Judo is a combat sport that results from the synthesis of different schools of jiu-jitsu and other ancient forms of hand-to-hand combat.

Judo develops among those who practice, coordination, speed, flexibility and sense of balance. It is excellent for maintaining muscular fitness and fighting cardiovascular disease. At the psychological level, learning Judo promotes the development of self-confidence and self-discipline.

The sport offers people much more than physical activity or recreational sport; it offers a new lifestyle.

What is judo?

Fans of Judo are in the thousands and even hundreds of thousands and is practiced in over 140 countries. The practice of Judo is also exceptionally cost-friendly.

Judo, sport competition.

Since 1964, Judo has been an Olympic sport. This sport is also on the agenda for the Games of Montreal, Quebec Games, Canada Games, Maccabean Games, Pan-American Games, the Games of the Francophonie and the Commonwealth Games. Championships can be found at many levels; which include provincial, national, hemispheric and international (practiced in 5 continents).

Judo in Canada.

Recreational Judo and Judo competitions are performed all across Canada. It is estimated that in Quebec alone, 10 000 individuals representing all ages practice recreational Judo. Interestingly, Quebec is the one province that produces the most judokas competitors in Canada.


During the early days of judo in the 1880s there were only two belt colors; white and black. Indeed, the more judokas practiced judo with the white belt, the belt gradually turned darker, into black.

The belt colors were introduced in England in the mid-1920s. In order of increased skills, the belts are white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and the familiar black. There are also additional grades to evaluate and reward junior judokas (white-yellow, yellow-orange, orange-green, green-blue, blue-brown).

For a belt to be awarded, the student must have attained the knowledge to assess the technical level, their effectiveness in combat, their level of seniority and their moral qualities. The belt colors from white to brown are called kyu. Kyu levels above are named dan (degree): 1st dan to 5th dan,  and the belt is black, the 6th, 7th and 8th dan are represented by a belt broadband alternating red and white, the 9th and 10th dan by a red belt. After the red belt, there is a belt that has been achieved only by Jigoro Kano (posthumously); the wide white belt that represents the 11th an 12th.