Tomas Rundqvist (Svenska Judo):
On Thursday 8th of July at 15.00 CET, we will show a session of Adapted judo. It’s a session with ‘judogames’ and with a way to train judo with some Corona-restricrions in mind. Focus on ukemi and how to move on tatami. How to push & pull. It will show you one way how I start with new judoka, in the group there are a mix of a lot of judoka with different ‘intellectual variations’, Down Syndrom, visual impaired and CP. I hope that you find some inspiration and something you can use in your training. Please share this link and watch the video. If you have any questions or comments, let me know.

Here is the link.

Tycho van der Werff receives EJU Social Inclusion Award

Tycho and Tomas Rundqvist. Click picture for full gallery.

This weekend, Tycho could be found in Lisbon, to receive the 2019 Social Inclusion Award from the hands of no less than Jane Bridge, Director Education of EJU.
Together with Tycho our friend Tomas Rundqvist received the award for 2020.

Tycho’s Response

First of all, I want to thank the European Judo Union for this great honor.
And to get the award from judo legende Jane Bridge is a dream come true.

I would like to dedicate this award to Ben van der Eng, my late Sensei, who started bringing countries together promoting Special Needs judo all over the World. And to all Special Needs Judoka, because of their imput, goals and effort, we were able to achieve all this.
This is an Award we all have won together, because this is Judo. We can only grow and get better together.
I would like to thank:
All people of the EJU with whom we worked together and made it possible for inclusion during the EC Kata championships and Judo Festival Porec in 2019.
The fantastic team of Special Needs Judo Foundation, who supported me after Ben’s death, in continuing to work for all SN judoka. Henk, Inger, Bob, Will, Daan, Roland, Christel.
All the people of The Dutch Judo Association (JBN) for all the possibilities and support they have given me, to carry out adapted judo.
My work TSA, who supports me all the way.
All volunteers and judoka of the SNJF and BENGMEMORIAL , who always give their best.
My dear Friend Tomas with whom I have been working close with the last 28 years.
The SNJU with whom we are doing great work to ensure the educational side of SN judo.
And last but not least, My beautiful wife Christel and mother in-law Wil, who stand by me and have to cope with my crazy out-of-the-box ideas.

See also

Special Needs Seminar is a hit with judoka and coaches (Porec, 2018)
Impressive Special Needs demonstration in Kata European Championships (Gran Canaria, 2019)

Online Inclusive Judo Training (11/04)

Sunday April 11th, James Mulroy and Cecilia Evenblij organised and hosted the second in their series of six International Online Inclusive Judo Trainings. Once again it was an amazing success with nearly 90 participants from 8 countries including Ireland, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, Finland and Spain. A special thanks to our Italian friends who delivered part of the session.
Next session will take place on 16th May.

A special Wednesday evening

Sometimes, things happen during a Judo lesson that require special attention. This is one of those occasions. With kind permission of the Schonewille family, we made a video of what happened on Wednesday, September 23rd.
And please- do not forget to Like, Share and Comment our video!

The XXII Ben van der Eng Memorial is CANCELLED

Our dear Judo friends,

It is with great sadness that we had to decide to cancel the XXII Ben van der Eng Memorial Tournament. The Dutch Health Authority advises us to avoid physical contact, something that is nigh-impossible on a Judo tournament. Apart from that we have had numerous cancellations from participants abroad.
We can not -and indeed, we will not- take responsibility for an outbreak leading back to our tournament, where we have around 1000 people inside a sports venue.

So now what happens?

We do advise you to cancel your hotel bookings and flights as soon as possible.
We will restitute your payment for the tournament itself in short term. However we cannot take reponsibility for cancellation costs for hotels and flights and hopefully you will be able to claim with your travel insurance company.

Beng XXII and BackToTexel III

The new date for Beng XXII is next year: April 9, 10 and 11, 2021
But we are not done yet for this year: November 14 and 15, 2020 we will organise BackToTexel III, and you are invited!

