Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Jean-Claude Van Damme
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Van Damme in Paris at the French premiere of The Expendables 2
Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
(1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 53)
Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium
Other names "The Muscles from Brussels"
Nationality Belgian
Division Middleweight
Style Karate, Kickboxing
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, 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).

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]

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 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.[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 commercial 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

Year Title Role Notes
1984 Monaco Forever Gay Karate Man
1984 Breakin' Spectator in First Dance Sequence Uncredited
1986 No Retreat, No Surrender Ivan Krushensky Also known as Karate Tiger (European)
1987 Bloodsport Frank Dux Fight choreographer, Writer, Editor
First work with Bolo Yeung.
1988 Black Eagle Andrei Also known as Red Eagle or Red Hunter (European)
1989 Cyborg Gibson Rickenbacker Editor
1989 Kickboxer Kurt Sloane Writer
Also known as Karate Tiger 3 (European)
1990 Death Warrant Louis Burke
1990 Lionheart Lyon Gaultier Fight choreographer, Writer
Also known as Leon or A.W.O.L. – Absent Without Leave (European)
1991 Double Impact Alex Wagner/Chad Wagner Dual role, Producer, Writer
Second work with Bolo Yeung.
1992 Universal Soldier Luc Deveraux/GR44 First work with Dolph Lundgren.
1993 Last Action Hero Himself Cameo
1993 Nowhere to Run Sam Gillen
1993 Hard Target Chance Boudreaux
1994 Timecop Max Walker Dual role
1994 Street Fighter Colonel William F. Guile
1995 Sudden Death Darren McCord
1996 Maximum Risk Alain Moreau/Mikhail Suverov Dual role
1996 The Quest Christopher Dubois Director, Writer
1997 Double Team Jack Quinn
1998 Knock Off Marcus Ray
1998 Legionnaire Alain Lefevre Writer, Producer
1999 Universal Soldier: The Return Luc Deveraux Producer
1999 Inferno Eddie Lomax Producer
Also known as Desert Heat
2001 Order, TheThe Order Rudy Cafmeyer/Charles Le Vaillant Dual role, Writer
2001 Replicant Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant Dual role
2002 Derailed Jacques Kristoff
2003 In Hell Kyle LeBlanc
2004 Wake of Death Ben Archer
2004 Narco Jean's ghost by Lenny minor role
2006 The Hard Corps Phillip Sauvage
2006 Second in Command Sam Keenan
2006 Exam, TheThe Exam Charles
2007 Until Death Anthony Stowe
2008 The Shepherd: Border Patrol Jack Robideaux First work with Scott Adkins.
2008 JCVD JCVD Executive producer
2010 Universal Soldier: Regeneration Luc Deveraux Second 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.
2011 Kung Fu Panda 2 Master Croc Voice only
2011 Assassination Games Vincent Brazil Limited theatrical release in US, Russia, and Ukraine.
Second work with Scott Adkins.
Executive producer.
Also known as Weapon (European)
2011 Beur sur la ville Colonel Merot
2012 Rzhevskiy vs. Napoleon Himself
2012 Dragon Eyes Jean-Luis Tiano First work with Cung Le and Peter Weller.
2012 The Expendables 2 Jean Vilain Third work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren.
2012 Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Luc Deveraux Fourth work with Scott Adkins and Dolph Lundgren.
Second work with Andrei Arlovski.
2012 Six Bullets Samson Gaul
2012 U.F.O. George
2014 Enemies Closer Xander
2014 Welcome to the Jungle Storm Rotchild
2014 Swelter Stillman Completed
2014 Full Love Frenchy Post-production
2015 Pound of Flesh Deacon Pre-production

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)

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

Video games

Year Title Role
1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Colonel Guile
1995 Street Fighter: The Movie Colonel Guile

Awards and nominations

Year Nominated work Award Category Results
1988 Bloodsport Golden Raspberry Award Worst New Star[58] 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
2008 JCVD Silver Leopard Best Actor Nominated
2009 JCVD Chlotrudis Award Best Actor Nominated
2009 JCVD TFCA Award Best Performance, Male Nominated

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 International W.A.K.O. Brussels, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 42-4-0 Belgium Patrick Teugels[10] 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 W.A.K.O. 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[10]
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 Antwerp World-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 Antwerp World-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 Cup World-All Styles Karate Organization Brussels, Belgium Semi-Contact[59]
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[10] Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 29-2-0 Belgium Gabriel Van Der Driessche Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 28-2-0 Belgium Farid 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 Decision 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 Belgium Bernard Redden Decision 1978 3 Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials) Antwerp, Belgium Light-Contact
Win 22-2-0 Belgium Antoine 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
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[10] 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[60]
Win 11-1-0 France Georges Verlugels KO 1980 2 P.K.A. Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[16]
Win 10-1-0 United States Sherman Bergman KKO 1979 Nov 4 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida, USA Full-Contact (Van Damme climbs off floor to win.)[15]
Win 9-1-0 Germany Rolf Risberg KKO 1979 1 Ingelmunster, Belgium Kickboxing[13]
Win 8-1-0 Belgium Emile Leibman KKO 1979 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing[13]
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[13]
Win 4-1-0 Germany Eric "Basel" Strauss KKO 1978 1 0:18 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing[13]
Win 3-1-0 Belgium Andre "Robar" Robaeys KKO 1978 1 Mulhouse, Belgium Kickboxing[13]
Win 2-1-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier KO 1978 1 0:39 Antwerp, Belgium Full-Contact[13]
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 1977 1 0:46 Brussels, Belgium Full-Contact

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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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