SD13 – Special Needs World Judo Games and SNWJG Kata

A level-3 match in full swing. Click the picture to see the full gallery!

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!

Medal ceremonies

Click on the picture for all the medal ceremony pictures

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!

BENG-XXI has started! Day one is complete!

Sanne Simons – Click the picture for the whole gallery!

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 here are the poules for Saturday and Sunday!

Remember, we still need to do divisioning so this is only preliminary. But of course it helps to have some poules defined already. So here are the poulesheets:

SN World Judo Games 13 april 2019 [pdf].

BENG poules 14 april 2019 [pdf]


If you have any comments, additions and/or questions, then please mail these to before thursday the 11th, and he wil be happy to reply to you.


WJG Kata 2019 tatami 1
WJG Kata 2019 tatami 2
WJG Kata 2019 tatami 3
WJG Kata 2019 tatami 4

Kata Seminar crew

Koen Vermeule and Ruud van Zwieten

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 want information!

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 with the subject “SPEAKER DETAILS” and we will see if we can use it!
Thanks in advance!

Final information on the Ben van der Eng Memorial

This is the final mail before the tournament begins. We are all set, prepared and excited to have all of you with us. The support teams are instructed, the hall is prepared and we now need to convey the latest information to you, our participants. So- here are the most important things. Read carefully, some things are really important!

Weigh-in for Saturday

Most of the weigh-in for Saturday will happen on Friday afternoon, during Divisioning. The remainder of the judoka will be weighed on Saturday morning, in which case we ask you to be on time.

Closure Tolweg (access to Assumburg Castle)

The road right in front of the castle is closed for maintenance. Please pay special attention to the signage (yellow signs) which will guide you to road plates, giving access to the Castle.

The Sunday schedule has CHANGED

We have decided to push the schedule back one hour, meaning that we do not have a separate “below-16” medal ceremony before lunch and the “over-16” can also perform in the morning. The final schedule looks like this:

Friday, April 12 (Divisioning and seminars)
13:00 Venue opens
13:00 Weigh-in session 1
14:00 Start Divisioning
14:45 Pause and weigh-in session 2
15:00 Divisioning (continued)
15:45 End of Divisioning and pause
16:00 Referee and Coaches course (On tatami, please wear Judo Gi)
16:00 Weigh-in session 3
17:00 End
Saturday, April 13 (SNWJG)
07:30 Venue opens
08:00-08:30 Weigh-in of remaining judoka
09:00 Opening tournament
09:02 Start Special Needs World Judo Games
11:45 Medal ceremony followed by intermission
Saturday, April 13 (SNWJG KATA)
12:45 Opening SNWJG Kata tournament
12:47 SNWJG Kata
15:30 Medal ceremony
Saturday, April 13 (Assumburg Castle)
19:00 Dinner for all guests in Assumburg
20:00 Party!
Sunday, April 14 (BENG!)
08:00 Venue opens
09:45 Referee briefing (please gather in restaurant)
10:00 Warming-up by Marvin de la Croes
10:30 Opening part 1
10:35 Start BENG!
12:00 Lunch and music by Ladies Band 3igenwijs
12:50 Opening part 2
13:00 Start BENG!
14:45 Award ceremony for Ben van der Eng Award (Judoka of the Year)
Followed by medal ceremony
16:30 The End

Missing information

We do not have flight and hotel details for everybody yet. If you fly in, then please mail your flight details (in- and outbound) to otherwise you will not be picked up from the airport.

Pick-up from the airport

The old red/white meeting point has been removed. Therefore, when you exit the baggage claim area, go to the Burger King at Schiphol Plaza and wait until you get picked up. You will then be brought outside and our shuttle service will pick you up. DO NOT go wandering about on the airport, keep your team together!

And finally..

We are delighted to have you in Beverwijk. We hope you have a great time, and we will do our best to make it so.

See you in Beverwijk!

Ben van der Eng Memorial 2019 pilots a new competition format for levels 4 and 5!


SNJF have seen the number of competitors of level 4 and 5 decrease over the last years. We feel that this is, at least in part, caused by the way a Judo match is set up. A Judo match can be over in seconds- much too short for the somewhat slower reaction of a level 4-5 judoka, and many judoka do not even get the chance to respond to such a situation.
Because at least part of the pleasure of attending a tournament is about being able to do some Judo yourself, SNJF together with the Dutch National Referee Committee have decided to change the rules- but only a little bit.

What is changed?

  • Match time is the major change. It is set to a fixed two minutes.
  • Ippon does not end the match- the judoka just stand up and resume the match until the two minutes are up. The same goes for osae-komi.
  • The scores add up- at the end  of the two minutes the judoka with the highest score wins.

There are some other rules which can be read HERE. But the above three are the most important ones. Read the document (PDF) as it also explains our motivation in more detail.

When is this going to happen?

We will start this pilot on Sunday April 14, during the BENG! tournament.

16 days to go – It is now or never!

Dear Judo friends,

On March 16 2019 we will close our applicatiuon period. So- it is now or never, you can still fill in the subscription form and send it to us!

All information on the tournament can be found at THIS LINK. Please note: the information is subject to change, as the program has not been finalised yet.

Subscription forms can be downloaded HERE.
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