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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.
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. In Trinidad Serwin Concincion became Pan-American Champion WKN and Leyron Marcos, Ariel Concepcion, Narswin Betrian, Reno Mooyweer Thurston Joseph, Danny van der Veen, Roderick Meijsing, Rines Martina (Rojer), Raylison Aitatus and Milangelo Eugenio all won one or more fight. 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. 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. In Suriname, December 19 2003, Curacao was represented by Baas Sports. Edwin Baas went with Karel Jamanika, Caribbean Champion WKN.
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. The host Ruud Hardjokosoemo, karate sensei of the naval base, trained kickboxing at Baas in Haarlem.
In 2004 Ariel Concepcion, Danny van der Veen, Trevor Bomas, Kevin Abraham, Achraf Kayouf, Roderik Meijsing, Ramiro Sabina, Jemuel Cleofa, Dennis Arentsen, Thurston Joseph were victorious. 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.
Baas 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
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 BC.
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.
20100912 Masterclass Aggression Management by Carl Blijd @ BAO TRIEU Groningen. Fightclub Lloyd van Dams Utrecht (Edwin Baas, Cedrick “Tula” Copra, Lloyd van Dams, Darren Simon, Robert, multiple champion Khalid Bourdif, Justin Gogulski, Zurreyl Simon, Argenio Pieters, Jamal van Dams). 20100918 Rock Gym Zaandam with Roderick de Haseth @ “Warriors of the North” in Drachten for Dutch heavyweight title Muay Thai. Kops Gym Amsterdam (Donovan Lang en Bert Kops), De Haagse Directe (Richel Hersisia en Daniel Ghita) Vos Gym Amsterdam (Orinta van der Zee, Michael Babb, Cedric Bacuna, Miles Simson). 20100925 Jemyma Betrian and Denise Kielholtz who won the ladies tournament (3 victories in 1 night). 201009 Dutch Championships of the NBB (Nederlandse Boks Bond) in Nieuwegein, Argenio Pieters (bantamweight 52-56 kg) and Justin Gogulski (lightweight 56-60 kg), both made it to the finals. Lirou Pinedo became Dutch Champion heavyweight (81-91 kg) after 4 victories September 18, 19, 25 and 26. Pindeo is trained by Innocent Anyanwu and Ilona van Lenten at Kops gym.
20100530 Box CABA 5 victories for Baas Sports; Dudley Thokaai, Argenio Pieters, Braizel Crispulo, Givanni Schaap and Justin Gogulski.
2010 Kickbox CUMAFE victories for Argenio Pieters and Giwanni Schaap.
“Honor and Respect”; Gionny Koeyers, Dudley Thokaai, Argenio Pieters, BC, Justin Gogulski, Gideon Jonker and Paul Piper.
20101106 CUMAFE 2nd edition of ‘FIGHTERS OF THE CARIBBEAN’ with Bonaire, Suriname, Martinique, Sint Maarten, USA, Morocco, The Netherlands and Curacao, Baas Sports Curacao had 8 fighters participating in international fights and the result was 6 victories and only 2 losses. BC, Ruben Schot, Argenio Pieters, Justin Gogulski, Joost Mulder, Raul Franciska all won. Denise Kielholtz/ Pieternella won the main event.
20110326 “Trinidad & Tobago vs Curacao” @ Trinidad, which was convincingly won by Baas Sports Curacao.
Joost Mulder won Keron Bourne by TKO 2nd round, Jamal el Otmani won Anthony Deonarine by TKO 2nd round, Raul Franciska won Martin Joseph by TKO 3rd round. Only the experienced Devon Ramkallawan was a little too strong for Justin Gogulski.
20110430 AruBox. Baas Sports Curacao 4 boxers, 3 victories in Aruba.
Argenio Pieters won Shaedemir Jansen, Jamal el Otmani won Adriaan Albertz, Nezar Regales won Kevin Lee. Efi Jimmy Croes won Justin Gogulski
20110530 Box. 4 victories 4 Baas Sports Curacao vs Bonaire and Suriname. BC, Justin Gogulski, Argenio Pieters and Nezar Regales won their boxing bouts.