I.      Code of Ethics


II.     Club Requirements


III.     Promotional Requirements


III.a.  Ranking System


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I.  Code of Ethics


It is imperative for the student of Judo to act in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards. Loyalty and commitment to one's Dojo and organization, as well as to one's own personal development are of utmost importance for the Judo Student. Students are reminded that they, like their instructors, are representatives of Judo, both in and out of the Dojo. Their actions, wheter in school or elsewhere, reflect not only their own actions, but the actions of their Club Members and of the organizations that support them. As such, it is imperative that Judo Students act accordingly and with respect for their elders and other higher officials, as well as for those younger and of lower rank than themselves. At tournaments, Judo Students are expected to attend to their personal attire, and be respectful of others, regardless of the possibility that they might be opponents in competition. This type of respect for one another starts in the Dojo.

      Commitment, loyalty, trust, hard work, and respect of others have always been the true hallmarks of Judo. Only by living, acting, and striving towards these goals can we come to appreciate the two mottos of Judo, which should work together:Seiryoku - to put one's best effort intoJita Kyoei - working for harmonious relationships with others.


(Source: USJF Official Judo Handbook)



II. Club Requirements


1.   FEES:  $20/month for NON-YMCA members.  (As of May 3, 2019)
                  Free for YMCA members.

2.   Class fees must be paid promptly.  Mililani Judo Club fees are paid directly to the
      Mililani YMCA.

3.    Class times:  Classes meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
       Beginners - 6:45-7:45pm
       Intermediate / Advanced - 6:45-8:45pm

4.    Mat Setup
       ALL STUDENTS are expected to assist with the setting up and the taking down of
       mats before and after classes.  Parents are also invited to assist with the mats.

5.    Dress Code
       - Students participating on the mat must wear judo gis.
       - Judo gis must be clean.
       - Girls should wear a white t-shirt under their gi  (required for tournament play).
       - Students with long hair should have their hair pulled back, ponytail fashion.
       - Nails should be kept trimmed (fingers AND toes).
       - No hard items such as hair pins, belt buckles, snaps on shorts, buttons and others.

6.    Discipline
       - It is recommended that Parents of Judo Students age 6 years, to join the club and
          work with their chld on the mat.
       - For a student under the age of 18, it is the parent's responsibility to inform the
         instructor and the YMCA of their child's physical, mental and any other limitations
         and concerns if any exists.  Adult students are also responsible for informing the
         instructor of their limitations and health concerns prior to the first practice session.
       - To ensure safety and coherence during practice, it will be the instructor's prerogative
         to enforce reasonable discipline on all students.  In the event that a student child or
         adult exhibits extreme disciplinary problems, the instructor may have the student sit
         out the session or leave the Dojo entirely.  A student under the age of 18 must be
         accompanied by his/her parent before leaving the dojo.  Repeated problems can
         lead to removal as a member of the Club.

7.    Class Format
        - As much as possible, the class will be divided as follows;
           Beginners          Intermediate/Advanced students

8.    Optional Activities
       Periodically, students will be offered opportunities to participate in activities outside of
       the normal class periods such as tournaments, clinics, seminars and holiday parties.
       Announcements will be made during class time.  Student must be a member of a
       State / National Association.



III.   Promotion Requirements


Based on Junior Promotional Requirements of the United States Judo Federation (USJF) and the United States Judo, Inc. (USJI)

Frequency: Club promotions are held annually.  Promotions will be based on the Head Instructor's determination of each student's ability.

Student Classification:  In order to properly evaluate candidates for promotion, the following classifications have been established:

1.    Competitor:  a club member who participates in judo tournaments.
                            In order to compete in local tournaments, competitors will be required to join the
                            Judo Black Belt Association of Hawaii (JBBAH) and either the United States  
                            Judo Federation (USJF) or the United States Judo Inc (USJI).  See the Head
                            Instructor for additional information.
                            - Competitors may be able to spend less time in grade.
                            - Competitors will be given greater weight  for his or her competitive
                              accomplishments towards promotion consideration.

2.     Non-Competitor:  an active club member who participates and contributes at all levels of
                              the sport except for competition.
                           - Non-Competitors may be examined and promoted in the same basic   
                             manner as competitors except that requirements shall be stricter, including

                             longer time in grade.

To qualify for promotions, Non-Competitors and Competitors may be required to maintain membership in the JBBAH AND the USJI or USJF organizations.  See Head Instructor for additional information.





