Shufu’s International Kata Team Members Heading for the World Championships in Cancun, Mexico

October 11, 2018

Shufu International Kata Team: Karl Tamai, Diane Tamai Jackson, Monty Burton, Wayne Lifshitz, Rob Gouthro, Lisa Capriotti

Photo courtesy of Wayne Lifshitz


Six of Shufu’s kata athletes will be competing in the Kata World Championships, to be held in Cancun, Mexico on October 15 – 16.


The Shufu International Kata Team of Diane Tamai Jackson and Karl Tamai (Ju no Kata), Rob Gouthro and Lisa Capriotti (Kime no Kata), and Wayne Lifshitz and Monty Burton (Goshin Jitsu), will be vying for the highest competitive kata honors in the world, along with seven other teams from across the United States. Theo Schwalm, a Shufu member who lives in Texas, and a national and international kata competitor himself, will be the team manager.


The six judoka from Shufu also made news last April when they brought home 3 Golds, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze from the 2018 Pan American Championships in Costa Rica.


A total of 22 nations from 5 continents will be represented in Cancun, and a total of ten U.S. teams will be competing.  Check out the roster here.


Best of luck to all of the U.S. athletes next week.  These men and women have dedicated years of training to attain this level of expertise; we should be proud of them and realize how fortunate we are to have such an incredible judo resource here in Shufu.

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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: 202 945 3781.