European Open Special Needs Judo Games


Dear Judo friends!

On behalf of SNJU and Judo Assist (Ireland) we have the privilege to invite you for the EOSN 2020, the annual SNJU event which takes place in beautiful Nenagh, co. Tipperary, Ireland.
from October 15th until October 18th

You can download the outlines through this link.

XXII Ben van der Eng Memorial 2020


For more information: Go to the tournament website.

How to subscribe to our calendar


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 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


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.




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:

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


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


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


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 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!

Another milestone for Adapted Kata: The Hainaut Cup!


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 site is in maintenance!

Image, 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!

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


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


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


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.