Do You Know Any Of These Judoka?

September 23, 2020

Miki Takemori, Chair of the Shufu Board of Examiners, has recently found a number of old USJF and Kodokan rank certificates in the files kept by her father, former BOE Chair Jim Takemori.


USJF certificates

Krzysztof C. Skuza (Shodan) 12/14/99

Krzysztof C. Skuza (Nidan) 12/21/99

James Killgallen (Shodan) 2/10/88

Chaquir Achabar (Shodan) 2/15/85

Daniel Woodhead (Sandan) 9/10/85


Kodokan Certificates

Troy T. Hysmith (Shodan) 1/23/65

Raymond Charles Spink (Shodan) 3/12/66

Jane Morgan (Shodan) 10/16/67

Julie E. Howard (Shodan) 8/1/68

Clarence Ray Vandermark (Shodan) 1/13/57


If you are one of the people listed, or if you know the whereabouts of any of them, please contact Miki at before October 31st after which the certificates will be added to the paper recycling bin.

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.

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: