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The 70th Annual San Jose Buddhist Judo Club and 26th “Sensei Memorial” Invitational Judo Tournament

San Jose State University Event Center

7th Street and San Carlos, San Jose, CA




for regular registration, download the full entry form above, fill out, and bring to weigh-in on saturday 10 february between 1 and 5 pm. 

Sanctioned By: USA Judo  # 15888

Hosted by San Jose Buddhist Judo Club with the special contribution and support of

San Jose State University Judo and Central Coast Judo Association


Director: Elaine Abad

510 659-8658

Director: Al Kato

408 838-8956

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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, ATJA 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.


You can pre-register by mail-in or on-line.

Mail-in pre-registration must be mailed in and postmarked by
February 1, 2018.

On-line pre-registration must be completed by February 6, 2018 12 midnight, and
contestants must weigh-in at a satellite location or on Saturday, February 10, 2018. **Black belt competitors must weigh-in on Saturday, February 10, 2018 and are NOT permitted to weigh-in at a satellite.

All non-black belt divisions

1 contestant


All non-black belt divisions - family discounted

3 contestants from same family. 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.


All black belt divisions

1 contestant **Must weigh-in on Saturday February 10, 2018 and NOT at a satellite location.


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All competitors not pre-registered must weigh-in on Saturday, February 10, 2018

All non-black belt divisions

1 contestant


All non-black belt divisions

3 contestants from same family


All black belt divisions

1 contestant **Must weigh-in on Saturday February 10, 2018 and NOT at a satellite location.


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There will be official satellite weigh-in centers in Baldwin Park, Carson, East Bay, Fresno, Gardena, Marina, Petaluma, Pleasanton, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose on the evening of Thursday, February 8, 2018 for non-black belts only, if not competing in black belt divisions.  Contestants must be pre-registered and bring appropriate forms (signed waiver, current membership card) to weigh-in centers.  All black belts or non-black belts competing in black belt divisions must weigh in on Saturday, February 10, 2018 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 1, 2018.  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

The tournament is not a Senior or Junior Level Point Event.  But: All contestants competing in the Black Belt division   must be pre-registered or register and weigh in on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  All contestants will be grouped in divisions by the following weight categories listed below. 


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.

  10. 12 and under, no disqualification for short gi pants or sleeve but given chance to change.

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”

  • 4 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:


Junior, Intermediate and Senior White Belt

  1. most points                                                                                      

  2. most wins, if points are tied                                                            

  3. head to head, if wins are tied                                                          

  4. If two contestants have not competed, but are tied in wins and points, they will compete if similar in size;                             

  5. if their sizes are too different, consult tournament director.  

Brown Belt and Masters

  1. most wins

  2. most points if wins are tied

  3. head to head if points are tied


  •   IPPON Win-10 points                             

  •   WAZA-ARI Win-7 points               

  •   DECISION-1 point

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


Modified double elimination system for placement

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.

  1. 1st place club                        $750                      4.    4th place club                $150

  2. 2nd place club                       $500                      5.    5th place club                $100 

  3. 3rd place club                       $250


We will post approximate competition times for some pools on  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.


Latest Rules Discussion

All clinics and written test will be at the SJSU Event Center, aerobics room, on Saturday, February 10, 2018.  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.


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 10, 2018.  $30 payable to SJBJC.  Check website for entry form and updated information at


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 10, 2018, 2:00-4:00 at the location indicated above, or the official’s meeting Sunday, February 11, 2018, 8:00 A.M. at the venue for review of latest IJF rules adopted by USA Judo.


Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Deadline for pre-registration forms to be postmarked.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018 – Deadline for on-line registration.

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – Satellite weigh-in.  See for locations.


Saturday, February 10, 2018

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 11, 2018 - 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. 

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