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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 in 2012
Born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg
(1960-10-18) 18 October 1960 (age 57)
Sint-Agatha-Berchem, Brussels, Belgium
Other names "The Muscles from Brussels"
Nationality Belgian
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Division Middleweight
Style Karate, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Taekwondo
Fighting out of Brussels, Belgium
Team Team Goetz
Trainer Claude Goetz
Dominique Valera
Rank      2nd Dan Black Belt in Shotokan
Years active 1976–1982 (martial arts)
1979–present (acting)
Kickboxing record
Total 19
Wins 18
By knockout 18
Losses 1
Amateur record
Total 48
Wins 44
Losses 4
Other information
Occupation Actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, director
Spouse Maria Rodriguez (m. 1980–1984)
Cynthia Derderian (m. 1985–1986)
Darcy LaPier
(m. 1994–1997)

Gladys Portugues (m. 1987–1992);
Children 3

Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg (born 18 October 1960), professionally known as Jean-Claude Van Damme[a] and abbreviated as JCVD, is a Belgian actor, martial artist, screenwriter, film producer, and director best known for his martial arts action films. The most successful of these films include Bloodsport (1988), Kickboxer (1989), Lionheart (1990), Double Impact (1991), 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 and florist.[1][2][3][4] His father is Walloon (French-speaking) from Brussels, and his mother is Flemish (Dutch-speaking).[5] Van Damme's paternal grandmother was Jewish.[6]

He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shōtōkan Karate School.[7] His styles consist of Shōtōkan Karate and Kickboxing.[8] He eventually earned his black belt in karate at 18.[9] He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which eventually led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title.[10] 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."[11] Later he took up both Taekwondo and Muay Thai.[12]

Martial arts career

At the age of 12,[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 with Dominique Valera.[14]

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 François Persoons Karate Tournament in Brussels.[14][15]

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 teammate Angelo Spataro.[14]

1980 Forest National match

On 8 March 1980, in Brussels, Belgium, Van Damme competed against his former teammate Patrick Teugels at the Forest National Arena on the undercard of the Dan Macaruso-Dominique Valera Professional Karate Association Light-Heavyweight World Championship bout.[14] 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.[14] In a 2013 interview, Van Damme called this fight his most memorable match.[16]

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

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 1993[24]

In 1982, Van Damme and childhood friend Michel Qissi moved to the United States in the hope of becoming action stars. They did a variety of jobs to support themselves; their first role in a Hollywood film came when both were cast as extras in the film Breakin' (1984), which was released by Cannon Films. Van Damme also had a small part in Cannon's Missing in Action (1984).

Van Damme's first sizeable role came when he was cast as the Russian villain in the martial arts movie No Retreat, No Surrender (1986), directed by Corey Yuen and released through New World Pictures. 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.[25] 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.

Breakthrough: Bloodsport

Van Damme's breakout film was Bloodsport (1988), based on the alleged true story of Frank Dux. Shot on a $1.5-million budget for Cannon, it became a U.S. box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Producer Mark Di Salle said he was looking for "a new martial arts star who was a ladies' man, [but Van Damme] appeals to both men and women. He's an American hero who fights for justice the American way and kicks the stuffing out of the bad guys."[26]

Before that film was released, Van Damme played another Russian villain, in Black Eagle (1988), opposite Sho Kosugi. After the success of Bloodsport, Cannon Films offered Van Damme the lead in Delta Force 2, American Ninja 3 or Cyborg, a cyperpunk martial arts movie directed by Albert Pyun. He chose the latter although he later admitted "I didn't like [the film] so much."[26] The film was a box office success and led to two sequels, neither of which Van Damme appeared in.

Consolidation as star: Kickboxer, Lionheart, Double Impact

Cannon used Van Damme again in Kickboxer (1989), playing a man who fights to avenge his brother who has been paralyzed by a Thai kickboxing champion (Qissi). It was highly successful, returning over $50 million on a $3-million budget.[27] Van Damme did not appear in any of the film's four sequels, though he did return as a different character in the reboot series.

Also successful was Death Warrant (1990), the first script credit for David S. Goyer; Van Damme played a cop who goes undercover in a prison. He followed it with Lionheart (1990) aka Wrong Bet, where he played a French Legionnaire who deserts his post to return to Los Angeles after his brother is murdered.[28] Lionheart was directed by Sheldon Lettich who had co-written Bloodsport, and who claimed the film was "the first movie to demonstrate that Van Damme was more than just a flash-in-the-pan "Karate Guy" who would never rise above simplistic low-budget karate movies."[29] It also featured rear nudity from Van Damme which Lettich says "became a very memorable moment for the ladies in the audience, and for the gay guys as well. Showing off his butt (clothed or unclothed) almost became a signature trademark of his after that."[29]

Double Impact, directed by Lettich, 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 and was very popular.

