2024 USA Judo Senior Nationals to be Held in Southern California

by Nicole Jomantas

(Colorado Springs, CO) – USA Judo is pleased to announce that the 2024 Senior National Championships will be held in Ontario, CA from May 24-25.

The Kata Nationals will be held on Friday, May 24 with shiai competition on Saturday, May 25. The tournament is expected to draw more than 600 participants in the final senior competition to be held in the United States before the Paris Olympic Games.  

“The 2024 Senior Nationals will be the first time this tournament has been held in California in 15 years and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the top judoka in the nation to Ontario,” said USA Judo CEO Keith Bryant. “Partnering with the Golden State Open also will give athletes multiple competition opportunities throughout an exciting holiday weekend of judo action.”

For the first time, the tournament will be held in partnership with the Golden State Open – a USA Judo Point Tournament and one of the longest-running major judo competitions in the nations with the 32nd edition scheduled for 2024. Competition for the Golden State Open will be held from May 26-27.

“We are pleased to be partnering with USA judo and bringing the senior nationals back to the Los Angeles area.  Our focus is to impact the judo community in a positive way and we feel that this collaboration will do just that leading into LA 2028,” said Golden State Open Tournament Director Eric Sanchez.

Competition will take place at the Ontario Convention Center which is just a mile away from the Ontario International Airport which services 12 airlines with direct service to 22 cities, including New York, Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Salt Lake City and more.

The tournament also is within an hour drive to Los Angeles International Airport and situated within easy reach of major Southern California attractions, including Pacific Coast beaches, Big Bear mountain resorts, Disneyland, Hollywood and more. 

"With a deep-rooted passion for sports and community, we're excited to host USA Judo in Ontario.  We look forward to forging a strong, lasting partnership with the national judo community as we work together to cultivate and amplify the growth of this extraordinary sport, especially with the 2028 Olympics coming to Southern California,” said Michael Krouse, CEO of Greater Ontario California.

Discounted hotel rooms are available at the lowest guaranteed rate through USA Judo’s official tournament housing provider, Team Travel Source.

2024 Senior Nationals Hotel Rooms

Additional details regarding registration and tickets will be available in the coming months.