Judo on the beach

When you think of sport on the beach, the first activities that come to mind are very often beach volleyball, rackets, paddleboarding, swimming, sand yachting, rugby or football. But the sandy beach helping, why not also practice judo on the beach? Very popular sport in France, this Japanese martial art takes over certain French beaches during the summer period. An activity with many benefits.


Created in Japan in 1882, judo (literally "way of flexibility") is therefore a Japanese martial art where the objective is to make your opponent fall on his back with speed, force and control or to immobilize his opponent or finally to "subdue" it with ligament keys or strangulations. Judo became an Olympic sport in 1964 in Tokyo, and is now one of the most popular sports activities in the world. A number: at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, judo was the second sport with the most nations represented.

Judo in France

In our country, judo began to be practiced in the 1930s before experiencing very rapid and continuous growth from the 1950s. Today, this martial art has more than 500,000 licensees in France, making it the fifth most practiced sport in our country. Less media coverage than football, rugby or basketball, judo is enjoying tremendous popularity in France, in particular thanks to its great champions, such as David Douillet or currently Teddy Riner or Clarisse Agbegnenou, ambassadors with a strong coastline of love, particularly linked to their personality shaped by the values that guide this sport.

Why do judo?

There are many reasons for practicing judo. It is no coincidence that many parents choose this activity for their children from an early age (around 4 years old). Two reasons are recurrent in the practice of judo: on the one hand, because it is "more than a sport", it is a school of life, an ambition posed by its founder, Jigoro Kano, and that France resulted in the creation of a "moral code", displayed in all dojos in France. Clearly, the practice of judo helps the acquisition of positive values (respect, self-control, etc.), essential for living in harmony in our society. A first aspect cultivated by the French judo federation and which has infused French society: indeed, to say that one is a judoka very often provokes a fear (usually explained in the form of a joke: "I will be nice to you otherwise you will make me fall or twist my arm ”) and a spontaneously positive judgment on the personality of the person because we immediately attach the values mentioned above.

On the other hand, doing judo is good for the body. Based on biomechanical principles, judo helps to work flexibility, coordination, endurance, strength, explosiveness. Thus, one of the main assets of judo is to help practitioners work on their proprioception (the ability to control their movements in a given space) and thus lose, for example, the fear of falling.

Why practice judo at the beach?

Whether you are a judoka or not, practicing your sport at the beach is quite possible. Indeed, the sand by its texture, allows projections (soft) without risk of trauma on the fall. Likewise, while judogi is compulsory for practicing on a tatami mat, many judo movements can be performed without this garment (provided you have good command of the performer) in the sand.

You should also know that the French judo federation organizes its “Judo Littoral Tour” every year, an event that crisscrosses the French beaches during the summer, where young and old can learn judo on a tatami (framed by an inflatable structure ), with judogis and supervised by approved educators; A good way to learn in complete safety one of the favorite sports of the French.

Thomas Rouquette
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