Pre-invitation for Special Needs World Judo Games

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Dear Judo friends,

We have the great honour to invite you for Beverwijk XX, the twentieth edition of our great Judo fest, and the first edition of the Special Needs World Judo Games!
This great event will take place in the weekend of april 14 and 15, 2018.
Please continue reading for more information.

What are the Special Needs World Judo Games?

Nineteen years ago, we organised the great Beverwijk tournament for the first time. From the start, our objective was a weekend full of Judo, fun, music and education. 2012 saw the first edition of the Open European Special Needs tournament. From then on, the Saturday was devoted to a level 1 and 2 tournament, whereas the Sunday remained the great Judo party everybody was used to. As always, both days were augmented with workshops and clinics, and the Sunday featured a band during lunchtime.
In 2014 we added a Special Needs Kata tournament. And now, at the 20th edition of this great Judo fest, we want to do something special.

So, what is different this time?

We have always been blessed with great numbers of participants from all over Europe. But we feel the worldwide SN Judo community is also entitled to the same fun the European SN judoka have, which is why we are inviting every Special Needs judoka in the world, without exception!
We are hoping to attract participants from places outside Europe and we would be delighted if in 2018 we could welcome judoka from the rest of the planet!
Therefore, we also decided to rename the event to Special Needs World Judo Games. Another major change is that we will now allow level 3 judoka to participate in the Saturday event!

Events during the Special Needs World Judo Games

April 14th, 2018 (morning) Special Needs World Judo Games tournament, for judoka levels 1-3
April 14th, 2018 SNWJG Kata tournament
April 14th, evening Party in Assumburg Castle
April 15, all day Ben van der Eng Memorial tournament, a tournament for all levels (1-5) with relaxed rules for spectators, music, prizes for all and a warming-up by some of our Dutch Judo champions.
If necessary due to the large number of competitors (and this usually happens), we split the tournament in a morning- and afternoon session.

What more is there to do?

We understand that you will not fly all the way to The Netherlands for just our two-day tournament. Fortunately there is lots of fun to be had in the vicinity. Of course, there is Amsterdam nearby, there is a beach and a boardwalk and you are also very welcome to participate in the Judo lessons of the SNJF Judo club BeterJudo on Monday and Wednesday evening, and experience first-hand the unique teaching style of Sensei Tycho van der Werff and his team!
People who do not wish to watch the Kata tournament on Saturday afternoon can have themselves transported to the Beverwijk Black Market, a giant flea market near the Judo venue.

Where to sleep?

Our main sleeping venue is Assumburg Castle, a 13th-century castle near Heemskerk however it is not by far large enough to hold all of our guests and being a popular location it is usually booked full quickly. So we have found a number of alternative locations where you can book sleeping quarters and these will also be served by our shuttle buses. They will be made known in our final invitation, in November. If you do wish to stay in Assumburg then booking soon is the message: please go to THIS page to book in advance.

What about rules?

Our tournaments adhere to the SNJF/SNJU approved rules which can be downloaded HERE. Important for our participants abroad are the divisioning rules on chapter 4, page 5.
For the kata tournament, the rules can be downloaded HERE. However, please note that these are being revised at the moment.

How to participate?

Fill in the form below, and you will be put on our mailing list. Come November, you will then receive an invitation.
If you like to make other arrangements (for example, participate in the SNJF/BeterJudo lessons during the week) then please contact Tycho van der Werff, our Technical Director:
Or by phone: +31615172788.

YES! I would like to be invited for the greatest Special Needs Judo event on the planet!

Please note: This is a pre-registration. A proper invitation will come your way when the organisation starts up, in November.

See you in Beverwijk!