Chicago Open 2019 Registration



Join us in Chicago for an exciting weekend of judo!  Saturday, November 9 is the CJBBA Chicago Open (Junior, Senior & Master Shiai & Kata Judo Tournament).

Then on Sunday, November 10, 2019 train with Olympic silver medalist, Travis Stevens as CJBBA proudly sponsors Project 2024. This unique opportunity provides aspiring athletes with access to Olympic athletes and coaches.  They provide the best training and competitive opportunities around the world. Project 2024 builds champions. The ultimate goal is to prepare America’s judo team and international athletes for success at the 2024 & 2028 Olympic team. Please register at:

There are a limited number of $50 discounts available for CJBBA members.  Contact the tournament director for more information.


USJF sanction number 19-11-08.
Tournament Director: Grace Talusan, 3rd dan
Chicago Judo Black Belt Association President: Sandra Hauptmann, 4th dan
Chief Referee: Kei Narimatsu, 6th dan, PJU-A

To register for the 2019 Chicago Open, fill out the on-line form below and submit, then pay at PayPal. On-line registration ONLY. No day-of registration. You do not need a PayPal account to pay, just a valid credit card of any type.


The tournament will be held at
Minooka High School South Campus
2665 W. Eames Street
Channahon, IL 60410

Plenty of FREE parking is available at the venue. No spectator admission fee. Concessions will be available at the venue.


Group rates are available at Hampton Inn & Suites, 621 Bob Blair Road, Minooka, IL 60447.
To book online click on the link below and enter the dates and the Group Code of JOT.
The best rate is on the 2 Queen Beds, Non-Smoking room, $104.
Last Day to Book:  Friday, November 1, 2019

Tournament Schedule

Monday, November 4, 2019
11:30 p.m. Deadline for Juniors and Masters to register for Chicago Open

Thursday, November 7, 2019
11:30 p.m.  Deadline for Seniors to register for Chicago Open
by 11:30 p.m. Junior & Master Satellite Weigh-Ins; click for dojo listing and contact info

Friday, November 8, 2019
11:00 a.m. Deadline for Junior weights to be entered on-line or reported to Mike Tanimura
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Senior Weigh-Ins at tournament site

Saturday, November  9, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Senior Weigh-Ins
8:30 a.m. Kata competition begins
9:00 a.m. Referees’ meeting
9:45 a.m. Opening Ceremony
10:00 a.m. Shiais begin with Juniors 8 & under and Masters divisions. Older Juniors and Seniors will follow as mats open up.


JUNIORS and MASTERS MUST weigh-in at one of the satellite locations Thursday, November 7. Juniors and Masters must be registered on-line by 11:30 p.m. Monday, November 4. All Junior and Master weights must be reported to Mike Tanimura by 11 a.m. Friday, November 8.

SENIORS weigh-in Friday evening or Saturday morning at the tournament site as noted in the schedule above.


All participants must have an up-to-date national judo membership card (from USJF, USA Judo, USJA or another country’s judo federation) to present at tournament weigh-in (early satellite or on-site) and check-in. If you do not, you can click to register for a membership at USJF.


Competitors should bring their own blue and white belts. If you bring a blue gi, you must also have a white gi. No blue gis to be worn on the white side.


1st, 2nd and 3rd place medals will be awarded in all Shiai and Kata divisions.


A JUDOGEAR USA raffle for a gi will occur after the tournament Shiais are completed. Tickets are $5 each, or 3 for $10. Raffle ticket holder must be present to win.

