September 13, 2018


Important Message from the President, the Chair of the Board of Examiners, and the Incoming Rank Registration Chair of Shufu Yudanshakai


Shufu will hold its semi-annual centralized promotional at Sport Judo on Sunday, November 4.


For some time, it has been a requirement for Dan-grade promotions (all black belts, including those rising to Shodan) that an editable Form 20 be prepared electronically and submitted to the Rank Registration Chair by email. Both the editable Form 20 and answers to Frequently Asked Questions were prepared by Terence McPartland and are available at


When a Form 20 is submitted only shortly before the promotional, it is often difficult or impossible to revise it so that it contains the required information in a way that satisfies the USJF National Office until after the promotional and the Shufu Board of Examiners meeting have taken place. Experience has shown that people are much more focused on the requirements before the promotional than after, and it has often been difficult for the Rank Registration Chair and the promotion candidate to work together, after the event, to get the Form 20 in shape, with resulting frustration for both the judoka being promoted and the Rank Registration Chair.


To streamline things and make it easier to get Shufu’s promotions accepted by USJF, we are putting a new timetable on the submission of the Form 20. Form 20 must be submitted to the Rank Registration Chair at least 30 days before the promotional. The Rank Registration Chair will then work with the candidate to identify and cure any problems with the Form 20, with that process to be completed at least 14 days before the promotional.


If a Form 20 has not been submitted 30 days in advance, or revised as needed 14 days in advance, the Shufu Board of Examiners will table the promotion request until the next promotional. By this means, we can greatly increase Shufu’s ability to get Dan promotions accepted by USJF and ranks recognized more quickly than they are now.


Therefore the editable Form 20, available at the link provided above, must be sent to the Rank Registration Chair by Friday, October 5, to be considered by the Shufu Board of Examiners at the November 2018 promotional. Send the form to Karen Whilden, who is succeeding Terence McPartland as Rank Registration Chair, at


We hope and expect that the advance effort on the Form 20 will be rewarded with an overall more timely and streamlined process, achieving maximum efficiency with minimum effort. We are grateful to Terence McPartland for his 7 years of service as Rank Registration Chair, a position from which he is retiring effective October 1.


Roy Englert, President

Miki Takemori, Chair of the Board of Examiners

Karen Whilden, Incoming Rank Registration Chair

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.