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

Judo clinic/workout on Saturday morning:


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 

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


All clinics and written test will be at the SJSU Event Center, aerobics room, on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  Contact Vaughn Imada at 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:

Sensei Harold Yamada:

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 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.”