Belt Colors:       Yonen - White          Shonen - White          Senior - White
Minimum age:  6 years old
1.     Assigned to individuals of good moral character, who have been accepted as students in a Judo club or class.
2.     Attends class regularly.


Belt Colors:        Yonen - Yellow          Shonen - Yellow          Senior - White
Minimum age:  6 years old
1.     Attends class regularly.
2.     Knowledge of the following information
        a.     Who was the Founder of Judo?     (Dr. Jigoro Kano)
                    What year was Judo founded?       (1882)
                    What is the name of the school that is the worldwide center of Judo?    (Kodokan)
                    In what country is this school?     (Japan)
        b.     Basic Judo etiquete
        c.     Basic Judo hygiene
        d.     Purpose of breakfalls (ukemi)
        e.     Correct forms of sitting, standing, and kneeling     
3.     Knowledge of the following definitions
        a.     Shisei  (posture)
        b.     Shintai  (natural posture)
        c.     Taisabaki  (body movement)
4.     Contest definitions
        a.     Hajime   (begin)
        b.     Osaekomi    (grappling - the start of a pin)
        c.     Matte   (wait, stop)
        d.     Soremade   (that's all)
5.     Able to demonstrate the following:
        a.     Basics
                1)     Tie own belt without assistance
                2)     Ukemi              (breakfalls)
                3)     Shizenhontai   (natural posture)
                4)     Jigohontai        (defensive posture)
                5)     Taisabaki         (body movements)
                6)     Ayumi Ashi      (normal walking step)
                7)     Tsugi Ashi        (shuffle step)

        b.     2 throws   (Nage waza)
        c.     1 pin          (Osaekomi Waza)



Belt Colors:       Yonen - Orange          Shonen - Orange 
Minimum age: 8 years old
1.     Attends class regularly
2.     Knowledge of all the information contained in the Gokyu rank requirements PLUS the
        the following:
        a.     General definitions:
                1)     Zempo Kaitan     (forward rolling breakfall)
                2)     Migi shizentai      (right natural posture)
                3)     Hidari shizentai   (left natural posture)
                4)     Migi jigotai           (right defensive posture)
                5)     Hidari jigotai       (left defensive posture)
                6)     Yonen                   (junior)
                7)     Shonen                (ages 13-16)
       b.     Contest definitions:
                1)     Toketata              (broken)
                2)     Sonomama         (freeze)
                3)     Yoshi                    (okay, good)
                4)     Ippon                   (a whole point)
                5)     Wazari                 (near ippon)
                6)     Yuko                     (a near Wazari)
3.     Able to demonstrate all the requirements for Gokyu plus the following:

        a.      3 throws    (Nage waza)
        b.      2 pins         (Osaekomi waza)



Belt Colors:   Yonen - Blue          Shonen - Blue 
Minimum age:  10 years old

1.     Attends class regularly
2.     Knowledge of all the information contained in the Yonkyu rank requirements plus       the following:
        a.     General definitions
                1)     Nage waza   (throwing techniques)
                2)     Kuzushi        (breaking an opponent's balance)
                3)     Tsukuri         (set up for off balance)
                4)     Kake              (execution of throwing technique)
                5)     Osaekomi waza   (grappling technique)
       b.     Contest definitions
               1)     Toketa                (broken)
               2)     Shido                  (penalty)
               3)     Chui                     (caution - a penalty equivalent to a yuko)
               4)     Keikoku               (penalty warning equivalent to wazari)
               5)     Hansoku Make   (a loss by a violation of the rules, disqualification)
               6)     Hikiwake             (a drawn game)
3.     Able to demonstrate all the requirements for Yokyu plus the following:

       a.     4 throws    (Nage waza)
       b.     3 pins         (Osaekomi waza)



Belt Colors:     Yonen - Purple          Shonen - Purple 
Minimum age:   12 years old

1.     Attends class regularly.
2.     Able to demonstrate the following:

        a.      5 throws   (Nage waza)
        b.     4 pins         (Osaekomi waza)



Belt Colors:    Yonen - Green          Shonen - Green
Minimum age:   14 years old

1.     Attends class regularly
2.     Able to demonstrate the following:

        a.     6 throws                        (Nage waza)
b.     5 pins                             (Osaekomi waza)
        c.     1 choke technique      (Shime waza)


