Before Edwin Baas moved to Curacao in August 2001, he was active as trainer and coach in The Netherlands
Edwin Baas is very grateful to his trainers Dick Smolders and Marc van Keulen. Next to the achievements of Baas in the world of martial arts, they gave him the opportunity to teach at their schools and also to start his own team.
Dick Smolders made Edwin’s participation at the Muay Thai instructors course possible. After Baas received the instructor’s degree he started to teach Muay Thai and kickboxing @ Wadokan Haarlem. Because of the great success in relation to the small dojo, Baas moved to a bigger location. The location was the sports facility of the Martin Luther King School, that was handed over to Baas by Marc van Keulen.
In 1987 Edwin Baas started Thai-kickboxing at Dew Jagernath’s Eagle Gym Haarlem. His trainers were in order; Danny Soto, The Late Husseyin Bouhkizoe, Mohamed Krim and Guido Uiterloo (boxing). When Krim and Uterloo went to Mohamed Aithassou’s Sitan Gym Hoofddorp and later to Thom Harinck’s Chakuriki Amsterdam, Baas also left and trained occasionally at Sitan Gym, Chakuriki and various other gyms.
After receiving the instructors’ degree in Muay Thai and kickboxing Baas started to teach Thai-kickboxing @ Wadokan Haarlem and later his own fight school
In 1989 Paul Bruno and Oliver Bruno brought Edwin to Wadokan Haarlem.
Edwin Baas won various tournaments and championships and was selected for the Dutch WIKF (Wado International Karate Federation) team and represented Holland @ various European and World Championships. In this photo compilation below the important karate masters at the top left. From left to right; Dick Smolders, Arnold Keizer, The Late Tatsuo Suzuki, Edwin Baas, Harold van der Rijst (at KBN championships Baas represented his club Shintai Apeldoorn where he occasionally trained), The Late Naoki Ishikawa and The Late Hiroji Fukazawa (Baas obtained the black belt after an exam taken by Ishikawa and Fukazawa, both 8th dan, during a training camp in America). Also a picture with the winning team Venezuela during the 1993 World Cup with coach William Millerson (Curacao) and some members of the Dutch team including The Late John St.Luce.
Newspapers about Edwin Baas at the European championships in Farnborough England and Varazze Italy (3rd place) and the World Championships in Athens Greece.
In 1990 Mustafa El Barmou brought Baas to Taekyon Haarlem, one of the best Taekwondo teams of The Netherlands with high level competitors that won many national and international prices. In no-time Edwin Baas became A-class and competed in a lot of international competitions in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, etc. and in a few years he became black belt of the TBN (Taekwondo Bond Nederland) and WTF (World Taekwondo Federation).
Morocco 1993 & 1994, Turkey 1994
Several Thai-kickboxing groups that were taught by Sensei Edwin Baas 1995-1996
The first competition Thai-kickboxer of Wadokan Haarlem/Edwin Baas was Khalid Elaater He made a successful debut in Eindhoven, February 1996.
The 1st Baas fighter who won by KO was Erçan Yüksel, who won an opponent from (Hemmers/Maeng Ho Breda) by 1st round KO in Hellevoetsluis 1996.
The 1st female fighter was Palmira Sandvliet, who won in the 1st round at the “Mix Fight Night” Beyneshal Haarlem, June 1996.
The 1st fighter of Baas in an international fight was Boubkar Belkasmi, who won a Belgian Fighter in Bladel 1996. Successes followed.
Edwin Baas teaching kids Taekwondo @ Taekyon Haarlem and Taekwondo Club Haarlem.
Various Muay Thai & Kickboxing moments 1998-2000
@ Various Thai & Kickboxing fights in Dordrecht, Groningen and IJmuiden 1998-2000
Baas Gym Haarlem @ Martin Luther King School