Referee’s Corner


Recent Article from the January 6, 2016 New York Times entitledThe Subtle Art of Judo Refereeing


Shufu Referees


USJF Referee Development and Certification


Testing Procedures for Local and Regional Certification


Guide to Visually Impaired Judo

2014 – 2016 IJF Referee Rules, March 2015


2016 IJF Referee and Coach Seminar

Tokyo, Japan

Part 1

Part 2


2015 IJF Referee Seminar

Malaga, Spain

Part 1

Part 2


Notes from 2014 IJF Referee Seminar

Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA


Robert Fukuda Clinic Video


USA Judo Referee Page


USA Judo Chief Referee Manual


USJA Referee Committee


USA Judo Referee Rules – 2010


IJF Rules Changes 2010 – 2012


Mexico City Seminar on IJF Rules Changes – 2013


USA Judo Referee Development


USA Judo Referee Commission


EJU Referee Commission

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.