Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme 2012.jpg
Van Damme in Paris at the French premiere of The Expendables 2
BornJean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
(1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 54)
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Other names"The Muscles from Brussels"
NationalityBelgian
Height1.77 m
DivisionMiddleweight
StyleKarate, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofBrussels, Belgium
TeamTeam Goetz
TrainerClaude Goetz
Dominique Valera
Rank     black belt in Shotokan
Years active1976–1982 (martial arts)
1984–present (acting)
Kickboxing record
Total19
Wins18
By knockout18
Losses1
Amateur career
Total48
Wins44
Losses4
Other information
OccupationActor, martial artist, director, writer
SpouseMaria Rodriguez (m. 1980–84)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–86)
Darcy LaPier
 (m. 1994–97)

Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–92);
(1999–present)
ChildrenKristopher Van Varenberg
Bianca Bree
Nicholas Van Varenberg
 
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Jean-Claude Van Damme
Jean-Claude Van Damme 2012.jpg
Van Damme in Paris at the French premiere of The Expendables 2
BornJean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
(1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 54)
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Other names"The Muscles from Brussels"
NationalityBelgian
Height1.77 m
DivisionMiddleweight
StyleKarate, Kickboxing
Fighting out ofBrussels, Belgium
TeamTeam Goetz
TrainerClaude Goetz
Dominique Valera
Rank     black belt in Shotokan
Years active1976–1982 (martial arts)
1984–present (acting)
Kickboxing record
Total19
Wins18
By knockout18
Losses1
Amateur career
Total48
Wins44
Losses4
Other information
OccupationActor, martial artist, director, writer
SpouseMaria Rodriguez (m. 1980–84)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–86)
Darcy LaPier
 (m. 1994–97)

Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–92);
(1999–present)
ChildrenKristopher Van Varenberg
Bianca Bree
Nicholas Van Varenberg

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian martial artist, actor, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), Street Fighter (1994), Timecop (1994), Sudden Death (1995), JCVD (2008) and The Expendables 2 (2012).

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.[1][2][3]

He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school.[4] His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing.[5] He eventually earned his black belt in karate.[6] He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title.[7] 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."[8] Later he took up also Taekwondo, Kickboxing and Muay Thai.

Martial arts career

At the age of 11,[9] 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 with Dominique Valera.[10]

Semi-contact karate career

At the age of 15, Van Damme started his competitive karate career in Belgium. From 1976-1980, Van Damme compiled a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats in tournament and non-tournament semi-contact matches.

Van Damme was a member of the Belgium Karate Team when it won the European Karate Championship on 26 December 1979 at La Coupe Francois Persoons Karate Tournament in Brussels.[10][11]

Van Damme placed second at the Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials). At the 3-day tournament, Van Damme defeated 25 opponents before losing in the finals to fellow team-mate Angelo Spataro.[10]

1980 Forest National match

On 8 March 1980, in Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme competed against his former team-mate Patrick Teugels at the Forest National Arena on the undercard of the Dan Macaruso-Dominique Valera Professional Karate Association Light-Heavyweight World Championship bout.[10] Prior to this match, Teugels had defeated Van Damme twice by decision, including a match for the Belgium Lightweight Championship. Van Damme had a 1977 victory over Teugels. Teugels was coming off an impressive showing at the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations 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 to Van Damme by TKO in the 1st round. Teugels was kicked in the nose and was unable to continue as a result.[10] In a 2013 interview, Van Damme called this fight his most memorable match.[12]

Kickboxing and full-contact karate career

Van Damme began his full-contact career in 1977, when Claude Goetz promoted the first ever full-contact karate tournament in Belgium.

From 1977 to 1982, Van Damme compiled a record of 18 victories (18 knockouts) and 1 defeat.[13]

During his 5-year full-contact career, Van Damme was only knocked down once, in a match with Sherman Bergman.[14][15] Van Damme went on to knock out Bergman in 56 seconds of the first round.[14][15] In 1980, 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.[16] Van Damme retired from competition in 1982.

Since 2009, Van Damme has been planning to make a comeback to fight former boxing Olympic gold-medalist Somluck Kamsing.[17][18][19][20] The fight was a focal point in his ITV reality show Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors. The fight has been repeatedly postponed, with many critics doubting it will, occur, especially due to the difficulty of booking the venue.[21] December 2012, Van Damme was seen as part of Kam Sing's ring crew, when Kam Sing fought against Jomhod Kiatadisak.[22]

Film career

Jean-Claude Van Damme at the Cannes Festival

In 1982, Van Damme and childhood friend, Michel Qissi, moved to the United States 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.[23] 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).[24]

Double Impact featured Van Damme in the dual role of Alex and Chad Wagner, estranged twin 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),[25] having previously stated that Van Damme "deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar."[26] Van Damme indicated while promoting the film, he experienced a period of homelessness "sleeping on the street and starving in L.A."[27]

Van Damme reprised his role as Luc Deveraux in the 2009 film Universal Soldier: Regeneration.

He was offered a lead role in Sylvester Stallone's 2010 film The Expendables. 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.[28]

He voiced Master Croc in the 2011 animated film Kung Fu Panda 2. That same year Van Damme appeared in commercials for Coors Light beer, showing him on a snow-covered mountain wearing a sleeveless denim jacket,[29] and for the washing powder Dash.

On 21 October 2012, Van Damme was honored with a life-size statue of himself in his hometown of Brussels. He told reporters during the unveiling, "Belgium is paying me back something, but really it's to pay back to the dream. So when people come by here, it is not Jean-Claude Van Damme but it's a guy from the street who believed in something. I want the statue to represent that".[30]

Van Damme appears in the 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.[31]

Van Damme returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which again co-stars Dolph Lundgren.[32]

He will star in the thriller Enemies Closer, which will reunite him with Timecop and Sudden Death director Peter Hyams.[33]

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.[34] The casting of Mel Gibson as the film's villain, however, has made this less than likely.

Controversies

Lawsuit and fight record controversy

In 1997, Frank Dux, the martial artist whom Van Damme portrayed in Bloodsport, filed a lawsuit against Van Damme for $50,000 for co-writing and consultation work Dux did on the 1996 film The Quest. According to the lawsuit, Dux also accused Van Damme of lying to the public about his martial arts fight record, stating that when Dux tutored Van Damme while Van Damme was laying carpet for a living, Van Damme exhibited a lack of martial arts skills. Van Damme's lawyer, Martin Singer, responded, "There are records to document his martial arts acclaim. Why, just look at his movies; he didn't get those roles on his acting ability! He's the one who does those splits on chairs. He doesn't have a stuntman to do that."[35]

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.[36] 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.[37] 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 (...) And getting paid to be part of such a lavish show in Chechnya trivializes the suffering of countless victims of human rights abuses there."[38][39][40]

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.[41]

The original video game Mortal Kombat was conceived as a fighting game based on Van Damme.[42] 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 a different character for the game named Johnny Cage, who is modelled after Jean-Claude Van Damme, primarily from Van Damme's appearance and outfit in the martial arts film Bloodsport.[43][44]

On 13 November 2013, Volvo Trucks released an advertisement on YouTube that shows Van Damme doing the splits while perched with each of his feet on the outer rearview mirrors of one semi-trailer truck and one box truck moving backwards, which Van Damme describes in the commercial as "the most epic of splits". The video quickly went viral around the web, receiving more than 11 million views in three days,[45] 35 million in the first week[46] and was parodied by Channing Tatum.[47]

Personal life

By the mid-1990s, the stress of the constant filming and promotion of his films, as Van Damme explains, led him to develop a cocaine habit, on which he spent up to $10,000 a week, and consuming up to 10 grams per day by 1996. He was arrested for driving under the influence[48][49][50] in 1999.[51] Attempts at drug rehabilitation were unsuccessful, and he resorted to resolve his addiction via quitting cold turkey and exercise.[49] In 1998, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[49][50][52][53] In 2011, he discussed the condition on the British reality show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors, saying, "Sometimes you're gonna like me, and sometimes you're gonna hate me. But what can I do? I'm not perfect...I'm an extreme bipolar, and I'm taking medication for this...When I was young, I was suffering those swing moods. In the morning, the sky was blue [when I was] going to school, and to me, the sky was black. I was so sad."[54]

