Judo Black Belt Association
    The Judo Black Belt Association is a national organization of Judo coaches, educators, athletes, referees and supporters founded to advance and promote a total approach to Kodokan Judo through; 1-coach education, 2-networking using special events such as our JudoCon, local, regional and national clinics, seminars and training camps and 3-video and print resources. The JBBA is truly a Yudanshakai, that is an organization of black belts and other interested Judoka wishing to preserve and promote the totality of Kodokan Judo. Our focus is to be a network of professionals. You don't have to be a professional judo coach to be a member, just have a professional attitude. The JBBA issues judo ranks with the emphasis on black belts, but the primary focus of the JBBA is not belt rank.  We welcome all coaches, students and athletes from Judo, BJJ, Sambo, Jujitsu or any grappling sport to join our organization. Every discipline, field of education, science or any specialty activity has a professional organization. That is the role of the JBBA. 

We are a service organization and strive to provide the best services and products to our members. We do not strive to be the largest or most powerful Judo organization.

    The JBBA is not in competition with any other Judo organization in gaining a political power base, increasing membership or attempting to control Judo in the United States. Many JBBA members are also active members of other Judo or martial arts organizations. The JBBA has members from the United States and other countries and regions that are members of their national Judo organizations. You can be a member of the USJA, USJF, USA Judo, Inc. or any other organization and also be a member of the JBBA. The Judo Black Belt Association is a professional organization that provides products and services to its members. The JBBA's mission is to be a positive addition to the Judo community.

   The Judo Black Belt Association (JBBA) is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Kodokan Judo as founded by Prof. Jigoro Kano in 1882. Prof. Kano formed his "three-culture principle" of Rentai-ho (the development of a sound and healthy body, in other words Judo as a method of physical education), Shushin-ho (the development of a sound moral character and mental acuity) and Shobu-ho (the development of functional and effective skill in contests or self-defense).
  Judo is more than simply a sport. While the sport aspect of Judo makes the activity all the more interesting and enjoyable, Judo is, at its heart, one of the best forms of physical education ever devised. As part of the educational process, a Judoka should become a better person and be a benefit to society. 

     The JBBA supports both the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Judo program and the International Freestyle Judo Alliance (IFJA) for the promotion and development of Judo as a sport. 

     The JBBA endorses the rules of AAU Freestyle Judo as a method of providing fair, safe and enjoyable competition for the sport of Judo. 


     The JBBA is based on the Yudanshakai system established initially by Professor Kano for the advancement of Judo knowledge and for mutual welfare and benefit for its members. The term "Yudanshakai"  translates to mean "Black Belt Association" and the JBBA is exactly that; an association of black belts on the national level with affiliated coaches, educators, athletes and others. In other words, we are a network of Judo professionals working together in the spirit of Jita Kyoei (Mutual Welfare and Benefit). While we are an association of black belts, the primary purpose of our organization is not the issuing of Judo rank.

     The JBBA views earning belt rank in Judo similar to earning an educational credential. A useful analogy is to think of earning a Shodan (Initial or 1st Grade Black Belt) in the same way of earning a college degree. Professor Kano was an educator and the JBBA retains an educational perspective in the issuing of belt rank. 

     Earning a black belt is a serious undertaking that requires hard study, effort, time and patience. The JBBA takes a strict and conservative approach to the issuing of black belt rank and uses some of the most stringent standards available. While we assign no blame to any specific group or individual, there have been abuses in the past in the issuing of Judo belt rank. It is the JBBA's position that rank should be earned on the mat through earnest and honest study and practice. The JBBA is independent of other Judo organizations and as a result of this, the belt ranks issued by us are not recognized by any other Judo organization or governing body. But honestly, in the competitive world of Martial Arts, the quality of the person's skills wearing the belt is far more important than who issued the belt that person is wearing.  Someone once remarked that a belt simply holds the Judogi together, and it's the person wearing that belt that is the true measure of what he or she is capable of doing. It's the person who does the Judo, not the belt.

     If you are happy with your current Judo organization, by all means, stay with that group; the JBBA is not for everyone. The JBBA does not wish to take members from other organizations or groups or supplant, replace or copy any other organization. In fact, the JBBA encourages everyone in Judo to participate in as many organizations and their clinics, tournaments and other events as possible. Many JBBA members are also members of other Judo organizations as well as other Martial Arts organizations. The JBBA offers an "old school" approach to the issuing of Judo rank. Our emphasis is on the total development of a person who does Judo using a conservative approach to the awarding of Judo belt rank. If you currently possess a high Dan grade, you most likely are happy with your current organization and there is absolutely no need for you to affiliate with the JBBA.  Our ranks are not recognized by any other Judo organizations. However, if you  want an honest assessment of what your belt rank should be, contact us. We don't guarantee a promotion or grant recognition of Judo ranks issued by other Judo (or Martial Arts) organizations (in fact, if you place more emphasis on your belt rank than you do the quality of your Judo, then the JBBA is definitely not for you), but we do provide an opportunity for deserving Judoka to advance in both knowledge and rank, especially for those black belts who are ranked below Sandan or lower. If a person's intention is to join the JBBA in order to get another certificate from another organization, we ask that they not consider us. 

      For information on joining the JBBA, contact Steve Scott at stevescottjudo@yahoo.com.
     We welcome everyone from Judo, BJJ, Sambo, Jujitsu, submission grappling and any other martial art or combat sport interested in Judo.
     The Judo Black Belt Association is not based on the organizational models of other Judo groups. We are a service organization dedicated to offering the best possible educational and training information, services and products to our members. If you have any questions, please call Steve Scott at 816-210-4484 weekday afternoons.
     Founded in 2004 as an ancillary Judo organization for the Shingitai Jujitsu Association, the Judo Black Belt Association has its national headquarters in Perrysville, Ohio (with the Shingitai Jujitsu Association headquarters). John Saylor serves as the overall SJA Director with Steve Scott of Kansas City, Missouri as the JBBA Director. The JBBA has grown since that time and has expanded its focus to being a network of Judo professionals that is open to anyone in the Martial Arts.
You can subscribe for free to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/welcomematstevescott . The JBBA uses this channel as part of its technical education program with over 1,000 videos. 
To apply for rank with the JBBA, click on the pdf logo. Be sure that you have also joined the JBBA using the pdf in the box above.
To join the JBBA, click on the pdf logo. If you also wish to gain rank in the JBBA, please click and download the rank application in the box below.
A condition of membership in the JBBA is to first join the Amateur Athletic Union. The AAU provides the ideal infrastructure for any sports organization, including Judo and has an active national development program for Judo. AAU membership is inexpensive and provides the best benefits available anywhere for athletes, students and coaches. Click on the AAU logo to join the AAU.
Click on the IFJA logo to the right to go to the Freestyle Judo web site.
To view or download our JBBA Handbook & Freestyle Judo rulebook, click on the pdf.
Over 60 coaches, educators, athletes and supporters from 20 states and Canada attended JudoCon 2019.
JudoCon 2019 was held in Riverside, California on November 8-9, 2019. Dr. AnnMaria DeMars was the driving force and organizer with Brian Money as the host and coordinator.
Both on mat and classroom sessions were held on: 1-Successful dojo management, 2-Balancing Judo with a home life, 3-Judo for special needs students, 4-Marketing Judo, 5-Coach education program specifics, 6-Junior development, 7-Kata as part of Judo training,
8-Having a Judo library, 9-Specific on mat technical coaching sessions, 10-Using rope jumping for Judo training, 11-Round table discussions, 12-Keynote address by Serge Boussyou on Coaching for Character.

When you join the AAU and JBBA, you can also join our Coach Education Program. We in the JBBA are serious about coach education because we are a grass roots organization dedicated to teaching Kodokan Judo. For more about our coach education program, contact James Wall at wallmartialarts@att.net.
"Create Opportunities, Raise Expectations, Help Improve Lives Through Judo."
This video gives you a glimpse of what we did at JudoCon 2019 and what we are about in the Judo Black Belt Association. This video was produced and created by Kathy Hubble. Many thanks to Kathy for this great video.
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Charter Membership costs $50.00. This is a one-time fee. No annual fees or hidden charges. When joining, each new JBBA member receives a membership packet that includes the JBBA Handbook, an embroidered patch, a membership certificate and a JBBA window sticker.
Listed here are three books that all Judo coaches will find helpful. The Judo Advantage and Teaching on the Mat are part of the JBBA's Coach Education Program's curriculum.
The Judo Black Belt Association has members across the United States as well as in Canada, Serbia, South Africa, Great Britain and Hong Kong. We are dedicated to bringing Judo to more people through our programs. The JBBA provides a network for professionals who want to use Judo as a vehicle to enrich the lives of others through physical education, character development and sport opportunities. 
As a professional organization, the Judo Black Belt Association is not in the "rank business." The JBBA issues ranks in Judo, but it must be stressed that this is only one of the several services the JBBA provides to its members. Please read the JBBA statement on its rank program that is listed below.
You can join the JBBA and support our work in bringing Judo to more people even without being part of our JBBA rank program. To join without accessing the JBBA rank program, simply download the pdf JBBA Membership application located immediately below.