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Jean-Claude Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme
Actor Jean-Claude Van Damme, June 2007
Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
(1960-10-18) 18 October 1960
Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
Other names "The Muscles from Brussels"
Nationality Belgian
Height 1.77 m (5' 9.5")
Division Middleweight
Style Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
Fighting out of Brussels, Belgium
Team Team Goetz
Trainer Claude Goetz
Dominique Valera
Rank      2nd degree 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, writer
Spouse Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–84)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–86)
Darcy LaPier
(m. 1994–97)
Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–92);
(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 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).

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Martial arts career 2
    • Semi-contact karate career 2.1
    • 1980 Forest National match 2.2
    • Kickboxing and full-contact karate career 2.3
  • Film and television career 3
  • Controversies 4
    • Lawsuit and fight record controversy 4.1
    • Kadyrov event 4.2
  • Public image and influence 5
  • Personal life 6
  • Filmography 7
    • Films 7.1
    • Television 7.2
    • Music videos 7.3
    • Video games 7.4
  • Awards and nominations 8
  • Semi-contact/light-contact record 9
  • Kickboxing record 10
  • Notes 11
  • Books cited 12
  • Further reading 13
  • External links 14

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 at 18.[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 both Taekwondo and Muay Thai.[9]

Martial arts career

At the age of 12,[10] 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.[11]

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.[11][12]

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.[11]

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 TKO in the 1st round. Teugels was kicked in the nose and was unable to continue as a result.[11] In a 2013 interview, Van Damme called this fight his most memorable match.[13]

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.[14] He even was named "Mr. Belgium" in a bodybuilding competition.

During his 5-year full-contact career, Van Damme was only knocked down once, in a match with Sherman Bergman.[15][16] Van Damme went on to knock out Bergman in 56 seconds of the first round.[15][16] In 1980, Van Damme caught the attention of Professional Karate Magazine publisher and editor Mike Anderson, and multiple European champion Geert Lemmens. Both men tabbed Van Damme as an upcoming prospect.[17] 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.[18][19][20][21] 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.[22] December 2012, Van Damme was seen as part of Kam Sing's ring crew, when Kam Sing fought against Jomhod Kiatadisak.[23]

Film and television career

Jean-Claude Van Damme at the Cannes Film Festival

In 1982, Van Damme and childhood friend, Kickboxer. In this film, his character fights to avenge his brother who has been paralyzed by a Thai kickboxing champion (Qissi). The following year he starred in the film Lionheart. The film is about a French Legionnaire who deserts his post to return to Los Angeles, after his brother is murdered and enters the underground fighting circuit to raise money for his brother's family.[25]

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),[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.

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.[29]

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,[30] 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".[31]

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.[32]

Van Damme returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which again co-stars Dolph Lundgren.[33]

He will star in the thriller Enemies Closer, which will reunite him with Timecop and Sudden Death director Peter Hyams.[34]

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.[35] The casting of Mel Gibson as the film's villain, however, made this less than likely. Van Damme ended up not featuring in the film.

In 2015 he features in a new situation comedy television series JC 1er which is set to broadcast on French television channel Canal+.[36]

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."[37]

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.[38] 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.[39] 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."[40][41][42]

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.[43]

The original video game Mortal Kombat was conceived as a fighting game based on Van Damme.[44] 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.[45][46]

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,[47] 35 million in the first week.[48]

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[49][50][51] in 1999.[52] Attempts at drug rehabilitation were unsuccessful, and he resorted to resolve his addiction via quitting cold turkey and exercise.[50] In 1998, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[50][51][53][54] 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."[55]

Van Damme has been married five times to four different women. He was married to his third wife, bodybuilder Gladys Portugues - with whom he has two children: Kristopher (born 1987) and Bianca (born 1990)[56] - 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.[57][58] After leaving LaPier, Van Damme remarried bodybuilder Portugues in 1999, and they later again separated. In early 2015, Portugues has filed for a second divorce from Van Damme – citing irreconcilable differences.[59] However, in May 2015 they appeared to have reconciled and called off the divorce.[60]

