AJJF Blackbelt Examinations

AJJF Blackbelt examinations for the ranks of Shodan through Yodan are administered on a regional basis according to a standard set of guidelines.  Other examinations are conducted at the National Convention or by arrangement with Board of Professors and the Examinations Committee Chair.  The complete examination procedure and rank requirements may be found in the AJJF Schoolheads Handbook in the section titled Examination for Blackbelt. Please contact the Chair of the Exams Committee, Dominic Beltrami, at (707) 738-0621 with questions or for additional information.

A set of answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is also now available online.

Reservations for an exam slot can be made by contacting the individual specified for the desired examination.  The deadline for registration is generally 2 weeks prior to the scheduled exam date. An insufficient number of registered candidates may result in cancellation of an exam date.

AJJF Senseis please note: If you have students interested in examining and do not see a local date scheduled, please contact your regional Examination Committee Member for information on scheduling or hosting an exam date.

National Convention Examinations

    A limited number of examinations slots are available for candidates for the rank of Yodan and candidates for other ranks that have considerations that may preclude examination at a regional exam date.  Contact Dominic Beltrami to request examination at the National Convention.

Upcoming Regional Examinations

Northwest Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Southwest Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Hawaii Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Rockies Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Central Region

DZR Chicago Summer Clinic

July 16 - 18, 2015
St. Paul's Lutheran Church 9035 Grant Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513
Hosted by Filiberto Gutierrez773-814-8688 or <>
To be eligible to test at the DZR Summer Clinic, the COMPLETE exam packet should be sent to me at <> or 4048 Fairview Rd., Duluth, MN 55803 by June 27th. No exceptions.

Camp Kodenkan Midwest

July 30 to August 2
At the Kuroinukan/ Duluth Judo Club, 4048 Fairview Rd., Duluth, MN 55803
Hosted by Ward Melenich, 218-830-2088 or <>
To be eligible to exam at Camp Midwest, the COMPLETE exam packet should be sent to me at <> or 4048 Fairview Rd., Duluth, MN 55803 by July 11th. No exceptions.

Northeast Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Southeast Region

No exams scheduled at this time

The AJJF Examinations Committee

This page provides contact information for the AJJF Examinations Committee. The Examinations Committee members are responsible for the administration, in person or by proxy, of regional examinations for the rank of Shodan through Sandan. The complete set of responsiblities of the committee may be found in the AJJF School Handbook. Use the e-mail address <> to send a message to the Examinations Committee chair.

AJJF Examinations Committee Members



E-mail Address

Phone Number
Committee Chair Dominic Beltrami <> (707) 738-0621
NorthWest Region Dominic Beltrami <> (707) 738-0621
SouthWest Region Ralph Rosas <> (310) 382-6713
Rockies Region Johnny Matijevich <> (720) 985-9685
Hawaii Region Faye Garan <> (808) 528-1383
Central US Ward Melenich <> (218) 525-9472
NorthEast Region Steve Huegel <> (610) 570-9377
SouthEast Region David Shaw <> (803) 730-4222
Outside the United States Contact Committee Chair
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