George Kerr, CBE

May 25, 2017


George Kerr, Judan

George Kerr, Judan

Maurice Allan, MBE, Sensei of Sport Judo and who holds the judo rank of Hachican (8th Degree Black Belt), wishes to bring a special publication to the attention of the members of Shufu Yudanshakai.


My Journey to the 10th Dan is the story of George Kerr, the only living Judan outside of Japan, and who was Sensei Allan’s teacher.  More than an autobiography, it is the story of  a man who has dedicated his life to judo and used the principles of the sport to be successful in his life of nearly 80 years.


Kerr studied in Japan under Daigo, Osawa, and Inokuma, and won the first ever British Open Judo Championships and was European champion .  He later coached Peter Seisenbacher to two consecutive Olympic Gold Medals, in 1984 and 1988.


He went on to be named as one of the inaugural members of the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame, was president of the British Judo Association, and was the recipient of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from Japan.  He was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2011.


Check out the website at and learn about one of the true icons of judo in the western world.

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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.