Referee Development & Certification Committee

last updated 10 Oct 2016


, Chair

Gary Takemoto, IJF-A, Vice Chair

David Smith, IJF-A, Secretary

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.

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 &amp Procedures for Referee Workshops

Mar 02 2008

Referee Clinician Travel Reimbursement Form

USJF coaching training programs

USJF coach pages

USJF teachers pages

Clinics are held through the year. The Summer Junior National Tournament, for instance, has a clinic with them.