2017 Tournament

Team Tournament Results

Sunday, 19 February 2017
San Jose State University Event Center
7th Street and San Carlos
Sanctioned By: USA Judo #2017-08-02
Al Kato (Director) alkato@comcast.net - 408.838.8956
Elaine Abad (Director) geabad@sbcglobal.net - 510.659.8658
Dan Kikuchi (Advisor) dykikuchi1@gmail.com - 408.712.3474
Vaughn Imada (Advisor) vpimada@aol.com - 408.379.7066


This tournament is open to all male and female contestants at least five (5) years of age on the day of the competition.  All contestants must be registered members of and in good standing with the United States Judo Association (USJA), United States Judo Federation (USJF) or USA Judo (USJI).

All contestants must present their valid USJA, USJF, or USA Judo registration card, with acceptable proof of insurance, at the time of registration.  If a contestant is unable to present their valid registration card, he or she will be required to purchase a membership of one of the organizations at the tournament site.  Responsibility for reimbursement of membership fees for those who have previously registered remains that of the individual.

All contestants must be familiar with the sport of Judo and the rules in connection therewith and have sufficient ability to safely compete in the tournament.  Contestants, their parents (in the case of minor contestants), and their instructors have the responsibility of insuring that the contestants meet this requirement.

REGISTRATION AND ENTRY FEES                                



Non-Black Belt Division

Junior, Intermediate, Senior, Masters


Black Belt Division


1 contestant

3 from same family

Pre-registration mailed in and postmarked by February 9, 2017.  On-line pre-registration deadline February 14, 2017 12 midnight, and must weigh-in on Saturday, February 18, 2017.




Registration and weigh-in on Saturday,

February 18, 2017




NO Sunday Registration

 *No family discounts given by on-line registration.  Family discounts for 3 or more in the same family must be by mail in registration only.

There will be official satellite weigh-in centers in Baldwin Park, Carson, East Bay, Fresno, Gardena, Marina, Petaluma, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Jose on the evening of Thursday, February 16, 2017 for non-black belts only, if not competing in black belt divisions.  Contestants must have pre-registered and present appropriate forms (signed waiver, current membership card) at weigh-in centers.  Exact location and other tournament updates to be posted on www.sjbjudo.org.  All black belts or non-black belts competing in black belt divisions must weigh in on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Event Center.  

Contestant may compete in only one pool unless the second pool is in a black belt division.   Entry fee is payable at the time of registration. Make personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders payable to the “San Jose Buddhist Judo Club”.  There will be a $25 charge on all returned checks.   Please send pre-registrations to Elaine Abad, 570 Merlot Drive, Fremont, CA 94539 postmarked by February 9, 2017.  We will accept Visa and Mastercard credit cards on the days of registration.  Credit card also accepted for on-line registration.  No refunds unless granted by tournament director.


To assure the requirements for participation in the “Sensei Memorial” Invitational Judo Tournament, the following forms must be completed and submitted at the time of registration:

  1. Official Entry Form and entry fee.
  2. Waiver and Release of Liability and Agreement to Participate Form.
  3. A copy of rank (rank certificate or USA Judo membership card having the verification symbol “V” printed following the rank indicated) from instructor for non-black belt competitors competing in the black belt divisions.

All forms, including the “Waiver and Release of Liability and Agreement to Participate” form, must be completed fully and signed as a precondition of the acceptance of the entry to compete.


Non-Black Belt Pools including Brown Belt and Masters

All contestants will be grouped in pools, according to age, size, and rank.  Every effort will be made to separate contestants from the same club, and to provide competitors with the maximum number of matches with opponents of roughly same size and ability, although this will not be possible in all cases.  Instructors are requested to check pools when called to insure the safety of their students.  If a participant decides not to compete, after registration but before actual competition, their entry will be withdrawn and fee refunded in full, under the conditions stipulated on the entry form.  Combined masters pool for brown and black belts 35 years and older; if there are enough contestants for a pool. If there are not, those contestants may opt to withdraw from the tournament or be placed in a regular, pool.

Black Belt Division

This year the tournament is not a Senior or Junior Level Point Event.  All contestants competing in the Black Belt division must be pre-registered or register and weigh in on Saturday, February 18, 2017.  All contestants will be grouped in divisions by the following weight categories listed below.


Men Women
121.1 lb (55 kg) 178.4 lb (81 kg) 96.9 lb (44 kg) 138.7 lb (63 kg)
132.1 lb (60 kg) 198.2 lb (90 kg) 105.7 lb (48 kg) 154.1 lb (70 kg)
145.3 lb (66 kg) 220.2 lb (100 kg) 114.5 lb (52 kg) 171.8 lb (78 kg)
160.7 lb (73 kg) +220.2 lb (+100 kg) 125.5 lb (57 kg) +171.8 lb (+78 kg)
Open Division Open Division

The top 4 nationally ranked Senior athletes will be seeded if they compete in the weight division in which they are ranked.  #1 and #4 shall be placed on one side of the bracket; #2 and #3 shall be placed on the other side.  The seeding order shall be in the order of the byes, i.e., if there is 1 bye, #1 shall get it; if there are 2 byes, #’s 1 and 2 shall get them, etc.  If any of the top 4 nationally ranked athletes are not in attendance, athletes ranked #5 and below SHALL NOT be seeded, i.e., “moved up” to the next higher seed position.


The matches will be conducted using the current Contest Rules for Judo as stipulated by the International Judo Federation (IJF) and currently adopted by USA Judo, with the following modifications:

  1. Double Drop-Knee Seoinage will NOT be allowed with 12 years of age or younger (Hansokumake for that match).
  2. Shime-Waza (Choking techniques) will be allowed with contestants 13 years of age or older only.
  3. Kansetsu-Waza (Joint lock techniques) will be allowed in the Black Belt divisions only.
  4. Pre 2003 IJF Medical rule except for Black Belt division.
  5. Blue and white gi is mandatory for competitors in the black belt division as per latest accepted IJF contest rules, and as adopted by USA Judo.  Blue gi optional for all other competitors.
  6. Golden score rule adjusted for non black belt division.  See match time below.
  7. Players may compete in only 1 pool or division unless the second division is Black Belt or Black Belt open division.
  8. Black Belt Division:  Players must compete in the weight category that conforms to their measured weight at weigh-in. Example:  A player competing in the 81 kg division must weigh over 73 kg and less than or equal to 81 kg.
  9. 12 and under, 1st call for leg grab or grabbing below the belt will be a Shido violation and the second violation will be Hansokumake.  (New!)
  10. 12 and under, no disqualification for short gi pants or sleeve but given chance to change.  (New!)

Match Time and Criteria for Winning

 2 minutes:            Competitors under 10 years old with one minute maximum “Golden Score”

 3 minutes:            Competitors 10 years old and over and Masters with one minute maximum “Golden Score”

4 minutes:            Women Black Belt divisions with no time limit “Golden Score”

5 minutes:            Men Black Belt divisions with no time limit “Golden Score”

Medical Rule

  1. All contestants except Black Belt division will be using pre 2003 IJF rules.  Determination of cause and match winner will remain with the referee and judge(s).
  2. Matches involving Black Belt division will use current IJF rules.


First, second and third place awards will be given in each pool or division.  Places will be awarded by the following criteria in this order:


(a)  most points                                                                                           

(b)  most wins, if points are tied                                                                               

(c)  head to head, if wins are tied                                                            

(d)  If two contestants have not competed, but are tied in wins and points, they will compete if similar in size; if their sizes are too different, consult tournament director.


(a)  most wins

(b)  most points if wins are tied

(c)  head to head if points are tied


  IPPON Win                 10 points                              

  WAZA-ARI Win          7 points                

  YUKO Win                  5 points

  DECISION                  1 point   

Black Belt Division Prize Awards for Place Winners (does not include Masters pool)

Modified double elimination system for placement

Competitors in division 1st Place 2nd Place 3rd Place
2 $90 - -
3 $130 - -
4 $160 $60 -
5 $220 $90 -
6 $300 $120 $60
10 $500 $300 $100

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP AWARD – Awarded to the club with the highest number of combined points for each contestant that placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd for their club or team.  Points are awarded to place winners of each pool or division as follows:

  1. 5 Points – for 1st place in pool or division
  2. 3 Points – for 2nd place in pool or division
  3. 1 Point –  for 3rd place in pool or division 

 A monetary donation to further Judo club training and education will be awarded to First to Fifth place Judo Club. 

A club member must be registered with the club.  A club must be registered with USA Judo, USJA or USJF.

1st place club $750
2nd place club $500
3rd place club $250
4th place club $150
5th place club $100

ON-LINE TOURNAMENT UPDATES:  We will post approximate competition times for some pools on www.sjbjudo.org.  Not responsible if estimated time is not accurate.  We will also post black belt division results shortly after completion of the division.   Log on to web site for this information and other updates on the day of competition.


