2012 Shufu Fall Promotionals – First Pictures

November 3, 2012

New Shodan Sachi Ragosta

In Her Own Words…


On Saturday, November 3rd, Charlottesville, Virginia’s Sachi Ragosta, a 17 year old Senior at Western Albemarle High School, became the most recent Shodan (1st degree black belt) of Shufu Yudanshakai (Capital Black Belt Organization).  In addition to bringing an outstanding competitive record to the promotional examination, held at the College Park, Maryland Community Center, Ragosta was required to pass a nearly three hour technical examination under the supervision of the Shufu Board of Examiners, and have demonstrated a kata (series of judo throws) to the Board’s satisfaction.


Ragosta’s coach, Gene Shin, Ph.D., a fifth degree black belt and the Sensei at the SSJ Judo Club in Charlottsville, was understandably proud of his student:


“Sachi began training in Judo in the Shufu Yudanshakai at age 5. From the beginning as a five year old, Sachi displayed a talent for the sport of judo; she worked hard, took instruction very well, and regularly competed successfully against boys. As she grew older, she earned national ranking in her age and weight class, and soon developed serious aspirations of pursuing high-level international competition. She wanted to train in Japan, so she convinced her parents to allow her to live with her grandparents so she could train in the local police dojo. In these ways, Sachi not only determined her own path, but provided a powerful, positive model for her dojo.  Sachi achieved her dream when she earned a spot on the US Team to compete in the 2011 Cadet World Championships in Kiev.”


Shufu congratulates Sachi and looks forward to even more of her accomplishments!


There were three other high level promotions at the event:


 Daniel Grunberg, of the College Park, Maryland Judo Club, promoted to Nidan (2nd degree black belt)



 Ernest Ojito, of the Washington, D.C. Judo Club, promoted to Sandan (third degree black belt)



 Mark Smith, of the Hui-O Judo Club in Beltsville, Maryland, promoted to Yodan (fourth degree black belt)


Full Results


Photos courtesy of Chuck Medani

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This newsletter is presented in memory of Malcolm Hodges who was a dedicated Shufu and Washington Judo Club member for many years and wrote and was the editor of the monthly Shufu Shinbun newsletter.




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Hilaire Notewo Seeking Donations for Judo Programs in the Ivory Coast, Needs Gis and Equipment

Longtime Shufu Judo member Hilaire Notewo is planning to relocate to Côte D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Africa in late November/December. He will be supporting judo programs, but equipment (esp. judo uniforms) are difficult to come by.  Hilaire is looking for gently used judo gis and other equipment.  Hilaire will also be visiting and donating goods to orphanages.  Should you have gently used shoes, clothes for teenagers, youths, and toddlers, kindly make them available to Hilaire.

If you would like to donate to this effort, you can send your donation to the following address:

Hilaire Notewo

7401 New Hampshire Ave. #1003

Takoma Park, MD  20912

Or contact him via his email address: hilson79@gmail.com 202 945 3781.