Coronavirus – Important Message for ALL Judoka

March 6, 2020

To all members of the judo community:


By now we are all aware of the Coronavirus outbreak worldwide. Judo practitioners are especially encouraged to keep themselves informed in light of the close physical contact that is the nature of our sport.


The disease (COVID-19) caused by the Coronavirus can be mild, severe, and even fatal, and can be spread by respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing as well as close human proximity.


This is not the fluThe mortality rate of COVID-19 illness is many times greater than that of seasonal flu.


Shufu strongly encourages all judoka, especially those in leadership and instruction positions, to become familiar with the ways to protect our students and ourselves from contracting the disease and limiting its spread to others.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updates its Coronavirus/COVID-19 website daily, giving the most authoritative and up-to-date information available for communities, businesses and schools, healthcare professionals, and others.



for the link to the CDC’s COVID-19 webpage.  DO IT FREQUENTLY, since the Coronavirus situation changes almost daily.

Shufu Shinbun is BACK !

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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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:

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: 202 945 3781.