August 2001 Edwin Baas came to Curaçao. After a few days, August 31, Baas already acted as referee of all but one fights that night. The fight card contained Curacao vs Thailand (the Thai were employed at the Oil Refinery) and Baas fought the main event Curacao vs Holland in a 5 rounds exhibition bout vs multiple champion Ronald “The Man of Steel” Sluis. Sluis won a lot of championship belts, like the Caribbean title WKN (World Kickboxing Network) by defeating Neil Frederick (Trinidad & Tobago), the intercontinental title and he also won World Champion IKBF (International Kick Boxing Federation) Ted van Rijn (The Netherlands).
Baas started to train a small group and in a few months the late Ron van Leeuwe represented the team of Baas in competitions with success. Ron who got the nickname “The Dutch Lion” was a former classmate (Grafische School Haarlem) and a youth friend of Edwin. He also came to Curacao in the same year, 2001. September 29 2001 Ron made his ring debut with a victory and after this one he won several Thai-Kickboxing fights in Curacao and Aruba. Ron’s most impressing victory was December 1st 2001 when Ron won with a kick to the head in the 1st second of the 1st round. September 2017 he passed away in The Netherlands. Rest In Power Dutch Lion.
Baas also supported John Lobato from Chi Sportschool with the training, preparation and coaching of his fighters Ralph Maduro, Sharlimar Zimmerman and Marlon Albertoe. November 3rd 2001 @ SDK Zimmerman fought the full 5 rounds vs Anthony Ignacio (Aruba), Albertoe won Devon Hodge (Aruba) by 1st round TKO and the opponent of Maduro did not show up.
Another pupil of Baas Raymond Juliana, a.k.a. “Mayron” or “Lonchi”, proved that with disabilities, you also have a lot of abilities to train martial arts.
July 20 2002 Apy Echteld (promoter of 2H2H Too Hot To Handle, former trainer/coach of the Dutch Karate team, etc.) came to Curacao and gave a MMA seminar.
Edwin Baas also has good memories of sparring with Ruud Kraaijeveld. Ruud trained at Baas in the years 2002 and 2003 and he and Baas fought in an extremely hard way. Vale Tudo, soccerkicks and stomps to the head while the other was grounded, you name it. No one got injured and afterwards cheerfully going home and the next day to work. Unfortunately there are no pictures with Ruud from that time.
In 2003 Baas fighters were very successful, also abroad. In Trinidad Serwin Concincion won Richard Boodram (Trinidad & Tobago) and became Pan-American Champion WKN and 3 other fighters from Baas were also successful. In local fights Leyron Marcos won Rudsel Nisia (TFD), Ariel Concepcion won Arnold Drenthe (TFD) and Narswin Betrian won Mercelina (TFD).
May 2003 the team increased, as Sherman Bonofacio of the Bullet team, who gave kickboxing training in the facility of Radulphus College, left Curacao. Sherman handed over the location and group, with fighters like Roderick Meijsing and Reno Mooyweer, to Baas. From this moment team Baas Sports started to rule.
July 4th 2003 Baas Sports Curacao made a very strong impression and was very successful @ an International Thaiboxing event with participation of Dominican Republic, Aruba, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago The Netherlands and Curacao. Baas Sports had 7 fighters competing that night and had 6 victories. Thurston Joseph, Danny van der Veen, Roderick Meijsing, Rines Martina (Rojer), Raylison Aitatus and Milangelo Eugenio all won their fight. In the A-class Lucien Carbin’s fighters were successful with victories for Tyrone Spong, Ilonka Elmont and Jerry Morris.
August 16 2003 Baas Sports was again very successful and did not even lost one fight. Leyron Marcos (Baas) won Richard Boodram (Trinidad). Reno Mooyweer (Baas) was on the winning hand, but dislocated his upper arm (result “technical draw”). Danny van der Veen (Baas) won by 1st round KO.
In Suriname, December 19 2003, Curacao was represented by Baas Sports. Edwin Baas went with Karel Jamanika, Caribbean Champion WKN super middleweight. The title he won by beating Donald Snaggs (T&T).
With former world karate champion Dudley Josepa and others, Edwin Baas founded in 2003 CUMAFE (Curacao Martial Arts Federation) and with CUMAFE Baas organized various activities, like a gathering training @ Marinekazerne Parera (see newspaper below). The host Ruud Hardjokosoemo, karate sensei of the naval base, trained kickboxing at Baas in Haarlem.
February 8 2004 Ariel Concepcion, Danny van der Veen, Trevor Bomas and Kevin Abraham, all from Baas Sports, won their opponents from Kickboxing Attaf. There were also great performances by Achraf Kayouf and Anthony Rojas during these competitions organized by CUMAFE.
April 30 2004 Danny van der Veen and Roderik Meijsing, both Baas Sports, won their fight by TKO 2nd round. Roderik won Briand Victorina (Free Way Fist) and Danny won Rudsel Nisia (TFD). Roderik and Danny qualified the finals for the CurThaiBo Championship titles on May 7.
May 7 2004 Roderik Meijsing and Danny van der Veen, both won the CurThaiBo kickboxing titles. Ferry Sukasman made his ring debut with a pro-boxing bout.
Ramiro Sabina, 40 years and still going strong, provided the highlight of the evening. He made his comeback in the ring and revenges his only loss in boxing by a sublime way to beat Tom Juliana. Besides 23 fights in Thai-kickboxing Ramiro had seven boxing fights, which he only lost one and that was against Tom Juliana. This time Ramiro was well prepared and won in the 4th round by knock out. The King is back.
At the CUMAFE Championships, May 29 2004, all fighters from Baas Sports (Trevor Bomas, Jemuel Cleofa and Danny van der Veen) won the first prices.
June 25-27 2004 CUMAFE Training Camp @ “Parke Brakapoti” Brakkeput.
July 27 2004 Apy Echteld gave a MMA seminar.
August 2004 Dennis Arentsen (Baas) won the Antillean Cup Thaiboxing by 1st round KO.
October 2 2004 all Baassports fighters (Jemuel Cleofa, Roderik Meijsing and Thurston Joseph) won their fight and qualified for the WKN Championships.
October 30 2004 all four fighters from Baas Sports won their fight at “Curacao Caribbean Classics”.
Harley Pimienta won the experienced fighter and kickboxing instructor of The Pyramid.
Thurston Joseph and Roderik Meijsing both won WKN title belts by defeating opponents from St. Maarten.
Milangelo Eugenio won the Caribbean WKN belt by defeating Johan Croes, Aruba and Caribbean Muay-Thai champion.
All fighters from Baas Sports received their belts from WKN-president Stephane Cabrera from France.
December 4 2004 CUMAFE (Curacao Martial Arts Federation) organized “Nochi di Arte Marsial” with Karate and Taekwondo by the CUMAFE affiliated clubs, including; Karate Kan Salinja (Dudley Josepa), Raul Martial Arts (Raul de Windt), Dividivi Karate Club (Glenn Rijker), Karate-Do Curacao (Antony Leito / Yvonne Leito-Senf), Mucsan Taekwondo (Humphrey Braafhart) and Taekwondo school Curacao (Juny La Croes), Judo by Hubertico Balentien, Aikido by Frank Wong Loi Sing, Capoeira by Exel Arts Academy, Kung Fu by Harley Pimienta from Colombia (who in Curacao trains Thai Boxing @ Baas Sports), Muay Thai kickboxing by Baas Sports (Stephen Liu, Louraine Girigori and Ariel Concepcion), MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) by Edwin Baas and Gregory Costina.
What also was very impressive was the exhibition by Mayron Juliana, who showed that despite a physical disability you can practice martial arts. Mayron defended himself against both armed and unarmed attacks and showed that he can fight back.
