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Jean-Claude Van Damme

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Jean-Claude Van Damme has supported ​Orca Network foundation.

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Career: Martial Artist
Honors: 

  • Worst Screen Couple - 1998
  • International Action Super Star Award 2004
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Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg born on 18 October 1960 in Berchem-Sainte-Agathe, Brussels, Belgium, the son of Eliana and Eugène Van Varenberg.

He began martial arts at the age of ten, enrolled by his father in a Shotokan karate school. His styles consist of Shotokan Karate and Kickboxing. He eventually earned his black belt in karate at 18. 

At the age of 12, Van Damme joined the Centre National De Karaté (National Center of Karate) 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. From 1976-1980, Van Damme compiled a record of 44 victories and 4 defeats in tournament and non-tournament semi-contact matches. 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.  From 1977 to 1982, Van Damme compiled a record of 18 victories (18 knockouts) and 1 defeat. During his 5-year full-contact career, Van Damme was only knocked down once. 

In 1982, Van Damme moved to the United States in the hope of becoming action stars. His breakout film was Bloodsport Shot on a 1.5 million dollar budget, it became a U.S. box-office hit in the spring of 1988. Van Damme also did lead roles in Double Impact  , Universal Soldier and it was Van Damme's highest grossing films at the time. then later his projects started to fail at the box office. Van Damme returned to the mainstream with the limited theatrical release of the 2008 film JCVD, which received positive reviews. He was offered a lead role in Sylvester Stallone's 2010 film The Expendables. but he declined. On 30 June 2011, Van Damme confirmed his participation in The Expendables 2 which was released on 17 August 2012. Van Damme returned to the Universal Soldier series with Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning.