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Dave Quinn's spectacular judo competition photos and artwork at

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Tournament video clips:

Promotion test:

Promotion points, how to tabulate:  

Techniques -- 10th dan Mifune demonstrating kansetsu-waza (arm locks):          


Techniques by John Anderson:

Techniques, videos of 40 throws:

Techniques, video of 40 throws by Vincente D’Ingianni II:

Techniques, judo counters:

Freestyle judo links from Steve Scott: and  

Video of combinations during tournaments:

South Carolina Judo club listing: 

South Carolina concealed weapons permit application:  

Al Jacobs demonstrating throws: http://youtube/fxzOVf7LnM0 

Judo in movies:  a compilation about judo in Hollywood movies, with main actor Donnie Yen)  http://youtube/1BmDS8IxSaM

Tokyo 2012 Grand Slam tournament highlights:

Paris 2013 Grand Slam tournament highlights:

Armed Services Judo and Jujitsu Academy website:

Jujutsu Manual, recommended for our classes, by Ben Bergwerf and Dr. Charles: Ben Bergwerf’s Jujutsu Manual

Samurai judo and jujitsu Naval Weapons Station club video:

Elementary school martial arts demonstration:

Samurai club demonstration for TV sports news:


Old USJA Exam for all Senior Judo Ranks with Answers


Write the Japanese words for the following:

1. Attention!: Kiyotsuke

2. Bow: Rei

3. Begin!: Hajime

4. Stop!: Matte

5. Practice hall for judo: Dojo

6. Teacher: Sensei

7. Sitting on knees: Seiza

8. Sitting crossed legged: Anza

9. Following foot walking: Tsugi Ashi

10. Normal walking: Ayumi Ashi

11. Judo uniform: Judogi/Gi

12. Judo practitioner or player: Judoka

13. Person performing technique: Tori

14. Person receiving technique: Uke

15. Left: Hidari

16. Right: Migi

17. Falling methods or ways: Ukemi

18. Falling methods to the rear: Koho Ukemi

19. Forward rolling falling: Zempo Kaiten Ukemi

20. Free practice: Randori

21. Formal pre-arranged routine practice: Data

22. Tournament: Shiai

23. (Straw, Japanese) judo mats: Tatame

24. Hold-down! (referee's call): Osae Komi

25. Hold-down broken! (referee's call): Toketa

26. One point! (referee's award): Ippon

27. Almost ippon!(referee's award, 1/2 point): Waza Ari

28. Near waza-ari! (referee's award: Yuko

29. Near yuko! (referee's award): Koka

30. That is all! (referee's call): Sore made

31. Sixth class (kyu) judo rank: Rokyu/Rokkyu

32. Yes!: Hai

33. No!: Iie

34. Please: Onegai Shimasu

35 Thank you: Domo Arigato

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36. Note! (referee's call for slight penalty): Shido

37. Caution! (referee's call for moderate penalty): Not applicable

38. Warning! (referee's call for severe penalty): Not applicable

39. Loss by rule violation (referee's call): Hansoku Make

40. Decision! (call by referee for judges' decision): Hantei

41. Don't move! (referee's call): Sono Mama

42. Continue! (referee call): Yoshi

43. Fundamental natural posture: Shizen Hontai

44. Fundamental defensive posture: Jigo Hontai

45. Off balance: Kuzushi

46. Entry into a throw: Tsukuri

47. Execution of a throw: Kake

48. Sweeping action done with the leg: Harai/Barai

49. Reaping action done with the leg: Gari

50. Dashing action done with the leg: Gake/Kake

51. Springing action done with the leg: Hane

52. Throw (noun): Nage

53. Technique(s): Waza

54. Throwing technique(s): Nage Waza

55. Hand: Te

56. Hand techniques: Te Waza

57. Foot or Leg: Ashi

58. Foot techniques: Ashi Waza

59. Big or major: O

60. Little or minor: Ko

61. Waist or hip: Goshi/Koshi

62. Waist or hip techniques: Koshi Waza

63. Major hip throw: O-goshi

64. Outside: Soto

65. Inside: Uchi

66. Major outside reaping throw: Osoto-Gari

67. Internal force or spiritual energy: Ki

68. Shout to gather inner strength: Kiai

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69. Decision win! (referee's award): Yusei Gachi

