Promotion Exam

Board of Examiners Meeting: Saturday, November 15, 2014
5:30pm
Next Exam: Saturday, November 15, 2014
7:00 pm
All candidates must be present (no exceptions)
Paperwork Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Location: Palo Alto Buddhist Temple
2751 Louis Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Kata Requirements:
Shodan: Nage No Kata (First 3 sets as tori)
Nidan: Nage No Kata (All 5 sets as tori)
Options for kata requirement:
  • Complete required number of Nage No Kata Clinic sessions at Soko Joshi and submit certificate from CENCO with other paperwork prior to deadline. Alternately, candidate may also complete required sessions with another qualified clinician and submit statement from clinician.
    • Shodan: 2 Sessions
    • Nidan: 3 Sessions
  • Nage No Kata competition record
  • Nage No Kata certificate from another Yundanshakai
  • Candidate may perform kata in person at promotional exam in lieu of certificate.
Nage No Kata Clinic Sessions: Saturday, 9/13/2014 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday, 9/20/2014 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday, 9/27/2014 12:30pm-2:30pm
Saturday, 10/25/2014 12:30pm-2:30pm

$20.00 fee for each session.
Attendees must pre-register at least two days prior to each session via email.

Soko Joshi Judo Club
1622 Castro St
San Francisco, CA 94114

Promotional Exam Flyer & Registration Form

Checklist for All Yudansha

(Black Belt Candidates: Shodan and higher)
NOTE: Late, incomplete, or non-conforming documentation by the posted deadline will be rejected and the candidate will not be eligible for promotion consideration. You will receive confirmation of receipt by CENCO, if you do not, please contact the secretary immediately neal.kodama@gmail.com

  • Valid USJF registration for the time in grade period required (or back fees paid)
  • PDFUSJF Background Check Form and payment for background check payable to "USJF" - Mailed to USJF before the paperwork deadline.
  • Mail the following before the paperwork deadline to:
    CENCO Promotion Board of Examiners
    Neal Kodama
    3050 Zanker Road
    San Jose, CA 95134
  • Candidate and Instructor Must Attend Board of Examiners Promotion Meeting
  • Non-competitor candidates: Complete skills testing at promotional examination demonstrating rank required skills
  • Sandan and higher ranks: CENCO board of examiners would like a demonstration of the candidate's teaching techniques. This demonstration must presented in person at the exam. The presentation should be about 20 minutes in length.
    The demonstration should show the creativity of the candidate by integrating techniques required for their rank in Tachiwaza, Osaekomi waza , Shimewaza, and Kansetsu Waza. It should show combinations, transitions, and turnovers to and from these techniques. The Board of Examiners listens to the candidate's description and explanation of these techniques as well as the drills and the methods he or she uses to teach these techniques. It should not just be a variation of a technique.
    Download a video example or Watch the video example
  • Send copies of the following documentation to CENCO board of examiners secretary neal.kodama@gmail.com before paperwork submission deadline
    • Form 20
    • Background check certificate (if not applying for a new one)
    • Digital copy of passport photo
    • Kata certificate (if required) or dates of kata clinic
    • Proof of previous rank (Nidan and higher candidates)
    • Any supporting documentation such as other certificates

Obtaining Kodokan Rank

Use the following documents to apply for Kodokan Rank Certificate



Rank Requirements

Under review, please use the following for the November 2013 promotions.

Promotion Fees

  • Processing Fee: $20.00*
  • Shodan: $125.00 + Processing Fee
  • Nidan: $150.00 + Processing Fee
  • Sandan: $175.00 + Processing Fee
  • Yondan: $200.00 + Processing Fee
  • Godan: $225.00 + Processing Fee
  • Rokudan: $250.00 + Processing Fee
  • Shichidan: $300.00 + Processing Fee
  • Hachidan: $350.00 + Processing Fee

  • *Processing fee applies to all candidates.
    Dan fees are waived for USJF lifetime members.

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