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 13 and 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!

About our shuttle service

Unfortunately, our shuttles a a bit more modest..

Please, be on time!

When you are dropped off in the evening evening, the driver of the shuttle will agree with you on your pickup time for the next morning.
We cannot say this often enough: Please, be on time!. We are on a tight schedule and we cannot wait for you- In fact, we will not wait very long for you if you do not show up at the appointed time.

Still cannot make it?

If you really cannot make it, then please call our Logistics Coordinator:
+31 6 54 39 41 46

Leaving for Schiphol Airport

As far as we are aware, nobody needs to be rushed to Schiphol after the Sunday medal ceremony. But please, stick to the schedule and make sure you are ready with your bags. Therefore: Do not leave your bags in the hotel, and take them with you to The Walvis on Sunday!

The #BENGXX Instagram feed!

Wonderful response to our call to use the #BENGXX Instagram hashtag! Please find the pictures below, and keep going people!

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Brazilians and Japanese judoka visiting SNJF/BeterJudo

Group picture.. click it to see the gallery.

Today, SNJF/BeterJudo was visited by sensei Yamasaki and Kazuya, and also by the complete Brazilian Judo team. The Brazilians arrived yesterday and were guided through Amsterdam today by some of our volunteers, but the Japanese gentlemen came straight from the airport into our dojo. Cheers for these men, after an 11-hour flight straight to the tatami!

Poules for BENG!XX

The applications are all in, and we needed some time to compile the poules. On this page, you can download the poulesheets.
If you have any remarks, then please mail these to woc2018@specialneedsjudo.nl. However if you object to one of your judoka being placed in a certain poule then please be so kind as to suggest an alternative (*).
You can do this until Wednesday the 11th of April.

(*) Obvously, you can only suggest alternatives for your own judoka!

Poule sheets

Special Needs World Judo Games
Special Needs World Judo Games KATA
Ben van der Eng Memorial morning session
Ben van der Eng Memorial afternoon session

Our divisioning guidelines can be found HERE.

We want your Instagram pictures!

The Instagram feed on the right side of the website is fed by YOU! If you take Instagrams during your preparations, your trip or during the tournament, please add the hashtag #BENGXX and the picture will be put on our website automatically (*). Underneath you can see the latest addition.

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(*) Obviously, when abused your userID will be blocked and reported to Instagram.

Procedures on tournament days

Tournament Control at work

On Tournament Day

Most of our guests know the procedure, but this year we welcome so many new guests that we think it is good to repeat our procedures again:

Arrival

On arrival, please report to Tournament Control. There you will receive your participants package:
– Final instructions
– Competitor cards (Sunday)
– T-shirts (location next to Tournament Control)
– Lunch tickets

Lunch

– Luncheon packets and the lunch room are available starting 12:00 on both tournament days.
– All participating judoka are entitled to a luncheon packet and a t-shirt on competition day.
– Referees, kata judges and special guests will lunch in the meeting room above the main hall.

The schedule is complete

This is the schedule for BENG!XX as we can now present it. However anything can happen, and of course we will keep everybody up to date on developments.

Tournament

Friday evening april 13th 2018
15:00 – 17:00 Divisioning workshop (English spoken)

We invite all our judoka and coaches present in NL to attend this workshop, especially the judoka that did not participate in our tournament before, as we will do their actual divisioning during this workshop. Please wear your Gi, it is very interactive!

17:00 – 18:00 Referee, Rules and Regulations seminar (English spoken)
17:00 – 18:00 Weigh-in for judoka already present
Saturday april 14th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
08:00 – 08:30 Weigh-in for remaining judoka
09:00 – 12:00 Special Needs World Judo Games 2018
Levels 1-3
13:00 – 17:00 SNWJG Kata Tournament
17:00 – 18:00 Coach workshop (Come in Gi!)
20:00 – 23:00 Party in Assumburg Castle
Sunday april 15th 2018
08:00 Venue opens
09:00 – 12:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, morning session
Levels 1-5, judoka under 16yrs
12:30 – 13:30 Intermission, with the ladies band 3eigenwijs!
13:30 – 17:30 Ben van der Eng Memorial, afternoon session
Levels 1-5, judoka 16yrs and older
On Saturday, people who do not participate in the contest can be transported by one of our shuttles to the Beverwijk Bazaar (link in Dutch) where you can have fun and maybe score some cheap bargains! The trip costs 2 Euros vice versa, to be paid to the driver.Pickup will take place at about 17:00 in an agreed spot.

specialneedsjudo.nl has a translate feature!


Today, we included Google Translate functionality on our website. Because we will be entertaining guests from many countries during our tournament in April, we feel we should be able to convey our message in as many languages as possible. However.. we all know Google Translate and how it sometimes goes completely amiss so we would like your feedback if you find something funny. We do not think we can fix this, but at least it is funny. So.. please give our translator a go and let us know what you think!
Just click ‘select language’ and check!

A piece of advice on hotel bookings



Dear participants,

We are receiving messages that the hotels in the vicinity of Beverwijk are all booked full. That may be the case, but we also noticed that many people are trying to book through booking.com or other booking sites. SNJF advices you that -by all means- if you can get your room through a booking site then please do so, but if you do not succeed, try to call the hotel as they probably still have rooms left, and maybe even a better deal.