Important Message about Promotional Standards for Shufu Spring Promotional on April 7th

February 13, 2019


from Miki Takemori, Chair of the Shufu Board of Examiners


To Shufu Yudanshakai Clubs, Sensei and Judoka:


I am writing to update you on the process that is happening with the USJF Promotional Standards.


Just to recap, I am on the Ad Hoc Committee (as a part of the USJF Promotional Committee) that has been tasked with the up-dating the Promotional standards. The Ad Hoc Committee has completed our work and delivered our project via e-mail to the full Promotional Committee last week. We are awaiting feedback from those members.


I expect that there will be some adjustments and I hope there will be a vote from the full USJF Board of Examiners on the at the Spring USJF meetings March 30-31 at the Dulles Homewood Suites, Dulles, VA. This means that the USJF Promotional Standards have not been adjusted.


We will continue to use the Shufu Promotional Standards until the USJF (Board of Examiners and Board of Directors) has approved the National Promotional Standards. As before, I will recommend to the Board of Examiners to exercise discretion and to be flexible when appropriate.


Again, I apologize for the delays.


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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.