BANNIERE 13 05 2022 GB

PAIJEDA, a Monegasque martial art for everyone from 3 years old


« The name of the Monegasque martial art ‘Paijeda’ that I created, is composed of ‘Paije’, meaning ‘Peace’ in Monegasque, and the initials of ‘Defence Art’. I wished the creation date of birth was the 11 June 2020, the date on which HSH Prince Albert II was informed of the nature of this new project”, says Claude Pouget

« My intention was to show my gratitude to my country and its language. The Principality of Monaco was a fundamental cornerstone for me, allowing me to progress throughout the years in martial arts, a great passion of mine, by virtue of their technicality and their many advantages, but also due to the ethical and humanist values they promote.

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« Paijeda, can be practiced, at the choice of practitioners, as :

  • An art of defense,

    educatively (for the youngest), as an art of living, of well-being, in leisure or professionally, allowing, within an ethical framework (such, the respect of self-defense), to face different types of threats or attacks, from oneself or from others, using simple, pragmatic, fast and effective defense techniques, adapted to the characteristics of the different groups of practitioners;

  • A combat sport,

    in competition, governed by sporting, secure and ethical regulations, under development, in accordance with the standards of the official sports movement, using selected techniques during specific events (techniques, combats or assaults).

These two approaches: art of leisure defense or, for those who wish it, combat sport, will allow in their respective field: the fortification of the mind, the awakening to the strategies, the learning and the use of techniques, the maintenance physical, while being adapted to the characteristics of the different audiences of practitioners.

Paijeda brings for all benefits from a physical, psychological and social point of view»



On March 9, 2021, Peace and Sport became a partner of the federation of Paijeda, a Monegasque martial art



« Paijeda technically brings together my syntheses or approaches, adapted to the characteristics of different audiences of practitioners»


« Paijeda, an art of synthesis, draws its essence from my expertise or experience:

cp09On the one hand, over nearly half a century of practice or teaching of martial arts or combat sports, being the holder of :

  • six expert certifications,
  • fifteen black belts,
  • ten state diplomas ;
  • competitor combat or technique in several disciplines.

with training received in Monaco and internationally, certified in nearly twenty disciplines and having practiced, for several of them, as a competitor (combat or techniques).

Thus, depending on the adaptation to different audiences of practitioners. we will find inspirations that can come from disciplines such as Kickboxing, Self-Defense Krav-Maga, Karate, K1-Rules, Full-contact, Kickboxing Defense, Contact Defense, English Boxing, Muaythaï , Boxing, Sambo, Personal Defense, Wushu, Penchak Silat, Wrestling, Mixed Martial Arts, Judo Jujitsu, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kyusho and Grappling.

On the other hand, for about thirty years, exercising the functions of police officer in Monaco, having been in particular in charge of the elite unit of intervention and protection of high personalities or legal trainer, having a master's degree in law, in Self-Defense within the police academy or in Self-Defense in the active services of the Monegasque Police.»


« The moral code of Paijeda attests to these values, shared by many martial arts, in the Monegasque Language, respect for which is the first condition of its practice. These are: Benevolence, Respect, Courage, Sincerity, Honor, Modesty, Self-Control, Politeness“As a martial art, Paijeda will prioritize social and ethical values.

Paijeda will encourage its practitioners, especially the youngest, to support through their actions themes that are valued by the Principality: mutual support, as well as humanitarian and sustainable development.

PAIJEDA will support these themes under the auspice of the International Academy of Martial Arts of Monaco, which I technically manage, having supported field actions organised by Peace and Sport or Amitié sans frontières.

It is internationally open and encourages tolerance and respect through the different martial arts or combat sports from different cultures that inspired its creation. »



« As for the Monegasque environment, founded in Monaco by a Monegasque, the Paijeda incorporates in its name and its practice words from the Monegasque language allowing our discipline to also be a vector in favor of knowledge of the culture of the Principality de Monaco; it promotes the ethical values supported by the Principality of Monaco; it is open to the international and encourages tolerance and respect through the different martial arts or combat sports from different cultures which inspired its creation.»

declares Claude POUGET, founder (1997) of the International Martial Arts Academy, approved by the Monaco Government.


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Practice at the International Martial Arts Academy of Monaco

Boite Postale n° 140 - 98 003 Monaco Cedex.
Head office : 7, avenue des Castelans 98000 Monaco – Principality of Monaco

Claude Pouget : +33 (0)6 07 93 31 36

Liens / Links


• Académie Internationale d'Arts Martiaux de Monaco  


• Le Palais Princier  
• Le Gouvernement Princier   
• Le Conseil National (le parlement monégasque)
• La Mairie 


• Hymne National
• Le Comité des traditions monégasques   


• Comité olympique Monégasque 
• Comité monégasque antidopage