2024 Mat-Su Judo Invitational

2024 Mat-Su Judo Invitational

Sanction: Francis L. Dean & Associates, LLC

February 24th, 2024

Palmer Jr Middle School

1159 S Chugach St

Palmer, AK 99645

Tournament Director

Howdice Brown Jr., (907)354-2318


Head Referee

David Cheverie

Entry Packet: 2024 msj invitional.pdf 


TOURNAMENT SET-UP (Palmer Jr Middle School Gym) Saturday, February 24th, 2024 @ 08:00am

FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE Thursday, February 20th, 2024 @ 09:00 pm

COACHING/REFEREE MTG Saturday, February 24th, 2024 @ 10:30am

Certified referees (Holding “local” or higher certification) may referee at this tournament, or at the Tournament Directors option, qualified juniors and seniors may be permitted to referee.

CHECK-IN AND REGISTRATION Saturday, February 24th, 2024 @ 09:30am – 10:30am

Competition Start Saturday, Saturday, February 24th, 2024 @ 11:00am – 11:15am

Award Presentation Immediately following the end of competition.

Routing of Tournament Documents

In order to make sure that tournament documents are not lost or misplaced, please follow these instructions:

Judo COMPETITION ENTRY FORMS AND WAIVERS: Check to be certain that all entry forms have been signed on the front and back by the judoka and their parents (when judoka is a minor). All waivers must be signed; failure to do so will result in elimination of the judoka from competition. Check to insure that the correct amount of entry fees ($45.00 for first competitor and $20 for each additional family member/division. $20.00 late charge if competitors' data received after February 20th) are included. Entry forms and fees TO ARRIVE NO LATER THAN Saturday February 24th , 2024 at 10:00am with the late fees If applicable.

Make Checks Payable to Mat-Su Judo Inc., or Fill out the Credit card info


matsujudo@gmail.com BY February 20th , NO LATER THAN 9:00PM


You may call Howdice Brown Jr. (907) 354-2318 if you have any questions.

ELIGIBILITY Age cut-off date: February 24th, 2019. All competitors must be current members of an Official Judo Club as stated by USA Judo, USJF or USJA or of a foreign judo organization with appropriate letter verifying that the competitor is currently registered with that organization. All contestants will be required to provide verification of registration. Verification can be made by attaching a copy of the current registration card.

Tournament fees

$45.00 and $20.00 for each additional family member or division.  $20.00 late charge if competitors' data received after February 20th


Current Modified International Judo Federation Contest Rules

1. Current modified IJF rules will apply.

2. Students 5 years old by February 24Th, 2024 and older will be allowed to participate.

3. Co-ed competition will be allowed in this tournament for ages 10 and under only if there are not enough participants to fill a division.

4. Junior competitors 15 years old or older receiving permission to compete in a senior division will compete with the rules applicable to the senior division.

5. A 3 minute rest period will be required between back to back matches, except when a competitor is competing in more than one division. When competing in more than one division, back to back matches not in the same division will not require a rest period.


6. Division with 3 or more competitors, scoring will be by pure double elimination. Winner may have lost once; all other competitors will have lost two matches. Divisions with 3 or less competitors may use a pod bracket (Round Robin).

7. SENIOR WEIGHT DIVISIONS: Light, Medium, Heavy and Open categories. These may be modified at the sole discretion of the tournament director.

8. JUNIOR DIVISIONS: Light, Medium, & Heavy categories. Contestants will be matched first by sex, then by age group, then weight. Age/year of birth groups to be used are: 5-6(2017-2018), 7-8(2015-2016), 9-10(2013-2014), 11-12(2011-2012), 13-14(2009-2010), 15-16(2007-2008). Age/year of birth and weight groups will be modified as needed based on numbers of actual competitors.

A contestant that does not fit in the age/weight class will be dropped from competition or moved up to the next higher age group by the Tournament Director only with the appropriate waiver forms signed.

9. MASTERS: Competitors will be matched first by age, then by weight. Age groups will be 35-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51 and up. Competitors may be moved to another age division if there are not enough to fill a three person division.

10. MATCH TIME: Match time will be 3 minutes for all Divisions.

11. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Medals will be awarded. Also Trophies awarded for best technique for a male, and a female divisions.

Judo is Fun!

As in all sports, Judo has a strict set of rules that governs competition and ensures safety. For those who want to test their skills, Judo offers the opportunity for competition at all skill levels, from club to national tournaments, to the Olympic Games. There are separate weight divisions for men and women, and boys and girls.

Judo is best known for its spectacular throwing techniques but also involves considerable grappling on the ground utilizing specialized pins, control holds, arm locks, and Judo choking techniques. Judo emphasizes safety, and full physical activity for top conditioning. Judo is learned on special mats for comfort and safety.

Judo is unique in that all age groups, both sexes, and most disabled persons can participate together in learning and practicing the sport. Judo is an inexpensive, year-round activity that appeals to people from all walks of life. Many people over sixty years of age enjoy the sport, as well as very young boys and girls.

Judo develops self-discipline and respect for oneself and others. Judo provides the means for learning self-confidence, concentration, and leadership skills, as well as physical coordination, power, and flexibility. As a  sport that has evolved from a fighting art, it develops complete body control, fine balance, and fast reflexive action. Above all, it develops a sharp reacting mind well-coordinated with the same kind of body. Judo training gives a person an effective self-defense system if the need arises.