70. Draw match! (referee s award): Hiki Waki

71. A full point by adding two waza-ari scores: Waza Ari Awasete Ippon

72. Grappling techniques: Katame Waza

73. Techniques from a supine position: Newaza

74. Holding techniques: Osaekomi Waza

75. Choke: Shime/Jime

76. Choking techniques:  Shime Waza

77. Joint locking techniques: Kansetsu Waza

78. The principle of gentleness or giving way: Ju

79. Way of life: Do

80. Gentle way: Judo

81. Gentle arts: Jujitsu

82. Favorite technique: Tokui Waza

83. Way of the warrior: Bushido

84. Martial arts: Budo

85. Class of belt ranks in judo below black belt: Kyu

86. Step or degree in the black belt ranks: Dan

87. Holder of any black belt rank: Yudansha

88. Holder of any rank below black belt: Mudansha

89. Black belt association: Yudanshakai_

90. Repetition attack practice without throwing, done with partner: Uchi Komi

91. Alternate throwing practice without resistance, done with partner: Sute Geiko

92. Solo practice: Tandoku Renshu

93. Practice in pairs: Sotai Renshu

94. Practice in general: Keiko

95. Fourth class (kyu) judo rank: Yonkyu

96. Kneeling bow: Zarei

97. Standing bow: Ritsurei

98. Knee: Hiza

99. Lock or Hold: Gatame

100. Wheel: Guruma

101. Side or lateral: Yoko

102. Fifth class (kyu) judo rank: Gokyu

103. Formal eight directions of off-balancing: Happo No Kuzushi

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104. Third class (kyu) judo rank: Sankyu

105. Second class (kyu) judo rank: Nikyu

106. First class (kyu) judo rank: Ikkyu

107. Meditate! (command at close of class): Mokuso

108. Five stages of throwing techniques, the basic syllabus of Kodokan Judo: Gokyu No Waza

109. Newly certified throwing techniques of Kodokan Judo: Shinmesho No Waza

110. Instantaneous promotion: Batsugun

111. Sacrifice: Sutemi

112. Throwing from a standing position: Tachi Waza

113. Throwing techniques done by falling on one's back or side: Sutemi Waza

114. Back falling sacrifice throws: Ma Sutemi Waza

115. Side falling sacrifice throws: Yoko Sutemi Waza

116. Striking techniques to vital areas: Atemi Waza

117. Judo uniform belt: Obi

118. Judo uniform jacket: Uwagi

119. Judo uniform pants: Zubon

120. Judo uniform sleeve: Sode

121. Judo uniform lapel: Eri

122. Illegal act of locking the legs around the torso of an opponent: Dojime

123. Warm-up exercises in judo: Junbi Undo

124. Cooling-off exercises in judo: Shumatsu Undo

125. Exercises in general: Taiso

126. Variation (of a technique): Kuzure

127. Counter technique: Kaeshi Waza

128. . Combination or faking technique: Renwaku Waza

129. Four comers (as in pins): Shiho

130. I surrender! :Maitta

131. Forms of gripping an opponent: Kumi Kata

132. Normal: Naimi

133. Reverse: Gyaku

134. Cross : Juji

135. Arm: Ude

136. Armpit: Wake

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137. First degree black belt: Shodan

138. Second degree black belt: Nidan

139. Third degree black belt: Sandan

140. Fourth degree black belt: Yodan/Yondan

141. Fifth degree black belt: Godan

142. Sixth degree black belt: Rokudan

143. Seventh degree black belt: Shichidan

144. Eighth degree black belt: Hachidan

145. Ninth degree black belt: Kudan

146. Tenth degree black belt: Judan

147. Twelfth degree black belt (held only by Dr. Kano): Junidan

148. Loss of any type: Make

149. Win of any type: Gachi/Kachi

150. Win by forfeit or default of the opponent before a match: Fusen Gachi

151. Win by withdrawal of the opponent during a match: Kiken Gachi

152. Combination win by adding a one half point from a violation and one waza-ari: Sogo Gachi

153. Slight superiority (contest call): Kinsa

154. Side of the dojo or tournament mat reserved for senior judoka or officials: Joseki

155. Cross arm lock: Juji-gatame

156. Entangle: Garami

157. Formal forms of throwing: Nage-No-Kata

158. Formal forms of grappling: Katame-No-Kata

159. Formal forms of gentleness: Ju-No-Kata

160. Formal forms of self-defense: Goshinjitsu-No-Kata

161. Formal forms of decision: Kimi-No-Kata

162. Ancient forms: Koshiki-No-Kata

163. Forms of five: Itsutsu-No-Kata

164. Past master of judo (title traditionally applied only to Dr. Kano): Shihan

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165. Mutual benefit & welfare: Jita Kyoei

166. Maximum efficiency:  Seiroyku Zenyo

167. "Winner stays up" team contest: Kohaku Shiai

168. Man-for-man, or elimination tournament: Tentori Shiai

169. Methods of resuscitation used in judo: Katsu/Kappo

170. Illegal act of entwining the leg of an opponent: Kawazu Gake

171. Contest area: Shiaijo

172. Referee: Shimpan

173. To float or floating: Uki

174. Lift: Tsuri

175. Pull: Komi

176. Lift-pull action: Tsurikomi

177. Defense (to an attack): Bogyo

178. Escape (as from a pin): Fusegi

179. Entry methods into matwork: Hairi Kata

180. Body: Tai

181. Thigh: Mata

182. Rear, behind (as in throwing and pinning): Ushiro

183. Reverse side, back: Ura

184. Pivoting or turning the body: Tai Sabaki

185. Single handed: Katate

186. Double handed: Ryote

187. Both hands: Moryote/Morote

188. Avoiding or evasive action: Sukashi

189. A little: Sukoshi

190. Same side gripping (right vs right, left vs left): Ai Yotsu

191. Opposite side gripping (right vs left): Kenka Yotsu

192. Pulling or locking hand (usually sleeve hand): Hikite

193. Power or drawing hand (usually lapel hand): Tsurite

194. Red (used to differentiate players in a match): Aka

195. White (used to differentiate players In a match): Shiro

196. Time! (referee's call): Jikan

197. Decision or decisiveness (as in thinking fast): Kime

198. To drop: Otoshi

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Write the answers for the following:

1. What is the name of your club?_______________________________________

2. Name of Instructor? ______________________________

3. What is the name of your judo organization? USJA – United States Judo Association

4. Who was the founder of judo? Dr. Jigoro Kano

5. What is the name of the school he founded? The Kodokan

6. What is the date of the founding of Kodokan Judo? 1882

7. What was unarmed combat called in Japan before judo? Jujitsu

8. How long had unarmed combat martial arts been practiced in Japan? About 600 to 1000 years

9. Name the three parts of unarmed combat in

1. Throwing Techniques / Nage Waza

2. Grappling Techniques / Katami Waza

  1. 3.Striking Techniques / Atemi Waza

  2. 10.Name the three parts of a judo throw in English and Japanese.

        1. Off-balance / Kuzushi

2. Entry / Tsukuri

  1. 3.Completion / Kake

  2. 11. List the belt ranks in order by color: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Brown, Black


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12. .Name the two divisions of throwing techniques in English and Japanese.

1. Standing Techniques / Tachi Waza

2. Sacrificing Techniques / Sutemi Waza

13. Name the three divisions of standing throwing techniques in English and Japanese.

1. Hand Techniques / Te Waza

2. Hip Techniques / Koshi Waza

3. Foot & Leg Techniques / Ashi Waza

14. Name the two divisions of sacrifice throwing techniques in English and Japanese.

1. Back Sacrificing Techniques / Ma Sutemi Waza

2. Side Sacrificing Techniques / Yoko Sutemi Waza

15. What are the ordinal numbers between one and ten in Japanese?










    10. Ju

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16. Name the three divisions of mat techniques in English and Japanese.

