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USJF/Nanka Teachers’ Course (Cancelled)

April 19, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Good morning everyone,

I would like to invite you to our upcoming USJF/Nanka Teachers’ Course scheduled at the Gardena Judo Club on Sunday, 19 April, 2020 from 8:30-6:00 pm. This course aimed at budding assistant instructors, provides training in developing your teaching skills and effectively delivering material so your students clearly understand and are better able to perform their Judo skills. This will also improve your Judo skills as well since you will have to perform the demonstration and provide effective feedback to your students.

Bring your Judogi and be prepared to deliver a lesson plan. Bring your notebook and pen/pencil to take notes and create/modify your lesson plan. Concentrate your time on preparing and delivering a concise lesson plan to a group of students successfully. There is litany of resources on the USJF Teachers’ Institute website to draw helpful information from to assist you in clearly and efficiently presenting a Judo lesson plan. You can complete the other required certifications later if you’re limited in time.

Each candidate will write a lesson plan prior to their lesson demonstration.  Each candidate will give two different lessons during the course.  Here is an example of a veteran instructor’s lesson plan.  You will be divided into two groups presenting your lesson plan and being critiqued on your delivery. Throughout the day, you will build upon each other’s demonstrations and make improvements on your delivery each time. But, don’t wing it. It will show. Your evaluation will focus on how you deliver your lesson plan as an instructor. Yes, it is vital to be able to demonstrate the technique. But, it is just as important to know how to teach someone a technique in a clear, coherent manner with useful feedback as your students practice the technique.  Remember this mantra; WHOLE, PART, WHOLE for teaching.

Once you have completed Saturday’s course, in order to receive your Teachers or Assistant Teachers’ Certification, you will need to complete the following;

  1. Complete theTeachers’ Course online test
  2. Fulfill the certificate requirements;
  3. Safesport
  4. CDC Concussion
  5. Background check
  6. First Aid/CPR:  Certificate (online) The Red Cross offers online Adult, Child and Baby First Aid/CPR coursesfor only $30 and at your convenience.  This is a little more comprehensive than just an Adult First Aid/CPR course.  
  7. For some of you, you may have some of these certificates on record with the USJF from prior certifications, such as coach’s, referee’s or a recent rank promotion. Please verify that your certifications are within the last two years in order to be valid. Otherwise, you will need to re-certify any one of these certificates. If your background check is invalid or incomplete, submit a new application as soon as possible since this process is the most time consuming and will take a few weeks to complete.  You have plenty of time to complete these certifications well in advance. Having these certifications will also benefit you in receiving your coaching or referee’s certifications as well as your next promotion.


Since the USJF Office will grant your Teacher’s Certificate once you have completed the course, when you have completed the online exam, the Teachers’ Course, all of your certifications, background check successfully and a headshot photo of yourself, please forward your certificates in a .pdf format directly to Terri Weibel at  Title your certificate emails to Terri as “USJF Teachers’ Course certifications-(Your name)“. Send it in as once package to minimize the administrative burden rather, one by one.

  • Safesport
  • Concussion
  • First Aid/CPR
  • Background check
  • Headshot

The USJF will be automatically notified that you have completed the online test.

They will keep your certificates on file. But, in the same token, keep a record of your certificates as well and know when to re-certify in order to stay current. If you are missing any of your certificates, background check, and online examination or demonstrate a deficiency in your teaching ability, you will not be granted your teaching certificate until you have fulfilled your requirements. You may ask the USJF if any of your certificates are out of date. The headshot will be place on your USJF Teacher’s Card.

  1.   There are additional subjects that you may review to enhance your presentations. There are other resources to also review;

Palacio Sensei may present in person in the morning the following subjects;

  • Intro to TeacherCertification
  • Champion of character
  • Lifespan of the Dojo Instructor
  • Childhood Growth and Motor Development
  • Risk Management

UPDATE: For now, there are some very interesting and informative Judo audio presentations at the website under video presentations.  These presentations provide some important instructional, organizational and social insights. Review these presentations for your course preparations.

Once you are certified as an Assistant Teacher, your Assistant Teacher certification is valid for four years. You will still have to renew your First Aid/CPR, Safesport and Concussion during that time since these certifications are only valid for two years. After two years, you may simply re-certify online your Assistant Teacher certification through the USJF without attending another Teachers’ Course.

We may finish around 5:30-6:00 pm.  Be prepared. Share this email with others who might be interested in this program. Please RSVP your attendance by replying to this email. Please wait to register until this course is officially sanctioned. If you know anyone that might be interested in this course, please forward it to them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,

Jerry Hazemoto

310 478-2411


April 19, 2020
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Jerry Hazemoto
310 478-2411
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Gardena Dojo @ Gardena, CA
1964 W 162nd St.
Gardena, CA 90247 United States
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