Two New Shodans Lead The List of Shufu Promotions

November 21, 2021

New Shodans Daniel Smith and Robert Mitchell flank Sensei Edwin Takemori


The Shufu Board of Examiners met during the October 2nd Promotional and awarded new ranks to the following judoka:


To SHODAN (1st Degree Black Belt)

Daniel Smith, U.S. Naval Academy

Robert Mitchell, U.S. Naval Academy


To SANDAN (3rd Degree Black Belt)

George Antoniou, Dale City


To YODAN (4th Degree Black Belt)

Edmund Nsheuko, College Park


The Board of Examiners also recommended the following judoka to the national USJF Board of Examiners for rank promotion.  These recommendations were accepted by the national board and rank promotions were awarded:


To ROKUDAN (6th Degree Black Belt):

Pam Hinkle (Blue Dragon)


To SHICHIDAN (7th Degree Black Belt):

Fran Vall (Washington Judo Club)

Robert Champy (Shinzan Dojo)

Miki Takemori (Toshi Budokai)


Congratulations to all !!


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.