2023 Danbury Judo Open

Sep 23, 2023 - Sep 23, 2023 | Danbury, CT, USA

American Judo along with Thom Knowlton & Ralph Mesite have teamed up to provide the best tournament experience possible. American Judo Shiai's are the perfect place for any judoka looking to gain experience in a competitive yet friendly tournament atmosphere. Our developmental tournament series offers as many matches as possible, so you can get the most out of your experience. With a modified rule set in place, everyone is sure to have a positive tournament experience


TOURNAMENT DETAILS: 

Hosted by: Thom Knowlton & Ralph Mesite

Registration, Bracketing & Customer Service: American Judo

Date: 09/23/2023

Venue: Danbury PAL

Address: 35 Hayestown Rd, Danbury, CT 06811

Format: Double Elimination or Round Robin for 5 or Less; All competitors are guaranteed 2 matches or your entry fee back.

Age Standards: Age 4 and Up


Competitors and coaches will need to present a valid Judo membership

Non-US Competitors must contact USA Judo for a letter of invitation

All States are Welcome!

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QUESTIONS/NEED HELP:

Questions? Email Riley McIlwain at events@americanjudo.com.

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EVENTS WILL USE A MODIFIED IJF RULE SET

Below is a list of rules that are being modified from the IJF Rule Set. 

The event guarantees athletes at least 2 matches or their entry fee will be refunded. 

Tournament directors have the right to modify any IJF Rule they deem necessary during the event. 

These events are designed to give the best possible experience for the athlete. Coaches and referees should work together to create a positive experience for athletes. The focus of these events is development and the emphasis is on positive judo (Throws, Pins, Armlocks, Chokes). 


  • Refs for kids (U13) matches should be at least a brown belt in judo. Refs for ages 13+ should be at least a  black belt in judo. 
  • 1 Ref per mat area. No Care system is used at the events.

  • All Basic Divisions (Youth/Teens/Adult/Veterans) are 3 mins.
  • The clock only stops for blood/doctor or tying of judo gi. 
  • Athletes are encouraged to get up quick and continue. 

  • Youth Intermediate are 3 mins
  • The clock only stops for blood/doctor or tying of judo gi. 
  • Athletes are encouraged to get up quick and continue. 

  • 13+ Int & Adv is 4 mins
  • Clock stops when the Referee says Matte. 

  • IJF Cadet, IJF Junior & IJF Senior. 4 mins 
  • Follow standard IJF Rules

  • Veterans Intermediate & Advanced is 4 mins.
  • Clocks stops when the Referee says Matte. 
  • Athletes are encouraged to get up quick and continue.

  • All Basic & Intermediate Youth Divisions - 2 minutes
  • If nobody scores at the end of the Golden Score, referee decides the winner
  • 13+ (Intermediate & Advanced), IJF & Veterans Unlimited

Coaching is encouraged at all times during the matches. 

What does it mean to coach your athlete: 

  • All comments from the coach should be geared towards helping your athlete perform a judo technique.
  • As long as coaches are being a positive influence over the athlete they will be encouraged to continue coaching. 

PENALTIES

Basic Divisions 

  • Shidos will not be handed out for Minor infractions
  • Referees will warn judoka about infractions and instruct them not to do so in the future. 
  • If a judoka gets 3 warnings for the same infraction they will lose the match. 
  • If a judoka gets 3 warnings for different infractions the match will continue. 

Intermediate Divisions

  • Referees will use their discretion to give penalties for stalling
  • Stalling can include - Running out of bounds, defensive posture, or any action deemed to prevent their opponent from positive judo.
  • If a judoka gets 3 warnings for the same infraction they will lose the match. 
  • If a judoka gets 3 warnings for different infractions the match will continue.

Advanced and IJF Division

  • These will follow IJF Rules

JUDO UNIFORMS

  • All competitors must wear a properly fitting gi.
  • Divisions under 13 years old Basic, Intermediate & Advanced Divisions
  • Any color (white, blue, black)
  • Any patches/embroidery can be worn as long as it does not hinder opponents' ability to grab judo gi or go against the spirit of judo.

  • Any color (white, blue, black)
  • Any patches/embroidery can be worn as long as it does not hinder opponents' ability to grab judo gi or go against the spirit of judo. 
  • IJF Divisions (Cadet, Junior, Senior)
  • Follow IJF rules (White & Blue Only)

Contact information for the 2023 Danbury Judo OpenAmerican Judo / Jimmy Pedro's Judo Center
events@americanjudo.com
617-257-4769