There are sports that are impossible to practice because of the coronavirus, such as judo. Combat Sport and therefore of contact par excellence, the separation physical is impossible. The clubs have shown themselves to be innovative, to enable a return to training… in the open air. Example to Montpellier.The pole and the elastic supersede the opponent for these judokas who train to Montpellier in the Hérault, on 17 June 2020. (SIMON CARDONA / RADIOFRANCE)
No need of belt or kimono to this practice of judo a pretty special one, organised on a soccer field concrete of Montpellier (Hérault). “Forty seconds of work, 20 seconds of recovery. We did that once and we will make two towers”, lance Arthur, the coach. And it is gone !
A lot of cardio, physical exercises, divided into individual workshops, no fighting. But this is not very important for Vincent. In confinement at home with his parents in Carcassonne, he returned to Montpellier for the sport of judo and to find the buddies.
There is no contact with the partners, but the movements can be found on the different exercises. It’s good to take back with the other.Vincent, a trainee judokaà franceinfo
Arthur, the coach, has tried to incorporate several techniques in his sports tour as with the exercise of elastic attached to a pole of football : “It is exactly as if we had a partner in front of us. We just grab the lapel and the sleeve of the kimono, and we just open here and put the partner out of balance, shows Arthur. In fact, it is no longer going to miss the end of the movement. But everything is opening and working on the arms, this is exactly what we found with the elastic.”
A judokate trains to unbalance his opponent, replaced by a pole and elastic, in Montpellier, france, on 17 June 2020. (SIMON CARDONA / RADIOFRANCE)
The combat lacks
Technical exercises to revise its scales, but nothing replaces the combat. “The confrontation with the other, dropping or even falling, it is not serious but.. the fight !, explains Élodie. There, you can make the exercises relatively small and all alone, suddenly. It is true that we lack the judo. It is good, but this is not it that we like at the base.”
Another limitation of these outdoor training sessions, the number of students. “We have 300 licensees, therefore, one is forced to make selections for the moment, “explains the director of the club, Christel Lavau. We are three, we have thirty children and young people”. If the sanitary conditions allow, the club of Montpellier Judo, the Olympic hopes at least to reopen his dojo in August for the traditional ceremony of the belts. The high level athletes will join them in the dojos and their tatami mats as of 6 July.