2009

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Some highlights of 2009; Benjey Zimmerman @ AIBA World Championships in Italy, Copra vs Hisken @ Fighters of the Caribbean and Fedor Emelianenko @ Curacao.

At “The Battle of Local Heroes”  team Baas Sports did not lose one fight. There were victories for the following Baas Warriors; Justin Gogulski, Mike Taatgen, Kwame Nzeako, Collin Knarren, Danny van der Veen, Coregelino Djaoen, An Lie Huang and Braizel Crispulo.
The Baas Sports Fighters were also successful at the 2009 CUMAFE championships, with a 1st place in Grappling  for Fransesco Solaro, a 1st place in MMA  for Paul Piper and 1st place in kickboxing for Joel Adriana.

In 2009 CUMAFE organized various beachtrainings. April 25 with guest trainer Clarence Thompson (Martial Arts Society in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost). October 31 with guest trainers; Ruben La Cruz (former boxing champion and artist), and Vincent Dap (The Gym Suriname).

World Championship Boxing AIBA 2009 September 1-13 Milan Italia with participation of 554 boxers from 144 countries. The international boxing world didn’t know The Netherlands Antilles, but Benjey Zimmerman changed that. In the Super Heavyweight division (+91 kg) he made a great debut. In his first boxing match ever he won Ali Khaleel Salman (red) from Iraq with 11-4. Prior to this World Championships, Benjey boxed a test match against the current world champion and super heavyweight gold medal winner of the Olympic Games of Beijing 2008 Roberto Cammarelle from Italy. This went so well that Camarelle asked Benjey to be his sparring partner. In the photo compilation; Camarelle, Domenico Valentino (won just like Camarelle gold for Italy during this World Cup), Husnu Kocabas & Orhan Ozturk form Team NL and team members of Macedonia, Slovenia, Grenada, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Panama, Bahamas, Japan, Thailand, Samoa, USA, etc.

20091128 Fighters of the Caribbean. Edwin Baas with CUMAFE joined forces with Angelo Rosalia, who organized with Next Generation Warriors in The Netherlands and made the main event, an international A-class fight, possible.
After exhibitions in Capoeira, Enshin karate, karate, a female exhibition fight Tessa Jansen (Baas Sports) vs Hyvenella Hariquez (Thai Flying Dragon), he teams from Martinique and St. Maarten made a good impression by winning their fights.
Danny “Warwaru” van der Veen (Baas Sports Curacao) won his opponent from Sint Maarten in the co-main-event.
In the main event Cedrick “Tula” Copra (Fightclub Lloyd van Dams NL, representing Curacao) won after 5 rounds of 3 minutes Remco Hisken from The Netherlands.

The Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, born 1976 in Ukraine, is considered as the the G.O.A.T. (Greatest of all times). The heavyweight champion with the nickname “The Last Emperor” is not only the best in his sport, but he is also a role-model, a good example for a sportsman and martial artist. He is calm and controlled, naturally trained not inflated with steroids or other doping, do not trash talk and shows at all times respect for the opponent and is therefore respected.
Edwin Baas knows the team of Fedor very well and Curacao had the honor to receive a visit of Fedor.
December 5 2009 Fedor arrived in company of Apy Echteld of M-1 Global @ Curacao International Airport. Manager Vadim Finkelchtein arrived a few days later.
Echteld is the one that arranged that Fedor started to train in The Netherlands and prepared for his fights with top trainers Peter Teijsse (former world champion kickboxing and Savate) and Ernesto Hoost (4-time K-1 champion).
Edwin Baas and Fedor look-a-like Berry Wouters from DeliCaribbean organized a fundraising activity with Fedor and December 14 Fedor handed over a check (raised voluntary contributions during this activity) to Henk Kamsteeg, director of the foundation De SGR-Groep for people with disabilities.
A MMA team from Aruba especially came to Curacao to meet Fedor.
While Fedor was in Curacao, he was in his home country named Russia’s Best athlete.

Next to all the guests that are mentioned earlier you can find in the above photo compilation more important guests that visited Baas Sports Curacao in 2009, like; Ivan Sprang, Franklin Kambel, Barry Robinson Jr. (USA), Rodney Ernst, Clarence Thompson, Elvis Todd, Kader Ben ali, Noel Twight, Juve Martha, Rion Rijker, Jemyma Betrian, Robertico Martis, Roderick de Haseth, Shihan Wilfred Burgos (Suriname), Luigi Kwas.
Willem-Jan Paardekooper brought Frank Barca (Australia). Barca (BJJ) and Harley Pimienta (Shaolin Fa Men Chuan) from Colombia gave exhibitions at the CUMAFE championships.

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