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  • Communication from the Board

    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:

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

    Subscription forms can be downloaded HERE.

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  • Communication from the Board

    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

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  • Communication from the Board

    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.

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  • Communication from the Board

    Open Romanian Special Needs Judo Tournament


    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.

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  • Communication from the Board

    Save the date: Open European Special Needs 2019: April 30-June 2

    Another SNJU-Endorsed Tournament!

    Frövi Judo in Lindesberg will be the second candidate for the organisation of the Open European Special Needs Judo tournament! Please see their invitation below.

    Book your flight!

    Please book your flights to arrive at Arlanda airport 30/5 2019.
    We will have 2 buses to take you to Lindesberg from the airport. The first bus will depart preliminary at 13.00 and the second bus will depart preliminary at 17.00. Please consider these bus departures for your arrival. Let us know if that is not possible.

    We will have a conference room at the Arlanda airport for your convenience if you have to wait for a while before the bus leaves.

    We will also have 2 busses with different departure times for the trip back to Arlanda airport on 2/6/2019.

    Open European Special Needs 2019 in Lindesberg Sweden!

    Welcome to Frövi Judo and the beautiful town of Lindesberg.
    We welcome you all for a great Judo event with judokas from all over Europe.
    We will have great training sessions and of course a competition for all levels.
    Please follow our event webpage:

    All-inclusive offer

    We will have an all-inclusive offer ready soon.

    All accommodation will be booked by us.
    We will offer 3 different sleeping accommodations:
    • School classroom -Bring your own sleeping bag and air mattress
    • Hostel with 6 bunkbeds per room -shared bathroom
    • Hotel with several options of bed combinations

    All options are within walking distance to the venue. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be served at the venue regardless of sleeping accommodation, and will be included in the price.
    Information will be updated on:
    Welcome Frövi Judo

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  • Communication from the Board

    Pajulahti Games and OESN report

    The SNJU would like to congratulate and the thank the host and organisers of this year’s Pajulahti Games / Special Needs Open European Judo Championships which was held in Finland recently.
    The event was a huge success with competitors from all over Europe in attendance.

    The weekend started on Thursday with the arrival of the many international delegations to the fantastic Pajulahti Paralympic Sports Centre in Lahti, Finland.
    Friday was action filled and kicked off with a huge two hour training session with all the athletes, coaches and officials. The tatami was filled with over 200 people enjoying the playful and social gathering of new and old friends. After training everyone returned to the food hall to refuel for the afternoon divisioning session. Lead by the SNJU team of Tycho, James, Tomas and Cecilia, the athletes were grouped in pools of equal abilities/level and again enjoyed another playful two hour training session.