SNJU cooperates with EU in the ERASMUS+ Project


The SNJU board of directors in conjunction with the University of Barcelona are proud to be the driving force in a European Erasmus + project application to study the benefits of the adapted sport of Judo for people with autism.
The study will last for three years and will see six European countries (Ireland, Sweden, Netherlands, Spain, Italy and Switzerland) working closely together in research, data collecting, seminars, international training & events and much more.
We are very excited to prove what we already know, that participating in judo is hugely beneficial for people with autism and indeed many other disabilities.
The first meeting of the whole group will take place in Barcelona on Friday 1st February 2019.

Enrollment for the Ben van der Eng Memorial is open!

Dear Judo friends,

It is a great pleasure to be able to invite you for the great Special Needs Judo tournament in Beverwijk.

The 21st Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament takes place on April 12, 13 and 14, 2019. Due to the large amount of participants and the fact that we do want divisioning, and we do want to show some educational stuff, in 2018 it was already necessary to include the Friday afternoon in our schedule. In 2019, the Friday afternoon is an integral part of the organisation.

Hence, the tournament will be (tentatively) scheduled as follows:

  • Friday april 12 (afternoon): Divisioning and workshops
  • Saturday april 13 (ochtend): Special Needs World Judo Games
  • Saturday april 13 (afternoon): SNWJG Kata
  • Saturday april 13 (evening): Party in Castle Assumburg
  • Sunday april 14: BENG XXI

Another change is a dedicated website for the tournament: http://bengmemorial.com

All information on the tournament can be found at THIS LINK.

Subscription forms can be downloaded HERE.

SNJU Romanian SN Judo Festival, Cluj Napoca, September 2018

The colourful tatami at Cluj Napoca. Click the image for more pictures.

The SNJU were very proud to support last weekend’s second SN Judo Festival in Romania in conjunction with the Down Syndrome Association. This year the event was held in the picturesque city of Culj and was expertly hosted by Antoaneta Vanea and her team from Down Syndrome Association Cluj.
The festival started with the arrival of the international teams on Friday and was followed by entertaining and busy Saturday. Saturday started early with breakfast in the impressive Univers T hotel which was followed by a coach trip to the even more impressive salt mines of Turda.
On Saturday afternoon we delivered our Rules and Regulations seminar to a large group of referees and coaches which was very well received and is a really important part of our education programme which ensures the full safety and enjoyment for all our athletes at these events.
Saturday evening was dinner and party time with music, dancing and delicious food & cake. A great time was had by all.
Sunday morning started with divisioning, with all the athletes, coaches and officials on the mat having a good time while the important job of creating even pools began. We also conducted additional referee development training with the help of the coaches from Sweden.
First block of competition started at 11 and saw the younger competitors take to the mat. The enthusiasm, joy and effort from everyone was amazing. After the medal presentation a short break for lunch before the start of the afternoon block and the older athletes time to shine. Some fantastic and heart-warming judo was on display and we congratulate everyone who took part.
Monday morning a guided tour of the city of Cluj was arranged before the international teams were driven back to the airport to start their trip home.
We would like to thanks and congratulate all the amazing athletes for their strength, ability and character, Alexandru Zelko for organising the event, Antoeneta and her team for hosting the event and the referees and official for a job well done.

The SNJU Team

The website is updated!

The website is complete! There may be some adjustments in the coming few weeks, but this is what it is going to look like. If you go to snju.org you see a static page rather than the familiar blog. The blog is still there though- you can access it through the big SNJU logo, or the menu item “SNJU Blog”.

The second big change is the way you receive emails. Look at the bottom of the email, and you will see that you can completely unsubscribe yourself, or you can only subscribe to certain categories.

With these changes, our site is now fully compliant to European rules.

Site Update


Dear members,
It has been quiet for some time now, of course also due to the holidays. But while the SNJU staff are enjoying their holidays, we will also update the layout of this site. We will focus less on blog posts (although they will still be there!) and more on giving information.
Due to this, your favourite site may experience some outages, or strange effects during the coming weeks. Do not worry, we will get everything in order before the first of September.