2023 Shufu Fall Promotionals

September 6, 2023
November 4, 2023 all-day
Beltsville Community Center
3900 Sellman Road
MD 20705

Shufu Judo Yudanshakai, in cooperation with Hui-O-Judo Beltsville and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, 

presents the

Fall 2023 Shufu Judo Yudanshakai

Junior and Senior Promotional Examination

Saturday, November 4, 2023


Beltsville Community Center

3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville, MD 20705

United States Judo Federation Sanction # ________


This event is Preregistration Only. There is no onsite registration.


Key Deadlines –  These are HARD deadlines  – no exceptions

September 4 – First date to accept applications.

October 5 – First deadline for Dan paperwork (initial submission of Form 20)

Oct 21 – Second deadline for ALL FULLY COMPLETED paperwork due (juniors, senior kyu, dan)

Nov 4 – Promotion day, BOE meeting, BOD meeting


Eligibility to register for promotion

  • All judoka must be a current member of the USJF, USJA or USA Judo.

    (USJF members are eligible to be promoted at this event.  USJA or USA Judo members may request to be examined and have their results forwarded to the appropriate organization.)

  • For Shodan – current year plus one year prior membership in USJF

  • For Nidan and above – current year plus three years prior membership in USJF


Recommending Students for Promotion

Examinees MUST be recommended for promotion by their instructor.  Examinees should be listed on the JUDOKA RECOMMENDED FOR PROMOTION form that is submitted by the head instructor from each club by October 5, 2023 to facilitate the smooth running of the event.  Submit to Kevin Tamai, Chair of the Board of Examiners – shufuboechairman.kevin@gmail.com


Promotion Requirements being used

The Shufu Board of Examiners has implemented the changeover to the USJF promotional requirements.  The 2023 Shufu Spring Promotional will follow the “2021 Final Handbook Revision with Added Techniques”, available on the Shufu website under Promotions. All ranks within Shufu’s promotion authority are required to do the physical testing, i.e. all ranks through and including Godan.  Rokudan and above are not required to do physical testing; Kata requirements still apply as required for rank sought.


Event Schedule

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Promotional candidate written test and physical demonstration testing

9:30 – 11:00 AM Shufu Board of Directors Meeting (All registered Yudansha [Black Belts] are encouraged to attend but a Zoom connection will be supplied.  Contact:  shufupresident.miki@gmail.com)

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Shufu Board of Examiners meeting – (All Board of Examiners members are requested and encouraged to attend in person.)

Following BOE Meeting:      Announcement of Results

Please Note: There will be NO COMPETITION at this promotional event.

Registration and Fees

  1.     Registration Deadlines (These are HARD deadlines.)

  • October 5, 2023:  Dan Ranks

  • October 21, 2023:  Senior Kyu and All Juniors

  1.   All registration is online – no onsite registration

  • Registration Fee (all examinees): $50

  • Additional Fees for Black Belt Ranks only:

    • Shufu Promotion Fee: $15 (paid online with registration fee)

    • [Note: After the promotion:  USJF Promotional Fees: $125 for Shodan plus $25 for each rank step above Shodan, plus an additional $25 for Shichidan and Hachidan. (Instructions for how to pay to USJF Promotional Fees will be provided after the promotional) Life Members: $0]

  • Waiver (online) must be electronically signed or scanned and sent to shufuboechairman.kevin@gmail.com                (Note: Waiver is pending as of 9/7/23; check back to this site periodically for waiver availability.)


All Registration is ONLINE.

  To register and pay online, click HERE



If you require an accommodation for visual or hearing impairment or other reason, please let us know on the registration form.


  1. Documentation first accepted on Friday, September 4, 2023 (electronic submission only)

  2. Documentation Due by Saturday, October 5, 2023

  • Black Belts only: Editable Form 20 (electronic submission only):

    • Submit to Karen Whilden, Rank Registration Chair, at shufurankreg@gmail.com.

    • The Rank Registration Team will work with candidate to identify and cure any problems with the Form 20, with that process to be completed at least 14 days before the promotional, i.e. Saturday, October 21, 2023.

    • If a Form 20 has not been submitted by Saturday, October 5, 2023, the Shufu Board of Examiners (BOE) will table the promotion request until the next promotional.

  1. Documentation Due by Saturday, October 21, 2023

  • Junior and Senior Kyu Documentation (electronic submission only):

  • Submit scans of documents below to Kevin Tamai at shufuboechairman.kevin@gmail.com

  • Membership card

  • Competition results

  • Kata Scores (as required to the rank sought)

    • Contact Rank Registration Chair for accommodations to kata demonstration due to issues of space and safety.  Shufu will follow USJF Medical Committee and local/state guidelines regarding the COVID at the time of the Promotional.

    • Kata must be judged by a member of the BOE, or a National level or higher certified kata judge or kata instructor in the kata to be tested.

  • Certificates (as required by the rank sought)

  • Black Belt Documentation Requirements (electronic submission only):
    (See Shufu website under Promotion for how to submit each document.)

  • Submit all documentation to Karen Whilden, Rank Registration Chair, at shufurankreg@gmail.com

  • Form 20 – in final, complete, and editable format

  • Membership card

  • Indicate status of a USJF background check (for judoka 18 years of age and older)

  1. Hold a current USJF background check

  2. Have recently applied of one

  3. Have a USA Judo background check

  • Promotion certificate for current rank

  • Kata Scores (as required for the rank sought)

    • Contact Rank Registration Chair for accommodations to kata demonstration due to issues of space and safety.  Shufu will follow USJF Medical Committee and local/state guidelines regarding the COVID at the time of the Promotional.

    • Kata must be judged by a national level or higher certified kata judge or kata instructor in the kata to be tested.

  • Safe Sport certificate (for judoka 18 years of age and older)

  • CDC Heads Up certificate or NFHS (National Federation of High School – National Federation of State High School Association) Concussion Training

    (Note: For dan candidates that need to also satisfy USA Judo – CDC Heads Up is accepted but not NFHS.)

  • For Nidan and above: CPR and First Aid certificate(s)

  • Other certificates (as required to decrease Time-in-Grade by the rank sought for non-competitors)

  • If the Form 20 has not been updated to cure all identified problems, and resubmitted by Saturday, October 21, 2023, the Shufu Board of Examiners will table the promotion request until the next promotional.

No documentation will be accepted after Saturday, October 21, 2023.


Shufu Board of Directors

Please submit agenda items for the Shufu Board of Directors meeting by October 4, 2023 to Shufu Secretary Diane Tamai Jackson, at shufuyudanshakai@gmail.com.


The Shufu Judo Yudanshakai Board of Directors meeting will begin at 9:00 AM.  This meeting is for registered members of Shufu Judo Yudanshakai who hold the current rank of Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt) or higher.    Please try to be on time for the start of the meeting.


A zoom connection will be supplied by contacting:  shufupresident.miki@gmail.com

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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 https://athletesafety.org/

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: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

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.