It is still entirely unsure whether our society will be back on its feet in April 2021, and whether we will be allowed to organise large events. Normally, SNJF would have started it first invitation run in September 2020, and its first preparations in August, for a large event like the Ben van der Eng Memorial takes months of preparation.
The Board of SNJF however does not see enough opportunities to continue the organisation for April 2021.
Therefore, the 22nd Ben van der Eng Memorial for April 2021 will be CANCELLED.
We are discussing a possibility to still organise an event in April, during the BENG weekend. We are still in discussion, and we hope to have more information on this soon.
Normally, preparations for BENG start by the end of September. Normally we would be spamming you with a trailer video, to wake you up for the fact that we would be organising the 22nd BENG in April. But times are precarious. We do not know whether we will be allowed to organiser our mega-tournament in April.
Therefore we will postpone our go/no go decision until the very last moment. This will happen in November 2020, and right after that we will show our decision on this website.
We ask for your understanding and your patience, and thank you for your ongoing commitment to our tournament throughout the years.
We were forced to cancel BENG-XXII but that does not mean we will let the event pass just like that. So we ask you to upload your old photos of BENG in previous years aand see them appear in the slideshow above! So, please start digging in those old memory cards, go to the link below and upload them into the photo website!
Many thanks to David Hodkinson for this nice idea!
For upload, go to this link, drag your pictures into the frame, and put your name and other remarks in the comments after it is done.
Today, BENG XXII would have started. Around noon, most of our foreign guests walk in to take partin in the divisioning sessions, and referees and coaches look forward to the workshop where we were going to discuss the last modifications to our randori competition system. We would have briefed our volunteers for the last time, and we would have done the final staff meeting. This year, we would have welcomed Americans, Newzealanders and judoka from many more countries to take part in the greatest SN tournament on the planet.. together with our faithful regulars that we are honoured to welcome every year.
It was not to be. BENG XXII was cancelled, but that only means that we will do it again, for BENG XXIIbis will be organised again, next year, on April 9, 10 and 11.
Through this site we will keep you informed, and about September 2020 we will wake up our organisational machine again and you will hear from us. Until that time we say, just like we always did for the last 21 years:
After the unfortunate cancellation of the Ben van der Eng Memorial, we have obviously contacted our sponsors. Their response was, without exception, positive and therefore we are allowed to use this year’s proceeds to organise BENG XXIIbis.
We hereby would like to express our sincere gratitude for this flexibility and we hope to make BENG XXIIbis just as successful as the 2020 event was meant to be.
It is with great sadness that we have to decide to cancel the XXII Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament. The Dutch Health Authority advises us to avoid physical contact, something that is nigh-impossible on a Judo tournament. Apart from that we have had numerous cancellations from participants abroad.
We can not -and indeed, we will not- take responsibility for an outbreak leading back to our tournament, where we host around 1000 people inside a sports venue.
So now what happens?
We do advise you to cancel your hotel bookings and flights as soon as possible.
We will restitute your payment for the tournament proper in short term. However we cannot take reponsibility for cancellation costs for hotels and flights and hopefully you will be able to successfully claim with your travel insurance company.
Beng XXII and BackToTexel III
The new date for Beng XXII is next year: April 9, 10 and 11, 2021
But we are not done yet for this year: November 14 and 15, 2020 we will organise BackToTexel III, and you are invited!
[Update 16:00] The Dutch government have called for cancellation of all events with an audience larger than 100.
It is The Day After and the BENG team is winding down from three days of tournament.. but still busy. One of the things completed is the processing of the tens of thousands (!) of pictures taken into galleries that can be watched by YOU. Just for statistics sake: Friday we took a mere 2500 pictures. Saturday 17.419 and Sunday our media team made slightly over 8000 pictures. That is apart from the annoying little camera on the tripod that raked in a staggering 28.881 HD pictures. Anyway! Click on the picture, and you will be brought to our photo website.
Medal Ceremony Pictures
This year, SNJF have awarded the Ben van der Eng Memorial Award (Or: Judoka of the Year) to Sanne Simons! The award is given to the udoka who works hard, takes part in lots of activities and is an example for her environment, and Sanne fits the bill perfectly!
The day started at exactly 14:00. Several clubs were already in and started their warming-up which was a good thing because right after a minute of silence for the late German Sensei Kückelhahn our divisioning teachers took off with a fierce hour of Judo! Marvin de La Croes (who doesn’t know him? World youth champion), Dennis Sissing (our volunteers coordinator), Arian Noordzy (Our network man, and himself a high-level kata judoka), Ruud van Zwieten (Dutch champion Ju-nō-kata), Jenny Koster (Our chief referee) and Mark Lubbers (kata judge) took our guests through some exercises so the SNJF people could check whether their divisioning was valid.
After the divisioning, Tycho van der Werff did a short talk on our new pilot project: The randori system, which we will start implementing on Sunday the 14th.