Sensei Yonezuka Dies

October 19, 2014

Sensei Yoshisada Yonezuka passed away yesterday, October 18th, 2014, after a long battle with bone marrow failure.  He was 77.


Sensei Yonezuka was a 1960 graduate of Nihon University, and founded the Cranford Judo Club in Cranford, New Jersey in 1962.


He taught and trained several US Olympians, including Allen Coage, Michael Swain,  and his own son, Nick Yonezuka.


He was a two-time Olympic coach for the US, and three-time World Championships coach.  He was awarded the rank of Kudan (9th degree Black Belt) in 2007.


 The Funeral is Tuesday, October 21
3pm to 7pm.


218 North Avenue, West
Cranford, NJ 07016
Tel: (908) 276-0255




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.

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: