Teacher Institute

Certified Teachers

United State Judo Federation


The USJF will focus on building strong wellness communities by empowering members to make known the Judo maxim Jita-kyoei, (spirit of mutual prosperity for self and others) through safe and positive experiences.


The mission of the USJF is to promote and support Judo as a physical, mental, and moral practice.

Program Directors

Hayward Nishioka

9th Dan, Professor of Kinesiology – Los Angeles City College

Nanka Yudanshakai


Mitchell Palacio

7th Dan, Professor of Kinesiology – City College of San Francisco

Central Coast Yudanshakai

Master Instructors

Master Instructors are authorized to deliver the USJF Teacher/Assistant Teacher Certification Program

D. Eric Spears

Shufu Yudanshakai

Robert Brink

50th State Yudanshakai

charles Medani, M.D.

Shufu Yudanshakai

Matsuo Takeda

Hokka Yudanshakai

J.Miki takemori

Shufu Yudanshakai

krista tsutsui-steele

San Joaquin Yudanshakai

Mark Muranaka

Hawaii Yudanshakai

Larry tsutsui

San Joaquin Yudanshakai

Bryan Matsuoka

Daiheigen Yudanshakai

Brett Gertje

Intermountain Yudanshakai

gene nakashima

50th State Yudanshakai

diane jackson

Shufu Yudanshakai

Harvey takeda

Hokka Yudanshakai

jennifer baderstscher

Northwest Yudanshakai

Joshua Kindelberger

Intermountain Yudanshakai

Rob Schab

Northwest Yudanshakai

daniel kikuchi

CENCO Yudanshakai

Robert Oishi

Nanka Yudanshakai

roland fernando

Migoto Yudanshakai

bill caldwell

Pacific Southwest Yudanshakai

john schaedler

Northwest Yudanshakai

Teacher Certification Program

Pathway toward Professionalism

Overview: USJF National Teacher and Assistant Teacher Program

  • National Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher

Overview: USJF Master Teacher Program

  • Re-certification of the National Teacher
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National Coach Certification

As a USJF Coach, you have a great responsibility. You are not only trying to be an important partner to improving the competitive performance of your athlete, but you should also be aware of the greater reasons for developing your athlete, that of helping him to become a better individual and to meet the challenges of our greater society.