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.
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: email@example.com
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!
A long day, this Saturday. Morning starts with the Special Needs World Judo Games, the shiai for levels 1-3. Although we had some software trouble in the beginning of the morning, we got on top of those and we can look back on a flawless tournament and we hope with happy participants!
Kata in the afternoon!
The afternoon was for the kata people among us- we have seen many great performances and the opinion here is that the level is rising every year! The kata tournament ended with a fun ju-nō-kata workshop by Ruud van Zwieten and Koen Vermeule, the current Dutch champions, and after that we saw three versions of koshiki-nō-kata: First a regular performance by Tomas Rundqvist and Tycho van der Werff, second one by Cees Roest (sitting on the ground) and Janienke Roelfzema, and the last was a performance by Tycho van der Werff and Danny Hoogetoorn (sitting in a wheelchair). All three (but especially the last two) demonstrated that nothing is impossible with some creativity and above all a lot of persistence!
While we tried to take pictures of each and every one of the pools, we may have missed some.
While this is written, downstairs in Assumburg Castle the Saturday Afterparty is raging! Check our Instagram account @SNJUDONL for pictures and video!
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.
And we can now also reveal who will be doing the kata seminar on Saturday April 13. Our two gentle giants Ruud van Zwieten and Koen Vermeule (Dutch national champions 2019) will host a ju-nō-kata seminar!
We have a new and professional speaker for the BENG! tournament. And he wants to have juicy details on your judokas! Not the really private stuff of course.. but we would like to know notable things about the judokas, to spice up the medal ceremony a bit: Judoka X is madly in love with judoka Y, Judoka Z just got married, became champion somewhere, we think you understand what we mean. So! If you have any of this type of information and want to share it, then mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “SPEAKER DETAILS” and we will see if we can use it!
Thanks in advance!