Saturday, February 12, 2011

Tom Harinck (Netherland) - Chakuriki & savate - NEW

1975 - first teacher of savate from Netherland with diploma of French boxing - savate
1976 - co-founder of NKBB (dutch kick boxing association)
1980 - trained German anti terorist group and Netherland special forces
1984 - Tom Harinck created WMTA (World Muay Thai Association)
1985 - WMTA has 47 member states (countries)
1993 - Branco Cikatic (Croatia) become first champion of first K1 tournament in Japan
1995 - Peter Aerts (also his fighter) - K1 world champion

It was January 1972 that Thom Harinck founded the world's most famous Muay Thai and Kickboxing Gym, Chakuriki. Chakuriki is a Japanese word which means as much as "the power derived from". Originally Harinck, who trained Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai karate for a short while, meant the Chakuriki-style to be a mixture of traditional karate, boxing, wrestling, judo and jiu jitsu, coupled with rigid meditation sessions. Another part of the style was handling the traditional kobudo weapons such as bo, manriki gusari, nunchaku and the sai.
The emblem of Chakuriki shows a Thaiboxer and a Bullterrier with a twig between its fangs as a sign of peace. The Bullterrier was chosen because of its courage, intelligence, power, agility and speed. All of these are characteristic for a Chakuriki fighter.
Typical for the style became training with weights and extreme tough outdoor training during which they drew the attention of everyone due to the (for that time) very informal red karate-gi.
The founding of Chakuriki was the beginning of a new era in the Martial Arts, because all the above coupled with the no-nonsense discipline that Harinck demanded from his fighters soon started to show results.
Again and again fighters from other disciplines all over Europe were beaten soundly by the Chakuriki stable and gradually they obtained a fearsome reputation. These results made Harinck's fame spread all over the world and eventually reached the cradle of Muay Thai, the Lumpini Stadium in Bangkok. The Thais did not hesitate and challenged Chakuriki by inviting them to Bangkok to take the ultimate test and fight them man-to-man on traditional Muay Thai rules.
Of course the Dutch accepted. They had heard vaguely about Muay Thai, but had no idea what they should expect. They were strong and had beaten almost every famous fighter in Europe and America, so what could they have to fear?
How rude was their awakening! With five they went and with five they lost. The longest fight lasted three rounds. But don’t expect Harinck to be disillusioned. On the contrary. One could say he underwent a process of "Spiritual rebirth".
He is a sportsman so he accepted defeat and instead of going home and licking his wounds, it was there and then that he decided that he could learn a lot from his victors. He went back many times to train and the results were evident. Next to Thailand there are no stronger fighters in the World than the Dutch. The mutual respect between the Thai and Harinck resulted in the founding of the World Muay Thai Association in January 1984. Mr. Montri Mongkolsawad, then the manager of the Rajadamnern Stadium became the Honorary president for life and Thom Harinck was nominated as President.
In more than 25 years, Chakuriki has come a long way. From a small but much disputed school in down-town Amsterdam they grew to become the World's most famous Muay Thai and Kickboxing Gym with even their own clothing line which sells very well.
At the moment Harinck is one of the biggest promoters in the World but as always he is still available for seminars.

Thom Harinck Thom Harinck was born on December 22nd 1943 in the Hague, the Netherlands. In his youth, Thom Harinck had a broad range of experience with sports like judo, football and athletics. At the age of seventeen while working as a steward on a cruise ship, he acquainted a wide knowledge of different martial arts all over the world.
Due to his excellent physical condition and mental abilities he was selected to drive an AMX tank during his military service. It was in that same period that he started boxing. After his military service he had several jobs, but his heart was always with the martial arts and eventually he got involved professionally.
With 5 other friends he founded "Stunt Team Six" which team was very competent in many stunts with ear and motor vehicles, but also in horse riding, diving and fighting arts. For a short while he practiced Mas Oyama's Kyokushinkai karate, but it was in 1972 that he founded his own "Chakuriki" style.
1975: Thom Harinck went to Paris with a Chakuriki team. They made a lasting impression and he was the first Dutchman ever to receive a diploma of the French Savate association. In the same year trainer Thom Harinck managed to have three European kickboxing champions in the WAKO in Berlin.
1976: He was the co-founder of the NKBB (Dutch Kickboxing Association) and the red thaiboxing shorts became characteristic for the Chakuriki fighters.
1978: Thom Harinck and his Chakuriki team were the first Dutch to fight in the Lumpini stadium in Bangkok, Thailand. The USA declared Thom Harinck the most successful trainer of the world. (Based on the most champions in different weight classes).
1979: Chakuriki was declared the best martial arts school by the Hong-Kong martial arts magazines.
1980: Thom Harinck trained the famous "Hundertmannschaft" of the German anti-terrorist group in Bonn. Thom Harinck trained several divisions of the special forces of the Dutch police.
1983: Thom Harinck founded the MTBN (Dutch Muay Thai Association).
1984: Thom Harinck founded the WMTA (World Muay Thai Association). Thom Harinck founded the EMTA (European Muay Thai Association).
1985: These associations can boast to have a membership of over 47 countries.
1990: Thom Harinck was elected as the only not-Asian in the board of the IMTA (International Muay Thai Association).
1994: Thom Harinck achieves again with another heavyweight fighter Peter Aerts, first place in the famous K-1 tournament in Tokyo, Japan.
And in Bangkok General Tomrat Yoenyong selected Thom for president of Europe in the IMF (International Muay Thai Federation).
The 8th of July was a very special day in Thom's life: Thom marries his girlfriend Marjan Olfers.
Bangkok, Mr. Montri Mongkolsawad selected Thom for Vice chairman of the world in the WMTC (World Muay Thai Council) from the International Competition.

Chakuriki-Dojo Training address: Van Hallstraat 52 1055 HH Amsterdam The Netherlands, Europe Mailing address: Berend Boeijingastraat 22 1025 ML Amsterdam The Netherlands, Europe Phone: +31(0)20-6360311 Mobile: +31(0)-653169079 Fax: +31(0)20-6360411 Email:

Tom Harinck - creator of Chakuriki lerned savate in South Africa?
But who actually teached this very rare sport in S. Africa? Please listen 0:13.

Tom Harinck :

Born in 1943, Tom Harinck begins with judo and boxing during his time in the army, with 22 amateur fights, for only 1 loss on points. He works on a boat and discovers the Savate French boxing.

Harinck trains with Jon Bluming in Kyokushinkai. He says he got a 6th dan in Kyokushinkai. Harinck acknowledged in an interview that Bluming was giving belts too easily.

In 1972, Harinck began teaching the fight science in his team named Chakuriki (in Japanese, this word would mean "The power derived from"). His fighters are known among others, for their red kimono.

In 1975, the Chakuriki team meets a Savate French boxing team, in Paris. We don't know the results of the fights. The details of these fighters are mentioned in the list below.

Tom Harinck Chakuriki

Tom Harinck (right)

From the French Karate Magazine

Poster from the meeting between the Chakuriki and the French Savate

The same year, Harinck received his diplom of Savate french boxing professor, from the the French Federation. In 1976, he founded the NKBB (Nederlands kickboxing Bond), with Jan Plas.

The first kick-boxing fights are held in Netherlands in 1976 and are detailed in the results list below.

Invited in August 1978 in Thailand, the Chakuriki team loses its 5 fights against the Thais. The details are mentioned later. The fighters are coming back in Holland, but Tom Harinck stayed in Thailand to learn the Muay-Thai.

Teams of Thai boxers are also coming to the Netherlands to be confronted with Chakuriki.

Tom Harinck Chakuriki logo Tom Harinck Chakuriki logo

Tom Harinck Chakuriki logoFour Chakuriki logos

Note the graphic changing between this four Chakuriki logos. On the two last version, fighting dogs are with an olive branch (peace logo). On the last version, the name of Shihan (Professor or Model in Japanese) has disappeared. The term Savate has been changed with the term Free-Fight.

Tom Harinck has published a book in 1980, called "De ontleende kracht". The free translation can be "The borrowed strengh", maybe a synonym of the Japanese term Chakuriki. Harinck has published a second book, named "Muay Thai or Thai Boxing". He has also published a training video, named "Born to Fight". Short video from this edition :

Tom Harinck book

Tom Harinck's book

Without wishing to become people, we report that in the June 1991 Black Belt Magazine article, Tom Harinck is mentioned as the husband of Saskia Van Rijswijk, famous Dutch fighter woman, in the 1980s. The latter fought against the also famous Lilly Rodriguez, in 1982 (see article over Benny Urquidez).