Edwin Baas did a big MMA promotion in 2004 and 2005 in the dojo of the Naval Base Parera by guest trainers Apy Echteld and Joop van Kasteel (won RINGS World champion title by KO over Dan Severn from the USA).
May 1st 2005 Stephen Liu from Baas Sports made his debut with a great victory. May 14 brothers Daniel and Gerardo Harmsen boxing bout.
June 11 2005 Baas Sports won in all four classes Muay Thai kickboxing the first place during the CUMAFE championships. The winners from Baas Sports were; Louraine Girigori, Vincent Schuttel, Roderik Meijsing and Stephen Liu.
Baas Sports also took part with a karateka. Julius-Ann Johanns (46 kg) won the third place in the open class kumite for ladies.
November 13 2005 Free Fight (MMA) Championship organized by Edwin Baas and Chris Tjon. Johnny Brazao (52 kg) from Baas Sports showed a lot of “fighting spirit” and won a 5 kg heavier opponent by TKO and fought the final against a 16 pounds heavier opponent. The other two fighters from Baas Sports, Tim Hulsman and Jelmer Wijnja, also won the 2nd places.
December 10 2005 CUMAFE had a great “Night of the Martial Arts” with exhibitions in karate, taekwondo, judo, jiu jitsu, aikido, capoeira, krav maga and competitions in Muay Thai kickboxing and MMA.
Baas Sports was very successful. Kristy Ooms won a Thai Boxing match and Tim Hulsman won his Canadian opponent in a MMA fight.
Mayron Juliana demonstrated again that with a physical disability you also can practice martial arts.
Danny “Warwaru” van der Veen started May 2003 with Muay Thai Kickboxing at Baas Sports Curacao. July 2004 he went to The Netherlands with a record of 6 wins and no losses. In 2005 he picked up the sport and won one fight after the other; March 20 he won in Weert, April 17 he won by KO 2nd round at K-1 fight Night in Valkenswaard, June 26 he won by TKO 1st round in Valkenswaard, October 2nd draw at Gentlemen Fight Night in Tilburg, October 9 he won by TKO 3rd round at “Shogun 2005” in Den Bosch, October 29 he won by TKO 3rd round at “Showtime” in Den Bosch, November 11 he won in Spijkenisse and February 9 2006 Danny won in Deventer by 1st round KO.
Edwin Baas ended the year 2005 with winning the QZ Award.
In 2006 Baas Sports joined different gatherings with other Martial Arts clubs @ Sonesta beach, @ Military Marine basis Parera (stand-up striking by Edwin Baas and ground-fighting by Jacob-Jan Duijst) and @ SDK.
Baas Sports won four of the five classes in MMA and Thai-Kickboxing of the 2006 CUMAFE championships.
Francesco Solaro (Baas Sports) won the 1st place in MMA after unanimous victories over Jean Ten Broeke (Medina Grappling) and Patrick Ladeur (X-treme Judo Fighting Team). Igmar Pikerie (X-treme Judo Fighting Team) won @ the MMA heavyweights.
In Thai Boxing all 3 fighters of Baas Sports, won the first prizes. Stephen Liu won Williams, Milangelo Eugenio won Schoop and Reno Mooyweer won Wijnman by 2nd round KO.
Seminars by Thai master Ajarn Berglerk (Burklerk) PinsinChai (Champion of Lumpini Stadium Bangkok, 170 wins only 7 losses) @ Buhsido The Hague August 2006.
September 16 Fight4life Zonnehuis Amsterdam “Queen of the Ring”. Kristy Ooms won semifinal by KO (kick to the head see pic). Also in the pic Kenneth Macnack trainer of KB Brummen and topfighters like Linda Ooms and Faldir Chabari. With Joop Kasteel who was ring announcer @ “Ultimate Glory”, September 17 Amersfoort, organized by Martijn de Jong Shooto Holland. Karatejutsu @ Dick Smolders (also in the pic Albert Bouma and Junior).
