In a shocking move, the French Judo Federation has banned any Judo coach, or competitor, from teaching MMA, which is currently illegal in France.
The French Judo Federation President, Jean-Luc Rouge, spoke to L’Equipe Rouge in French, which has been translated by our friends over at BloodyElbow.
“Anyone (in judo) caught teaching MMA (Mixed martial arts), will be removed from the French Judo Federation. MMA is illegal in France. All those who teach do not have the right and are liable to be written off. They put the Federation in trouble and if there is serious injury, it will be my fault.”
“These new combat sports (MMA) seem like they come out of a video game. These guys are stupid enough to kill each other in front of everyone in a cage and they are well paid, so they would accept. Sport is not war! We must be able to shake hands and go have a beer together in the end.”