Technical Documents

From Nozaki Sensei (Youtube link)

Yoko Tomo e Nage Manning

From Sharp Sensei (Youtube link)

Beginners Judo



INTRODUCTION:  In order to improve our student’s development, instructors will encourage students to qualify for higher ranks which can eventually lead them on the “Road to Blackbelt”.  At least once a month the students can request to be evaluated on techniques so that they can qualify for their next rank. A record will be kept for each student in a loose leaf book.  If the student does not successfully demonstrate a technique, the instructor will note the area needed for improvement to help the student.  When the student has successfully  demonstrated all of the required techniques, the student will be considered for promotion.  For interim promotions within a colored belt, stripes will be awarded.  To finally qualify for a higher colored belt (i.e., Yellow to Orange belt) the student needs to demonstrate their ability in free practice and “randori” and or competition “shiai”.   Attendance and a good attitude is essential. 


First Class:  6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M.

Mat 1 – Novice youth under 12 years old (Yonen).  This is an introductory six month program with the students awarded  Yellow Belt (Rank 3) upon completion.

Mat 2 - Yellow Belt Class.  Help students to earn Yellow Belt Stripes (Ranks 4 & 5) and Orange Belt (Rank 6).  In addition instruction will include more advanced skills (i.e., counters, escapes, combinations).

Mat 3 - Orange Belt and Young Green Belt Class.  Help students to earn their stripe ranks and to progress to the next colored belt (i.e., Green Belt and Blue Belt).  In addition instruction will include more advanced techniques.

SECOND CLASS:  7:45 to 9:15 P.M.

MAT 1   Senior Novice Program  “Road to Green Belt”.  This section includes novice juniors ( 12 – 17 years) and seniors.  Juniors will train to earn junior ranks and seniors will train to earn senior Green Belt Rank,  (4th Kyu).  This mat will also accommodate seniors wanting to earn Brown Belt Ranks (3rd, 2nd, & 1st Kyu).
MAT 2 -  Advanced Shonen (youth 12- 17),  helps students to earn stripes and higher colored belts.  Includes advanced training in techniques and competition.  Youths who are active competitors may be awarded senior ranks such as Brown Belt and Shodan (first degree Black Belt).

Mat 3 -  Advanced seniors of Brown and Black Belt Ranks.  Includes practicing advanced skills.  Promotion criteria for black belts is related to Nanka-USJF requirements(see


(Detailed technical requirements shown in GJC PDF files below)

1&2      White & 1 Stripe     5th Kyu- White
3,4&5    Yellow, 1&2 Stripes
6,7&8    Orange, 1&2 Stripes  4th Kyu- Green
9,10&11  Green, 1&2 Stripes   3th Kyu- Brown
12,13&14 Blue, 1&2 Stripes    2nd Kyu- Brown
15,16&17 Purple ,1&2 Stripes  1st Kyu- Brown


Meet junior requirements through rank 8 (orange belt – 2 stripes) plus two chokes(Hadaka Jime and Okuri Eri Jime).


3rd Kyu – meet junior requirements through rank 11.
2nd Kyu = meet junior requirements through rank 14.

1st Kyu – meet junior requirements through rank 17.
“Road to Black belt”

Summary Charts (opens an Adobe PDF file; right click to download and save to your computer)

Detailed Techniques (opens an Adobe PDF file; right click to download and save to your computer)

 Junior Judo Promotion Guide - White to Green (complete doc - large file 2.2mb)

Junior Judo Promotion Guide - Blue to Purple belt (complete doc - large file 1.5mb)

Sample Individual Testing/progress sheets: (PDF documents)

White to Orange

Green to Purple

Senseis will explain the promotion system to their students. The senseis for each group will maintain a notebook which includes the individual members checklist that shows the techniques that the student thinks he/she know and the ones they have been tested for. It is mandatory that a checklist be filled out by each student so that the senseis can plan their teaching and when to recommend a student for promotion.
Whenever a student wants to be tested for any technique (s), he/she can ask their sensei who will arrange for a test. Since the dojo only meets twice a week, students are encouraged to study techniques on their own from books, DVDs, Youtube and clinics.


2013 IJF  Referee Rule Changes