This is an invitation for the twenty-third 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 FCS is capable of handling anything from the most accomplished judoka to the most severely disabled ones.
Indeed our Sunday’s BENG! tournament for all levels and ages 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.
Do you wish to participate? Then click HERE to download our outlines.
It could be said that the remit of the Kodokan President is to safeguard the essence of Jigoro Kano’s judo. This, undeniably, is an enormous responsibility that not many could shoulder, not many have ever been asked to.
Sensei Haruki Uemura is the man in the hot seat currently. His name can be found in the record books easily as it has been listed next to a 1976 Montreal Olympic gold medal and not one but two world titles. With these qualifications and an obvious passion for judo, he is an essential part of the preservation of judo’s core values, the upholding of tradition and the route to the next stage of judo’s development.
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!