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Sensei Yonezuka Dies

October 19, 2014

Sensei Yoshisada Yonezuka passed away yesterday, October 18th, 2014, after a long battle with bone marrow failure.  He was 77.   Sensei Yonezuka was a 1960 graduate of Nihon University, and founded the Cranford Judo Club in Cranford, New Jersey in 1962.   He taught and trained several US Olympians,…

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Faye Allen Kata Tournament and Clinics combine with Matwork Clinic for a Great Day in D.C.

September 28, 2014
Faye Allen Kata Tournament and Clinics combine with Matwork Clinic for a Great Day in D.C.

  The 2014 Faye Allen Kata Tournament and clinic, augmented with a special newaza (matwork) clinic given by 2004 Olympian Dr. Rhadi Ferguson, was held on Saturday, September 27th on a beautiful Spring day in Washington, D.C.  Sponsored by D.C. Judo and sanctioned by Shufu Judo Yudanshakai, the event drew…

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Over 200 Judoka Compete in Eastern Open

September 22, 2014
Over 200 Judoka Compete in Eastern Open

  by Kevin Tamai   A big thank you and Congratulations to all of the judoka who were able to attend and participated in the Shufu Yudanshakai Eastern Open Judo Championships which was held on Saturday August 30, 2014 at the Greater Grace World Outreach Ministry Gym.  The event was…

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Judo Doubleheader on Saturday, September 27th

September 19, 2014

On Saturday 9/27 DC Judo hosts a doubleheader of Judo events. The Faye Allen Kata Championship will return and will be followed by two kata clinics: Nage No Kata with Edwin Takemori and Goshin Jutsu with Karen Whilden and Diane Jackson. Early that morning, Olympian Rhadi Ferguson will also give…

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Willie Inserra Reaching for the Top

August 15, 2014
Willie Inserra Reaching for the Top

Back in the 1980s, Bill Inserra was the team captain of the Santa Rita High School varsity wrestling team in Tucson, Arizona.  One of his teammates had a judo background, and that’s when Bill realized that judo would give a wrestler extra tools in their wrestling toolbox.   In the…

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From A Free Lesson that was “Lots of Fun” to National Referee

July 23, 2014
From A Free Lesson that was “Lots of Fun” to National Referee

Cheryl Mitchell is an early intervention services coordinator, helping kids achieve their potential by working with families to set up preschool special education and therapeutic services in the Scranton, PA region.   Nine years ago, Cheryl had a free judo lesson with Sensei Fred Murty in Greentown, PA, near Scranton. …

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2014 Capital Grapple Report

June 17, 2014
2014 Capital Grapple Report

Washington, D.C., June 15th, 2014   “I’m six and three-quarters years old!” said Cadence Yu, one of the youngest competitors at the recent Capital Grapple Judo and Brazilian Jujutsu event, held at Trinity Washington University in Washington D.C. Cadence was sitting on the bleachers next to the mat with her…

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Coach Certification

SafeSport Certification is now required for all USA Coaches.

Effective January 1, satisfactory completion of the SafeSport course is required for all USA Judo member clubs. If you have already completed the course and submitted a copy of your certificate, you do not need to resubmit. For more information or to take the course, please visit www.safesport.org.