September 30, 2021


Format Changes for Saturday’s October 2nd Shufu Promotional and BOD/BOE Meetings

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Message from Roy Englert, Jr., Shufu President


In light of the scheduling of Sensei Bill Chaney’s funeral for Saturday afternoon, we are going to:

Try to keep the BOD meeting down to 90 minutes instead of 2 hours.

Evaluate promotion candidates DURING the BOD meeting.

Use the same ZOOM link for both meetings, simply keeping it open during any downtime.

Do our very best to start the BOE meeting 15 minutes after the BOD meeting, i.e., at 10:45 AM.


Thank you for understanding the need for these changes.  Following this process will allow people to participate in the meetings and, if they choose, attend the funeral too.


Related and equally important information:

Many of us want to see one another in person and believe it is safe to do in light of our own vaccination status, health, and experience over the last 18 months.  We are holding the meeting in a hybrid in-person/Zoom format to accommodate that wish as well as the wishes of people who prefer to participate remotely.  And Shufu will not “police” anyone – all participants are adults and Yudansha.


We do strongly urge taking appropriate precautions in light of the continued incidence of COVID-19, which in Montgomery County, MD, is “substantial” according to the CDC classification system and until very recently was “high” under the same system.

This means:

Please do not come if you are sick or even think you might be sick.

Please make appropriate use of masks; although we will trust your judgment, please err on the side of caution.

Please be familiar with other public health guidelines from all sources (including USJF) and take them into account, e.g., keep social distance when possible and appropriate.


Sorry for the long post, but I thought it important to get all this information out.  Thank you.

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

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.