    1. Holding Techniques / Osaikomi Waza

    2. Strangulation Techniques / Shime Waza

    3. Joint Lock Techniques / Kansetsu Waza

17. Name three of the eight men who attained 10th degree black belt (Judan) in judo while they were still alive.

Yoshiaki Yamashita – 1935

Hidekazu Nagaoka – 1937

Hajime Isogai – 1937

Kyuzo Mifune – 1945

Kunisaburo Iizuka – 1948

Shotara Tabata – 1948

Sumiyuki Kotani - 1984

18. What are the two principles of Kodokan Judo as defined by Dr. Kano?

Mutual benefit and welfare – Jita Kyoei

Maximum efficiency – Seiroyku Zenyo

19. What is the ultimate goal of judo as defined by Dr. Kano?  The harmonious development and eventual perfection of the human character

20. What does the acronym G.E.T. P.A.D. (tactical variables for randori/shiai) stand for?


Edge of mat



Angle of attack

Direction of movement

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21. What year was judo first introduced into the summer Olympic games? 1964

22. Who were the four men on the first U.S. Olympic judo team?

Ben Campbell, Jim Bregman, George Harris, Paul Maruyama

23. Which American placed the first time judo was included at the Olympics, and what place did he win?

Jim Bregman - Bronze

24. Name the six kyu ranks and colored belts from highest to lowest rank (do not list White Belt):

1.Brown – Ikkyu

2.Brown – Nikyu

3.Brown – Sankyu

4.Green – Yonkyu

5.Orange – Gokyu

6. Yellow - Rokyu

25. Name (Japanese Name) the 10 black belt ranks in order:










10. Judan

  1. 26.What does the word "JUDO" mean in English? The Gentle Way

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27. What other colored belt are some black belt persons entitled to wear?

1st Degree - Black

2nd Degree - Black

3rd Degree - Black

4th Degree – Black & Red Panel

5th Degree - Black & Red Panel

6th Degree – Red & White Panel

7th Degree - Red & White Panel

8th Degree - Red & White Panel

9th Degree - Red

10th Degree - Red

28. What are the four sides of the dojo called? (Refer to diagram below)

1. Upper Seat / Kamiza

2. Upper Side / Joseki

3. Lower Seat / Shimoza

4. Lower Side / Shimoseki_

Side 1


║ Instructors ║

║ ║

Side 4║ ║Side 2

║ ║

║ Students ║


Side 3

29. Which American was the first to win a medal at the World Championships in judo and what place did he win?

James Bregman – Bronze 1965

30. List the nine kata of Kodokan Judo in English and Japanese.

1.Nage-No-Kata / Forms of throwing

2.Katame-No-Kata / Forms of Grappling

3.Ju-No-Kata / Forms of gentleness

4.Goshinjitsu-No-Kata / Forms of self-defense

5.Kimi-No-Kata / Forms of decision

6.Joshi-Goshinho / Forms of self-defense for women

7.Itsutsu-No-Kata / Forms of five

8.Koshiki-No-Kata / Ancient forms or Forms of Antiquity

  1. 9.Seiryoko-Aenyo-Kokuimin-Taiiku / Maximum Efficiency Physical Fitness

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31. Name four Americans who have won medals at the Olympic Games in judo, and what place they won.

1. James Bregman – Bronze in 1964

2. Allen Coage – Bronze in 1976

3. Jason Morris – Silver in 1992

4. Jimmy Pedro – Bronze in 1996 and 2004

32. Which American was the first to win a gold medal at the Men's World Games in judo?

Michael Swain 1987

33. Which American was the first to win a gold medal at the Women's World Games in judo?

Ann Marie Burns 1984

34. What year was women's judo first introduced into the summer Olympic games as a full medal event? 1992 (Demo event in 1988)

35. What are the ordinal numbers between eleven and twenty in Japanese?

11. Ju ichi

12. Ju ni

13. Ju san

14. Ju shi/Ju yon

15. Ju go

16. Ju roku

17. Ju nana/Ju shichi

18. Ju hachi

19. Ju kyu

        20. Niju

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Answer the following:

36. What has judo done for you?

37. What have you done for judo?

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