Judo is a way of life, a martial art, combat sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano. Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Recognized as an Olympic sport since 1964, Judo requires of its athletes to have strength, speed and concentration and to practice with their teammates in order to meet the challenges of competition. Evolution Judo is under the technical direction of Daniel Poirier
Judo for the very young is different from the one taught to adults. In the 3-5 year-old group, we take part in what is called “judo-awakening” (éveil-judo). At this age, we seek to develop gestural coordination, the development of the ability to locate oneself in time and space, the ability to pay attention, the relational capacity and to grasp the basic knowledge of judo. The primary goal is to have fun and learn without getting hurt. This is why throws as well as situations of confrontation begin only at the age of 6. In the 6-7 year-old group, children now experience unassisted falls, learn throwing techniques as well as turnovers and immobilization techniques on the ground. This is the beginning of the fundamental technical skills of judo. In the 8-9 age group the technical progression continues and the confrontation is more and more present in the form of randoris (free practice). Finally, 10-13 year olds learn more ways to apply the learned techniques in sequence with more strength and speed. The fights are more frequent and allow the judokas who want to be initiated to competitions to do so.