Who are we ?

The Club

Our objectives

  • Make judo practice accessible to all, without discrimination, in a friendly environment.
  • Fight against homophobia and stereotypes.
  • Take part in the integration and visibility of LGBT persons

Our commitments

  • Offer weekly training sessions in judo and self-defense.
  • Promote the values of bushido, the judoka’s moral code.
  • Prevent health hazards (STDs, nutrition, well-being).
  • Take part in sportive and cultural events (Tournoi International de Paris – TIP, Pink Power, Gay Games…).
  • Promote interactions between members and make an asset of their diversity.

Our judo training :

It takes place three times a week between September and June.

  • On Mondays from 8:00pm till 10pm at Gymnase Georges Rigal (115 Boulevard de Charonne 75011 Paris – Subway station: Alexandre Dumas, line 2)
  • On Wednedays from 8:00pm till 10:00pm at the Centre Sportif Alfred Nakache (4-12, rue Dénoyez 75020 Paris – Subway station: Belleville, lines 2 and 11)
  • On Sundays from 9:45am till 12:15pm at the Centre Sportif Alfred Nakache (4-12, rue Dénoyez 75020 Paris – Subway station: Belleville, lines 2 and 11)


All started in the summer of 2010. Anne and Quentin were looking for a judo club open to, and non discriminatory towards LGBT people… With no success.

They then get into an insane gamble: create this association with as a main goal the opening to all, without discrimination, thus following the bushido values, the judoka’s moral code.

MAKOTO is thus created on 8 April 2011; the first LGBT judo association in Europe under the French law of 1901. It then comprises twelve members. As it became 5 years old, its membership had doubled.

En 2015, the MAKOTO association is affiliated to the Fédération Française de Judo et Discipline Associées (FFJDA) and became a member of Centre LGBT Paris-ÎdF

On 16 May 2016, the judo Association obtained the agreement of the International Association of Gay and Lesbian Martial Artists Members (IAGLMA) to present the judo competition at the Gay Games which will take place in Paris between 4 and 12 August 2018.

The coaching team


I teach physical education in primary school as teacher of physical education of the City of Paris.
I am a fourth Dan judo black belt. I have practiced this sport between 1975 and 1993, and then since 2014 when I opened a judo section in the sport association of my school.
I entered the STAPS in Lyon to become a sports teacher, in parallel I attended the école des cadres de judo, with Maître Baudot- he was my Jigoro Kano, he was teaching in Saint-Ėtienne with Mr Moreau.I had always been partial to different teachings and approaches from my masters.
I thus discovered that over time each person builds their own judo, regardless of their level, there is always something to learn from others, and also from oneself.



As a 3rd Dan black belt in judo, by offering lessons in judo and self-defence, I try and pass on the teachings of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, its values and moral code.
At MAKOTO, I thus share my knowledge and the judo fundamentals in a friendly environment where beginners, intermediate and advanced students all have their place.


Jean-François Passedroit
Béchir Chemsa
Mathieu Gaillard
Gwendoline Coipeault / Marie Mesnil
Nicolas Peyrat