Shufu Adds To Growing Legacy of National Referees and Kata Judges

September 22, 2021

Reports from Diane Tamai Jackson and Karl Tamai:


Six new National Judges for Koshiki No Kata were certified at the Koshiki No Kata clinic held on August 22 at Sport Judo in Springfield, Virginia (1st 5 from Shufu):

Karen Whilden

Fran Vall

Diane Jackson

Karl Tamai

Theo Schwalm

Tom Sheehan



And congratulations to

Nick (Rocky) Madary (NIH)

Aleksander Winiarski (Hui-o)

Reza Biazaran (Hui-o)

on being certified to National Referee in the past few months.  Please continue to improve your refereeing skills and pass on what you have learned to those that follow your lead. We are sooo happy to celebrate your achievement and are very proud of your accomplishment.

Also, thanks to all of the Shufu referees who travel and represent shufu at local, national, and international events.

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.