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January 01, 2020

CJBBA 2019 Winter Promotions

All - Winter Promotions are coming up.  CJBBA is authorized to promote individuals from the rank of Ikkyu (first degree brown belt) to Godan (fifth degree black belt). 


Candidates will be informed shortly if they are on the list.  Please see below for details regarding promotion procedures.


Applications are due two weeks BEFORE the promotion board meeting. This will give the chairman time to review all applications, make sure all needed information is on the application and that membership requirements are met. Late applications will NOT be accepted. We give two tests a year, so there will be
another opportunity.


The CJBBA Promotion Board will meet to review all completed applications to determine if the candidate meets all the requirements for their rank promotion and if the candidate is eligible to test.


Three CJBBA Promotion Clinics will be held prior to the Promotion Exam so that candidates can start working on their requirements early. If a candidate fails a test, or does not show up for a test, he/she must resubmit a new application for the next CJBBA Promotion. There will be no exceptions to this format.


The following schedule is for the 2019 CJBBA Winter Promotions:


Applications due: Nov 25, 2019 - Monday
Promotion Board meeting: Dec 11, 2019 – Wednesday 7:00pm
Promotion Clinic dates: Dec 18, 2019 - Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Jan 8, 2020 - Wednesday 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Jan 15, 2020 – Wednesday 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Promotion Exam date: Jan 18, 2020 – Saturday 5:30pm


All events to take place at Tohkon Judo Academy, 4427 N. Clark, Chicago, IL


Candidates must wear a WHITE gi to the Promotion Exam.

January 01, 2020


THANK YOU so much to all of our volunteers who came out and made the 2019 Chicago Open such a success!  More updates later - just wanted to get that message out there!

October 24, 2019

Chicago Open 2019 and Project 2024 Reminder

Hi Everyone,


Just a gentle reminder on the approaching registration deadline for the Chicago Open 2019 at Minooka High School SOUTH CAMPUS.  November 4th is the deadline for junior and masters (SATELLITE WEIGH-INS available at select dojos throughout the midwest).   And November 7th is the deadline for all seniors.   ONLINE REGISTRATION ONLY!!!   There will be no walk-ups.  The tournament date is November 9th.  Please find all information at:




Project 2024 will be held the very next day at the same venue.  The training session will be led by Olympic Silver medalist Travis Stevens.     This is a unique opportunity to learn from one of the best judo athlete in the United States today — the ultimate goal of P2024 is to build an elite team of judo athletes to represent the US at the 2024 & 2028 Olympic games.  This event is open to everyone from all clubs.   There are a limited number of $50 coupons for CJBBA members.  Please contact me if you are interested.    This is online registration only!  There will be a second training session at Tohkon Judo Academy on December 14th.


All information about Project 2024, Chicago Open and hotel accommodations can be found at:



Please plan for a memorable weekend of judo!


Thank you,

Grace Talusan, Tournament Director

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