Dottie Tamai, Mother of the Tamai Family, Has Passed Away.

October 5, 2022

Dorothy Marie Tamai    1940 – 2022


In loving memory of Mrs. Dottie Marie Tamai, who passed away due to cancer and other complications on Wednesday September 28 at her home, surrounded by her children.


She was the wife of Sensei Ken Tamai, mother of Margie Kettl, Joan Smith-Sullivan, Kevin Tamai, Karl Tamai, Kurt Tamai and Diane Jackson. She was a member of Shufu Judo yudanshakai.


She started her judo path in 1959 at the Washington Judo club where she met and married Ken Tamai. She earned the rank of shodan.


Dottie not only raised two generations of judoka, but also continued to serve this yudanshakai up until she passed.


She is survived by her brother, 6 children, 16 grand children and 9 great grandchildren


There will be a  viewing on Friday Oct 7 from 4-8pm at Gasch’s funeral home (4739 Baltimore Ave, Hyattsville, MD. 301-927-6100).


A final viewing will be at St. Ambrose Catholic Church (3107 63rd Ave, Cheverly, MD. , 301-773-9300) from 9-930 on Saturday, October 8.


A funeral mass will be at 10 – 11 am at St Ambrose, followed by a reception/celebration of life at St Ambrose’s Fannon hall from 11-1.


In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Dottie Tamai’s name.


Link to Obituary


The Tamai Family: Top: <Margie, Katie, Alex, Sarah, Dottie Middle: Jake Front: Karl, Kurt, Diane, Kevin




Remembrance: Shufu Judo has lost one of the unsung heroes and supporters of judo,  Dottie Tamai.  Shufu Yudanshakai will miss you.

Miki Takemori

(President of Shufu Yudanshakai).



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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:

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7401 New Hampshire Ave. #1003

Takoma Park, MD  20912

Or contact him via his email address: 202 945 3781.