Filmography

Films

Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1984 Monaco Forever Yes Gay Karate Man Minor role
1984 Barbarous Street Yes Extra in Police Arrival Sequence Uncredited
French language film
1984 Breakin' Yes Spectator in First Dance Sequence Uncredited
1984 Missing in Action Yes Soldier Uncredited
1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Yes Ivan Krushensky
1988 Bloodsport Yes Frank Dux also editor (uncredited)
1988 Black Eagle Yes Andrei
1989 Cyborg Yes Gibson Rickenbacker also editor (uncredited)
1989 Kickboxer Yes Yes Kurt Sloane Also fight scene choreographer and fight scene director
1990 Death Warrant Yes Louis Burke
1990 Lionheart Yes Yes Lyon Gaultier also fight choreographer
1991 Double Impact Yes Yes Yes Alex Wagner/Chad Wagner Dual role, also fight choreographer
1992 Universal Soldier Yes Luc Deveraux/GR44
1993 Last Action Hero Yes Himself Cameo
1993 Nowhere to Run Yes Sam Gillen
1993 Hard Target Yes Chance Boudreaux
1994 Timecop Yes Max Walker Dual role
1994 Street Fighter Yes Colonel William F. Guile
1995 Sudden Death Yes Darren McCord
1996 The Quest Yes Yes Yes Christopher Dubois
1996 Maximum Risk Yes Alain/Mikhail Moreau Dual role
1997 Double Team Yes Jack Quinn
1998 Knock Off Yes Marcus Ray
1998 Legionnaire Yes Yes Yes Alain Lefevre Direct-to-video
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Yes Yes Luc Deveraux
1999 Inferno Yes Yes Eddie Lomax Limited release
2001 Order, TheThe Order Yes Yes Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant Dual role
Direct-to-video
2001 Replicant Yes Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant Dual role
Direct-to-video
2002 Derailed Yes Jacques Kristoff Direct-to-video
2003 In Hell Yes Kyle LeBlanc Direct-to-video
2004 Wake of Death Yes Ben Archer Direct-to-video
2004 Narco Yes Jean's ghost by Lenny Minor role
2006 The Hard Corps Yes Phillip Sauvage Direct-to-video
2006 Second in Command Yes Sam Keenan Direct-to-video
2006 Exam, TheThe Exam Yes Charles Minor role
2007 Until Death Yes Anthony Stowe Direct-to-video
2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Yes Jack Robideaux Direct-to-video
2008 JCVD Yes Yes Himself (fictionalized version) Limited release
Also the executive producer
2010 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Yes Luc Deveraux Limited release
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Yes Master Croc Voice only
2011 Assassination Games Yes Vincent Brazil Limited release
Also the executive producer
2011 Beur sur la ville Yes Colonel Merot Cameo
2012 Rzhevskiy vs. Napoleon Yes Himself Cameo
2012 Dragon Eyes Yes Jean-Luis Tiano Limited Release
2012 The Expendables 2 Yes Jean Vilain Van Damme's first widely released film since 1999
2012 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Yes Luc Deveraux Limited release
2012 Six Bullets Yes Samson Gaul Limited release
Also the executive producer
2012 U.F.O. Yes George Limited release
2013 Enemies Closer Yes Xander Limited Release
2014 Welcome to the Jungle Yes Storm Rotchild Limited Release
2014 Swelter Yes Stillman Direct-to-video
2015 Pound of Flesh Yes Deacon Limited Release
Also the executive producer
2015 Jian Bing Man Yes Cameo
2015 Yüksek Derece Yes Cameo
Filming
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Yes Master Durand Filming
2016 The Tower Yes Wiston Baxter Announced
TBA Full Love Yes Yes Yes Yes Frenchy Also the executive producer

Television

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 Himself
Count Dracula
Rhett Butler
Voice only
"Maurice Was Caught" (Season 4, Episode 12)
2011 Jean Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors Himself 1 season (8 episodes)
2011 Les Anges Gardiens Himself 1 season (20 episodes)

Music videos

Song Artist
"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

Year Title Role
1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Colonel Guile

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
1988 Bloodsport Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star[61] Nominated
1992 Double Impact MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
1993 Nowhere to Run MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
1994 Hard Target MTV Movie Award Most Desirable Male Nominated
1994 Hard Target MTV Movie Award Best Action Sequence Nominated
1994 Hard Target Saturn Award Best Horror Film Nominated
1998 Double Team Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screen Couple (with Dennis Rodman) Won
1999 Legionnaire Saturn Award Best Home Video Release Nominated
2001 Replicant Video Premiere Award Best Actor Nominated
2004 Bollywood Movie Award Bollywood Movie Award International Action Super Star Won
2008 JCVD Silver Leopard Best Actor Nominated
2009 JCVD TFCA Award Best Performance, Male Nominated
2014 Macau International Film Festival Golden Lotus Award Outstanding Achievement of Action Movies Show Won

