Local and National Events

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
President’s Cup @ Irving Convention Center
Nov 24 all-day

Annual President’s Cup Judo Tournament

2019 USJA-USJF Winter Nationals @ Felix Event Center, Azusa Pacific University
Dec 6 – Dec 7 all-day

This premier event is held each December in sunny Southern California at Azusa Pacific University’s Felix Event Center outside of Los Angeles. It was created and is hosted by Goltz Judo and is endorsed by the USJA/USJF Grassroots Judo™ alliance . You can expect to see over 800 competitors from all over the country as well as different parts of the world such as Europe, Asia, South America, even a team from Tahiti! In addition to the national tournament for all age groups and skill levels, clinics are held on coaching, refereeing, kata, and anything pertaining to the study of judo.

21st Annual Northeastern Judo Championships @ J.F. Kennedy High School
Dec 8 – Dec 9 all-day

21st Northeastern Judo Championships

Northeastern Judo Championshiops Date: Sunday-December 8, 2019

$3250 in CASH AWARDS

Tournament Director: Anthony Camal

Tournament Coordinator: Chris Skelley

Technical Advisor: Sensei Yoshiro Matsumura

(973)432-9638 or (973)812-6322



J.F. Kennedy High School

61-127 Preakness Avenue

Paterson,  NJ


Entry Fee:     $60.00


LATE FEE:      $80.00

2nd DIV:        $25.00


Spectator Fee:  $5.00  (12 & under Free)


Eligibility:     4 years & older.  You must present a current


USJI & USJF Registration will be available at tournament.



1st Place, 2nd Place and two 3rd Places awarded in each division.

Outstanding Player Awards for Junior, Teenager, Senior Novice and Brown/Black.

Fighting Spirit Awards for Junior, Teenager, Senior Novice and Brown/Black.


Rules:          Current IJF rules will be used with the following modifications.

No armbars or chokes in Junior Divisions under 12.

No armbars allowed. Only chokes 13 yrs. old and up.

**No armbars allowed in any novice divisions.**

Armlocks & chokes allowed in all Senior Brown & Black Divisions

And 15-16 and 17-18 yrs. old advanced


8 years & under: Everyone will be pooled in groups of 3 or 4 as close to age,weight,rank as possible.

All participants 8 yrs & under will receive award.

9 – 18 years: Modified double elimination.

Seniors and Masters: Modified double elimination. Novice & Advanced Divisions.


Weigh Ins begin at 9:00 am

Event Date

December 8, 2019

Registration Deadline

December 6, 2019 11:00pm [Eastern Time]


J.F. Kennedy High School
61-127 Preakness Avenue
Paterson, NJ

Registration inquiries:
Tony & Liz Camal
973-632-4933 – Liz
973-432-9638 – Tony

James Takemori Memorial Clinic with Neil Adams
Jan 5 all-day

Please plan to register onsite at Georgetown University on Sunday, January 5th.



Adams Clinic-final

2020 Maryland Open @ University of Maryland, Ritchie Coliseum
Jan 18 all-day
Adaptive Judo Techniques: Martial Arts for Cognitive Challenges @ The Compound BJJ Muay Thai Combatives
Feb 8 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm




Mayer Max is co-founder of the Moses Max Mindknit Research Center, where he brings together scientific and educational collaborations, research, and conferences on veterans traumatic brain injury, autism, virtual reality, telemedicine, web communications, and inclusion research for persons with cognitive, intellectual, behavioral, and physical disabilities.


He will discuss some of the breakthroughs he and Mindknit have made, and show how martial arts instructors can develop ways to better provide service to our community in newly developed ways.


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: