250 Compete at Eastern Open Championships

September 4, 2012


The 60th Shufu Eastern Open Championships were held in Baltimore on Saturday, September 1, with 250 junior, senior, masters, and kata competitors vying for individual and team honors. Also present were two of Shufu’s national champions.  An unexpected honor was also earned, a special batsugun promotion.

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The muggy day did not dampen the enthusiasm of the wide range of competitors, from the kata team with a 7-year old, through the nearly 150 junior boys and girls ranging in age from 5 through 16, and more than 100 men and women in the senior, kata, and masters divisions.  Teams from as far away as New Jersey and southern Virginia traveled to Baltimore for this annual event, as did myriad officials, referees, coaches, parents, families, fans, and, especially, the volunteers, without whom such an event would have been impossible.


Junior awards were presented by two of our local Senior National Champions – Adam Moyerman from Liberty Bell and Christina Salmond from Baltimore. Senior awards were presented by Sensei James Takemori, Kyudan (Ninth Degree Black Belt).


Outstanding Junior Rico Warrick

The Outstanding Junior Competitor was Rico Warrick, of the College Park (Maryland) Judo Club, who won two weight divisions in the 7-8 year old category.  The junior team trophy was also won by College park, coached by Sensei Kurt Tamai.











Sensei Takemori and Outstanding Senior Nicholas Tissue

Nicholas Tissue, representing Team Maryland BJJ was the Outstanding Senior Competitor as he won first place in the men’s 178 lb. Novice division, and placed second in the 198 lb. Novice division.  Sport Judo (Virginia), led by Sensei Maurice Allan, took home the trophy for the senior team championship.









Dalton Award winner William Chaney with Christina Salmond and Adam Moyerman

Mr. William Chaney, of Budokan Judo Club in Dunkirk, MD, was honored with the Thomas Dalton Service Award.  This is the annual award to acknowledge outstanding services as a competitor, clinician for competitors, and instructor and officer of Shufu Judo Yudanshakai. Click here for more about Sensei Chaney and the Dalton Award.





Sensei Takemori and new Shodan Will Inserra

As the award ceremony was finishing, an unexpected and uncommon honor was granted to Will Inserra of Sport Judo, who was awarded Batsugun (instant promotion) to Shodan (First Degree Black Belt) for his competitive success











Tournament director Kevin Tamai, of the Hui-O Judo Club in Beltsville, Maryland, was very pleased with the attendance, enthusiasm, and fighting skills demonstrated by the day’s competitors, and with the tremendous efforts of so many volunteers.


 A Special Message from Kevin Tamai


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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.