Van Damme has been married five times to four different women. He was married to his third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues, until 1992, when he began an affair with actress Darcy LaPier, whom he married in February 1994. That same year he had an affair with his Street Fighter co-star Kylie Minogue during filming of that movie in Thailand, though LaPier, who was pregnant at the time with their son, did not become aware of this until Van Damme publicly admitted this in 2012.[55][56] After leaving LaPier, Van Damme remarried bodybuilder Portugues, in 1999.[55] They have two children: Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990).[57]

Filmography

Films

YearTitleRoleNotes
1984Monaco ForeverGay Karate Man
1984Breakin'Spectator in First Dance SequenceUncredited
1986No Retreat, No SurrenderIvan KrushenskyAlso known as Karate Tiger (European)
1988BloodsportFrank DuxFight choreographer, Writer, Editor
First work with Bolo Yeung.
1988Black EagleAndreiAlso known as Red Eagle or Red Hunter (European)
1989CyborgGibson RickenbackerEditor
1989KickboxerKurt SloaneWriter
Also known as Karate Tiger 3 (European)
1990Death WarrantLouis Burke
1990LionheartLyon GaultierFight choreographer, Writer
Also known as Leon or A.W.O.L. – Absent Without Leave (European)
1991Double ImpactAlex Wagner/Chad WagnerDual role, Producer, Writer
Second work with Bolo Yeung.
1992Universal SoldierLuc Deveraux/GR44First work with Dolph Lundgren.
1993Last Action HeroHimselfCameo
1993Nowhere to RunSam Gillen
1993Hard TargetChance Boudreaux
1994TimecopMax WalkerDual role
1994Street FighterColonel William F. Guile
1995Sudden DeathDarren McCord
1996Maximum RiskAlain Moreau/Mikhail SuverovDual role
1996The QuestChristopher DuboisDirector, Writer
1997Double TeamJack Quinn
1998Knock OffMarcus Ray
1998LegionnaireAlain LefevreWriter, Producer
1999Universal Soldier: The ReturnLuc DeverauxProducer
1999InfernoEddie LomaxProducer
Also known as Desert Heat
2001Order, TheThe OrderRudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le VaillantDual role, Writer
2001ReplicantEdward "The Torch" Garrotte/ReplicantDual role
2002DerailedJacques Kristoff
2003In HellKyle LeBlanc
2004Wake of DeathBen Archer
2004NarcoJean's ghost by Lennyminor role
2006The Hard CorpsPhillip Sauvage
2006Second in CommandSam Keenan
2006Exam, TheThe ExamCharles
2007Until DeathAnthony Stowe
2008The Shepherd: Border PatrolJack RobideauxFirst work with Scott Adkins.
2008JCVDJCVDExecutive producer
2010Universal Soldier: RegenerationLuc DeverauxSecond work with Dolph Lundgren.
First work with Andrei Arlovski.
Limited theatrical release in Israel, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates, India, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, Japan, and Pakistan.
2011Kung Fu Panda 2Master CrocVoice only
2011Assassination GamesVincent BrazilLimited theatrical release in US, Russia, and Ukraine.
Second work with Scott Adkins.
Executive producer.
Also known as Weapon (European)
2011Beur sur la villeColonel Merot
2012Rzhevskiy vs. NapoleonHimself
2012Dragon EyesJean-Luis TianoFirst work with Cung Le and Peter Weller.
2012The Expendables 2Jean VilainThird work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren.
2012Universal Soldier: Day of ReckoningLuc DeverauxFourth work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren.
Second work with Andrei Arlovski.
2012Six BulletsSamson Gaul
2012U.F.O.George
2013Welcome to the JungleStorm Rotchild
2013Enemies CloserXander
2014SwelterStillman
2014Full LoveFrenchyDirector, Writer, Completed
2015Pound of FleshDeaconPost-production
2015The TowerPre-production

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996FriendsHimself"The One After the Superbowl" (Season 2, Episode 12–13)
2004Las VegasHimself"Die Fast, Die Furious" (Season 1, Episode 15)
2009Robot ChickenHimself
Count Dracula
Rhett Butler
Voice only
"Maurice Was Caught" (Season 4, Episode 12)
2011Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed DoorsHimself1 season (8 episodes)
2011Les Anges GardiensHimself1 season (20 episodes)

