March 19, 2020 – from the US Department of State:

The U.S. Department of State has raised the Travel Advisory Level to 4 – DO NOT TRAVEL and provides the following guidance:

If you decide to travel abroad or are already outside the United States:

• Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means are available.
• Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
• Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
• Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
• Visit to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
• Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
• Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
• Visit Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.

If you have staff or athletes overseas we strongly advice for them to return to their country of residence or a place where they have a support system.


COVID-19 is a novel virus from the coronavirus family first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China. Because this specific virus is new, there is a lack of definitive information at this time regarding its nature, contagiousness and exact serious illness rates. The details, severity of disease and recommendations are evolving with each day. USA Judo continues to monitor this fluid situation both domestically and abroad, receiving updates from the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee’s Coronavirus Working Group who is interacting daily with the Center for Disease Control, US Department of State and Department of Homeland Security. While there is information readily available in various media outlets, we have received the following recommendations from well-known judo-doctors Dr. Robert S. Nishime and Dr. Christina Yannetsos as it pertains specifically to our sport. As mentioned, we are continually learning more about Coronavirus, but precautions are currently similar to those during flu season.


Recommendations for Individuals

  • Wash hands frequently and adequately (20 secs with soap and water), or use alcohol-based cleanser/hand sanitizer
  • If you develop a fever, cough or feel ill, do not go to your club or dojo for practice, contact your medical provider and stay away from others
  • Seek immediate medical attention if symptoms become severe, such as being short of breath or having difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • Follow good personal hygiene after every judo practice or competition, including showering with soap and water and wash judo gis after use
  • Take individual and public safety into consideration when making decisions to travel or attend large gatherings. This is an individual decision made by coaches and athletes who should be educated regarding the risks. As a contact sport, we risk exposure to viral infections with any close human (within 6 feet) interaction and the risk of transmission.
  • If travelling outside of the US, exercise diligent hand hygiene, avoid touching your face, avoid countries and locations with a high number of cases and avoid public places with large numbers of people (travel precautions will continually be updated by the CDC: )


Recommendations for Clubs

  • Follow CDC guidelines -
  • Follow your home state and local guidelines as the prevalence of COVID-19 varies widely throughout the US (Department of Public Health) ie. Colorado:
  • Dojos should NOT allow anyone with cough, fever, shortness of breath, or feeling ill to practice
  • Provide alcohol-based hand cleaner (60-95% alcohol) before entering dojo/ mat and when exiting (or recommend hand washing for 20sec before and after practice), encourage frequent handwashing
  • Athletes should be instructed NOT go to your dojo or practice if they have a cough, fever, or feel ill (likewise stay home from school, work and avoid exposing others in public places)
  • Appropriately clean mats more frequently than usual, using a proper disinfectant antiviral & antibacterial ( )
  • Wipe down, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in the dojo (handles, tables, chairs, computers)
  • Avoid travel to areas with COVID-19 Outbreaks
  • Avoid large public gatherings, limit spectators
  • Call your primary care physician if you feel ill, go to your ER for shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • USA Judo strongly recommends that organizers of its sanctioned events immediately contact their local health department for guidance on hosting activities in their communities. USA Judo also strongly recommends that event directors consider cancelling or postponing their events which are non-essential over the next 60 days until more information becomes available from the experts.


 Virtual Training Options

  • Many public Universities (and USOPC) have started to provide online classes and virtual classes as much as possible
  • While some martial arts dojos already provide virtual training courses, this is something more clubs are trying since the outbreak of COVID-19.While it may be challenging to work with another judoka at home unless they have family members, this is an opportunity for senseis to remain engaged with their students, provide classes and drills that can be done at home, and help lift the spirits of those who may feel overwhelmed by the current state of health affairs. There are various ways you may be able to do this:
  • Record courses and post on your website or send via e-mail.Note that video files are very large and may not easily be transmitted through e-mail.Posting on a website or content management system is probably your best bet.
  • If you work with a third-party website provider, check with them to see if they have a content management system platform where you can upload videos and/or other information that your students can access from home.
  • Facebook Live – while you can invite only your students to watch your Facebook Live Training, know that anyone from around the world may be able to access your course as well.This may be good for exposure and potentially new students but know that what you are delivering is going worldwide.


Additional Resources 




Homeland Security: 

U.S. Department of State: