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Jean-Claude Van Damme

Van Damme on 2 June 2007
Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
18 October 1960 (age 51)
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Nationality Belgian
Division Middleweight
Style kickboxing, Shotokan karate, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
Fighting out of Brussels, Belgium
Team Team Goetz
Trainer Claude Goetz
Dominique Valera
Rank      black belt in Shotokan
Years active 1976–1982 (martial arts),
1984–present (acting)

Kickboxing record
Total 19
Wins 18
By knockout 18
Losses 1

Amateur career
Total 48
Wins 44
Losses 4
Other information
Occupation Actor, martial artist, director
Spouse Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–1984)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–1986)
Darcy LaPier (m. 1994–1997)
Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–1992) and (1999–present)
Children Kristopher Van Varenberg
Bianca Bree
Nicholas Van Varenberg
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme,[1] is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director[2] best known for his martial arts action films.[3] The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).[4]
After studying martial arts intensively from the age of ten, Van Damme achieved national success in Belgium as a martial artist and bodybuilder, earning the "Mr. Belgium" bodybuilding title.[5] He emigrated to the United States in 1982 to pursue a career in film, and achieved success with Bloodsport (1988), based on a story written by Frank Dux. He attained subsequent box office success with Timecop (1994), which was his highest grossing film with over $100 million, until 2011's Kung Fu Panda 2, which grossed over $665 million.

Early life

Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg, who was an accountant.[6][7][8]
At the age of 16 he took up ballet, which he studied for five years. According to Van Damme, ballet "is an art, but it's also one of the most difficult sports. If you can survive a ballet workout, you can survive a workout in any other sport."[9] He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school.[10] His styles consist of kickboxing, Shotokan karate, Muay Thai and Taekwondo.[11] He eventually earned his black belt in karate.[12] He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title.[5]

Martial arts career

Semi-contact karate career

At the age of 11,[13] Van Damme joined the Centre National De Karaté (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Claude Goetz in Belgium. Van Damme trained for four years and he earned a spot on the Belgian Karate Team; later training in full-contact karate and kickboxing by Dominique Valera.[14]
In 1976, Jean-Claude is reported to have started his competitive career in Ingelmunster, Belgium, in a semi-contact match which was sanctioned by the European Karate Union. He defeated fellow Belgian Roland Vedani. The following year, Van Damme remained undefeated with victories over Maurice Devos, Andre LeMaire and fellow team-mate Patrick Teugels in non-tournament matches sanctioned by the World All-Styles Karate Organization. In his first tournament competition, Van Damme placed second at the Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials). Jean-Claude defeated 25 opponents in the three day tournament before losing in the finals to fellow team-mate Angelo Spataro.[14]
In Europe, Jean-Claude was a member of the Belgium Team when it won the European Championship on 26 December 1979 at La Coupe Francois Persoons Karate Tournament in Brussels, Belgium. His team won the championship.[14][15]

1980 Forest National match

On 8 March 1980, in Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme competed against his one-time stablemate Patrick Teugels at the Forest National arena on the amateur undercard of the Dan Macaruso-Dominique Valera PKA Light-Heavyweight World Championship bout.[14] Prior to this match, Teugels had defeated Van Damme at least twice by decision, including a match for the Belgium Lightweight Championship. Van Damme had a 1977 win over Teugels. Teugels was coming off this latter impressive showing at the WAKO World Championships four months earlier, and was favored by some to win this match. According to reports, and Patrick Teugels' own interview (with photos), Teugels lost by TKO in the 1st round. Teugels was kicked in the nose and was unable to continue because of that injury.[14]

Kickboxing and full-contact karate career

Van Damme's martial arts record consists mostly of light and semi-contact matches. However, from 1976 to 1982, Van Damme fought in 19 full-contact matches, and compiled a record of 18 wins, 18 knockouts and 1 defeat.[16]
Van Damme had his first full-contact match against Toon Van Oostrum in Brussels, Belgium in 1976. The 16 year old Van Damme knocked out Oostrum in 46 seconds of the first round.
Jean-Claude's biggest victories were over the United Kingdom's Michael J. Heming-British and European Middleweight Karate Champion, the United States of America's Sherman Bergman, Turkey's Ajom Mahmud Uddin, and Belgium's Lenny Leikman.[citation needed]
Van Damme's only defeat was early in his career, when he lost to France's Etienne "Tuf" Aubry by 1st round disqualification. Van Damme accidentally kicked and knocked out Aubry when he was down. Aubry was unable to continue and was awarded a victory.
Jean-Claude was only knocked down once in his entire 8-year career.[citation needed] Facing Sherman Bergman, Van Damme was knocked to the canvas after absorbing a powerful left hook,[17][18] and it was the only knock-down suffered by Van Damme in his fighting career. However, Van Damme got up, and with an axe-kick, knocked Bergman out in 56 seconds of the first round.[citation needed] This match was fought in Tampa, Florida.[17][18]
Following a knockout victory over France's Georges Verlugels on a Professional Karate Association promotion in 1980(source:FightingArts.com), Van Damme caught the attention of Professional Karate Magazine publisher and editor Mike Anderson, and multiple European champion Geet Lemmens. Both men tabbed Van Damme as an upcoming prospect.[19]
Van Damme ended his full-contact career in 1982 following a knockout victory over India's Nedjad Gharbi. Van Damme was scheduled to fight former boxing Olympic gold-medalist Somluck Kamsing in November 2011.[20] Early reports have named Las Vegas, USA, Moscow, Russia and Macau, China, Thailand as locations for the bout but it now fight will take place in Dubai, Moscow[21] or Grozny.[22] At the prospect of being the first man over the age of 50 to kickbox professionally, Van Damme stated that "it's kind of dangerous, but life is short."[23]

Film career


Jean-Claude Van Damme at the Cannes Festival
In 1982, Van Damme and childhood friend, Michel Qissi, moved to America in the hope of becoming action stars. They both were cast as extras in the film, Breakin'. Van Damme also had a non-speaking part as a Secret Service agent who carries a polio-crippled President Franklin Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy) out of a pool in the 1988 TV miniseries War and Remembrance. After a small part in Missing In Action, Van Damme was next cast in the film No Retreat, No Surrender, as the role of the villain, Ivan the Russian. Van Damme worked for director John McTiernan for the 1987 film Predator as an early (eventually abandoned) version of the titular alien, before being removed and replaced by Kevin Peter Hall.[24] His breakout film was Bloodsport, based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a 1.5 million dollar budget, it became a U.S. box-office hit in the spring of 1988. He then starred in the smaller budgeted film Cyborg. His last role for 1989 was Kurt Sloane in the successful Kickboxer. In this film, his character fights to avenge his brother who has been paralyzed by a Thai kickboxing champion (Qissi).[25]
Double Impact featured Van Damme in the dual role of Alex and Chad Wagner, two brothers fighting to avenge the deaths of their parents. This film reunited him with his former Bloodsport co-star, Bolo Yeung. He then starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the action film Universal Soldier. While it grossed $36,299,898 in the U.S., it was an even bigger success overseas, making over $65 million, well over its modest $23 million budget, making it Van Damme's highest grossing film at the time. Van Damme followed Nowhere To Run and Hard Target with Timecop in 1994. The film was a huge success, grossing over $100 million worldwide. In the film, Van Damme played a time traveling cop, who tries to prevent the death of his wife. It remains his highest grossing film in a lead role to date.
After his role in the poorly received Street Fighter, his projects started to fail at the box office. Sudden Death (1995); The Quest (1996), which he directed; Maximum Risk (1996), Double Team (1997) and Knock Off (1998) were box-office flops. The 1999 film Universal Soldier: The Return, also a box-office flop, was Van Damme's last theatrically released film until 2008. In 2003, Van Damme employed his dancing training in the music video for Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."
Van Damme returned to the mainstream with the limited theatrical release of the 2008 film JCVD, which received positive reviews. Time Magazine named Van Damme's performance in the film the second best of the year (after Heath Ledger's The Joker in The Dark Knight),[26] having previously stated that Van Damme "deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar."[27] Van Damme indicated while promoting the film, he experienced a period of homelessness "sleeping on the street and starving in L.A."[28]
Van Damme reprised his role as Luc Deveraux in the 2009 film Universal Soldier: Regeneration. Subsequently he voiced "Master Croc" in the 2011 animated film Kung Fu Panda 2. Also in 2011, Van Damme participated in various commercials for Coors Light beer, in which he is located on a snow-covered mountain wearing a sleeveless denim jacket, and for washing powder "Dash".
He was offered a lead role in Sylvester Stallone's film The Expendables (2010). Stallone called Van Damme personally to offer him the role, but Van Damme turned it down. He scheduled a series of film projects for 2011, including another Universal Soldier movie. On 30 June 2011, Van Damme confirmed his participation in The Expendables 2, which was released on 17 August 2012.[29]
One of Van Damme's latest projects is an upcoming (2013) comedy Welcome To The Jungle directed by Rob Meltzer, in a role as a workplace team building trainer opposite Adam Brody, Rob Huebel, Kristen Schaal, Megan Boone, and Dennis Haysbert.[30] He is also preparing to star in the thriller Enemies Closer which would re-unite him with Timecop and Sudden Death director Peter Hyams.
In August 2012 Van Damme confirmed that Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning would be released on November 30, 2012 to theaters. The film would also again co-star Dolph Lundgren. Van Damme also said that he would love to make a sequel to what he considers his best film, Double Impact, and that a script, which he co-wrote for the sequel, has been written, and that he is hoping to find a producer that will get behind the project.[31]
Van Damme indicated that Stallone might include him in The Expendables 3, in which Van Damme would play Claude Villain, the brother to his Expendables 2 character Jean Villain.[32]

