Local and National Events

Brad Bolen Clinic @ Liberty Bell Judo
Sep 7 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

I hope everyone is having a great summer. In an effort to continue to grow judo in the area Liberty Bell Judo & El Idrissi Judo will be sponsoring a clinic by Brad Bolen on September 7th from 12-3. The clinic is for advanced teenagers and adults and will be at Liberty Bell Judo (260 Geiger Road Philadelphia, PA 19115).

We are not currently doing much advertising on Social Media instead we are messaging clubs in the area to provide the information. If you or any of your students would like to attend or you have any questions please feel free to contact me via email or phone.

Some of Brads credentials are:

  • 3X Pan Am Medalist (Gold in 2010)
  • 9X World Cup Medalist
  • 5X World Team Member,
  • 6X National Champion

We hope some of you can join us in learning some great judo.



Olympians’ Judo Training and Competitive Techniques @ Sport Judo
Sep 15 all-day

Register onsite this Sunday





Learn Judo featuring Legendary Olympians and Coaches James Bregman, Patrick Burris, Jason Morris and David Williams teaching Competitive Skills and Training Methods
(Please see individual biographies below)
Sanction number: pending

Date: Sunday, September 15th
Site: Sport Judo, 5405-A Port Royal Rd, Springfield, VA 22151. 703-407-1691
Schedule: Registration 8:30-9 am
Clinic to begin at 9 am
Break for lunch: ~ 12:30-1:15 Lunch will be provided
Clinic resumes at 1:15 and goes to ~ 4-4:30.

Fee: $50, Checks to Shufu Judo Yudanshakai or cash.

There are additional fees for USJA and USA Judo Coaches Certification. See attached form for USJA Coach Certification. Go to the following to download the USA Judo Coaching Certification Form:…/USA%20Judo%20Coach%20Certificati…
Contact: Rob Reilly,, Clinic Coordinator

James Bregman – originally started at Washington Judo Club but went on to train in Tokyo, Japan. He practiced at Meiji University, the Kodokan, and the Tokyo Police Academy. He was a member of the first US Olympic Judo team, which competed in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and he won a Bronze medal. The following year, he was again a Bronze medalist
in the World Championships in São Paulo, Brazil. In 1965, Jim was the Gold medalist in the Maccabiah Games and the Pan-American Games. Bregman Sensei also served as United States Judo Association (USJA) President on 3 different occasions.

Patrick Burris – 1972 & 1976 Olympic Judo Teams, 5 – time Senior National Champion, Founder/Director of USA Judo Stars Foundation and present USA Judo Coach Education and Certification Program Director.

Jason Morris – USA Olympian in 1988, 1992, 1996 and 2000, Olympic Judo Silver medalist in 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Olympic coach at 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jason has had numerous athletes from Jason Morris Judo Center in the World Championships and the Olympics.

David Williams – IJF A referee (recently has refereed on the International circuit), International judo competitor, USA Judo World Team member 1993, International Coach, former Athlete Representative to the USA Judo Board of Directors.

Cooperation Among Different Organizations – This event is sponsored by Shufu Judo Yudanshakai and United States Judo Federation, and also features prominent leaders from USA Judo and the United States Judo






2019 Faye Allen Memorial Kata Tournament and Kata Judges Clinic @ Edgewood Arts Center
Sep 21 all-day
2013 Goshin Jutsu Clinic

Sensei Eiko Shepherd – From the 2013 Goshin Jutsu Clinic Photo Courtesy of Chuck Medani


Faye Allen Kata Tournament and Kata Judges Clinic 2019

Register here

The Faye Allen Memorial Kata Tournament has been a Shufu Yudanshakai tradition for many years. On September 21st, DC Judo will host the 2019 event in Washington DC at the Edgewood Arts Center 3615 8th St NE.  The USJF sanction is #19-09-15.

This year we will depart from our traditional instructional focus. The clinic this year will be for Kata Judging. This event is an opportunity for those interested in learning to judge kata, improving their kata judging skills, or for kata competitors looking to better understand what judges look for and how they can improve their competition scores. Shufu Yuidanshakai is blessed with a strong kata community and a rich group of high level competitors and high level judges. Come join us to learn and grow your kata expertise.

Saturday  begins with check in at 8:30 AM, warm up at 9:00, and competition starting at 9:30 AM. Clinic will immediately follow competition. Competitors are encouraged to stay for the judging clinic either to improve their judging skills or to give the judges some extra experience. Competitors this is your big chance to see how to improve your scores!

We welcome judoka of all ages and ranks as well as all levels of kata experience. Registration is by participant and once registered you can complete in multiple teams for the same registration fee.  USJF, USJA, or USA Judo membership is required. You must show a valid membership card on site.

Competition will take place in the following Judo kata:

  •     Nage No Kata

  •     Katame No Kata

  •     Ju No Kata

  •     Goshin Jutsu

  •     Kime no Kata

Please join us in the Nation’s Capital for a day of competition and learning. This year’s venue is the Edgewood Arts Center dance/performance space in the Brookland Arts District.

See you on the mat,
Terence McPartland
DC Judo

Register here

Eastern Shore Tournament
Sep 21 all-day
Ocean State International Judo Tournament @ Providence Career & Technology Center
Sep 21 all-day
Katame-no-kata clinic with Edwin Takemori @ United Martial Arts Academy
Sep 28 all-day

Sensei Edwin Takemori is coming to United Martial Arts Academy in Cary, NC to teach katame-no-kata.

Shufu Open Shiai and Kata Tournament @ DeMatha Catholic High School
Oct 5 all-day



Just a reminder that the Shufu Open is coming up on October 5th at DeMatha High School in Hyattsville MD. We will have 4 mats.

The morning competition will be masters, all katas and junior  boys and girls. Afternoon competition will be senior men and women.

Entry form and information is attached to this email. Please share it with your fellow judoka and families.

As a reminder, there is NO ONSITE registration.

**We encourage old fashion mail in registration of all required paperwork.

Early Pre- registration discounts end soon so take advantage of the $10 discount and register early

Regular registration is open most of September.

You must have a complete registration packet for registration. That means entry form, payment, waiver, non black belt certificate, proof of membership

A $5 refund will be given for Shufu members who turn in a complete registration.

registration can be done online through good forms and payment via pay apl with a credit card, however you must submit the waiver. If you register online should will receive an email confirmation. If you do not, then you are not registered. if you register online, it is strongly recommended that you bring proof of all documentation with you to the event

Local and regional referee testing can be done, please contact karl Tamai.

We ask that all local and regional referees please come support this event. Please encourage your senior judoka to start refereeing as well.

It takes over 100 volunteers to make events like this happen. We are always happy to have any and all volunteers to help support the event. No experience is necessary. Please let me know of you have anyone one able to give some time to help the event be successful.

We look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions, Please not no hesitate to contact me

thank you




Morris Cup @ Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School
Oct 12 – Oct 13 all-day
CISM Games – the 7th PEACE Games, to be held in Wuhan City, China from 15-30 October
Oct 15 – Oct 30 all-day


The CISM GAMES (Council International du Sports Militaire) will be contested in October (“TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!”) and that if there are interested and competent Armed Forces Judo competitors who are interested in representing the U. S. Armed Forces, they need to IMMEDIATELY go to their Morale , Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) representative on their Base, Ship or Station and to become “pro-active self advocates” if they are interested in competing and ready to fight.  As far as I know, the designated Coach is Major Amber Jones, U. S. Army at (785) 979-8074, email:


Thank you & JITA KYOEI,


E. L. Beshimentob Mayfield

SgtMaj./USMC, Retired

31st Fukuda Kata Championship @ Soko Joshi Judo Club
Oct 19 all-day

The first tournament in the U.S. to offer International competition in all seven Kodokan katas was started by Sensei Keiko Fukuda, 10th dan.

Compete in:








IJF scoring system will be used at this tournament.

Open to men’s, women’s, and co-ed teams in both Junior and Senior categories. Application forms and information will be posted on our website: “http://sokojoshijudo/com/kata”

For tournament inquiries please contact

SAVE THE DATE. Charlottesville No-Gi Clinic
Oct 20 all-day


Additional Information To Come

New England Judo Championships
Oct 26 all-day
2019 Shufu Fall Promotional and Board of Directors Meeting @ The Compound
Nov 10 all-day


Registration for the 2019 Shufu Fall Promotional is now closed










Get Ready for the Samurai Slam Judo Tournament on November 16th in Charleston, South Carolina
Nov 16 all-day

Dear Judo Friends,

It’s time for the next Samurai Slam Judo Tournament in Charleston, South Carolina.  Please save the date for November 16th, 2019!

The tournament packet is attached, with a few details still TBA.  The tournament website is up and ready to accept registrations.  Please go to

We are doing pre-registration only.  Early registration deadline is November 4th, and final registration deadline is by November 13th.  Weight classes and divisions can be modified up to the November 13th with no penalties.  NO ONSITE REGISTRATION.

As usual we will run juniors, seniors, and veterans divisions on multiple mats.  Kosen (ground only divisions) are back by popular demand. We will also offer kata competition or exhibition graded by national judges and can sign off on requirements for rank testing for most kata in all organizations.

Awards include:

Outstanding Junior Competitor (Male and Female),

Outstanding Senior Competitor (Male and Female),

 Best Kata Team,

 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Junior Team, and

 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Senior Team.

With your continued support the Samurai Slam has continued to grow and is now a major fundraiser for judo in our region.  Please spread the word and come out to participate.  You’ve got 6 weeks to get ready.  You can do it!

Please contact us if you have any questions during registration.


Robert Gouthro

Assistant Tournament Director

American Judo Foundation



North East Promotional Event
Nov 17 all-day


To:   North East Promotional Group/ Shufu North


From:  Miki Takemori, Co-event coordinator (


SAVE THE DATE – November 17th


Pam Hinkle/Blue Dragon Judo is in the final stages of completing the flyer and sanctioning for the Fall Promotional on Sunday, November 17h in New Britain, CT. We will be testing by Shufu Judo Yudanshakai testing procedures/standards (United States Judo Federation) but the test is open to candidates from any organization.


Below are the specific deadlines:


The initial deadline for Shufu Dan Promotion (Form 20) is October 18th and must be sent to Karen Whilden, Shufu Registration Chair at  The fully completed/finalized Form 20 must be completed and sent to Karen by November 2nd.  Kata requirements must also be completed by November 2nd. Please forward your information to me as well at (


Kyu promotional lists (from Club Sensei or his designee) should be turned in by November 2nd, so appropriate paperwork can be prepared for their tests to me at (  Kata requirement for Kyu candidates should also be completed by November 2nd.


Junior Promotional lists (from Club Sensei or his designee) should be turned in by November 10th, so appropriate paperwork can be prepared for their tests to me at (


In regards to the Promotional Standards, the junior promotional standards were approved by the USJF Board of Examiners. We will be following the new USJF Standards for the Junior promotions. At present, a new junior promotional testing sheet is being completed. The standards are attached  to this email.


As far as the Senior Promotional standards are concerned, the adjustment of the guidelines were submitted in the Spring 2019 USJF meeting but were tabled until the next meeting, which will be on December 14-15.  Those revised standards have been resubmitted and hopefully they will be approved.  In the meantime, we will be following the Shufu Senior Promotional Standards with some leeway towards the present USJF standards. I apologize for the delays.


I hope to see you in November.


Thank you,


Miki Takemori and Pam Hinkle

Event Coordinators

Dallas Invitational @ Irving Convention Center
Nov 23 all-day

Dallas Invitationsl

Nov 24 all-day
2019 USA Judo National Presidents Cup Championships
Nov 24 all-day


Don’t let your skills deteriorate while you’re watching old Twilight Zone reruns during the shutdown!  Check out this first list of videos that can help keep your technique sharp and your body fit.



Twilight Zone Reruns

Coach Certification

SafeSport Certification is now required for all USJF registered 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

Heads Up concussion training, through the CDC’s website, is a requirement for all members of your USJF registered club who function as teachers at any time. Please advise all of your instructors and assistant instructors of this requirement. The training can be accessed at: