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Judo Canada – Montreal, April 24, 2019 – You know Olympic medallists Antoine Valois-Fortier and Nicolas Gill, but do you really know judo? What does it feel like to be immobilized? To try to stay on your feet in front of an opponent? Does it hurt to be thrown on the ground?

In preparation for the first edition of the Montreal Grand Prix, on July 5-7, Judo Canada invites the media representatives to experience judo in theory and in practice with those who know it best: the athletes and coaches of the national team!

Canadian judokas are amongst the best in the world, but don’t worry: they’ll treat you gently! All you need is a little bit of courage, curiosity, and a good dose of self-mockery!

The session will also be a great opportunity to meet athletes who will be competing at the first edition of the Montreal Grand Prix held at the Maurice-Richard Arena next July.

Judo Canada will provide the necessary clothes and equipment.

Important information:

When: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Where: Institut national du sport du Québec, 4141 avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal
Schedule: 9:00-11:00: Meetings and interviews with the athletes and coaches of the national team
11:00-11:45 (at the latest): short theoretical introduction on the basics of the sport (a small guide will be handed) and initiation on the tatamis
11:45-12:00: Light snack

Important: Registration for the Grand Prix is MANDATORY with the International Judo Federation for all journalists, photographers and cameramen covering the competition. Register by June 14, 2019, by clicking on the following link:



Patrick Esparbès
Chief Operating Officer
Judo Canada
(514) -255-5836