A friendly reminder: we still accept applications for the great Beverwijk tournament!

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER

11 weeks to go, and so here is a friendly reminder: If you want to apply for the twenty-second edition of our great tournament in Beverwijk, on April 3-5, 2020 then please do so before March 8th. We are honoured and proud to be able to invite you, our guests, for this tournament that since its inception in 1998 has become the greatest in the world for judoka with a disability.

The Ben van der Eng Memorial does not select: We accept any handicap whether it is physical or mental. Our 5-grade divisioning system is capable of handling anything from the most accomplished judoka to the most severely disabled ones.

Indeed our Sunday tournament is, we can proudly say, the greatest Judo party in the world whereas the more “serious” Saturday hosts the Special Needs World Judo Games for Shiai and Kata.

More information

This year, we have chosen to supply you with an outline document, like all the great Judo tournaments in this world. All the information should be in there but of course, if you have any questions, you can always mail our tournament control team: woc@specialneedsjudo.nl

The outline document can be downloaded here.

In the outline document is a link to the application form. However if you wish to download the form directly, you can do so through this link.

Subscription period closes 8th of March

A gentle reminder: the applications for BENG! 2020 are still open.

11 weeks to go, and so here is a friendly reminder: If you want to apply for the twenty-second edition of our great tournament in Beverwijk, on April 3-5, 2020 then please do so before March 8th. SNJF are honoured and proud to be able to invite you, our guests, for this tournament that since its inception in 1998 has become the greatest in the world for judoka with a disability.

The Ben van der Eng Memorial does not select: We accept any handicap whether it is physical or mental. Our 5-grade divisioning system is capable of handling anything from the most accomplished judoka to the most severely disabled ones.

Indeed our Sunday tournament is, we can proudly say, the greatest Judo party in the world whereas the more “serious” Saturday hosts the Special Needs World Judo Games for Shiai and Kata.

More information

This year, we have chosen to supply you with an outline document, like all the great Judo tournaments in this world. All the information should be in there but of course, if you have any questions, you can always mail our tournament control team: woc@specialneedsjudo.nl

The outline document can be downloaded here.

In the outline document is a link to the application form. However if you wish to download the form directly, you can do so through this link.

Subscription period closes 8th of March

Source: SNJU (A gentle reminder: the applications for BENG! 2020 are still open.

XXII Ben van der Eng Memorial 2020

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For more information: Go to the tournament website.

Happy Christmas – Year in Review

As we wish
all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas we reflect on the amazing
inclusive judo year we have shared together promoting and developing inclusion
in judo worldwide.

The SNJU
continues to be a progressive force in the development of worldwide SN/Adaptive
judo. 2019 saw our membership grow to an all time high with many new countries
and federations becoming members of the fastest growing SN/Adaptive judo
organization in the world.

In the past
eleven months we have achieved and surpassed some of our goals and ambitions
for adaptive judo and look forward to the joys and challenges of 2020.

2019
started off with our own board meeting in Switzerland at which we laid out our
ambitious plans for the year ahead. These plans included more development
courses, more competitive opportunities, more personal development and more
unity amongst countries with SN judo programs. This we not only spoke about and
planned – but also achieved!

Competition Opportunities: This year we staged and supported
the European Open SN Games in Sweden, the World SN Games in The Netherlands and
the Swiss Open SN Championships in Switzerland. In additional our team was the
lead support team for the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Individually each of our team members supported and organized inclusion events
in their respective counties and helped many more in other countries.

Development courses: Our online SN referee course
continues to attract interested parties and has resulted in an international
register of developing SN referee across the world. We continue to host
workshops and seminars at all our supported events and this year we added some
additional seminars of interest including therapy/disability assisted dogs
programmes, SN tournament preparation, SN & unified kata to name but a few.

In
Switzerland this year we staged the first two day Coaching & Competition
Seminar and workshops. A large number of our members clubs/countries took part
in this incredible two day course which covered adaptive coaching, play &
contest rules, disability awareness seminars, Judo games workshops and much
more..  The event was run under the
aspics of Special Olympics Switzerland, Swiss Judo Federation and run by SNJU
directors James Mulroy and Cilia Evenblij.

Unity and Inclusion: The SNJU has been working very hard
to bring together as many SN judo organizations, clubs and federations for the
single purpose of raising awareness and further developing
adaptive/SN/inclusive judo worldwide. Early this year we had the ideal opportunity
to do just that. For the very first time in judo history SN judo was invited to
take part in the annual EJU Judo festival in Croatia. The SNJU were
instrumental in delivering seminars, workshops and advice to a number of large
interested audiences.

Other
amazing firsts was the inclusion of a number of teams who wowed the audience at
this year’s EJU Kata Championships with demonstrations of adapted and unified
kata. This we see as a major step forward in EJU thinking and policy and could
possibly open the door to further development in this area of our sport.

In other
News: The board of the SNJU are delighted and excited to be the major
contributors to the EU funded “Autjudo” Erasmus + programme. Funding was
secured and the research program will run for the next three years across six
European countries.

We approach
2020 with the same enthusiasm and drive as 2019 and aim to keep moving forward.
In 2020 we will be launching the long awaited online coaching course, this will
go live in early January. Supported competitive events will include the World
SN Games in Netherlands in April, the Swiss SN Open in June and the European
Open SN Games in Ireland in October.

In addition
we will be staging a number of seminars and workshops again next year at the EJU
Judo Festival in Croatia.

For now we
would like to wish the whole judo world and very Happy Christmas and look
forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.

SNJU Team

Tomas, James, Tycho, Cilia, Bob  

Source: SNJU (Happy Christmas – Year in Review

How to subscribe to our calendar

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We do our best to keep our Special Needs Judo Calendar up to date. But did you know you can have that exact same calendar on your mobile device, automatically updated?
How is this done?
Click on the “voeg toe” symbol at the bottom of the calendar:

A list of calendar types will show up. Select the calendar appropriate for you, and follow the instructions.
How accurate is the calendar?
Well.. we do our best to pick up the information as precise as we can, and we keep an eye on the various events as they occur, and adjust the calendar accordingly. But of course, we are only human and we cannot take responsibility for typos, misspellings and other mistakes that may have occurred.
Want to add something to our calendar?
Send an email to woc@specialneedsjudo.nl with:
– Name of event
– Date of event
– Full address of event.
– How you can be reached
– ..or send us the invitation.
Do you want the calendar on your website?
That can also be arranged. There is a piece of PHP that you must include which will show the calender on your site. Please note that we can supply you with the Javascript but we do not support the implementation, you will have to do that yourself.

SNJF are participants in the EU Erasmus+ project

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SNJF are for some time now working on the preparations for the project “AUTJUDO” of the EU. This is a project, led by the Spanish university Ramon Llull, where we will investigate the positive influence that Judo has on people with ASS. The project is executed by a cooperation of 7 public and private organisations, under which SNJF. Coordination of the project it done by the University Ramon Llull, in Barcelona.
The research results will be published internationally, and hopefully lead to an improved approach to Judo lessons for people with ASS.

INVITATION FOR THE XXII BEN VAN DER ENG MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT

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I N V I T A T I O N

This is an invitation for the twenty-second edition of our great tournament in Beverwijk. We are honoured and proud to be able to invite you, our guests, for this tournament that since its inception in 1998 has become the greatest in the world for judoka with a disability.

The Ben van der Eng Memorial does not select: We accept any handicap whether it is physical or mental. Our 5-grade divisioning system is capable of handling anything from the most accomplished judoka to the most severely disabled ones.

Indeed our Sunday tournament is, we can proudly say, the greatest Judo party in the world whereas the more “serious” Saturday hosts the Special Needs World Judo Games for Shiai and Kata.

More information

This year, we have chosen to supply you with an outline document, like all the great Judo tournaments in this world. All the information should be in there but of course, if you have any questions, you can always mail our tournament control team: woc@specialneedsjudo.nl

The outline document can be downloaded here.

In the outline document is a link to the application form. However if you wish to download the form directly, you can do so through this link.

Forgot how much fun it was last year?

Here is 2019’s aftermovie!

BackToTexel II fotoserie

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De schitterende “Evenementenhal Texel” op de Krim waar ons evenement BackToTexel II plaatsvond. Klik op de foto voor de hele serie!


Een touringcar vol en een paar auto’s, daarmee togen we naar “De Krim” in op Teksel Stekkel Texel voor het BackToTexel II toernooi. De splinternieuwe Evenementenhal is schitterend ingericht! Complimenten aan De Krim voor deze mooie hal.
Zaterdag: Zie de fotos, een goed verlopend toernooi. De misschien wat psychedelische kleuren van de foto’s komen doordat de Evenementenhal eigenlijk een.. evenementenhal is, en de verlichting dus, naast wit, ook alle kleuren van de regenboog heeft. Puntje voor de volgende keer, zullen we maar zeggen.
De Jilske Bokaal ging dit jaar naar de familie Ter Voort, voor de niet aflatende zorg die ze aan hun dochters besteden.
Onze dank gaat uiteraard naar onze sponsors, onze onvermoeibare medewerkers, de mensen van de Krim en niet te vergeten onze deelnemers!

European Open Special Needs Tournament 2020

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It is with great pleasure and excitement that SNJU can announce that our annual European Open Special Needs Judo Games will be held in Ireland in October 15th – 18th 2020.

We invite teams from all countries with an inclusion program to join us in our flagship event of the year. There is almost a whole year to plan for what will be one of our best EOSN events to date. Come back to this space for more information!

Trailer for Ben van der Eng Memorial 2020

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Next year, April 3-5, we will once again organise the greatest Special Needs Judo tournament on the planet: The Ben van der Eng Memorial. This is the trailer for this great event.
Please watch the website http://bengmemorial.com: Outlines will be made available first half of November!

Do you want to see what the tournament looked like in 2019? Here is the 2019 aftermovie!

Hainaut Cup 2019 features Adapted Judo Kata championships

Quinten Fransman and Dion Sassen perform a modified nage-nō-kata. Click the photo to show the complete gallery.

On Sunday, October 6th Judo Aiseau – Presles organised the 10th edition of the International Hainaut Cup. And for the first time, the organisation decided to have a “handi-kata” tournament alongside the original tournament.

What can we say- the tournament was very successful! Special Needs judoka showed their art, judged by the same jury as their regular friends.

We applaud Aiseau-Presles for their effort, in line with the interest that EJU have shown into the Adapted Kata sport and we hope that there will be a follow-up in 2020, and of course that their initiative will also encourage other clubs and organisations to organise an Adapted Kata tournament!

If a club is looking for advice on how to do this, then of course SNJU are always at your service to help you with your effort.

Source: SNJU (Hainaut Cup 2019 features Adapted Judo Kata championships

Another milestone for Adapted Kata: The Hainaut Cup!

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The Dutch team at Hainaut Cup 2017


Up to this year, the Hainaut Cup was one of the important kata tournaments in Europe, one you had to attend as a self-respecting kata team. So- Tycho van der Werff and David Lefevere indeed attended this tournament in 2017 as well as other members of the Dutch kata selection. And they will do so this year.

But, more important: The Hainaut Cup has, with great foresight, added a tournament for adapted judoka, the so-called “handi-kata”. SNJF/Katastrof have decided to support this tournament by sending no less than six kata teams, among which the heroes of Las Palmas: Thomas Sanne, Cees and Janienke but also four debutant teams, on their first international kata tournament!
This site will report on their adventures, and we wish the best of luck to all our judoka!

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!

Progress and Success at European Kata Championships

Progress and Success

The SNJU would like to congratulate
our technical director Tycho and his kata partner David on their fantastic
achievement of winning silver at the recent EJU European Kata Championships in
Gran Canaria. Their performance in katame no kata was just 5 points off the
gold medal spot.

This alone gives us great pride;
however the story doesn’t stop there. For the very first time in European Kata
Championship history, a very special demonstration was invited to take place.

With the progressive development of
adaptive kata practice within SN judo across Europe, it was fitting for two
teams from the Netherlands to demonstrate the possibilities of adaptive kata to
a packed audience at this year’s European Kata Championships.

First of the demonstrations came from
the pairing of Sanne Simons and Thomas Schepen. Sanne
and  Thomas both have Down Syndrome and both share their passion
for Judo and in particular Judo Kata. They presented three adapted series of
the nage no kata to a packed arena who could not contain their appreciation and
excitement following the final rei. The standing ovation and applause lasted as
long as the demonstration itself.

When eventually the audience calmed
down, it was the turn of Cees Roest and his kata partner Janienke Roelfsema.  Cees is paraplegic and his display of
brilliance was performed from a kneeling position.  The various techniques were adapted to Cees’
condition, and they demonstrated a meticulously executed interpretation of
nage-nō-kata. Again following the final rei, the arena goes wild with a
well-deserved standing ovation and applause delivered by a stunned and appreciative
audience.

This is a major step forward for
adaptive judo in general and adapted kata in particular. It is fair to say that
the interest of the European judo community has been aroused and the
possibilities acknowledged.

SN Judo Kata has been developing
across Europe for some time now and is now included in a number of SN judo
tournaments, the biggest of which is at the SN World Judo Games in Beverwijk,
Netherland in April each year. We are confident moving forward that SN kata can
be included at more events both SN and mainstream and will promote positive
inclusion right across our sport.

 We would like to thank the EJU for having the
vision and courage to understand and recognise the importance and possibilities
of adapted judo and for taking the historic step forward to include all ability
judoka in its future plans and visions.

Source: SNJU (Progress and Success at European Kata Champioships