SNJU Membership

Dear Valued Members & Friends,
The SNJU are now moving into our fifth  year in operation and what an amazing journey it has been so far.
Our membership continues to grow and currently stands at 58 different bodies spanning 29 countries worldwide. This includes 6 national federations, 18 organisations and 34 clubs. This is incredible for the development and promotion of special needs judo and it is our plan to keep moving in this positive direction.
Membership to the SNJU is renewable each year and is due on the 1st April 2020. We invite all our current members and all new members to join us for the coming years. There is a small administration fee of just €20 which can be paid through our website at  http://snju.org/product/snju-membership-renewal/ . An undated membership certificate will be issued once payment is received. As we are a non-profit organisation and run by volunteers, any proceeds collected will be used to further promote and develop SN Judo worldwide.
In addition to the increasing membership, we have also had great success in the number of SNJU supported events over the past year and some really exciting events coming up this year.
Our main supported events are the World SN Judo Games & BENG Tournament in Beverwijk, Netherlands 3 – 5th April, The Swedish SN Judo Open, Lindsburg 21st May, Swiss SN Championships, Uster 18– 20th June and the European SN Open in Ireland 15-18th October.  Our new international online SN event calendar is now available on our website https://snju.org/calendar/. If you would like anything added to the calendar please forward the details and we’ll add it.
The SNJU team were also the main contributors to last year’s EJU Festival in Croatia where Special needs judo was a topic for the first time ever. It is planned to further develop our presence at this year’s event in June.
Also in the past year the SNJU team have collaborated with the EU and a number of partner countries to develop an Erasmus+ research project that aims to research the positive effects the sport of judo has for people with autism. This is a three year project and you can follow its progress from here http://recerca.blanquerna.edu/autjudo/
Following the success of our on-line SN referee development programme last year, we have recently launched our new on-line SN coaching programme. More information and registration can be found here https://snju.org/coaching-and-training-course/
And finally we would like to thank you all for your continued support and we look forward to seeing and working with you all at some stage in the future. If any of our members would like to hold/host an event or workshop and would like assistance please do get in touch as we have a number of very experienced experts only too willing to help. Remember:
Together we can do more.

Source: SNJU (SNJU Membership

Happy Christmas – Year in Review

As we wish
all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas we reflect on the amazing
inclusive judo year we have shared together promoting and developing inclusion
in judo worldwide.

continues to be a progressive force in the development of worldwide SN/Adaptive
judo. 2019 saw our membership grow to an all time high with many new countries
and federations becoming members of the fastest growing SN/Adaptive judo
organization in the world.

In the past
eleven months we have achieved and surpassed some of our goals and ambitions
for adaptive judo and look forward to the joys and challenges of 2020.

started off with our own board meeting in Switzerland at which we laid out our
ambitious plans for the year ahead. These plans included more development
courses, more competitive opportunities, more personal development and more
unity amongst countries with SN judo programs. This we not only spoke about and
planned – but also achieved!

Competition Opportunities: This year we staged and supported
the European Open SN Games in Sweden, the World SN Games in The Netherlands and
the Swiss Open SN Championships in Switzerland. In additional our team was the
lead support team for the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi.
Individually each of our team members supported and organized inclusion events
in their respective counties and helped many more in other countries.

Development courses: Our online SN referee course
continues to attract interested parties and has resulted in an international
register of developing SN referee across the world. We continue to host
workshops and seminars at all our supported events and this year we added some
additional seminars of interest including therapy/disability assisted dogs
programmes, SN tournament preparation, SN & unified kata to name but a few.

Switzerland this year we staged the first two day Coaching & Competition
Seminar and workshops. A large number of our members clubs/countries took part
in this incredible two day course which covered adaptive coaching, play &
contest rules, disability awareness seminars, Judo games workshops and much
more..  The event was run under the
aspics of Special Olympics Switzerland, Swiss Judo Federation and run by SNJU
directors James Mulroy and Cilia Evenblij.

