Jim Bregman Awarded Rank of Judan

July 16, 2018

James S. Bregman

July 6th, 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan


Today at the USJF/USJA grassroots Junior, Youth, Team, & Kata National Championships, living legend Jim Bregman was presented with the rank of Judan (10th Dan) by the United States Judo Association.


In very gracious remarks, Bregman Sensei publicly thanked several people – most especially his parents – for helping to achieve success as the first American Olympic judo medalist (Tokyo 1964) and beyond.


I cannot reproduce the entire list of people Bregman Shihan thanked, but Shufu-affiliated people he thanked included Don Draeger, Takahiko Ishikawa, and “Jimmy Takemori, one of my heroes”.


Congratulations and thank you, Bregman Shihan.


Roy Englert


Shufu Judo Yudanshakai



Photo Courtesy of Chuck Medani

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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: hilson79@gmail.com 202 945 3781.