Jean Claude Van Damme
Most of my Black Belt friends watched most of his movies, my favorite ones were “no retreat no surrender”, “Lion”, “Universal Soldier”, “Double Impact” and “Blood Sport”. Well, most of us then tried to do his kicks and doing the splits on two chairs while training at the dojo. Good old times, well here is a great video with the best of Jean Claude Van Damme kicks from many of his best movies. Enjoy and share it with your friends!
Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films.
Semi-contact karate career
At the age of 15, Van Damme started his competitive karate career in Belgium. From 1976 to 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.
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.
This information cited from Wikipedia is really important because many people claimed Van Damme wasn’t a fighter at all and never competed on contact karate. One of his Martial Art trainers was Dominique Valera a well known Kickboxing fighter who has traveled the world teaching seminars. For more details about his life and other facts visit his Wikipedia page.