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Summer Judo Training Camp in Oshawa, Canada

Join Ajax Budokan Judo Club in their annual Camp Budokan where you will have to push yourself with one week of action-packed Judo and training. With internationally respected coaches who unselfishly pass on their extensive knowledge to the athletes, the camp has been increasing its popularity over the past years. Do not deny yourself this opportunity to experience unrivalled training.


  • Training twice daily
  • Fun activities (Sumo wrestling, award nights, etc.)
  • Free use of the swimming pool and other camp facilities
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Daily night snacks are available
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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Accommodation is included in the price. You will stay in shared camp dorms, sharing rooms with other participants.

Ajax Budokan Judo Club's Camp Budokan Program


Everyday, activities will begin at 8 in the morning and end at 5 in the afternoon. Instructors will teach you the latest international fighting strategies, techniques, and training methods. There will be 2 to 3 Judo training sessions per day. You will learn katas, receive endurance training, physical conditioning, and attend refereeing seminar.

Daily activities consist of morning stretch and jog, morning judo session, afternoon judo session or team sport, swim, evening Randori session, and nightly snack. During the camp, there will also be extra activities such as Sumo wrestling tournament, awards night, and video playback.


Judo consists of throwing and grappling techniques to suit all shapes and sizes. It is a real fighting sport where you actually come to grips with your opponent, specializing in close-in fighting - just what you need for effective self-defense. It emphasizes free-form practice rather than rigid, repetitive routines, and this freedom of expression provides interest, enjoyment and a challenge for any tactician.

The benefits of Judo are numerous. Apart from having a lot of fun and meeting people, the ‘judoka’ develops confidence, coordination and balance, falling skills, efficiency of movement, and self-defense skills. It is the perfect activity for improving one’s physical fitness, as training in judo improves aerobic capacity, flexibility and strength, and is an excellent activity to complement other sports. Indeed the principles of Judo can not only be applied to other sports, but as a way of approaching and living life

Ajax Budokan Judo Club

The Ajax Budokan has been in operation since 1959 and is a registered not-for-profit corporation. They are located in the Ajax Recreation Centre on Centennial Road. The club was founded by Sensei Bill Doherty, who is a member of the Judo Canada Hall of Fame and currently holds a 7th dan in Judo. The Ajax Budokan has become one of the premier judo clubs in Canada.

Their 6000 square foot Dojo features: 3600 square feet of high quality Dax Tatami mats, sprung floor system for shock absorption, men and women change areas, seating for spectators, fully heated and air conditioned areas, and monthly developmental tournaments.


The camp will take place at Camp Samac in North Oshawa.


Oshawa is located in Ontario, Canada, on the Lake Ontario shoreline. It lies in Southern Ontario, approximately 60 kilometres east of Downtown Toronto. It is commonly viewed as the eastern anchor of the Greater Toronto Area and of the Golden Horseshoe. It is the largest municipality in the Regional Municipality of Durham. The name Oshawa originates from the Ojibwa term aazhaway, meaning "the crossing place" or just "(a)cross".

Oshawa’s roots are tied to the automobile industry, specifically the Canadian division of General Motors Company, known as General Motors Canada. Founded in 1876 as the McLaughlin Carriage Company, General Motors of Canada's headquarters are located in the city. The automotive industry was the inspiration for Oshawa's previous mottos: "The City that Motovates Canada", and "The City in Motion".

The lavish home of the carriage company's founder, Parkwood Estate, is a National Historic Site of Canada, and a backdrop favoured by numerous film crews, featured in many movies including 54, Billy Madison, Chicago, and X-Men.

Once recognized as the sole "Automotive Capital of Canada", Oshawa today is an education and health sciences hub. The city is home to three post-secondary institutions (Durham College, Trent University Durham, and University of Ontario Institute of Technology) and to Lakeridge Health Oshawa, Lakeridge Health and Education Research Network (LHEARN Centre), and the Oshawa Clinic, the largest, multi-specialty medical group practice in Canada. Key labour force sectors include advanced manufacturing, health technology, logistics, energy, and IT.

Downtown Oshawa is identified as an Urban Growth Centre in the Government of Ontario's Places to Grow initiative. More than 5,000 people work and more than 2,400 university students study in the downtown core. The downtown is a prominent centre for entertainment and sporting events (Regent Theatre and General Motors Centre), food (50+ restaurants and cafes), and culture (The Robert McLaughlin Gallery and Canadian Automotive Museum). Oshawa is home to a Regional Innovation Centre and offers start-up facilities for entrepreneurs and small businesses. Co-working offices are also located in the downtown.



  • Camp fire
  • Sumo wrestling
  • Swimming


  • Lake nearby


  • Night snacks
  • Parking
  • Toiletries


Food is included in the price. You will be served three super home cooked meals per day, and night snacks daily. The camp will make sure you have enough energy for the action and activities throughout the day.

Things to do (optional)

Camp fire

Lake Ontario

Sumo tournament

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 3 meals a day
  • Daily night snacks
  • Extra activities
  • Training twice daily

What's not included

  • Airfare travel
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel and medical insurance

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Oshawa Airport (YOO) then take a taxi to Camp Samac.

Or you can arrive at Toronto Airport (YYZ) which is approximately 60 km from Oshawa.

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