Semi-contact/light-contact record

Result Record Opponent Method Date Round Time Event Location Notes
Win 44-4-0 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 Jordy Claes Decision 1980 3 Gala International W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 42-4-0 Patrick Teugels[11] 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 Andres Kovac Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 40-4-0 Bekim-Moussa Muhammad Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 39-4-0 Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou Decision 1980 3 W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 38-4-0 Reinhard Krass Disq. 26 December 1979 2 Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German Team Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact[11]
Win 37-4-0 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 Hans Kohler Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 35-4-0 Patrick Teugels Decision 1979 3 W.A.K.O. Tampa, Florida, U.S.A. Light-Contact (Both men fight in karate gi uniforms, no pads or gloves)
Win 35-3-0 Matthias Evrard Decision 1979 3 Cup of Antwerp World-All Styles Karate Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 34-3-0 Paul Sperati Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Opprebais, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 33-3-0 Lucus Reinfeld Decision 1979 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization, Europe Interland Cup Mulhouse, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 32-3-0 Robbe Bogaerts Decision 1978 3 Hope Cup World-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact[62]
Win 31-3-0 Leonard Baptiste Decision 1978 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 30-3-0 Fernando Cabanela Decision 1978 3 World-All Styles Karate Organization Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 29-3-0 Angelo Spataro[11] Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 29-2-0 Gabriel Van Der Driessche Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 28-2-0 Farid Muhammad Mousseau Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 27-2-0 Jacques van Laere Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 26-2-0 Christian Hedin Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 25-2-0 Gerard Charon Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 24-2-0 David Arranz Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 23-2-0 Bernard Redden Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 22-2-0 Antoine Redi Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 21-2-0 Ben Salah Ellah Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 20-2-0 Gaston Airey Foul 1978 1 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 19-2-0 Abdembi Hassan Ali Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 18-2-0 Jonas "Marcel" Cohen Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 17-2-0 Christian Van Tieghem Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 16-2-0 Max Roelandt Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 15-2-0 Andre Verbon Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 14-2-0 Michel Juvillier Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 13-2-0 Joel Maoreau Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 12-2-0 Ronald Duivenbode Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 11-2-0 Patrick Teugels Decision 1978 3 Belgium Lightweight Championship Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 11-1-0 Gris Lubbers Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 10-1-0 Andre Lemaire Decision 1977 3 World Association of Kickboxing Organizations Open International Izegem, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 9-1-0 Patrick Teugels Decision 1977 3 Antwerp Open International Competition W.A.K.O. Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 8-1-0 Maurice Devos Decision 1977 3 World Allstyles Kickboxing Organization Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 7-1-0 , Jacques Berri Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 6-1-0 Johannes Binding Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 5-1-0 Jean-Morin Devigne Decision 1976 3 Antwerp Open WAKO Antwerp, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 4-1-0 Roland Vedani Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Ingelmunster, Belgium Semi-Contact
Win 3-1-0 Jean-Paul Gaston Decision 1976 3 European Karate Union Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact
Loss 2-1-0 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 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 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
Win 18-1-0 Nedjad Gharbi KKO 1982 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 17-1-0 Daniel Le Jaouen KKO 1982 1 1:05 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 16-1-0 Lenny Leikman[11] KKO 1982 3 1st Journée Des Arts Martiaux Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 15-1-0 Ajom Mahmud Uddin KO 1981 1 0:19 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 14-1-0 Mustapha-Ahmad Benamou KKO 1981 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 13-1-0 Henk Besselman KO 1981 1 Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 12-1-0 Michael J. Heming KKO 1980 1 0:46 European Karate Federation Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[63]
Win 11-1-0 Georges Verlugels KO 1980 2 P.K.A. Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[17]
Win 10-1-0 Sherman Bergman KKO 1979 Nov 4 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida, USA Full-Contact (Van Damme climbs off floor to win.)[16]
Win 9-1-0 Rolf Risberg KKO 1979 1 Ingelmunster, Belgium Kickboxing[14]
Win 8-1-0 Emile Leibman KKO 1979 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing[14]
Win 7-1-0 Cyrille Nollet KKO 1978 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 6-1-0 Orlando Lang KO 1978 1 0:26 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing
Win 5-1-0 Jacques Piniarski KKO 1978 1 Belgium Kickboxing[14]
Win 4-1-0 Eric "Basel" Strauss KKO 1978 1 0:18 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing[14]
Win 3-1-0 Andre "Robar" Robaeys KKO 1978 1 Mulhouse, Belgium Kickboxing[14]
Win 2-1-0 Michel Juvillier KO 1978 1 0:39 Antwerp, Belgium Full-Contact[14]
Loss 1-1-0 Etienne "Tuf" Aubry Disq 7 March 1977 1 1:02 Marseilles, France Full-Contact (Magazine "boxe francise" (Karate))
Win 1-0-0 Toon Van Oostrum KKO 1977 1 0:46 Brussels, Belgium Full-Contact

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  18. ^ "Somluck Kamsing to fight Van Damme". CNN. 11 January 2010.
  19. ^ Natalia Baage (8 September 2009). "Jean-Claude Van Damme to fight Somluck Kamsing in K-1". Five Knuckles. 
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Books cited

  • Corcoran, John; Farkas, Emil (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books. pp. 60, 265. (Wako)  
  • Corcoran, John; Farkas, Emil (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books. pp. 285–286. (PKA World Heavyweight Title)  
  • Corcoran, John; Farkas, Emil (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books. pp. 210, 393. (Eku)  
  • Soet, John Steven (March 1990). "Jean-Claude Van Damme". Inside Kung-Fu Presents: Martial Artists One on One. pp. 16–25. 

Further reading

  • Vandehey, Tim (April 1991). "Gunning for Van Damme". Karate Kung-Fu Illustrated. 
  • Xuat Tinh Som (31 December 2007). "Jean-Claude Van Damme". Tre Today News. 

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