Special Meeting of Shufu Blackbelts This Saturday July 29th at College Park

July 25, 2017

To All Shufu Yudansha:


I hope you are planning to come to the Shufu Special Board of Directors Special Meeting this Saturday, July 29th at the College Park Community Center in College Park, MD from 9 AM to 2 PM.  The address is: 5051 Pierce Ave, College Park, MD 20740.


As I mentioned a few weeks ago when announcing this meeting, Shufu’s changing status as a more proactive and structured organization has resulted in our inability to adequately identify and deliberate over our most important issues at the semiannual meetings held on the morning of the promotionals, generally limited to 90 minutes.


The judo community and environment has changed regionally and nationally, and these changes affect us directly.  Therefore we will be discussing and deciding on the most important questions that face us today:


What is the purpose of Shufu, and what should its specific goals be? What do we want Shufu to look like and what should it (we) be doing?


This will be an official meeting of the Shufu BOD, with the ability to decide on goals and objectives.  It is of great importance that as many members of the BOD attend, so that as many voices and ideas can be heard.  If you are a USJF black belt, please make every effort to attend next Saturday.


Take a look at these two one-pagers that should help us think about our upcoming discussions:  A partial list of possible goals and activities that some of us have been accumulating for a while, and a word about products and markets.  We will also have a brief presentation of what Shufu is and where it stands in the judo community which includes the NGB for judo (USA Judo) and the Group A members (USJF, USJA, and the newer Group A members).


Partial List of Possible Goals and Activities


Markets and Products


Tell everybody else, too.  And call me with any questions you may have.


I hope to see you there.


Chuck Medani


Shufu Judo Yudanshakai


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 https://athletesafety.org/

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: http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/

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.