Olympic and Worlds Referee Gary Takemoto Coming to Shufu as 2017 Rules Clinic Leader

January 23, 2017
IJF-A Referee Gary Takemoto at the 2013 World Championships

IJF-A Referee Gary Takemoto at the 2013 World Championships


The 32nd annual Shufu Rules Clinic is coming up on Sunday, January 29th!


Roy Englert will be leading the seminar for the 21st time, and has built it into the most regularly conducted and annually anticipated clinic in the 60+ year history of Shufu Yudanshakai.


_L6C0370The rules of shiai competition have REALLY changed!  You don’t want to miss the discussion of the most important changes for the 2017-2020 Olympic Quadrennium, because there are lots of them.


This year’s clinician, Gary Takemoto, joins the long list of outstanding international referees who have given Shufu instructors, clinicians, club leaders, and competitors the most up-to-date rules for judo shiai competition possible, augmented with videos, demonstrations, and personal hands-on guidance.


Sensei Takemoto, who began his judo career at age 6, has been head instructor AJ0E0781_1of the Harbor Judo Dojo in Harbor City, near Long Beach, California since 1984. He earned his National referee certification in 1989, his Continental ‘B’ certification from the International Judo Federation in 1997, and his IJF-A Referee certification in 2004.


He was chosen as the United States’ 2016 Olympic Referee, and has been the United States’ referee for four World Championships.


SO BE THERE!  It’s at Pure Performance Martial Arts Center in Rockville, Maryland on Sunday the 29th.


For Registration, CLICK HERE


Here’s a Self-Test:

  • Will a 20% change in the duration of matches really alter tactics? Why and how did the match duration change?

  • Good-bye to the old waza-ari, and good-bye arithmetic. (Huh? .5 +.5 = ??)

  • Yuko, where did yu go?

  • You’d better unpin that pin – faster than ever!.

  • Can you punish a punishing grip, and how long can you “prepare for an attack”?

  • How soon can shido grow up to be a hansokumake?

  • Can you successfully stall in Golden Score?

  • Is a shido worth the same in regulation time and in Golden Score time?


Don’t know all the answers?

You’re not alone, but don’t be left behind!

That’s Sunday afternoon, Noon – 6PM at Pure Performance in Rockville, MD.


Register NOW!!!


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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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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.