Baas also visited Tayari and Ino Alberga @ Jurojin Leiden, Ridouan el Assrouti @ Gym Haarlem, Peter Koopman @ AfafA Zandvoort, Dennis Rock and Robin Dissels @ Rock gym Zaandam, Peter Dollenkamp @ Kickboxing Sneek, Marc van Keulen @ Taekyon Haarlem, and more.
In 2006 and 2007 Franklyn Hartkamp came from The Netherlands to give Krav Maga training. Edwin Baas invited teachers with different martial arts background, including; judo, jiu jitsu, aikido, taekwondo, Thai-kickboxing, boxing, MMA, karate, wrestling, krav maga, etc. Top row, from left to right: Patrick Ladeur, Chalton Donker, Briand Victorina, Oswin Cijntje, Maurits Filiet, Cedric Meulens, Franklin Hartkamp, Oscar Semerel, Gregory Costina, Alexander Yanez, Anthony Chong, Edwin Baas, Le Roy Tujeehut. Below, from left to right: Bas Jussen, Huibertico Balentien, Darrell Prins, Glenda Poeder, Willem-Jan Paardekooper, Reno Best, Jacob-Jan Duyst. Picture right below from left to right; Ramiro Sabina, Edwin Baas, Palmira Baas, Franklyn Hartkamp and Dennis Rock.
Krav Maga @ Harold van der Rijst in Apeldoorn with Ad v.d. Hijden.
Willem-Jan Paardekooper of Kapap Curacao brought two Israeli instructors, Avi Nardia and Albert Timen, to our island who gave an instructors course from February 19 till 26, Edwin Baas attended the course and received from the hands of the Minister of Justice the certificate “Kapap Instructor Level One” of the International Kapap Federation and Kapap Academy. Other graduates; Raul de Windt, Sharella Riedel, Sheila Maal, Paul Roberts (Canada), Antonio Torres, Ron Ridderbos (Holland) and Bill Sullivan (USA).
In 2007 Baas Sports joined different gatherings, like; @ the beach of Lions Dive Hotel, @ Navy Marine-basis Parera (stand-up striking by Edwin Baas and ground-fighting by Jacob-Jan Duijst) and @ SDK.
aas Sports was in 2007 very successful in Thai-kickboxing. @ Suriname with Milangelo Eugenio and Stephen Liu. Ivo van den Berg (Baas) won Daniel Schoop (TFD), Terence Martis (Baas) Arnold Drenthe, Paul Piper (Baas) won Ivan Molina (Thai Flying Dragon), Joel Adriana (Baas) won Quency Kraal (No Limit Team), Elvis Molina (Baas) won Nito Mongen (No Limit Team), Toon Vollebregt (Baas) won Jonathan Mogen (No Limit), Braizel Crispulo (Baas) won Suendly Martina (Tjakai), Jemuel Cleofa (Baas) won Roland Wawoe (No Limit Team), Rigcheilo Rosalia (Baas) fell short against the 6 kilo heavier Milano Bernadina (No Limit Team). Toon Vollebregt (Baas Sports) fought August 2007 in Trinidad a 10 rounds intercontinental full contact pro-tile fight of the WPKA against Brad Fowler from Canada. Also in “Free fight” our athletes were very successful in 2007. Johnny Brazao won and Juan Esteban Montoya won al his free fights and won the 1st prize. Elvis Molina won Jason (Attaf) this same night in Thaiboxing. A-class Thai-kickboxer Cedrick Copra, sub-champion of Europe, was also in Curaçao and trained at Baas Sports in his preparation for his match against Jyotaro Usui in Nagoya Japan. Also Cedrick fought this year in Turkey against Sahin “Kaas” Yakuth.
At the 2007 “Day of the Martial Arts” of CUMAFE there was an international Fight Night with Thai-kickboxing fights.