Registration Fees

  • Chicago Open shiai $50 entry, $15 for additional divisions or family members
  • Chicago Open senior kata (per individual) $25 entry, $12.50 for additional divisions or family members
  • Chicago Open junior kata (per individual) $15 entry, $10 for additional divisions or family members


Kei Narimatsu, PJU-A – Chief Referee
Referee dress code will be black sports coat, white shirt, tie, grey slacks, and black socks. For information or to register contact Grace Talusan at

Shiai Official Rules, Age/Weight Divisions

RULES: All participants will abide by IJF contest rules with the following modifications. No chokes for players under 13, unless they have elected to play up in an older division. No arm bars for players under 17, unless they are playing in Senior Advanced. NO Kansetsu Waza (arm bars) will be allowed in Senior Novice divisions. All participants will abide by current IJF medical rules, which stipulate if a contestant asks for a doctor, he or she forfeits that match. Blue Gis are optional. Contest area will be 8 x 8 meters. Safety area will be 4 meters to adjoining mats and 3 meters everywhere else The CARE system will be in effect.

DIVISIONS: This tournament will use true double elimination for divisions of 6 or more. Divisions of 3 to 5 will use round robin. Contestants in divisions of 1 or 2 will be moved to other divisions with their approval, or will be refunded their registration fee. The Tournament Director reserves the right to make any changes that are in the best interest of contestants and to achieve fairness and competition. Men’s and Women’s Senior Advanced Open divisions will be single elimination, with 1st and 2nd place awarded only.

For Junior boys and girls, 9-12 years of age, orange belt and above will be considered Advanced. For Junior boys and girls 13-16 years of age, green belt and above will be considered Advanced. For the Senior divisions, brown and black belts will be considered Advanced players. Men’s Senior division is based on IJF standard weights. All Men and Women Senior Advanced matches will run four (4) minutes. All Senior Novice, Master and Junior matches will run three (3) minutes. Participants are entitled to rest between matches in the same division equal to the match length. Three (3) mat areas will be used.

Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Divisions
* Competition for Juniors 8 & under will start at 10 a.m.

All Ranks
5 & 6* Light/Med/Heavy
7 & 8* Light/Med/Heavy

9 & 10 Light/Med/Heavy
11 & 12Light/Med/Heavy
13 & 14Light/Med/Heavy
15 & 16Light/Med/Heavy

9 & 10 Light/Med/Heavy
11 & 12Light/Med/Heavy
13 & 14Light/Med/Heavy
15 & 16Light/Med/Heavy

Men’s Senior Divisions

132 lb. and under
145 lb. and under
161 lb. and under
178 lb. and under
198 lb. and under
220 lb. and under
over 220 lb.

60 kg/132.3 lb. and under
66 kg/145.5 lb. and under
73 kg/161 lb. and under
81 kg/178.6 lb. and under
90 kg/198.4 lb. and under
100 kg/220.5 lb. and under
+100 kg/over 220.5 lb.

Women’s Senior Divisions

Novice Light/Med/Heavy
Advanced Light/Med/Heavy
(IJF weight divisions will be used when possible)

Men’s Master Divisions

30-39 Light/Med/Heavy
40 +Light/Med/Heavy

Women’s Master Divisions

30 + Light/Med/Heavy

Kata Competition

For information contact Eiko Shepard at

Junior Division
Judoka who are 16 and under on November 8, 2019;  male, female and mixed teams allowed

• Novice Nage-no-Kata — Requirements: First three sets of Nage-no-Kata (Te-, Koshi- and Ashi-waza)
• Advanced Nage-no-Kata — Requirements: Full five sets of Nage-no-Kata
• Novice Ju-no-Kata — Requirements: First set – five techniques
• Advanced Ju-no-Kata — Requirements: Full three sets – 15 techniques

Senior Division
Judoka who are 13 and over may compete; male, female and mixed teams allowed.

• Novice Nage-no-Kata — Requirements: First three sets of Nage-no-Kata (Te-, Koshi- and Ashi-waza)
• Nage-no-Kata — Requirements: Full five sets of Nage-no-Kata
• Katame-no-Kata
• Ju-no-Kata
• Goshin Jutsu
• Kime-no-Kata
• Itsutsu-no-Kata
• Koshiki-no-Kata

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