FAQ: July 28, 2020

This communiqué is for parents of members and members of the Shidokan Judo Club.


Parents and members have many questions about the status of the Shidokan. Here is a list of frequently asked questions. If you have additional enquiries, please email them to Shidokan@bellnet.ca



FAQ: July 28, 2020



Is the Shidokan open?


While other sports have reopened in Québec, combat sports have not received authorization from l’institut National de Santé Publique du Québec.

Judo Québec made a special request to the Santé Publique (office of Dr Arruda) for permission to reopen based on specific sanitary guidelines respecting government directives.

Santé Publique is studying the file, however initial indication is that combat sports are still considered a risqué.


The Shidokan made a proposal to La Ville de Montréal to reopen the Dojo by offering ‘Physical Fitness’ sessions to all categories of members. A short video respecting Santé Publique guidelines was made by Judo Québec and shows the important parameters to follow.La Ville de Montréal is reviewing our proposal and we expect to a reply soon.  Check the Shidokan web site and Facebook for an update.



Shidokan members paid for the winter / spring 2020 session, but not all courses were given. What’s going to happen?


Shidokan will allow all members to make up for canceled lessons. As soon as we have approval to reopen the Dojo, members will be given options.



When will Shidokan reopen?


The decision to reopen the Dojo will be made by l’Institut National de Santé Publique du Québec and la Ville de Montréal. (Premier François Legault, Dr Horacio Arruda, and Mayor Valérie Plante).


As the statistics on new Covid-19 cases improve, the government will proceed to a gradual deconfinement. We have already seen the announcement of phase 1 allowing outdoor recreational activities under specific conditions.


It is still too early to predict when the Dojo will reopen, Santé Publique stated that combat sports are a risqué. Shidokan has a plan to reopen by offering physical fitness courses and judo training exercises.



Will judo lessons be allowed in September?


Traditional judo training with contact and randori is not expected to reopen in September. l’institut National de Santé Publique du Québec will advise authorization to reopen approximately 1 month before the date.


Return to the practice of judo will be authorized in gradual stages. The deconfinement plan has 4 phases.


In consultation with the International Judo Federations, Judo Canada and le ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES), Judo Québec published a complete guide on each of the 4 phases. It is available on the Judo Québec and Shidokan websites.


Each phase of deconfinement will be synchronized with the authorization of La Santé Publique.

It is important to recognize that when the Dojo reopens, there will be a gradual return to “normal” judo practice.




Assuming that in September 2020, we will be in phase 2 of the deconfinement schedule. The Dojo will organize training sessions respecting the distance of 2 meters (with mask) without physical contact. Dojo members will benefit from this training combining physical and technical form that can be practiced solo. This will prepare members for phases 3 and 4.


In phase 3, participants must wear a mask and will be limited to a training partner and respect distancing of 2 meters (vis-à-vis the other groups on the tatami mat). At phase 4, participants will be able to resume normal judo training.


For more information, please consult:  Guide for gradual return to Judo training duringCovid-19 Pandemic


The Shidokan Judo Club will respect all measures to ensure the safety of members and staff.



Will there be judo summer camps this year?


In consultation with the City of Montréal, there will be no Shidokan summer day camps this year.