Belt Colors:     SANKYU  BROWN

1.   7 throws      (Nage waza)

2.   7 pins           (Osaekomi waza)

3.   2 chokes      (Shime waza)

4.   1 armlock    (Kansetsu waza)

Belt Colors:     NIKYU BROWN

1.    8 throws      (Nage waza)

2.    8 pins           (Osaekomi waza)

3     3 chokes      (Shime waza)

4     2 armlocks  (Kansetsu waza)

Belt Colors:      IIKYU BROWN

1.    9 throws       (Nage waza)

2.    9 pins            (Osaekomi waza)

3.    4 chokes       (Shime waza)

4.    4 armlocks   (Kansetsu waza)


III.a.    Ranking System


RANK               12 yrs & under          13 yrs - 16 yrs          17 yrs & over
                         (Yonen rank)            (Shonen rank)         (Senior rank)

Rokkyu             White                        White                       White

Gokyu               Yellow                      Yellow                      White

Yonkyu             Orange                     Orange                     Green

Sankyu (3)        Blue                          Blue                          Brown

Nikyu (2)           Purple                       Purple                      Brown

Ikkyu (1)           Green                        Green                       Brown

Shodan (1)        --                                --                             Black

Nidan (2)           --                                --                             Black

Sandan (3)        --                                --                             Black

Yodan (4)          --                                --                             Black

Godan (5)          --                                --                             Black

Rokudan (6)       --                                --                             Red/White

Shichidan (7)      --                                --                             Red/White

Hachidan (8)      --                                --                              Red/White

Kudan (9)           --                                --                              Red

Judan (10)          --                                --                              Red






- When entering or leaving the dojo... bow standing TOWARDS the class.
- Never wear your obi (belt) or uniform (gi) as a costume.
- Always give the Sensei (teacher) your full attention and respect.
- At the open and close of class, you should be sitting (or standing) at attention, in a straight line (by rank), with your gi tiday.
- If class is already in session before you step onto the mat, stand on the edge of the mat, bow, then wait for the Sensei to bow you into the class.
- When working with a parner or group, bow together at the beginning and end of your workout.
- If leaving the mat during class, ask for permission from the Sensei.  Bow to the Sensei and then bow off the mat....facing the class.
- Whenever entering or leaving... walk, don't run


- REI - standing bow with feet together, palms on front of thighs, bow, sliding hands down thighs until fingers touch the knees.  Keep your eyes on the person you are bowing to.

- ZAREI - kneeling bow with knees together, feet together, soles up, make a triangle with the thumb and forefingers on the mat a few inches in front of knees, touch forehead to mat in triangle.

- SEIZA - sitting on knees, kneel and sit back on your ankles.

- ANZA - sitting with legs crossed.

Whenever seated during class, sit seiza or anza, with your hand resting on your thighs.  Always stand with your right leg first.


- TAP - if you are in pain or placed in a dangerous position, tap your partner, yourself or the mat so that your partner is aware that you wish to stop.  The TAP should be loud and/or solidly felt.

- If someone is injured, stop and call an instructor.

- Do not practice or demonstrate techniques on others outside the dojo.  REMEMBER, the best self-defense is to never get in a situation that requires self-defense.

THE 3 C's:

* Courtesy     * Confidence     * Consideration

THE 3 R's:

* Respect     * Responsibility     * Readiness

THE 3 S's:

* Safety     * Sportsmanship     * Spirit


ANZA - sitting with legs crossed
ASHI WAZA - foot & leg techniques
DOJO - judo classroom
GI - uniform
HAJIME - start
JUDOKA - judo student
JUDO - "the gentle way"
KANSETSU WAZA - joint lock techniques
KATA - true form of judo / formal exercises
KI - attention
KIAI - spirit yell
KOSHI WAZA  - hip techniques
MAKOTO - sincerity or pure heart
MATTE - stop
NAGE WAZA - throwing techniques
NEWAZA - ground techniques
OBI - belt (signifies rank)
RANDORI - freestyle exercises
REI - standing bow
SEIZA - sitting on knees
SENSEI - teacher
SHIME WAZA - choking techniques
SHIAI - tournaments / matches
TACHI WAZA - standing techniques
TATAMI - judo mat
TE WAZA - hand techniques
UKEMI - the art of falling without pain or injury
WAZA - technique
ZAREI - kneeling bow





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