Controversies

Fight record

In an interview on his website, Van Damme rival, Patrick Teugels states that Van Damme never fought at the 1979 WAKO World Championships in Tampa, Florida, and posts a Dutch-language Samurai magazine report on the tournament in which Van Damme (Van Varenberg) is not mentioned.[33] On Van Damme's imdb page, as well as his official webpage, Van Damme makes no claims of having fought at the 1979 or 1980 WAKO World Championships. Van Damme's fight with Bergman in Tampa, Florida was always billed as a non-tournament match, and was not under the sanction of the WAKO World Championships and was not recorded as a championship bout.[citation needed]
At the same time, while Teugels takes credit for two victories over Van Damme (one for the Belgium light-contact Championship), records show that Van Damme defeated Teugels in at least two matches, including one at the Forest National arena in which Van Damme broke Teugels's nose.[34] At the STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings[14] website, event coverages and results are posted from France's Karate Magazine and from the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO) that show Van Damme was an active semi-contact fighter in Europe between 1978–1980, but that he never placed at the 1979 WAKO World Championships. Newspaper clippings do provide information that Van Damme fought in various tournaments from 1978–1980, but internet photos show that Van Damme competed from 1976-1982.
When Van Damme became an action film star a controversy arose because leading martial arts magazines could not find any fights listed for Jean-Claude Van Damme. Jean-Claude had competed under his birth name of Jean-Claude Van Varenberg. Van Damme's office supplied a list of four European karate trophies that he earned under his real name, Van Varenberg, between 1978 and 1981: the Hope Cup; the Cup of Antwerp; World Championship, WAKO; and the Gala International. Van Damme's lawyer, Martin Singer, made a public statement defending his client: "There are records to document his martial-arts acclaim. He's the one who does those splits on chairs. He doesn't have a stunt man do that."[35]
Paul Maslak of the STAR System World Kickboxing Ratings, who was also the casting director who helped cast Van Damme in his first theatrical role, No Retreat No Surrender, and who was therefore always aware of Van Damme's legal name, researched Van Damme's competitive history and came up with documentation that showed most fights were in tournament karate and that there was no verifiable evidence Van Damme had ever competed as a professional kickboxer.[14] The term "professional" fighter is open to debate, because many WAKO fighters in Europe were paid money to train.[36]

Kadyrov event

In October 2011, Van Damme, along with other celebrities including Hilary Swank, Vanessa-Mae and Seal attracted criticism from human rights groups for attending an event in Russian federal subject Chechnya's capital Grozny on the 35th birthday of Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov on 5 October.[37] Human rights groups, who had urged the celebrities to cancel their appearances because of abuses carried out under Kadyrov, criticised the celebrities for attending the event.[38] Human Rights Watch released a statement which said, "Ramzan Kadyrov is linked to a litany of horrific human rights abuses. It's inappropriate for stars to get paid to party with him. It bolsters his image and legitimizes a brutal leader and his regime. And getting paid to be part of such a lavish show in Chechnya trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses there."[39][40][41]

Public image and influence

In the French-speaking world, Van Damme is well known for the picturesque aphorisms that he delivers on a wide range of topics (personal well-being, the environment, etc.) in a sort of Zen franglais.[42]
The original video game Mortal Kombat was conceived as a fighting game based on Van Damme.[43] Creators Ed Boon and John Tobias originally had desired to author the game starring Van Damme himself. That fell through as Van Damme had a prior deal for another game under the auspices of the Sega Genesis platform. Ed Boon and John Tobias eventually decided to create Mortal Kombat featuring a character named Johnny Cage, who is modeled after Jean-Claude Van Damme, primarily from Van Damme's appearance and outfit in the martial arts film Bloodsport.[44][45]

Personal life

Van Damme suffered from substance abuse beginning in 1995.[46] He entered a month-long rehabilitation program in 1996 but left it after only one week.[46][47] In 1996, he spent up to $10,000 a week on cocaine.[48] After the filming of the 1998 film Knock Off, Van Damme was diagnosed with rapid cycling bipolar disorder after becoming suicidal and started treatment on the mood stabilizer, sodium valproate. A turning point toward improvement of his health came from late 1997 onwards, after having finished divorce procedures.[46]

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Monaco Forever Gay Karate Man
Breakin' Spectator in First Dance Sequence Uncredited
1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Ivan Krushensky first film to appear as a villain
aka "Karate Tiger" (European)
1987 Bloodsport Frank Dux Fight choreographer, Writer, Editor
first work with Bolo Yeung
1988 Black Eagle Andrei second film to appear as a villain
1989 Cyborg Gibson Rickenbacker Editor
Kickboxer Kurt Sloane Writer
aka "Karate Tiger 3" (European)
1990 Death Warrant Louis Burke
Lionheart Lyon Gaultier Writer, Fight choreographer
1991 Double Impact Alex Wagner/Chad Wagner Double role
Producer, Writer MTV Movie Awards nomination for Most Desirable Male and second work with Bolo Yeung
1992 Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux/GR44 first work with Dolph Lundgren
1993 Last Action Hero Himself
Nowhere to Run Sam Gillen MTV Movie Awards nomination for Most Desirable Male
Hard Target Chance Boudreaux MTV Movie Awards nomination for Most Desirable Male
1994 Timecop Max Walker Double role
Street Fighter Colonel William F. Guile Based on same-titled video game
1995 Sudden Death Darren McCord
1996 Maximum Risk Alain Moreau/Mikhail Suverov Double role
The Quest Christopher Dubois Directional debut, Writer
1997 Double Team Jack Quinn Razzie Award for Worst Screen Couple (with Dennis Rodman)
1998 Knock Off Marcus Ray
Legionnaire Alain Lefevre Writer, Producer
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Luc Devereaux Producer, last theatrical release until JCVD
Inferno Eddie Lomax aka "Desert Heat"
Producer
2001 The Order Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant Double role
Writer
Replicant Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant Double role
third film to appear as a villain
2002 Derailed Jacques Kristoff
2003 In Hell Kyle LeBlanc
2004 Wake of Death Ben Archer
Las Vegas Himself
Narco Jean's ghost by Lenny
2006 The Hard Corps Phillip Sauvage
Second in Command Sam Keenan
The Exam Charles
2007 Until Death Anthony Stowe
2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Jack Robideaux First work with Scott Adkins
JCVD JCVD Return to mainstream with limited theatrical release
Executive producer 2008: Toronto Film Critics Association Awards nomination for Best Actor
2009: Chlotrudis Awards nomination for Best Actor
2009 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Luc Deveraux second work with Dolph Lundgren and first work with Andrei Arlovski Limited theatrical release in Israel, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Japan, Pakistan
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Croc First voice over in a theatrical release
Assassination Games Vincent Brazil Limited theatrical release in US, Russia and Ukraine, Second work with Scott Adkins
Executive producer
Beur sur la ville Colonel Merot
2012 Rzhevskiy vs. Napoleon Himself
Dragon Eyes Jean-Luis Tiano First work with Cung Le and Peter Weller
The Expendables 2 Jean Vilain Wide theatrical release
fourth film to appear as a villain, Fourth work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren
Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Luc Deveraux Completed
fifth film to appear as a villain, Third work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren. second work with Andrei Arlovski
Six Bullets Samson Gaul
2013 U.F.O. George Post-production
Full Love Frenchy Post-production
Producer, Director, Writer and Editor
Welcome to the Jungle Storm Rotchild Post-production
Enemies Closer Xander Post-production

Television


Van Damme at the Cannes Film Festival, 2010
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Friends Himself "The One After the Superbowl" (Season 2, Episode 12-13)
2004 Las Vegas Himself "Die Fast, Die Furious" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2009 Robot Chicken Count Dracula (voice)
Rhett Butler (voice)
Himself (voice)
"Maurice Was Caught" (Season 4, Episode 12)
2011 Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors Himself 1 season (8 episodes)
Les Anges Gardiens Himself 1 season (20 episodes)

Video clips

Song Artist
"Body Count's In The House" Body Count
"Time Won't Let Me" The Smithereens
"Straight To My Feet" MC Hammer feat. Deion Sanders
"Something There" Chage and Aska
"Crush 'Em" Megadeth
"Kiss My Eyes" Bob Sinclar
"Ya Lyublyu Ego" Iryna Bilyk and Olga Gorbacheva

Semi-contact/light-contact record

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 44-4-0 Belgium Jonny Wellum Decision 7 May 1980 3
W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact(Van Damme avenges early career defeat)
Win 43-4-0 Belgium Jordy Claes Decision 1980 3
Gala InternationalW.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 42-4-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels[14] l'abandon (TKO) 8 March 1980 1
Forest Nationals Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact:Teugels suffers a broken nose and is unable to continue.)
Win 41-4-0 Hungary Andres Kovac Decision 1980 3
W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 40-4-0 Algeria Bekim-Moussa Muhammad Decision 1980 3
W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 39-4-0 Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou Decision 1980 3
WAKO Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 38-4-0 Germany Reinhard Krass Disq. 26 December 1979 2
Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German Team Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact[14]
Win 37-4-0 Portugal Gilberto Dias l'abandon November 1979 1
World-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact (Dias suffers ankle injury and is unable to continue.)
Win 36-4-0 Germany Hans Kohler Decision 1979 3
World-All Styles Karate Organization Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 35-4-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1979 3
Cup of AntwerpWorld-All Styles Karate Organization Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact(Both men fight in karate gi uniforms, no pads or gloves)
Win 35-3-0 Belgium Matthias Evrard Decision 1979 3
Cup of AntwerpWorld-All Styles Karate Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 34-3-0 Belgium Paul Sperati Decision 1979 3
World-All Styles Karate Organization Opprebais, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 33-3-0 Belgium Lucus Reinfeld Decision 1979 3
World-All Styles Karate Organization, Europe Interland Cup Mulhouse, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 32-3-0 Belgium Robbe Bogaerts Decision 1978 3
Hope CupWorld-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact[49]
Win 31-3-0 Belgium Leonard Baptiste Decision 1978 3
World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 30-3-0 Portugal Fernando Cabanela Decision 1978 3
World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 29-3-0 Belgium Angelo Spataro[14] Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 29-2-0 BelgiumGabriel Van Der Driessche Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 28-2-0 BelgiumFarid Muhammad Mousseau Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 27-2-0 Belgium Jacques van Laere Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 26-2-0 Belgium Christian Hedin Decsion 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 25-2-0 Belgium Gerard Charon Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 24-2-0 Portugal David Arranz Decsion 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 23-2-0 BelgiumBernard Redden Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 22-2-0 BelgiumAntoine Redi Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 21-2-0 Belgium Ben Salah Ellah Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 20-2-0 Belgium Gaston Airey Foul 1978 1
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 19-2-0 Belgium Abdembi Hassan Ali Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 18-2-0 Portugal Jonas "Marcel" Cohen Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 17-2-0 Belgium Christian Van Tieghem Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 16-2-0 Belgium Max Roelandt Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 15-2-0 Belgium Andre Verbon Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 14-2-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 13-2-0 Belgium Joel Maoreau Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 12-2-0 Belgium Ronald Duivenbode Decision 1978 3
Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 11-2-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1978 3
Belgium Lightweight Championship Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 11-1-0 Belgium Gris Lubbers Decision 1976 3
European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 10-1-0 Belgium Andre Lemaire Decision 1977 3
World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Open International Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 9-1-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels Decision 1977 3
Antwerp Open International Competition W.A.K.O. Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact[citation needed]
Win 8-1-0 Belgium Maurice Devos Decision 1977 3
World Allstyles Kickboxing Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 7-1-0 France Jacques Berri Decision 1976 3
Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 6-1-0 Belgium Johannes Binding Decision 1976 3
Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 5-1-0 France Jean-Morin Devigne Decision 1976 3
Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 4-1-0 Belgium Roland Vedani Decision 1976 3
European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 3-1-0 Belgium Jean-Paul Gaston Decision 1976 3
European Karate Union Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 2-1-0 Belgium Jonny Wellum Decision 22 January 1976 3
La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact(J.Vandenberg credit with Defaite (loss)
Win 2-0-0 Belgium Bernard Briers Decision 22 January 1976 3
La Federation Europeene de Karate(European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact(J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win)
Win 1-0-0 Belgium Robin Lomard Decision 22 January 1976 3
La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation) Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact(J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win))-Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate)

Kickboxing record

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes


Thailand Somluck Kamsing[50]
December 2012[21]


Las Vegas[21] Kickboxing
Win 18-1-0 India Nedjad Gharbi KKO 1982 1

Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 17-1-0 Belgium Daniel Le Jaouen KKO 1982 1 1:05
Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 16-1-0 Belgium Lenny Leikman[14] KKO 1982 3
1st Journée Des Arts Martiaux Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 15-1-0 Turkey Ajom Mahmud Uddin KO 1981 1 0:19
Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 14-1-0 Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou KKO 1981 1

Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 13-1-0 Netherlands Henk Besselman KO 1981 1

Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 12-1-0 United Kingdom Michael J. Heming KKO 1980 1 0:46
Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[51]
Win 11-1-0 France Georges Verlugels KO 1980 2
P.K.A. Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[19]
Win 10-1-0 United States Sherman Bergman KKO 1974 Nov 4 1 0:56
Tampa, Florida, USA Full-Contact (Van Damme climbs off floor to win.)[18]
Win 9-1-0 Germany Rolf Risberg KKO 1979 1

Ingelmunster, Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 8-1-0 Belgium Emile Leibman KKO 1979 1

Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 7-1-0 Belgium Cyrille Nollet KKO 1978 1

Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 6-1-0 Belgium Orlando Lang KO 1978 1 0:26
Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 5-1-0 Belgium Jacques Piniarski KKO 1978 1

Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 4-1-0 Germany Eric "Basel" Strauss KKO 1978 1 0:18
Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 3-1-0 Belgium Andre "Robar" Robaeys KKO 1978 1

Mulhouse, Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 2-1-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier KO 1978 1 0:39
Antwerp, Belgium Full-Contact[16]
Loss 1-1-0 France Etienne "Tuf" Aubry Disq 7 March 1977 1 1:02
Marseilles, France Full-Contact(Magazine "boxe francise"(Karate))
Win 1-0-0 Belgium Toon Van Oostrum KKO 1976 1 0:46
Brussels, Belgium Full-Contact

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