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.

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.  Candidate 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.

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.  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.


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 at www.sjbjudo.org.


Because of the limited amount of space on the floor, only certified coaches with badges or wrist bands, contestants and officials will be allowed on the contest floor.  Bring your coach’s badge or you will not be allowed on the contest floor.  Contact tournament director, Al Kato (cell 408 838-8956) if you have any questions or need a wrist band.  It is recommended that coaches attend the referee clinic ($20 payable to USA Judo) Saturday, February 18, 2017, 2:00-4:00 at the location indicated above, or the official’s meeting Sunday, February 19, 2017, 8:00 A.M. at the venue for review of latest IJF rules adopted by USA Judo.


Thursday, February 9, 2017 – Deadline for pre-registration forms to be postmarked.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – Deadline for on-line registration.

Satellite weigh-in

  • Mojica  Judo Club - Address is 4100 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park , CA 91706.  From 6 to 9 pm. Wednesday, February 15, 2017
  • Gardena Judo Club - Japanese Cultural Institute 1964 W. 162nd Street Gardena, CA 90247-3640. From 6 to 8:30 pm. Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • East bay Judo Club - Address is 11165 San Pablo ave El Cerrito CA 94530. From 6:30 to 8:30 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • CCSF - City College Wellness Center, 50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112. From 7 to 9 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Bojuka Ryu - 291 Carmel Ave.  Marina, CA 93933 From 5 to 7PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Fresno Judo Club - Address is 3342 West Sussex Avenue, Fresno, CA 93722. From 7 to 9 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Taishi Judo Club - Address is 19751 S. Figueroa Street, Carson, CA 90745. From 7 to 9 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Deleon Judo Club - Address 150 Fairgrounds Dr., Petaluma, CA 94952. From 4 to 8 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Tri-Valley Judo Club - 1040 Serpentine Lane #203, Pleasanton, Ca 94566. From 5 to 8 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Team Sacramento - 9267 Greenback Lane #C-7, Orangevale, CA 95662.  From 6:30 to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Judo America - Address is 9825 Carroll Centre Road, #400, San Diego 92126. From 6:30 to 8:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • SJB Judo Club - 1050 North 5th St. San Jose, CA 95112. From 7:30 to 9 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017

Saturday, February 18, 2017 

10:00 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.   Judo Clinic/Workout at Yosh Uchida Hall, on corner of 4th Street and San Carlos Street
1:00 – 5:00 P.M.   Registration and weigh-in for all pools and divisions at SJSU Event Center
2:00 – 4:00 P.M.  Referee Clinic (discussion of latest rules) Referee Clinic and testing at the SJSU Event Center in the aerobics room 
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. National, Regional and Local Referee Candidate meeting, clinic and written test

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - SJSU Event Center

8:00 A.M.   Officials Meeting (discussion of latest rules)
9:15 A.M.  Opening Ceremony
9:30 A.M.    Competition begins




    U.S. 101 (From the North or South)

    101 to 280 North (Downtown San Jose).  Exit 280 at 7th St. Turn right on 7th St. to the 7th St. garage.  The Event Center is on the right.

    Interstate 280 (From the North)

    Exit 280 on 7th St., left 7th St. to the 7th St. garage.  The Event Center is on the right.

    Interstate 680 South (From the North)

    680 Becomes 280 at U.S. 101.  Exit 280 at 7th St. Turn right on 7th St. to the 7th St. garage.  The Event Center is on the right.

    Interstate 880 South (From the North)

    880 to 101 South.  101 South to 280 North.  Exit 280 at 7th St., right 7th St. to the 7th St. garage.  The Event Center is on the right.

    SJ Mineta International Airport

    From terminal, make a right on Airport Blvd.  Airport Blvd. To Coleman Ave.  Coleman Ave. Becomes Market St.  Take Market St. to San Fernando St., left San Fernando to 4th St., and right 4th St. to San Salvador. Left San Salvador to 7th St., and left into garage.  The Event Center is on the right.


    The Event Center is located on the SJSU campus at the end of 7th Street across from the 7th Street Parking Garage. Parking is available at the 7th Street Garage at the upper levels above the permit parking stall levels for a fee ($8.00) paid at the machine if an attendant is unavailable.  Free parking is located at the 4th Street and San Fernando Street Garage approximately 2 blocks from the venue.