August 2, 2012

Photos Tamas Zahonyi and Gabiela Sabau

Kayla Harrison has won the 2012 Olympic gold medal in the -78 kg division, the first Olympic gold in the history of judo in the USA.  She defeated Gemma Gibbons from Great Britain in the finals, scoring 2 yukos in the match that went the full five minutes.  The win also returns her to the #1 ranking in the world.

From the IJF Report:

“Kayla Harrison…won the first ever gold medal for the USA in judo. Harrison had a steely look in her eyes from her very first contest and ruthlessly dispatched her first opponent within a minute, before throwing the seeded Abigel Joo for Ippon. Most spectacular was her semi-final, where she devastated the world number one Mayra Aguiar (BRA) with a Juji-gatame armlock. In the final Harrison always looked favourite for the title, and she never gave Gibbons an inch, always beating the Brit to the attack. Two Yuko scores were enough to secure her the gold medal and make history for her homeland.”


NBC Report (with video excerpts of final match)


USA Today




Washington Post


L.A. Times


Mail Online (UK)


IJF Link: Day 6

Compare the results with the latest IJF pre-olympic World RANKINGS

Sign up HERE for LIVE streaming judo competition coverage

And here are some more useful links:


Judo Competition Schedule

London Olympics Home Page

Check out this IJF website for videos of some of the major players (including our own Kayla Harrison), and vignettes of all the competitors:

Judo Olympians

Shufu Shinbun is BACK !

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 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.