Our criteria for endorsement

When looking at our calendar, one can see that it contains “endorsed” tournaments. We do not take this endorsement lightly- we make sure that the tournament organisation adheres to our rules. Also, we do not go looking for tournaments to endorse- if you woud like your tournament to be on our calendar, then please contact and send your tournament details. You may be contacted by one of our staff for more details.

The criteria are not very difficult to follow. As follows:

  • The tournament will adopt the five-class divisioning system as per the SNJU rules.
  • The tournament will adopt a proper divisioning methodology so as to determine the correct division in which a judoka is pooled.
  • The referees are approved as Adapted Judo referees (or similar) in their country of origin.
  • Tatami tables will have coloured markings to as to improve self-reliance of the participating judoka.
  • Matches will be conducted on an official approved Judo tatami of correct contest size, not on the so-called “puzzle mats” as safety is of the utmost importance.
  • Organising body will be a member of SNJU, or is in the process of becoming a member.

The Calendar

3rd Swiss Special Needs Judo Tournament @ Buchholzhalle
Jun 29 @ 15:30 – Jun 30 @ 18:00
3rd Swiss Special Needs Judo Tournament @ Buchholzhalle | Uster | Zürich | Switzerland

For all information, see the website

Download the application form HERE

Open Romanian Special Needs Judo Tournament @ Cluj-Napoca City Hall
Sep 9 all-day

DOWN Bucharest Association as affiliate member of SNJU and partner of the Association AGA Down Sindrom Cluj Napoca announces the organization of the “Judo Adaptive Camp Adapted to People with Special Needs” in September 8-10, 2018, a project approved by the Cluj Napoca City Hall, the Local Council of Cluj-Napoca and the Direction of Social and Medical Assistance.
Within this project, on September 09, 2018, will be held the second edition of the competition “OPEN SPECIAL NEEDS JUDO TOURNAMENT – 2018 Cluj Napoca – ROMANIA” where over 50 judoka with special needs from Romania and other European countries will compete and will be awarded with diplomas and medals. The competition is structured on 5 levels of disability, according to SNJU regulations. Entries can be made until August 10th. Athletes from the Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Romania have been announced so far. As a result of the success of the first edition in Bucharest in 2017, it offers the first 100 people registered, free accommodation at Univers T Hotel and many other surprises.
This competition is organized with the support of Special Needs Judo Union, Special Needs Judo Foundation, Romanian Judo Federation, Babeş-Bolyai University, and DOWN Bucharest Association, which will share the experience of organizing the first edition of this competition (2017).
The “Judo Adaptive Camp for People with Special Needs” project is part of the events dedicated to the Romanian Centenary Celebration in Cluj-Napoca.

Open European Special Needs Judo Tournament
May 30 – Jun 2 all-day

Please find all information on