May 11 2017

Santa Clara PAL Open Judo Tournament

 The Santa Clara PAL Judo Club is pleased to invite you to the 2017 Santa Clara PAL Open Judo Tournament.
Sunday, June 25, 2017, at Santa Clara High School

Download the Judo Tournament Flyer Here Download the Tournament Waiver Form Here
Register for the Judo Tournament Here



Sunday, June 25, 2017 tournament starts at  10:00 AM

Santa Clara High School, 3000 Benton Street, Santa Clara, CA  95051

USJF Sanction # 17-06-11

This event is open to all USJI, USJF and USJA members. A current membership card or proof of registration (Primary Membership) from the USJI, USJF or USJA will be required to participate and must be displayed to the registration personnel on the day of the tournament. If an individual cannot produce their current membership card or proof of current membership, they must purchase membership in USJF, USJI or USJA in order to participate. Responsibility for reimbursement of membership fees for those who have previously registered remains that of the individual.

Thirty-Five Dollars ($35) per contestant. Family rate $35 for first family member and $25 for each additional family member.  (Must be immediate family member)
Please make checks payable to Santa Clara PAL Judo Club.


  • Junior Divisions (6 to 12 years): 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
  • Intermediate Divisions (13 to 16yrs): Not later than 11:00 AM
  • Sr. White. Brown, Black and Masters (17+ yrs): Not later than Noon
  • Pre-registration Weigh-ins: Saturday, June 24, 2017, from 1-4 PM at the tournament site.

We are offering the option to pre-register for the tournament with a discounted entry fee of $25. The entry form may be mailed, faxed or you can register online. Mail address: SANTA CLARA PAL, ATTN, Cynthia Hernandez, 601 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Ca, 95050-4307 or by fax (408) 984-1407. For credit card payments please call Cynthia Hernandez at (408) 615-4879 MON-FRI between 1-6 PM. Mailed in entries must be postmarked no later than June 16, 2017. Faxed entries must be received by June 16, 2017. You can also register online here. Online registration will only be accepted prior to June 16, 2017. Please make sure you fill in the phone number and email sections on the application so that we can send you confirmation of registration. If you pre-register please include a copy of your USJF/USJA/USA Judo registration card.

Early weigh-ins can be done on Saturday, June 24, 2017, from noon to 3 PM at the tournament site. Dates, times, and locations of satellite weigh-ins will be announced later.

9:30 AM  To all referees: All referees will receive a complimentary pancake breakfast as well as lunch. Please arrive prior to the meeting for breakfast. Contact the tournament Director for a breakfast ticket.

Contact the Tournament Director: Keith Watanabe at 408-802-8642

Contestants will be grouped by age, weight, and rank as closely as possible to optimize competition and safety. Age groups will be within 2 years and rank will be within 2 solid belt colors in junior ranks when possible. All groups (juniors, intermediates, and seniors) will be divided into light, middle and heavy groups. We will give refunds if a competitor has no other competitors to be grouped with. Groups under 10 years old may be co-ed depending on the number of competitors.

FORMAT: Pool System.


  • 2 Minutes: Juniors 12 yrs. and under or groups containing 12 Yrs. or under competitors.
  • 3 Minutes: Intermediates, Senior White and Brown, and Masters.
  • 4 Minutes: All Black Belt pools with the exception of Masters pools.

Current IJF Contest Rules Modified as follows:

  1. No Double Knee Drop Seoinage or Shime Waza (Choking techniques) will be allowed for contestants 12 years old and under.
  2. The CARE System will not be in use.
  3. Medical staff may treat injuries up to two visits per match for all pools except for the black belt pools. The current IJF rules shall apply to the black belt pools.
  4. A 6-meter by 6-meter minimum competition area with 4-meter safety border between contest areas and 3-meter safety border on edges will be used.
  5. The time limit for the Golden Score will be 1-minute for juniors and no time limit for all other groups.
  6. All matches “Stop Time” clock stops on matte.
  7. Kansetsu Waza (armbars) will only be allowed in the Black Belt Divisions.
  8. Pre 2009 rules will be used for judogi control in all divisions except for the Black Belt pools. In the Black Belt pools, the current judogi control rules will be used.

Places will be determined according to the following criteria, in this order:

  1. The most wins;
  2. If wins are tied then the tie breaker will be most points;
  3. If two contestants are tied in wins and points – then revert to result of head to head match; whoever won the match between them will be given the higher place or if the two contestants have not competed, they will be given the option to compete. If the contestants do not to compete against each other, consult with the Tournament Director.
  4. In all other cases not covered by these rules, consult with the Tournament Director.

POINT SYSTEM: IPPON – 5 Pts.,  WAZA-ARI – 4 Pts.,  YUKO – 3 Pts.,  DECISION – 1 Pt.

Each pool will be awarded first, second and third places. All non-place winners in the junior pools will be awarded a Participation award.