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

Santa Monica, CA
Pacific Jujitsu Kai
Friday, September 23, 2016
Venue and time TBD in conjunction with the Pacific Jujitsu Kai clinic.
Contact: Exams Coordinator, Aromalyn Magtira
<> | 310.382.6713

Hawaii Region

No exams scheduled at this time

Rockies Region

The Rockies Region will be offering black belt exams Friday, August 26, 2016, starting time: TBD at MBBA located at
113 S 3rd St. west
Missoula, MT 59801

Exam paperwork is due by August 12, 2016
Contact Jeanette McGrathbr> Email: <>
Phone: 406-370-0485

Central Region

Camp Kodenkan Midwest
August 18-21 2016
Ward Melenich will be holding back belt exams at a clinic in Camp Kodenkan Midwest on August 18-21 2016
Please submit ALL of the required paperwork to Ward Melenich.
PLEASE snail mail all paperwork ONLY to the address below. Emailing scanned legible copies will be sufficient.

Ward Melenich, Sensei
Kuroinukan/ Duluth Judo Club
4048 Fairview Rd.
Duluth, MN 55803

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 Lyle Najita <> (530) 863-7677
SouthWest Region Aromalyn Magtira <> (805) 276-0872
Rockies Region Jeanette McGrath <> (406) 370-0485
Hawaii Region Travis Prose <> 808-756-1943
Central US Ward Melenich <> (218) 525-9472
NorthEast Region Cara Parmigiani <> (973) 722-7655
SouthEast Region David Shaw <> (803) 730-4222
Outside the United States Contact Committee Chair
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