JUDO BOND NEDERLAND
With its some 45,000 members the Netherlands' Judo Bond Nederland (JBN), founded just before the beginning of the Second World War (29 January 1939), is one of the country's medium-sized sports associations.
The association is affiliated with the NOC*NSF (Nederlands Olympisch Comité * Nederlandse Sport Federatie), and is consequently the sole official sports association in the Netherlands accommodating the Japanese martial arts of judo, jiu-jitsu, and aikido. The JBN receives an annual contribution from the Dutch government, and from the funds of the NOC*NSF.
The JBN's members are comprised of the members of the approximately 750 affiliated sports schools and associations in the Netherlands, which are subdivided into seven regions. The 40,000 judokas are the largest group of members in the association, which also has 4500 practitioners of ju jitsu and 1200 practitioners of aikido. The majority (35,000) of the 45,000 members practicing the martial arts are below 19 years of age.
The JBN is managed by a Board of five members, who are elected by the Association's Council. Mr Willem Jan Stegeman is the Chairman of the JBN. The full board can be watched here.
In addition to several committees the Board also receives support of a number of professionals, who are employed by the JBN and operate from the Association's offices in Nieuwegein under the management of the Director, Theo Fledderus.
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Every year the JBN organises a number of national championships and in the last years several Grand Prix. In 2009 the World Championships were held in Rotterdam.
The Dutch practitioners of martial arts have exhibited an excellent performance for many years, especially in judo. Members of the Dutch National Team regularly return with medals from the European Championships, World Championships, and the Olympic Games.
Foreign journalists are welcome to contact the dutch association via Pascal Bakker, press manager of the JBN.
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