Peter Snijders

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Peter Snijders (born 14 September 1943 in Eindhoven, Noord-Brabant) is a retired judoka from the Netherlands. Together with his twin brother Jan Snijders, Anton Geesink, Hein Essink, Tonni Wagenaar, Coos Bontje, Jan van Ierland, Martin Poglajen, Joop Gouweleeuw, Wim Ruska, Ernst Eugster, Henk Numan, Peter Adelaar, Willy Wilhelm, Ben Spijkers, Anthony Wurth and Theo Meyer he belongs to the generation of Dutch top judoka which gained their successes in the 1960s and 1970s. Peter also was a former association coach of the Dutch judo association.

Eindhoven City and municipality in North Brabant, Netherlands

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Jan Snijders is a retired judoka from the Netherlands. Together with his twin brother Peter Snijders, Anton Geesink, Hein Essink, Tonni Wagenaar, Coos Bontje, Jan van Ierland, Martin Poglajen, Joop Gouweleeuw, Wim Ruska, Ernst Eugster, Henk Numan, Peter Adelaar, Willy Wilhelm, Ben Spijkers, Anthony Wurth and Theo Meyer he belongs to the generation of Dutch top judoka which gained their successes in the 1960s and 1970s.

Anton Geesink Dutch judoka

Antonius Johannes Geesink was a Dutch 10th dan judoka. He was the first non-Japanese judoka to win gold at the World Judo Championship, a feat he accomplished in 1961 and 1965. He was also an Olympic Champion, having won gold at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Japan, and won a record 21 European Judo Championships during his career.


Judo career

Peter Snijders
Medal record
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Men's Judo
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1965 Rio de Janeiro Open

Peter Snijders started with judo in 1954. Peter Snijders as well as his twin brother Jan was known, or indeed notorious, for his technical perfection (Tai Otoshi). Snijders became in 1966, (80 kilogrammes class) and 1969, (93 kilogrammes class) European champion judo. In 1965, he gained, as substitute of Anton Geesink, the bronze medal in open-class during the world championships in Rio de Janeiro. [1] After his career as a judoka he became pedagogue in penitentiary institutions.

Judo modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport

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Today Peter Snijders teaches Judo in Heeze and Nuenen along with one of his former students Martin Mordang. As from 1 January 2009, he is running his own Judo club under the name 'Team Snijders'.

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  1. "Judo world championship results".