About Us

The Hudson Judo Yudanshakai (HJY) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit organization founded in 1961. HJY member clubs are located generally in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania areas. Our mission is to promote the growth and development of the Olympic Sport of Judo, through financial support, competitions, clinics and seminars held throughout the year. We encourage you to check our list of Judo Clubs, and choose a practice facility convenient to your home, office or school.

As a charter member of the United States Judo Federation, HJY has rank promotional authority to award Judo black belts. All dan ranks issued by Hudson are certified by the USJF and are eligible for Kodokan rank certification. HJY and USJF rank requirements are among the most stringent in the United States. As a result, HJY ranks continue to be held in the highest regard internationally. Other benefits include: USJF national membership, access to Coach Certification and Referee Development Programs, financial assistance, and much more. All club instructors, coaches, local and regional referees are required to have criminal background checks on file, be certified on Safe Sport training, as established by the United States Olympic Organization’s Safe Sport Training Program, and have completed the HEADS UP Concussion in Youth Sports training developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

HJY members have excelled in regional, state, national and international competition, producing many state and national champions, and several Olympians. If you or your club would like to join, contact Lillian Tom, HJY Registration Chairperson.

Please subscribe to our Hudson Judo members discussion forum so that we can keep you informed of tournaments, clinics, workouts and meetings, as they are frequently added to our Calendar.