THIS SUNDAY! – USJF Webinar with Olympic and World Championship Medalist Jim Bregman (10th degree – Judan), 4PM Eastern

September 9, 2022

The first and arguably the best-known American judo icon, Jim Bregman has devoted his life to the sport as a competitor, teacher, and administrator.


Bregman was a member of the USA’s first Olympic judo team and Bronze medal winner, a World Championship medalist, and Pan American and Maccabiah champion. Few American judoka have ever matched his success in international competition and organizational innovation and leadership.


Join us on Sunday, September 11th at 4 PM Eastern Time for a discussion with Sensei Bregman in the latest installment of the USJF’s ongoing webinar series.


His perspective not only on his own development and success as a national and international champion, but on the overarching themes of the Gentle Way and how they affected his entire life’s work in judo and in his government career is certain to be an important addition to our own understanding of judo and our ability to promote these messages to others.


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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.