THIS SUNDAY AT 4 pm EASTERN: USJF Seminar #3 – Opening Your Dojo, with Grace Talusan

May 21, 2021

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“The Business of Judo” Part Three


On Sunday, May 23rd, at 4 PM – 6 PM (Eastern), Grace Talusan, member of the USJF Executive Committee and owner of Kokushi Midwest Judo in Champaign, Illinois will present the third installment of “The Business of Judo” that focuses on the steps to opening a new judo club or reopening an established club in the post-pandemic era.

Grace Talusan

Grace Talusan, USJF 3rd Dan


In the past two sessions, we’ve looked at the initial steps of opening a brand-new club (EIN, incorporation, credentials), as well as writing a business plan, dojo management software, SEO websites and putting a price tag on judo (reminder: your expertise isn’t cheap).


This third and final session will focus on building out your dojo, looking over your lease, complying with local ordinances, the necessary equipment needed for judo and going through the checklist of what you need to operate a business. You need more than mats, a judogi and a pair of flip flops.


Grace’s practical experience with managing the bumps in the road in creating her own successful judo club will be an invaluable guide as you plan your own path to successful judo club ownership.


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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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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.