Normally, this email channel is reserved for messages about the great BENG tournament. However we are so proud of our boys that we make a one-time exception.
Earier this week we mentioned that Tycho van der Werff and David Lefevere took part in the World Championships Kata in Kraków. Today, we can report that after 7 years of relentless training, two-time European Championships and general recognition in the Kata world, our two heroes are now WORLD CHAMPION katame-nō-kata!
Despite both having a severe and painful knee injury they managed to end up in the final rounds, won with a good lead onto number two and can now add a World Championship to their already impressive list.
Do you want to congratulate our heroes? Leave a comment to this article!
This weekend, a part of the SNJF kata team was present at the 11th Kodokan Kata Course in the village De Kwakel. In two days, the six competition katas were presented and on Sunday, or twofold European Champions Tycho van der Werff and David Lefevere ran the katame-no-kata course.
Good to see the many young people attending. In earlier years, the youth automatically moved into shiai competition, but these days the option to perform in kata is also there, which is a good thing for youngsters who are not inclined to fight in the shiai competitions. We hope that this is going to give us many technically proficient judoka in the near future, and of course we also hope to see them on the kata competition tatami!
You may have heard some references/rumours of a date set for BENG 2023. However please be aware that there is as yet no official date set! We know some of you are booking very early, hence this warning. As soon as the date is final, we will report that on this site.
Best regards, and see you next year!
We did it again- after three long years of inactivity because of the worldwide pandemic we finally managed to organise our Ben van der Eng Memorial tournament, and what a tournament it was! Guests from England, Wales, Belgium, Israel, USA, Slovenia, Romania, French Polynesia and of course a lot from The Netherlands!
After the pilot of the Randori system in 2019 we finally rolled it out officially, with a 90-second match duration, and to great delight of the competitors. We were also happy to porganise the SNWJG once again, and SNWJG KATA on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday the BENG! tournament exploded, where we celebrate judo and winning comes second.
Below, please find the pictures. there are 476 so reserve some time to have a look. Downloading can be done by clicking ↧ underneath the picture.
In the coming two weeks we publish the aftermovie, and then we fall silent until the next Ben van der Eng Memorial: March 31 – April 2nd, 2023.