Video clips

SongArtist
"Body Count's in the House"Body Count
"Time Won't Let Me"The Smithereens
"Straight to My Feet"MC Hammer featuring Deion Sanders
"Something There"Chage and Aska
"Crush 'Em"Megadeth
"Kiss My Eyes"Bob Sinclar
"Ya Lyublyu Ego"Iryna Bilyk and Olga Gorbacheva

Video games

YearTitleRole
1995Street Fighter: The MovieColonel Guile

Awards and nominations

YearNominated workAwardCategoryResults
1988BloodsportGolden Raspberry AwardWorst New Star[58]Nominated
1992Double ImpactMTV Movie AwardMost Desirable MaleNominated
1993Nowhere to RunMTV Movie AwardMost Desirable MaleNominated
1994Hard TargetMTV Movie AwardMost Desirable MaleNominated
1994Hard TargetMTV Movie AwardBest Action SequenceNominated
1994Hard TargetSaturn AwardBest Horror FilmNominated
1998Double TeamGolden Raspberry AwardWorst Screen Couple (with Dennis Rodman)Won
1999LegionnaireSaturn AwardBest Home Video ReleaseNominated
2001ReplicantVideo Premiere AwardBest ActorNominated
2008JCVDSilver LeopardBest ActorNominated
2009JCVDTFCA AwardBest Performance, MaleNominated

Semi-contact/light-contact record

ResultRecordOpponentMethodDateRoundTimeEventLocationNotes
Win44-4-0Belgium Jonny WellumDecision7 May 19803W.A.K.O.Brussels, BelgiumLight-Contact (Van Damme avenges early career defeat)
Win43-4-0Belgium Jordy ClaesDecision19803Gala International W.A.K.O.Brussels, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win42-4-0Belgium Patrick Teugels[10]l'abandon (TKO)8 March 19801Forest NationalsBrussels, BelgiumLight-Contact:Teugels suffers a broken nose and is unable to continue.)
Win41-4-0Hungary Andres KovacDecision19803W.A.K.O.Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win40-4-0Algeria Bekim-Moussa MuhammadDecision19803W.A.K.O.Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win39-4-0Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad BenamouDecision19803W.A.K.O.Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win38-4-0Germany Reinhard KrassDisq.26 December 19792Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German TeamWoluwe, Brussels, BelgiumLight-Contact[10]
Win37-4-0Portugal Gilberto Diasl'abandonNovember 19791World-All Styles Karate OrganizationBrussels, BelgiumLight-Contact (Dias suffers ankle injury and is unable to continue.)
Win36-4-0Germany Hans KohlerDecision19793World-All Styles Karate OrganizationIngelmunster, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Loss35-4-0Belgium Patrick TeugelsDecision19793Cup of Antwerp World-All Styles Karate OrganizationAntwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact (Both men fight in karate gi uniforms, no pads or gloves)
Win35-3-0Belgium Matthias EvrardDecision19793Cup of Antwerp World-All Styles Karate OrganizationAntwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win34-3-0Belgium Paul SperatiDecision19793World-All Styles Karate OrganizationOpprebais, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win33-3-0Belgium Lucus ReinfeldDecision19793World-All Styles Karate Organization, Europe Interland CupMulhouse, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win32-3-0Belgium Robbe BogaertsDecision19783Hope Cup World-All Styles Karate OrganizationBrussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact[59]
Win31-3-0Belgium Leonard BaptisteDecision19783World-All Styles Karate OrganizationIzegem, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win30-3-0Portugal Fernando CabanelaDecision19783World-All Styles Karate OrganizationIzegem, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Loss29-3-0Belgium Angelo Spataro[10]Decision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win29-2-0Belgium Gabriel Van Der DriesscheDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win28-2-0Belgium Farid Muhammad MousseauDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win27-2-0Belgium Jacques van LaereDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win26-2-0Belgium Christian HedinDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win25-2-0Belgium Gerard CharonDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win24-2-0Portugal David ArranzDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win23-2-0Belgium Bernard ReddenDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win22-2-0Belgium Antoine RediDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win21-2-0Belgium Ben Salah EllahDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win20-2-0Belgium Gaston AireyFoul19781Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win19-2-0Belgium Abdembi Hassan AliDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win18-2-0Portugal Jonas "Marcel" CohenDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win17-2-0Belgium Christian Van TieghemDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win16-2-0Belgium Max RoelandtDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win15-2-0Belgium Andre VerbonDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win14-2-0Belgium Michel JuvillierDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win13-2-0Belgium Joel MaoreauDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win12-2-0Belgium Ronald DuivenbodeDecision19783Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)Antwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Loss11-2-0Belgium Patrick TeugelsDecision19783Belgium Lightweight ChampionshipAntwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact
Win11-1-0Belgium Gris LubbersDecision19763European Karate UnionIngelmunster, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win10-1-0Belgium Andre LemaireDecision19773World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Open InternationalIzegem, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win9-1-0Belgium Patrick TeugelsDecision19773Antwerp Open International Competition W.A.K.O.Antwerp, BelgiumLight-Contact[citation needed]
Win8-1-0Belgium Maurice DevosDecision19773World Allstyles Kickboxing OrganizationAntwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win7-1-0France, Jacques BerriDecision19763Antwerp Open WAKOAntwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win6-1-0Belgium Johannes BindingDecision19763Antwerp Open WAKOAntwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win5-1-0France Jean-Morin DevigneDecision19763Antwerp Open WAKOAntwerp, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win4-1-0Belgium Roland VedaniDecision19763European Karate UnionIngelmunster, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Win3-1-0Belgium Jean-Paul GastonDecision19763European Karate UnionBrussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact
Loss2-1-0Belgium Jonny WellumDecision22 January 19763La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation)Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with Defaite (loss)
Win2-0-0Belgium Bernard BriersDecision22 January 19763La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation)Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win)
Win1-0-0Belgium Robin LomardDecision22 January 19763La Federation Europeene de Karate (European Karate Federation)Brussels, BelgiumSemi-Contact (J.Vandenberg credit with victoire (win))-Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate)

