The first competition in the fashionable sports direction, fidgetal judo, in the Chelyabinsk region was held in Chelyabinsk by Denis Yartsev’s judo club and the region’s judo federation. As URA.RU was informed by the press service of the Chelyabinsk Electrometallurgical Plant (CHEMK), the new sport combines fights on the tatami and video games in the fighting genre.
“At first, representatives of teams from clubs in Chelyabinsk and Magnitogorsk fought with each other, and then continued the fight in the virtual space. The athletes picked up joysticks and found out who was stronger, fighting in the computer toy Tekken 8. The Denis Yartsev Judo Center attracted the Chelyabinsk e-sports club “Cyber Octagon” as a partner,” said the press service of CHEMK.
As noted by child psychologist, candidate of science Galina Matushkina, in every Russian family parents are wondering how to tear their children away from gadgets with computer games. Direct restrictions do not work, even if the child is offered an alternative option for physical development. According to the psychologist, we need to act more subtly, not rejecting virtual entertainment completely, but carefully combining it with real sports.
The Yartsev Judo School was built from scratch with the help of investors from ChEMK and opened in 2022. There are three spacious wrestling halls, a training complex with modern and new equipment, large locker rooms and a comfortable waiting room where parents watch their children train through monitors.
The physical judo competition was also observed by the president of the regional judo federation, first vice-governor Viktor Mamin and coordinator of sports projects of the United Russia party, deputy of the Chelyabinsk City Duma Denis Lapotyshkin.
“The guys came up with something that is very necessary for educating the younger generation in the spirit of a healthy lifestyle. I wish Denis Yartsev’s center every success. The regional judo federation will be glad to provide all possible support to the development of the “phygital” direction,” said Mamin.