AZ Junior Judo Developmental Tournament 1/20/18

Junior Boys & Girls (ages 5-16) Developmental Tournament
Saturday, 1/20/18, 10a, Tucson

Sponsored by : Tucson Dojo & Higher Ground


Location:  Wakefield Middle School,  101 West 44th Street, Tucson, AZ 25713 (This is an exciting new venue)

Tournament Start:  1/20/18, 10a

Entry Fee: No entry fee.  Donations welcome!

Eligibility: Proof of current membership in USJA, USJF or USA Judo for insurance is required.  Please bring membership card or copy of card.  Foreign competitors must provide current insurance membership in their country’s recognized national judo organization.  There is no state of Arizona residency requirement.  All competitors must be 16 years old or younger on date of this tournament, 1/20/18.  >>>SWJA parents – for USA Judo membership for your child, please see or contact Sensei John.

Registration & Weigh-Ins: At tournament site, Saturday 1/20/18, 7a – 8:30a

Coach / Referee Meeting:  Saturday, 1/20/18, 9a – 10a

Referee & Scoring Table Training: Great opportunity to learn how to improve your refereeing or work the scoring tables.  Thanks to all of you who support this junior tournament.  We look forward to seeing you at this tournament.  >>> SWJA judoka – we will help you learn to referee (great way to prepare for certification) and work the scoring tables

Judo Gi’s:volunteer your time to run 

  1. White Judogi preferred; you are encouraged to bring your own blue and white belts for matches
  2. Colored judo/jiu-jitsu/karate gi’s will be allowed, but must adhere to judogi rules for pant and sleeve lengths
  3. No “rolled up” sleeves or pants will be allowed.
  4. Competitors’ pants and jackets must be same color.
  5. Jiu-jitsu patches will be allowed unless patches interfere with grips.
  6. Competitors will be allowed to change gi’s at the referee’s direction without penalty.

Divisions: All divisions are determined at the time of weigh-ins and are subject to modification based on entries.  Each skill, gender, and age category will be separated into weight divisions, generally: light, middle, and heavy.  All decision by the tournament director are final.  Junior Novice is defined as a player who holds a rank of yellow belt or below.

 Boys Division                                                             Girls Division

+ Novice Boys        5-6 years                                       + Novice Girls       5-6 years
+ Novice Boys        7-8 years                                       + Novice Girls       7-8 years
+ Novice Boys        9-10 years                                     + Novice Girls       9-10 years
+ Novice Boys       11-12 years                                    + Novice Girls       11-12 years
+ Novice Boys       13-14 years                                    + Novice Girls       13-14 years
+ Novice Boys       15-16 years                                    + Novice Girls       15-16 years
+ Junior Boys         5-6 years                                       + Junior Girls         5-6 years
+Junior Boys          7-8 years                                       + Junior Girls         7-8 years
+ Junior Boys         9-10 years                                     + Junior Girls        9-10 years
+ Junior Boys        11-12 years                                    + Junior Girls        11-12 years
+ Junior Boys        13-14 years                                    + Junior Girls        13-14 years
+ Junior Boys        15-16 years                                    + Junior Girls        15-16 years

Rules:   All matches will be conducted using the current IJF Contest Rules with the following modifications:

  1. No kansetsu-waza (arm locks) in any division.  Hansoku-make (disqualification from match)
  2. No shime-waza (chokes) in Novice Division or in any division under 13 years old.
  3. No kanibasami (flying scissors takedown) in andy division.  Hansoku-make.
  4. Hands/arms below the belt is a shido (penalty).
  5. Two waza-ari scores equals ippon (full point ending the match).
  6. Head locks (kubi-nage, koshi-guruma) with an arm around the opponent’s neck must have one arm gripped.

Tournament Director:  Steve Owen

Information: Cheri McKeown, 602-430-5361,