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Le Chateau d'Oleron is a small village of approximately 3000 people on the north-east coast of the Ile d'Oleron, an island on the French Atlantic coast. The two nearest larger cities are Rochefort (50 km) and La Rochelle (70 km). During summer, weather conditions are optimal. The local food is delicious and there are may beautiful beaches.

Every year an international judo training camp is organized in this sunny city. Judoka's from all over Europe, from the age of 8 upwards, of very different grades; mainly competition judoka's, participate in this training. Each day consists of two 2 hour training's, a technical training in the morning and a randori training in the afternoon. Each day starts with an French breakfast followed by a condition training on the beach. The camp is closed by a tournament amongst the participants followed by a "French" barbecue in the citadel.

The technical staff of the training camp is formed by:

  • Dave Starbrook (8th Dan); twice winner at the Olympic Games and European champion and former coach of the Dutch national team,
  • Jacques Noris (7th Dan); French- and European champion,
  • J.J. Flerchinger (7th Dan); former French champion,
  • Jacques Seguin (6th Dan),
  • Ludwig Wolf (6th Dan), former trainer of the Tsjechic national judo team and condition trainer of various top tennis players,
  • Jean Pierre Gibert (5th dan),
  • Frederic Demonfaucon, World- and Olympic champion.

Judo stage Oleron Judo stage Oleron