- Grassroots Judo™
- Growing Judo
NAME / E-MAIL ADDRESS
|Lowel F Slaven||765-891-0130||DIRECTOR|
|Dr. Jose Andrade||407-694-3388||MEMBER|
|Ronald Allan Charles||843-553-6702||MEMBER|
The USJA believes that all variations of Jujitsu have something to offer our Jujitsuka. We believe that all styles can peacefully coexist under one banner. We believe that all styles of Jujitsu should conform to the basic principles as broadly depicted in the USJA Jujitsu manual. We welcome variation and innovation, while still preserving the ancient principles and philosophy of Jujitsu.
This Is The First Jujitsu System Of Its Kind.
Most Jujitsu systems are the work of one outstanding technician, but this is not the case with our USJA Jujitsu system. USJA Jujitsu is not a personal system; it is the unique product of nearly 1,000 years of street and technical experience by more than 30 experts who have taught thousands of students the Way of Budo. Like so many national USJA programs, our Jujitsu system is totally unique. There is no doubt that the philosophy, techniques, and organized training methods of the system represent a significant event in the history of American Budo.
Three basic premises guided the selection and development of the USJA Jujitsu techniques.
- Each technique could be done by those without a lot of strength.
- Each technique had to be simple to understand and apply.
- Each technique had to be legally defensible in a court of law.
One of the most unique features to the USJA system is that it is not a static system. The techniques and rank requirements constantly undergo review and revision. The goal of the USJA system is to maintain a series of Jujitsu techniques that are applicable to today’s life styles and needs, not those of 100 to 1,000 years ago.
Other unique characteristics of the USJA Jujitsu system include:
Recognition of Jujitsu Ranks Issued By Other Organizations.
The USJA recognizes Jujitsu ranks awarded by national and regional Jujitsu organizations accepted by the USJA National Jujitsu Steering Committee. It is important to understand that the USJA recognizes that many Jujitsuka and their Instructors may wish to continue to obtain their Jujitsu ranks from other organizations and still join the USJA to obtain the many benefits of USJA membership, such as our Comprehensive Martial Arts Insurance Program.
Registration of Jujitsu Ranks by Current USJA Members.
Current USJA members who wish to register their Jujitsu ranks should complete the “How to Register All Your Martial Arts (Budo) Ranks with Our Association” form (see Appendices). They must also attach to this form, a copy of their Jujitsu rank certificates and the registration fee for each separate rank being registered. A new membership card showing their Jujitsu rank and other Budo ranks (if registered) will then be issued to the member.
Registration of Jujitsu Ranks by New USJA Members.
Members who wish to have their Jujitsu ranks recorded when they first join the USJA, renew their USJA membership, or become a USJA Life Member, should indicate on the USJA Membership Application (see Appendices) the Jujitsu rank that they wish to register. When the new member’s computer record and file are created, the new member’s Jujitsu rank will be printed on their new membership card. There is no charge for this service. A copy of the new member’s Jujitsu rank certificate must be attached to the USJA Membership Application.
Issuance Of USJA Jujitsu Rank Certificates When Rank Was Issued By Other Organizations.
These cases are handled exactly like a promotion in USJA Jujitsu. A USJA member who holds a recognized Jujitsu rank issued by any organization other than the USJA may obtain a USJA certificate for that rank by completing the USJA Judo and Jujitsu Promotion Recommendation (see Appendices). The applicant must be examined for the USJA rank by a USJA Jujitsu Black Belt of higher rank who will sign the form and send it to the USJA for issuance of the appropriate USJA Jujitsu rank certificate. A copy of the Jujitsu rank certificate of the issuing organization must be attached to this application. The promotion fee will be the same as for all USJA Judo and Jujitsu promotions.
USJA Jujitsu Rank Structure
|6th Class Rank (Rokyu)||Yellow or White Belt + Rokyu Patch|
|5th Class Rank (Gokyu)||Orange Belt + Gokyu Patch|
|4th Class Rank (Yonkyu)||Green Belt + Yonkyu Patch|
|3rd Class Rank (Sankyu)||Brown Belt + Sankyu Patch|
|2nd Class Rank (Nikyu)||Brown Belt + Nikyu Patch|
|1st Class Rank (Ikkyu)||Brown Belt + Ikkyu Patch|
|1st Degree Black (Shodan)||Black Belt + Shodan Patch|
|2nd Degree Black (Nidan)||Black Belt + Nidan Patch|
|3rd Degree Black (Sandan)||Black Belt + Sandan Patch|
|4th Degree Black (Yodan)||Red & Black Belt + Yodan Patch|
|5th Degree Black (Godan)||Red & Black Belt + Godan Patch|
|6th Degree Black (Rokudan)||Red & White Belt + Rokudan Patch|
|7th Degree Black (Shichidan)||Red & White Belt + Shichidan Patch|
|8th Degree Black (Hachidan)||Red & White Belt + Hachidan Patch|
|9th Degree Black (Kudan)||Red Belt + Kudan Patch|
|10th Degree Black (Judan)||Special White Belt + Judan Patch|
- USJA JuJitsu Manual
- USJA Jujitsu Promotion Form
- USJA Jujitsu Promotion Test Booklet
- USJA Freestyle Sports Jujitsu Rules
- USJA Jujitsu Program Overview by Dr. Ronald Allan Charles
As previously mentioned, the USJA Jujitsu system is unique in many ways. Like other martial arts, there are beginning levels (Kyu grades) and black belt levels (Dan grades). In the USJA Jujitsu rank system there are six beginning and ten black belt levels. USJA Jujitsu ranks and certificates will be awarded according to this system.
The similarity to other martial arts ranks however ceases at this point. The basis for the Kyu grades in USJA Jujitsu is the attainment of Shodan or First Degree Black Belt. To achieve Shodan the student must learn and become competent in 157 techniques and have knowledge of 6 mental training areas. The order in which the student learns the techniques for Shodan is not important. Therefore specific techniques for each rank level have not been identified. Instead, a specific number of various types of techniques for each rank have been established. By designing the rank structure for Kyu grades this way, the student and the instructor both have input in how the student progresses through the ranks. Also, focus is placed on higher level achievement rather than on rank attainment.
Our Alliance with Jujitsu America.
The USJA – Jujitsu America Alliance (JA) each stand tall in our respective fields, and yet gain a great deal more by working closely together. We are delighted to expand on the alliance between our organizations by now offering special Joint Club Membership Benefits to clubs that join both organizations, integrating the best of what each organization has to offer, and bringing outstanding new benefits to our members. We encourage clubs to register jointly for the purposes of incorporating judo instruction into your jujitsu curriculum, participating in sanctioned competition events, seeking national rank recognition, plus an extensive array of additional benefits. We look forward to serving you and your club even further as a result.