The Only Released Footage of Jean Claude Van Damme’s Real Fights
Legendary Martial Artist and film star Jean Claude Van Damme is a force to be reckoned with.
It is hard to believe the Belgian star is now fast approaching the ripe of age of 60.
Not that his heyday wasn’t a good 25 years ago, but by looking at him, you would be forgiving to think he is 20 years younger.
The Mortal Kombat star keeps in great shape with his trademark flexibility still at the fore.
Before he was an epic movie star, Jean Claude was quite a handy kickboxer. These skills are likely what led him to be cast in his first minor role, “Gay Karate Man” in Monaco Forever.
His combination of weight lifting and Shōtōkan Karate and Kickboxing meant Van Damme struck gold in terms of physique, flexibility and fighting ability. He also studied ballet for 5 years, giving him poise and awesome balance. 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.”
Van Damme is a European karate champion having been an integral part of the all-conquering 1979 Belgium Karate Team. His most memorable fight came in 1980 when he knocked off former teammate Patrick Teugels by a perfectly-executed kick to the face that smashed his nose. Tuegals had gotten the better of Jean Claude twice before, but Van Damme was able to return the tables to his favour.
Despite finishing with an impressive professional kickboxing record of 18-1 (18 knockouts), Van Damme, unfortunately, was never in the spotlight due to the sport’s relatively unpopular standing. There were, however, some cameras rolling at some of the larger events in the late 1970s that caught the muscular Belgian in rare form.
Check out the clip here!