A Message From Tournament Directors Kevin and Kurt Tamai

Sensei Kevin Tamai

Sensei Kevin Tamai

Sensei Kurt Tamai

Sensei Kurt Tamai


It takes lots of staff to make any event happen. We want to say a special thank you to all of the volunteers who make our events possible and successful by being a referee, technical official, or other tournament official. We would like to thank all of our competitors, because without you we would not have an event. Thank you to the parents for bringing their kids to the events. And to all of the judo supporters who come to cheer on our judoka. We also thank Mr Ed King, the Athletic Director and DeMatha Catholic High School for allowing us to use the incredible venue for this event.


We continue to grow and develop judo in the area. Shufu Yudanshakai is strong because of its members and leaders. Shufu Yudanshakai was formed in 1953 under the Amateur Athletic Union, later under the Judo Black Belts Association, then under the current United States Judo Federation. Shufu was responsible for the eastern side the United States.  Shufu Yudanshakai has outstanding local, regional, national and international leaders in all phases of our sport. To name them and all of their accomplishments would fill many volumes on each one. Their philosophy is plain: to strengthen and improve judo from the local through the international levels by the unswerving devotion to and promulgation of the Dr Jigoro Kano’s Rules and Philosophy. There rules, as simple as they may appear on the surface to the casual practitioner of the sport, encompass all that Jigoro Kano envisioned when he propounded his findings of “Maximum efficiency with minimum effort and mutual welfare and benefit”


Shufu Yudanshakai provides events throughout the year for its members and is open to all members of the USJF, USJA and USA Judo members. We provide teacher clinics, clinics on various katas, referee clinics, two promotional events, kata competitions and four tournaments. In addition there are 8 other local tournaments run throughout the year by local Shufu Clubs.


Finally we want to thank our leadership team of Shufu Judo Yudanshakai: Charles Medani, President; Eric Spears, Vice President; Kurt Tamai, Secretary; Michael Landstreet, Treasurer; Tad Wilson, Recorder; Mike Grunberg, registration and Tad Nalls, Chairman of the Borad of Examiners. We also thank all of our subcommittee chairpersons for all the work they do throughout the year.


Thank you to all of our judoka and families for your support of Shufu Judo Yudanshakai. Have a great day.


Kevin Tamai, Head Sensei – Hui-O-Judo Beltsville

Kurt Tamai, Head Sensei, College Park Judo


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