Kickboxing record

ResultRecordOpponentMethodDateRoundTimeEventLocationNotes
Win18-1-0India Nedjad GharbiKKO19821Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win17-1-0Belgium Daniel Le JaouenKKO198211:05Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win16-1-0Belgium Lenny Leikman[10]KKO198231st Journée Des Arts MartiauxBrussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win15-1-0Turkey Ajom Mahmud UddinKO198110:19Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win14-1-0Algeria Mustapha-Ahmad BenamouKKO19811Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win13-1-0Netherlands Henk BesselmanKO19811Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing
Win12-1-0United Kingdom Michael J. HemingKKO198010:46Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing[60]
Win11-1-0France Georges VerlugelsKO19802P.K.A.Brussels, BelgiumKickboxing[16]
Win10-1-0United States Sherman BergmanKKO1979 Nov 410:56Tampa, Florida, USAFull-Contact (Van Damme climbs off floor to win.)[15]
Win9-1-0Germany Rolf RisbergKKO19791Ingelmunster, BelgiumKickboxing[13]
Win8-1-0Belgium Emile LeibmanKKO19791Iseghem, BelgiumKickboxing[13]
Win7-1-0Belgium Cyrille NolletKKO19781Iseghem, BelgiumKickboxing
Win6-1-0Belgium Orlando LangKO197810:26Antwerp, BelgiumKickboxing
Win5-1-0Belgium Jacques PiniarskiKKO19781BelgiumKickboxing[13]
Win4-1-0Germany Eric "Basel" StraussKKO197810:18Antwerp, BelgiumKickboxing[13]
Win3-1-0Belgium Andre "Robar" RobaeysKKO19781Mulhouse, BelgiumKickboxing[13]
Win2-1-0Belgium Michel JuvillierKO197810:39Antwerp, BelgiumFull-Contact[13]
Loss1-1-0France Etienne "Tuf" AubryDisq7 March 197711:02Marseilles, FranceFull-Contact (Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate))
Win1-0-0Belgium Toon Van OostrumKKO197710:46Brussels, BelgiumFull-Contact

Notes

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