Hainaut Cup 2019 features Adapted Judo Kata championships

Quinten Fransman and Dion Sassen perform a modified nage-nō-kata. Click the photo to show the complete gallery.

On Sunday, October 6th Judo Aiseau – Presles organised the 10th edition of the International Hainaut Cup. And for the first time, the organisation decided to have a “handi-kata” tournament alongside the original tournament.

What can we say- the tournament was very successful! Special Needs judoka showed their art, judged by the same jury as their regular friends.

We applaud Aiseau-Presles for their effort, in line with the interest that EJU have shown into the Adapted Kata sport and we hope that there will be a follow-up in 2020, and of course that their initiative will also encourage other clubs and organisations to organise an Adapted Kata tournament!

If a club is looking for advice on how to do this, then of course SNJU are always at your service to help you with your effort.

OESN Lindesberg review

Finnish referee Joona Nakki in action at OESN 2019 – Joona is the first Special Needs referee to perform in a SNJU event ever!

The Board of the SNJU wishes to express its great appreciation for Frövi Judo’s skillful execution of the OESN tournament, last weekend in Lindesberg. Our sincere compliments for the tireless efforts of Johan Orrbo and his enthusiastic team for a wonderful weekend of tournaments, seminars and fun.

Details will be forthcoming soon for the next OESN, which will take place in 2020, in Ireland ☘️

SNJU will issue a full review about the event to its members soon.

A special mention for the young Finnish referee Joona Nakki, who competed on Saturday morning, but was a referee in the afternoon- the first Special Needs referee for an SNJU event ever!

Finally: to view the photos of this amazing event, click HERE.

SNJU will launch coaching and training course

Dear SN/Adaptive judo coaches worldwide,

The SNJU, as part of our on-going international development and promotion of Special Needs/Adaptive judo, will shortly be embarking on an incredible SN/Adaptive coaching training programme and register.
The training programme will comprise of an online training moodle which will have disability awareness modules, inspirational video lessons and practical advice from some of the world’s foremost experts in the field of adaptive coaching.
It will also have a tatami based pre-arranged practical session and certification.
An international SNJU coaching register will also be compiled from all the coaches that successfully complete this course and will be part of the on-going training and development of SN/Adaptive judo worldwide.
To be part of this amazing opportunity pre-register for your online course by clicking here and log in details will be sent to you as soon as the course is ready to be launched.
Initial places will be limited so don’t waste any time – Register Today!
The Online course fee will be just €25 payable on registration and the practical training and assessment will be €20 payable on the day of the assessment and includes certification. To apply for the practical training, click here.

Six athletes of Menomonee Judo Club will participate in IBSA Paralympic World Championships in Odilevas, Portugal


This is a text by Brett Wolf of the Menomonee Judo Club which is an SNJU registered club in the USA. The Board of SNJU can only add to Brett’s enthusiasm, and wish the players of Menomonee Judo Club the best of luck in Portugal!

The Menomonee Judo Club is very excited and honored to announce that next week, six of our athletes with visual impairment will be competing at the IBSA Paralympic World Championships in Odilevas, Portugal. The World Judo Championships are the first of six qualifying events for the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games.

Paralympic Judo is specifically geared towards athletes with varying levels of visual impairment. In 2012, Menomonee Judo was named the Paralympic Judo National Training Site, the only club with that distinction in the United States.
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