Career peak: Universal Soldier, Timecop

Van Damme then starred opposite Dolph Lundgren in the action film Universal Soldier, directed by Roland Emmerich for Carolco. 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.

After making a cameo in Last Action Hero, Van Damme starred in Nowhere To Run (1993) alongside Rosanna Arquette, based in part on a script by Joe Eszterhas. The film was the first in a three-picture deal between Van Damme and Columbia Pictures and his fee was $3.5 million. Columbia said the film is ”true to his audience and goes beyond his audience."[30] However it was a box office disappointment.

More successful was Hard Target (1993) for Universal, the first American film from director John Woo. Van Damme did not appear in the sequel. Also for Universal he did Timecop (1994), playing a time-traveling cop, who tries to prevent the death of his wife. Directed by Peter Hyams, the film was a huge success, grossing over $100 million worldwide, and remains his highest-grossing film in a lead role to date.

Van Damme starred in Street Fighter (1994), written and directed by Steven E. de Souza for Universal and based on the video game. It was poorly received critically but still a commercial success; Van Damme's fee was now $8 million. Universal reteamed Van Damme and Hyams on Sudden Death (1995). It was far less successful than Timecop but still made money.

Van Damme turned director for The Quest (1996), which he directed; Roger Moore co-starred. It was mildly popular; more liked was Maximum Risk (1996) for Columbia, the first American film from Ringo Lam.


Van Damme's first box office bomb since he became star was Double Team (1997), a buddy film with Dennis Rodman directed by Tsui Hark for Columbia. He and Hark reunited on Knock Off (1998), a Hong Kong-US co production which also flopped.

Van Damme tried a costume action movie, Legionnaire (1998) co-written by Lettich. Despite a $35 million budget, it was not even released theatrically in the US.[31]

Van Damme then made his first sequel, Universal Soldier: The Return, (1999) but it too was a box office flop. It would be Van Damme's last theatrically released film until 2008.

Straight to video

Van Damme's films from this point on were only released to DVD/video in the US, although they were seen theatrically in some other markets: Inferno (1999), the last film directed by John G. Avildsen; The Order (2001), a more jokey action film, directed by Lettich; Replicant (2001), directed by Ringo Lam; Derailed (2002), shot in Bulgaria; In Hell (2003), directed by Lam. In 2003, Van Damme employed his dancing training in the music video for Bob Sinclar's "Kiss My Eyes."

Lam was to have directed Wake of Death (2004) but quit during filming and was replaced by Philippe Martinez. He had a cameo in Narco (2005) then reunited with Lettich for The Hard Corps (2006). He followed it with Second in Command (2006) directed by Simon Fellow; The Exam (2007), a Turkish movie; Until Death (2007), also with Fellows; and The Shepherd: Border Patrol (2008) with his real life daughter.


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),[32] having previously stated that Van Damme "deserves not a black belt, but an Oscar."[33] While promoting the film Van Damme indicated that he had experienced a period of homelessness "sleeping on the street and starving in L.A."[34]

Van Damme directed himself in the barely released Full Love then reprised his role as Luc Deveraux in the 2009 film Universal Soldier: Regeneration, directed by John Hyams, son of Peter.

The 2010s

Van Damme 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 also starred in Assassination Games (2011) and provided a voice for Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011). He starred in his own reality TV show Jean-Claude Van Damme: Behind Closed Doors (2011).

He worked with Joe Hymans again on Dragon Eyes (2012) then appeared in commercials for Coors Light beer, showing him on a snow-covered mountain wearing a sleeveless denim jacket,[35] 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".[36]

Van Damme returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, which again co-stars Dolph Lundgren.[37] He followed it with Six Bullets (2012) and U.F.O. (2012), then starred in the thriller Enemies Closer (2013), which reunited him with Timecop and Sudden Death director Peter Hyams.[38]

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.[39] 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+.[40]

He appeared 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.[41]

He was in Swelter (2014) and Pound of Flesh (2015) and reprised his performance in Kung Fu Panda 3. Later films include Kickboxer: Vengeance (2017), Kill 'Em All (2017), Kickboxer: Retaliation (2017) and Black Water (2018).


