Ben van der Eng Memorial 2019 pilots a new competition format for levels 4 and 5

Why?

SNJF have seen the number of competitors of level 4 and 5 decrease over the last years. We feel that this is, at least in part, caused by the way a Judo match is set up. A Judo match can be over in seconds- much too short for the somewhat slower reaction of a level 4-5 judoka, and many judoka do not even get the chance to respond to such a situation.
Because at least part of the pleasure of attending a tournament is about being able to do some Judo yourself, SNJF together with the Dutch National Referee Committee have decided to change the rules- but only a little bit.

What is changed?

  • Match time is the major change. It is set to a fixed two minutes.
  • Ippon does not end the match- the judoka just stand up and resume the match until the two minutes are up. The same goes for osae-komi.
  • The scores add up- at the end  of the two minutes the judoka with the highest score wins.

There are some other rules which can be read HERE. But the above three are the most important ones. Read the document (PDF) as it also explains our motivation in more detail.

When is this going to happen?

We will start this pilot on Sunday April 14, during the BENG! tournament.