USA Team Competes at 2015 7th World Kata Championship in Amsterdam

September 23, 2015


by Diane Tamai Jackson


Five US teams competed with over 100 teams from 30 countries at 2015 7th World Kata Championship in Amsterdam.  All but one member was returning team member for the World Championships.


The team included Karl Tamai and Diane Jackson (Nage no kata), Lisa Capriotti and Rob Gouthro (Kime no kata), Doug Newcomer and Jennifer Lindsey (Katame no kata), Jeff Guinta and Heiko Rommelmann (Go shin Jitsu), and Jeff Rooney and Blane Bellerud (Kime no kata).


Although an American team did not reach finals this year, all of the teams performed well. After the tournament, Kodokan hosted a two-day kata training camp. Kodokan brought several kata experts including Senseis Murata and Fujita. It gave the teams good insights and inspiration for improvements for next year.

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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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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.