidates for Regional or Local Referee certification will be required to attend the referee clinic, pass the Regional/Local Referee test and receive a satisfactory evaluation in the practical portion during the event.  Regional/Local candidates may wear white polo shirt in lieu of white shirt, tie and coat.  $15 fee payable to “Cenco” to take the Regional or Local test and process certification.

NOTE:  The Regional/Local test will use legacy rules since that’s how the tournament will be fought.

Candidates for National Referee Certification must meet the following criteria and conditions.  A National Referee must:

  1. be at least 18 years of age.
  2. be a citizen of the USA.
  3. be a Regional Referee for at least one year.
  4. be a member of USA JUDO (USJI)
  5. have a recognized judo rank of Shodan (1st dan) or higher.

Candidates (National, Regional and Local) must attend the Clinic, pass the written test, referee the entire event and receive a satisfactory evaluation.  National Referee candidates should bring proof of age, citizenship, rank, regional certification and USA Judo membership to the Clinic.  For National Referee candidates there is a $20 fee to take the National test and a $10 one-time registration fee for successful National Referee candidates.  Checks should be made payable to USA Judo.

Reminder for National Referee candidates:

Here’s a list of what you need to have ready for that day (copies only — don’t want originals):

=> Digital 2X2 high rez passport photo (2 megapixel or better which you will email this to the people listed below).  You can email this to the Sensei listed below.

Copy of proof of age and US citizenship/permanent residence

=> Passport  OR birth certificate… not a driver’s license

=> Rank Proof copy (both Rank certificate or Rank validated USJI card)

=> Dated Regional Referee Certificate copy

=> Proof of USA Judo membership (current USJI card or Life Membership)

=> Background investigation results on file or download and submit background form to get it started.

You can ask the USJF office to share the one they did for any dan promotion for you to USA Judo.

The referee commision doesn’t want the results, they want it on file with USA Judo.

You should notify the following people of your intention to test:

Sensei Ralph Palmer:   RefComAsst2@surewest.net

Sensei Harold Yamada:  yamadadojo@hotmail.com

When you come to the clinic you must come fully dressed as if you were going to referee:

Black jacket, white shirt, black tie, dark grey pants, completely black socks.

CENCO Referee Clinic led by Olympic Referee Gary Takemoto

 

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In conjunction with Palo Alto Judo Club’s annual tournament, CENCO will be offering an exciting Referee Clinic led by Gary Takemoto on 11/12/2016 (USJF SANCTION # 16-11-10).

Sensei Takemoto was the only U.S. referee selected to officiate at the Olympic Games, a rare honor indicative of his status as one of the U.S.’s most highly regarded referees.

This Referee Clinic will be hosted by the Palo Alto Judo Club on Saturday, November 12th from 10am to 4pm at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple, 2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303.

As you may know, from this November forward, CENCO will require Dan candidates to be certified as referees.  For those seeking local or regional referee certification, a test will be administered at the end of the Saturday clinic and then a practical examination will follow during Palo Alto’s tournament on Sunday November 13th at the Menlo-Atherton High School gym.  The tournament Officials meeting on Sunday will start at 9am.

The cost to attend this clinic for CENCO members will be $35 and $40 for members of clubs outside CENCO.

The clinic will cover both current status and possible future directions for rules and will be of great value for Referees, Coaches, and Competitors alike:

  • Referees: Improve your “game” and get ready for further advancement
  • Coaches: Learn how Referees are being guided and prepare your athletes accordingly
  • Competitors: Learn how you can seek ethical advantages and avoid surprises on the mat
  • Questions: Please email max.rayner+refclinic@gmail.com
  • Participants may bring their own lunch or elect to join an order for sandwiches which will be organized when the clinic starts.
  • Dress code is business casual: polo shirt and slacks, no sweats, no short pants, no gym gear.  Attendees may want to have a gi in their car just in case, but we expect few if any will be asked to suit up with a gi.

Clinic registration and liability waiver is attached – please share!

CENCO Referee Clinic Enjoys Record Attendance

Graduates Already Serving as Tournament Referees

CENCO’s referee development efforts are paying off, and not just for CENCO but also for other Yudanshakai. Recent CENCO referee clinic graduates were among those refereeing at the East Bay Judo Institute’s tournament held on Sunday, September 18, 2016.

The addition of graduates from CENCO’s 2015 and 2016 Petaluma Referee Clinic helped beef up mat referees and this is expected to continue into this and future tournament seasons.

Cal Kitaura, head of referee training and chairman of the Board of Examiners for CENCO, commented “We are stepping up our efforts in order to assure a steady pipeline of new referees and also to provide a ladder up for technical development among referees. In addition to the Petaluma Clinic, this year we will host IJF-A and Olympic referee Gary Takemoto at a referee certification clinic during Palo Alto’s annual tournament. This Referee Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 12 th from 10am to 4pm at the Palo Alto Buddhist Temple (2751 Louis Rd, Palo Alto, CA) with a practical examination to follow during Palo Alto’s tournament on Sunday November 13th at the Menlo-Atherton High School in Menlo Park, CA.”

CENCO’s most recent Petaluma clinic took place on August 27th and 28th, 2016 and enjoyed record attendance: twenty-four participants joined both the clinic on Saturday the 27th and the practical exam at DeLeon’s developmental tournament on Sunday August 28th. Cal Kitaura, head of referee training and chairman of the Board of Examiners for CENCO, and Max Rayner, secretary of CENCO’s Board of Examiners, led both a practice session and a multi- media clinic where attendees were treated to:

  • A practical demonstration session
  • A review of video highlights of IJF’s January 2016 Referee and Coach Seminar
  • Selections from Rio’s 2016 Judo Olympic matches
  • A written reference text “Refereeing Judo – Introduction and Abridged Rules” which was co-authored by Mr. Kitaura and Mr. Rayner based on IJF and USA Judo public domain content to provide beginning referees with appropriate guidance on both rules and the refereeing process.

The following day, Jim Pennington, vice-chairman of the Board of Examiners for CENCO, and Larry Okumoto, national referee, led a practical examination which together written test scores determined the level of certification for each participant.

Mr. Rayner concluded “It was great to help deliver the training, but even more gratifying was the opportunity to see several of our graduates from clinics in 2015 and 2016 already making a positive difference in both CENCO tournaments and in other Yudanshakai’s tournaments.”