Gaiv Tata Accepts Position of Shufu Tournament Recorder

February 28, 2016
Gaiv Tata, ShufuTournament Recorder

Gaiv Tata, Shufu Tournament Recorder

Gaiv Tata, a sandan from Michael and Sharon Landstreet’s Arlington Judo Club, has accepted the position of Tournament Recorder for Shufu Yudanshakai.


The Shufu Tournament Recorder is responsible for recording tournament points which are used in the assessment of senior promotions.  These points vary according to the competitors’ ranks and the winning scores.


Gaiv is a highly experienced judoka as well as a long-time finance executive with the World Bank.  He holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


“I’m happy to be doing some of the work for Shufu.  I’ve been a member for quite some time, and now that I have a bit more time to contribute, I’m looking forward to beginning with this work on tournament recording, which is obviously an important task.  Not a glamorous one but important.  It should be the building block for us to think more broadly about how we run tournaments and help competitors keep track of their progression in judo more systematically.”


Gaiv will be collaborating with the former Tournament Recorder, Tad Wilson, to ease the transition between their respective stewardships of the position.


Shufu thanks Tad for his expert management of the tournament points over the years, and welcomes Gaiv Tata as the new Recorder.

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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.