In the main event André Jean-Philippe (Martinique) won Saint-Thierry Auret (Saint Martin) by decision after five exciting rounds. The prizes were awarded by Ryan de Jongh, who rowed with a kayak around Curaçao. With this clearwater challenge he brought money for charity Carmabi.
Ivo van den Berg (Baas Sports) won by TKO 3rd round Dimeo Julien (Saint Martin). Michel Renirie (Baas Sports) was disqualified (accidental knee to the groin) against Cythere Steve (Martinique). Paul Piper did great but lost against Simao Cabort (Saint Martin). In local fights there were victories for the following fighters of Baas Sports; Joel Adriana, Elvis Molina and Toon Vollebregt.
Everything promised on the poster of “Born 2 Fight” took place May 3rd 2008. All fighters on the poster, Capoeira, DJ Tico and 9 fights, 5 local and 4 international “Curaçao vs Suriname” with fighters from The Ultimate in Paramaribo.
Mike Taatgen vs Dudley Thokaai (both youth from Baas Sports) fought an exhibition. Joel Adriana (Baas Sports) kneed his opponent in the belly, who went down and could not continue. Elvis Molina (Baas Sports) won his fight very convincingly. Toon Vollebregt (Baas Sports) won Dennis Helder (TFD) by TKO in the 2nd round.
Imad “The Earthquake” Ramahi (Suriname) won Rudsel Nisia (Thai Flying Dragon).
Pytho “Psycho Apart” Markiet (Suriname) won Michel Renirie (Baas Sports) in very close fight (29-29, 29-30, 29-30).
Organizer Ivo van den Berg (Baas Sports) won Murwin “Pireng” Emanuel (Suriname) by TKO round 1.
Danny “Warwaru” van der Veen (Baas Sports) won Ivan “The Black Warrior” Pavion (Suriname).
In 2008 Baas Sports was successful @ Aruba.
At the Muay Thai Showdown (with main event Cedric Bacuna vs Dave v.d. Ploeg-Gumbs) Elvis Molina (60 kg, 15 years) won Rygell Boye (66 kg, 15 years) Dojo Boye Aruba (Video ), Michel Renirie (70 kg) vs Jermo “Joy” Dap (73 kg) The Gym Suriname, Tijmen Kooij (should make his debut, but his opponent didn’t show up) and Tanva Ketkavee (61 kg) vs Wilton Ribeiro (65,2 kg) Brazil. Tanva, born in Thailand, has Muay Thai in his blood and in 19 fights he only lost once. In Curacao Tanva won Huub “Omar” van Venrooy (The Netherlands) by TKO. Other victories where against Brian Bennet (Aruba) and Rodney Ramlal (Trinidad & Tobago).
Baas Sports was also victorious in MMA. Francesco Solaro won his fight in the cage (Octagon) @ “Last Man Standing Fighting Championship 7”.
Edwin Baas in Suriname @; The Gym (Vincent Dap), The Ultimate (Rodney Belfor), Kyokushinkai Karate Instituut (Wilfred Burgos, Randy Badal, Padji Darius and Sirano Zalman), Simson gym (Michael Watson and Angelo Simson), Lie’s International Taekwondo Tournament (where Curaçao performed very well with 1st places for Gino Centello Meulens, Shernon Apostel and the most outstanding fighter of the event Audy Muller). Ronny Jackson won the 1st place up to 78 kg and Rodney Wijnaldum in the class to 72 kg.
Baas Sports was victorious again @ the 2008 CUMAFE championships with in grappling a first place for Rob Gogulski and 2nd place for Paul Piper and in Kickboxing 1st places for Deon Best and Braizel Crispulo and 2nd places for Justin Gogulski and Kwame Nzeako.
@ CUMAFE Fight Night 2008 the Muay Thai kickboxers from Baas Sports didn’t lose one fight and Donovan Lang won the main event by TKO in the 4th round. Countries that particpated were; Suriname, Saint Martin, Martinique, Trinidad & Tobago and Curacao.
The Martial Kids who passed their exams in the years 2007 until 2010