3 U.S. Kata Teams Reach Finals in Kata World Championships

October 23, 2018

Dinner in Cancun. Standing: Karen Tono, Andrzej Dajnowski. Seated around table from left: Doug Tono, Jeff Giunta, Karl Tamai, Rob Gouthro, Barbara Houston-Shimizu, Diane Tamai Jackson, Frances Glaze, Kuniko Takeuchi, Heiko Rommelmann

 

Three Kata Teams placed highly in the 2018 IJF Kata World Championships held in Cancun, Mexico on October 15 – 16, the USA’s best-ever results at Kata’s premier event.

 

The Shufu group of Karl Tamai and Diane Tamai Jackson placed  6th in Ju no Kata, and Rob Gouthro and Lisa Capriotti equaled that 6th place in Kime no Kata.  Gerardo Tello and Sergio Suguieda (Florida) placed 5th in Nage no Kata.

 

Also competing from Shufu were Rahmon Burton and Wayne Lifshitz, competing in Goshin Jutsu in their second Kata World Championships.

 

Check this site later for additional details as they become available.

 

Thanks to Karl Tamai for this preliminary information and the photo.

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.

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