In 2012, a statue of actor was unveiled in Anderlecht, Belgium. The artwork, which depicts a younger incarnation of ‘the muscles from Brussels’ in a fighting pose, was commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Westland Shopping complex. The unveiling took place on Boulevard Sylvain Dupuis and was attended by Van Damme, his parents, Wallonia-Brussels culture minister Fadila Laanan and nearly 2,000 fans. Van Damme said the statue “represented the dream of a Brussels kid)” and was “for all the children who want something bad”, adding that “if you believe in something strongly enough, it can come true”.[42]


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."[43]

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.[44] 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.[45] 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."[46][47]

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.[48]

The original video game Mortal Kombat was conceived as a fighting game based on Van Damme.[49] Creators Ed Boon and John Tobias had originally wanted to star Van Damme himself in the game. That fell through as he 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.[50][51] In the German version of Donkey Kong 64 website, DK greatest hero is Jean-Claude Van Kong.

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,[52] 35 million in the first week.[53]

In January 2017 Van Damme featured in an Ultra Tune television advert which was part of a controversial series of ads.[54] Two women were confronted in a car park by a gang of youths in a threatening manner, Van Damme appears to defend them and then the mood lightens and they take pictures with the star.[55]

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[56][57][58] in 1999.[59] Attempts at drug rehabilitation were unsuccessful, and he resorted to resolve his addiction via quitting cold turkey and exercise.[57] In 1998, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.[57][58][60] 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."[61]

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)[62] - 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.[63][64] LaPier, who was pregnant at the time with their son, did not become aware of this until Van Damme publicly admitted it in 2012.[65] After leaving LaPier, Van Damme remarried bodybuilder Portugues in 1999.

Van Damme is a Roman Catholic.[66]



Year Film Functioned as Notes
Director Producer Writer Actor Role
1979 Woman Between Wolf and Dog Yes Movie Goer/Man in Garden Uncredited[67]
1984 Monaco Forever Yes Gay Karate Man Minor role
1984 Breakin' Yes Spectator in First Dance Sequence Uncredited Extra
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
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
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
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
2001 Replicant Yes Edward "The Torch" Garrotte/Replicant Dual role
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 autobiography) Limited release
Also the executive producer
2009 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 Rzhevsky versus 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
2014 Welcome to the Jungle Yes Storm Rotchild Limited release
2013 Enemies Closer Yes Xander Limited release
2014 Swelter Yes Stillman Direct-to-video
2014 Full Love Yes Yes Yes Yes Frenchy Also editor
2015 Pound of Flesh Yes Deacon Limited release
Also the executive producer
2015 Jian Bing Man Yes Cameo
2016 Kung Fu Panda 3 Yes Master Croc voice
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Yes Master Durand
2017 Kill 'Em All Yes
2018 Kickboxer: Retaliation Yes
2018 Black Water Yes Wheeler Co-starring with Dolph Lundgren.


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)
2016 - 2017 Jean-Claude Van Johnson Johnson / Jean-Claude Van Damme 1 season (6 episode)

Music videos

Year Song Artist
1992 "Body Count's in the House" Body Count
1994 "Time Won't Let Me" The Smithereens
1994 "Straight to My Feet" MC Hammer featuring Deion Sanders
1995 "Something There" Chage and Aska
1999 "Crush 'Em" Megadeth
2003 "Kiss My Eyes" Bob Sinclar
2008 "Ya Lyublyu Ego" Iryna Bilyk and Olga Gorbacheva
2015 "The Hum"[68] Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike vs. Ummet Ozcan

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[69] 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
1998 Double Team Golden Raspberry Award Worst Screen Couple (with Dennis Rodman) Won
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 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[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 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[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 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 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[70]
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 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 Decision 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[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 European Karate Federation Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[citation needed]
Win 11-1-0 France Georges Verlugels KO 1980 2 P.K.A. Middleweight Championship Brussels, Belgium Kickboxing[17]
Win 10-1-0 United States Sherman Bergman KKO 1979 Nov 4 1 0:56 Tampa, Florida, USA Full-Contact
Win 9-1-0 Germany Rolf Risberg KKO 1979 1 Ingelmunster, Belgium Kickboxing[citation needed]
Win 8-1-0 Belgium Emile Leibman KKO 1979 1 Iseghem, Belgium Kickboxing[citation needed]
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[citation needed]
Win 4-1-0 Germany Eric "Basel" Strauss KKO 1978 1 0:18 Antwerp, Belgium Kickboxing[citation needed]
Win 3-1-0 Belgium Andre "Robar" Robaeys KKO 1978 1 Mulhouse, Belgium Kickboxing[citation needed]
Win 2-1-0 Belgium Michel Juvillier KO 1978 1 0:39 Antwerp, Belgium Full-Contact[citation needed]
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[citation needed]


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Books cited

  • Corcoran, John; Farkas, Emil (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books. pp. 60, 265. ISBN 978-0-8317-5805-9.  (Wako)
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  • Corcoran, John; Farkas, Emil (1988). Martial Arts: Traditions, History, People. New York City: Gallery Books. pp. 210, 393. ISBN 978-0-8317-5805-9.  (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. 

External links