The SNJF site is having maintenance!

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We will re-arreange the various subjects, and change some of the appearance. No worries, by about August 12 everything will be back in place!

The bengmemorial.com site is in maintenance!

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bengmemorial.com, the website containing all information about the great Beverwijk tournament, is down for maintenance to prepare for the new season. Beginning of October (and possibly earlier) we will publish all sorts of information on our great tournament, that will take place in 2020 on 3, 4 and 5 of April.

See you soon at bengmemorial.com!

SN-Judoka demonstrate at the EJU European Kata Championships in Las Palmas

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Janienke Roelfsema, Cees Roest, Thomas Schepen and Sanne Simons.

The Centro Insular de Deportes in Las Palmas slowly falls silent. Normally, kata contests are quiet affairs already but this time you can hear a pin drop, because something special is happening. Two very special judoka are on the tatami.
Sanne Simons and Thomas Schepen both have Down’s Syndrome, and normally this is not associated with the purposeful and precise movements necessary to perform a successful kata, or the ability to remember the precise order of techniques.
Wrong. The two show three adapted series of nage-nō-kata, and after the final rei the applause explodes. It continues for minutes, not in the least because the two judoka arouse the audience for more and more applause.. and the audience obliges. People are cheering, whistling and clapping and it takes some time before the hall quiets down and the other couple enters the tatami:
Cees Roest is praplegic from the chest down, after an accident. Standing is almost impossible. How then is it possible to perform a nage-nō-kata?
They show the audience how. The various techniques are adapted to Cees’ condition, and they demonstrate a meticulously executed interpretation of nage-nō-kata, assisted by uke Janienke Roelfsema. Again the audience goes wild, and again an ovational applause is theirs.

What is happening here?

Earlier this year, EJU expressed interest in Special Needs Kata, and was referred to SNJF. A plan was formed to invite SN-judoka from several countries to set up a small SN-Kata tournament alongside the main European Championship. For various reasons, the other countries were unable to attend so the Dutch judoka were left and it was decided to do a dmonstration.
The interest of the European Judo community has been aroused. SNJF hopes that this initiative will have a follow-up, and is of course ready to give technical and organisatorial advice.

Why is this important?

SNJF believes that the best way to attain inclusion for handicapped people is to take part in mainstream events, just like everyone. SNJF believe that if Judo is adapted when necessary, the handicap of these people will diminish or even become irrelevant.
The fact that an international organisation like EJU have the vision to understand this and the courage to take this historic step is a great leap forward, and SNJF are greatly honoured to be able to support this process. We thank EJU for this fantastic opportunity and are looking forward to future cooperation.

Shalva at Eurovision 2019

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This has nothing to do with Judo but everything that SNJF is trying to achieve: Full deployment of one’s abilities and participating on the world’s stage. This is Shalva, from Israel.

SNJF/Katastrof sends A-Judoka to European Kata Championships

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Thomas en Sanne during a kata tournament, earlier this year.

A-Judoka to Gran Canaria

Apart from the original two teams, SNJF/Katastrof now also sends two Adapted Judoka to Gran Canaria for the European Kata championships in July. Sanne Simons and Thomas Schepen are coming too!

EC Kata for A-Judoka?

How come, as there are no EC for Adapted Judo?
That is correct, but EJU is very interested in organising an Adapted Judo kata tournament, if possible next to the mainstream tournament. Looking for experts, they were pointed to Tycho van der Werff who developed A-Kata some years ago in The Netherlands and who organised many kata tournaments since.
This year, Sanne and Thomas will do a demonstration of their skills during the EC Kata. We at SNJF are of course very proud, and we hope to be able to lift A-Judo Kata to a higher level.

Here is the aftermovie!

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Traditionally, we always have an aftermovie after a great event or project. Here is the one we made for the 21st Ben van der Eng Memorial. Have fun! And- it looks best in fullscreen!

BENG XXI is done!

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Jenny Koster (Chief referee) en Cees Roest (Katajudge) during the band performance. Click the picture to view all our galleries!

It is done. Three days full of Judo, kata, party and fun. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank our team of volunteers, our judges, our suppliers, the phenomenal team of our sports venue, our band 3igenwijs, Assumburg Castle, our sponsors that we really cannot do without and, above all, our participants!

Beng XXII

Next year, our great tournament takes place on April 3-5 2020!

SAVE THE DATE! The date for Back To Texel has CHANGED!

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When?

We agreed earlier on the dates of November 2 and 3, but we have negotiated a much better deal.. so much better even that we decided to move the tournament one week.
The tournament will therefore move to November 9th and 10th.

Where?

Texel is a small island just North of North-Holland. It is accessible by ferry. Vacation resort De Krim on Texel have built a brand new event venue and so we can make this a wonderful weekend where our guest and judoka can sleep, eat and do the Judo tournament on the resort itself.

More information?

You cannot apply just yet, as details are still being negotiated. Later this year we will come up with an offer, and then it is also possible to book for both the tournament and the resort.
But, as we said: Put that date on your calendar!

See you on Texel!

In Memoriam: Herr Kükelhahn (Judoclub Osnabrück)

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Today we received the terrible message that one of the heroes of Adapted Judo passed away on January 31 of this year. De great little man of Judo Club Osnabrück, Herr Kükelhahn, also known for his leather shorts and his sweet gifts. But even more for the incredible way of dealing with his judoka. Mr. Kükelhahn was one of the first to start Adapted Judo in Germany.
Herr Kükelhahn, we will miss you.

SNJF works with EU on the Erasmus+ Project

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The Erasmus+ Project of the European Union is meant to gather information and knowledge about the importance of Judo in the well-being of people with autism. The University of Barcelona will organise the first gathering, where Tycho van der Werff as Technical Director of SNJF and SNJU will deliver his expertise together with other experts from Sweden, Ireland, Switzerland and other countries.
We hope to be able to prove what we already know: That Judo is very beneficial for people with autism.
The first meeting of the Erasmus+ working group will take place on the 1st of February, in Barcelona.

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

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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.

Where is the information about the Beverwijk Tournament?

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After 20 years, the Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament has its own website: http://bengmemorial.com. Click the logo for all information about the great tournament, taking place from 12-14 April, 2019.

Changes to SN Judo Event Calendar

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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.