Saturday, February 13, 2010

Jean-Claude Van Damme was born 18 October 1960 is a Belgian martial artist and actor. Van Damme is perhaps best known for his martial arts action movies. Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Camille François Van Vaerenbergh (also spelled Varenburg) in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe (Brussels), born in Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Vaerenbergh, who was an accountant and owned a flower shop.
Van Damme most successful films include Bloodsport (1988), Universal Soldier (1992), Hard Target (1993), and Timecop . Due to his physique and his Belgian background, he is sometimes known as "The Muscles from Brussels".

After studying martial arts intensively from the age of ten, Van Damme achieved national success in Belgium as a martial artist and bodybuilder, earning the "Mr. Belgium" bodybuilding title. He emigrated to the United States to pursue a career in film, and achieved breakout success with Bloodsport , based on the story of Frank Dux. He attained subsequent box office success with Timecop , which grossed over $100 million worldwide and became his most financially successful film.
His styles consist of kickboxing, Shotokan karate, Muay Thai, and Taekwondo. He eventually earned his black belt in karate, later winning the European Karate Association's middleweight championship in a stunning upset versus the former champion Michael J. Heming (although he has claimed that he was "twice world champion"). At the age of 12, Van Damme joined the Centre National De Karate (National Center of Karate) under the guidance of Master Claude Goetz in France. Van Damme trained for four years and he earned a spot in the Belgian Karate Team.

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. In the French-speaking world, Van Damme is well known for the picaresque aphorisms that he delivers on a wide range of topics (personal well-being, the environment, etc.) in a sort of Zen franglais. Most iconic and often quoted was his repeated use of the English word aware during an interview for a French channel, to convey the notion of self-awareness as a key to success.Van Damme has been married five times, including two marriages with bodybuilder and fitness competitor Gladys Portugues. Van Damme is the father of three children: Kristopher, Bianca and Nicholas .Okey thats all.Wishing u more and keep up the good work .


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