Unity and Inclusion: The SNJU has been working very hard
to bring together as many SN judo organizations, clubs and federations for the
single purpose of raising awareness and further developing
adaptive/SN/inclusive judo worldwide. Early this year we had the ideal opportunity
to do just that. For the very first time in judo history SN judo was invited to
take part in the annual EJU Judo festival in Croatia. The SNJU were
instrumental in delivering seminars, workshops and advice to a number of large
interested audiences.

amazing firsts was the inclusion of a number of teams who wowed the audience at
this year’s EJU Kata Championships with demonstrations of adapted and unified
kata. This we see as a major step forward in EJU thinking and policy and could
possibly open the door to further development in this area of our sport.

In other
News: The board of the SNJU are delighted and excited to be the major
contributors to the EU funded “Autjudo” Erasmus + programme. Funding was
secured and the research program will run for the next three years across six
European countries.

We approach
2020 with the same enthusiasm and drive as 2019 and aim to keep moving forward.
In 2020 we will be launching the long awaited online coaching course, this will
go live in early January. Supported competitive events will include the World
SN Games in Netherlands in April, the Swiss SN Open in June and the European
Open SN Games in Ireland in October.

In addition
we will be staging a number of seminars and workshops again next year at the EJU
Judo Festival in Croatia.

For now we
would like to wish the whole judo world and very Happy Christmas and look
forward to seeing as many of you as possible in 2020.


Tomas, James, Tycho, Cilia, Bob  

Source: SNJU (Happy Christmas – Year in Review

How to subscribe to our calendar

We do our best to keep our Special Needs Judo Calendar up to date. But did you know you can have that exact same calendar on your mobile device, automatically updated?
How is this done?
Click on the “voeg toe” symbol at the bottom of the calendar:

A list of calendar types will show up. Select the calendar appropriate for you, and follow the instructions.
How accurate is the calendar?
Well.. we do our best to pick up the information as precise as we can, and we keep an eye on the various events as they occur, and adjust the calendar accordingly. But of course, we are only human and we cannot take responsibility for typos, misspellings and other mistakes that may have occurred.
Want to add something to our calendar?
Send an email to woc@specialneedsjudo.nl with:
– Name of event
– Date of event
– Full address of event.
– How you can be reached
– ..or send us the invitation.
Do you want the calendar on your website?
That can also be arranged. There is a piece of PHP that you must include which will show the calender on your site. Please note that we can supply you with the Javascript but we do not support the implementation, you will have to do that yourself.

SNJF are participants in the EU Erasmus+ project

SNJF are for some time now working on the preparations for the project “AUTJUDO” of the EU. This is a project, led by the Spanish university Ramon Llull, where we will investigate the positive influence that Judo has on people with ASS. The project is executed by a cooperation of 7 public and private organisations, under which SNJF. Coordination of the project it done by the University Ramon Llull, in Barcelona.
The research results will be published internationally, and hopefully lead to an improved approach to Judo lessons for people with ASS.



This is an invitation for the twenty-second edition of our great tournament in Beverwijk. We are honoured and proud to be able to invite you, our guests, for this tournament that since its inception in 1998 has become the greatest in the world for judoka with a disability.

The Ben van der Eng Memorial does not select: We accept any handicap whether it is physical or mental. Our 5-grade divisioning system is capable of handling anything from the most accomplished judoka to the most severely disabled ones.

Indeed our Sunday tournament is, we can proudly say, the greatest Judo party in the world whereas the more “serious” Saturday hosts the Special Needs World Judo Games for Shiai and Kata.

More information

This year, we have chosen to supply you with an outline document, like all the great Judo tournaments in this world. All the information should be in there but of course, if you have any questions, you can always mail our tournament control team: woc@specialneedsjudo.nl

The outline document can be downloaded here.

In the outline document is a link to the application form. However if you wish to download the form directly, you can do so through this link.

Forgot how much fun it was last year?

Here is 2019’s aftermovie!