Changes to SN Judo Event Calendar

New setup

Since quite some time we are keeping information about the various tournaments in the SN Judo Event Calendar. We will be changing this, as follows:

  • Every tournament or event will end up as an article on thie website.
  • There will be a new category “EVENTS”
  • That also means that it will become possible to subscribe to the EVENTS category, in the sense that you will be able to have all event information emailed to you. We will modify the mailing system shortly to make this possible.
  • We will still keep a simple calendar system in the sidebar, which will link to the main articles.

Advance Notice Beverwijk 2019


Yes, we have finally switched to three days of tournament!
As the date approaches we will be able to give a more precise programme, but up to now we can only give you a summary:

  • Friday April 12
    • Divisioning
    • Seminars
  • Saturday April 13
    • Morning: Special Needs World Judo Games (SNWJG, levels 1, 2, 3)
    • Afternoon: SNWJG Kata tournament
    • Evening: Party in Assumburg Castle
  • Sunday April 14
    • Ben van der Eng Memorial XXI

Book Assumburg castle?


One advice: BOOK EARLY. Last year people had to be diverted to other hotels because Assumburg was full. If you book in February, you are probably too late. Up to the 1st of January, the castle is fully available for participants of the Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament.

Another thing is NOT to book through Internet. Call the castle, and state that you are a participant of the SNJF Judo tournament in April. They will be happy to help you.

The phone number of the castle is +31 251 232 288

Applications for the tournament

We do not yet accept applications for the tournament. This will open in October.

They did it! Tycho and David are going to the World Championships!

They did it, they really did it! The Katastrof flagship team, Tycho and David, have reached the highest level in kata: The World Championships in Cancún, Mexico!
October 15 and 16 they will show the world why you train that one armlock about 200 times, why your gi must be perfectly white and your backnumber just so, and your fingers tight together, and, and, and.. in short: perfection.
They will perform in katame-nō-kata.

Through this site we will keep you informed of their adventures.

RE13 – Amsterdam Judo Event photos and results

Mitchell Schoonhoven and Abigail Teunissen performing at AJE Kata. Click the picture for the gallery.


A successful afternoon in Amsterdam’s Sporthallen Zuid has shown the results of the Katastrof team’s relentless training on Friday evenings. Results can be found below. Also, Tycho van der Werff and David Lefevere competed as a last training before they will leave for Kopr (Slovenia) this Wednesday, where the European Championships Kata will take place. They ended first, and became the Amsterdam champions.
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Week 19 at BeterJudo

Click the picture for full gallery


We made another set of pictures of the SNJF/BeterJudo lessons this week, and here is the result. We regularly make pictures of our lessons, and of all tournaments and activities we take part in. Did you know we also have an extensive photo website, covering all BeterJudo activities since 2010? This resulted in about 1,2 million pictures, of which roughly 95.000 have been published. Check out our photo website! It can be found HERE.

Please remember to fill in our survey


Last wednesday we sent you our survey about the BENG!XX tournament. We will use the results of that survey to improve our organisation and to make BENG!XXI even better. Up to now we are very happy with the large response but we would like more people to tell us their opinion about our great tournament. So if you did not complete that survey, please do so now!

You can find the survey through this link.

The SNJF Media team

Mariska Waanders (video), Bob Lefevere (photo) en Carolina Spekkers (photo)

The people carrying the cameras during the BENG! event are part of the SNJF Media team. They make the massive amount of photos and videos (In total about 180 GB of material!) that we will provide to our guests, and from which, for example, the aftermovie is made of.

These photos can be accessed through our photo website.

Click here for our photo website

These photos are free to download however: You are not allowed to remove the logo without our permission.

The aftermovie can be seen here:

RD15 – BENG Day 3

Michel and Marvin during warming-up. Click on the picture to see all photos (224)


It is done, the last day of BENGXX has passed.
Looking at the enormous feedback we had through Facebook and other channels we think BENGXX was a successful project. Next week, we will evaluate this weekend, and somewhere in August we will start all over for BENGXXI which will take place on

April 12 – 14, 2019

We still owe you an aftermovie and we will send you a small survey and after that, we will switch off those pesky emails.. Until we will start inviting you for BENGXXI!

RD14 – BENGXX Day 2

Participants during the welcome ceremony. Click the picture for the full gallery by Bob Lefevere and Carolina Spekkers.

Since a large number of judoka entered with a completely wrong weight (as in: We do not mind a kilo difference, but 25?) Tournament Control was forced to completely rewrite each and every poule in the morning. This led to a delay of about 30 minutes, but we got rid of that during the day.
We have seen beautiful matches, and the experiment with a ne-waza judoka in the level 1 group was (according to SNJF) successful.
The kata tournament was another great success of today. We saw many beautiful kata, and there is a marked progress in some couples.

Tomorrow promises to be a spectacle. 8 tatami with about 500 judoka! The Red Army (our volunteers in the red t-shirts) are ready to make all this happen.

See you tomorrow!

RD13 – BENGXX Day One

Pictures of the first day. Click the picture for the full gallery.

Day 1 was reserved for a divisioning workshop and the procedures around this. Main goal of the divisioning exercise is to ensure safety- we definitely do not want a level 4 to end up in a poule with level 1 judoka, as the results can be disastrous. During the twenty years that this tournament exists, our participants never suffered a major injury, and we intend to keep it that way. Over 130 judoka reported for this workshop en from 15:00 until about 17:00 the participants were checked out on the correct level.
After this, referees and coaches moved to a meeting room, where James Mulroy and Jenny Koster discussed the various rules in Special Needs Judo with the audience.

Tomorrow will be a long day. We cannot say this enough: Please, please be on time for your transport!