Saskia Van Rijswijk Tom Harinck
Saskia Van Rijswijk and Tom Harinck

Jan Plas :

Jan Plas practices first Karate Kyokushinkai with Jon Bluming.

For the European Championships of Traditional Karate in 1974 in London, Jan Plas loses before the final against Geert Leemens/Belgium, in the middleweights.

At the same time, Jan Plas has trained with Tom Harinck, in his Dojo, as seen on this picture.

Tom Harinck (left) and Jan Plas

In 1975, Jan Plas visited Tokyo and trained in the Kenji Kurosaki dojo. Kurosaki is a former Kyokushinkai practitioner with Mas Oyama. Kurosaki founded his own fighting style called kickboxing. Kurosaki is related with Jon Bluming and has taught with him in Holland. They have writen together a book about the Karate Kuykushinkai. Kurosaki's Dojo is named Mejiro Gym, given its location in the district of the same name.

The similarity of evolution between Dutch and Japanese Kyokushinkai practitioners is interresting, with this move towards more complete and effective practices.

Back in the Netherlands, Jan Plas founded his own Mejiro Gym.

Jan Plas Platje Tom Harinck

January Plas (right), vs Platje in 1976.

The referee is Tom Harinck

Shortly after the Chakuriki journey in Thailand, the Mejiro Gym will also travel to Thailand to confront with the Thai fighters.

Jan Plas was the professor for Fred Royer, Lucien Carbin, Rob Kaman, Andre Brilleman and Johan Vos, who will found later the famous Vos Gym. We only mention these fighters, because they will have their golden days after 1980, deadline for the period studied here.

The first Dutch performance :

May 17, 1974. during the first tournament of the European professional karate, organized in Berlin by Georg Bruckner (see article: Professional Karate Debuts in Europe), the Dutch are present. In the heavyweights, Frank Brodar/Germany or Yugoslavia, def Ivan Oliviari/Netherlands. The winners will fight against the American selection in Los Angeles (see article: Los Angeles 09.14.1974).

The same day, some European fighters are opposed to an US selection, still with points fights. The American fighters wear protections, while the Europeans are not fitted. In the heavyweights, Jim Butin beats Ivan Oliviari, surrogate for the European Champion, Franc Brodar, injured at his hand.

The US team also visits Holland, at a meeting organized by Jan Stoker, in The Hague. The US fighters first beat a Dutch Taekwondo team, by 25/0.

The Americans also beat a Dutch Kyokushinkai team, composed of practitioners of a rank below the black belt. It has been proposed to the Dutch to fight black belts from their school, but Peter Kredijt, Kyokushinkai team leader, reportedly replied that the Americans were not fighters and that the black belts were too strong for them.

After some hesitation, Peter Kredijt accepts a challenge from Jeff Smith. Kredijt is then sent to the canvas three times, for the count.

29 november 1975. Meeting with Savate French boxing in Paris (possibly at the Meridien Hotel) between a Chakuriki team and French fighters. Robbie Harinck, Ron Kuyt, Gerard Bakker, Jan Kunst and Jhon de Ruyter have participated in these fights, but we don't know their results. Jan Kunst lost against George Simon and Christian Guillaume wins against an other Dutchman. The same evening occured the Savate European Championship for the featherweights title between Bernard Le Prevost/France and Marc Beaute/Belgium.

Jhon de Ruyter

Jhon de Ruyter (right), 1975 in Paris

during combat in Savate

September 21, 1975. At the Deutschlandarena Berlin, a tournament called the European All Style Karate Championships is organized by Bruckner and Mike Anderson, the latter engaged in the production of the event (see article: Full-Contact Development in Europe). It's possible that the Dutch Jan Kunst and Ron Kuyt have won at this tournament?

1976. In an interview given to a German newspaper named Karate Budo, Tom Harinck mentions that in 1976 in Schiedam, Kuyt, De Graaf and Kunst became Europe Champions, possibly in Kick-Boxing or Full Contact ? We found no trace of this European Championship.

May 2, 1976. At Gelsenkirchen, Germany, a tournament called full-contact European Championship is held. (see article: Full-Contact Development in Europe). In the 63-69 kg category, the French Roger Paschy, former member of the Frech Traditional Karate team, won this tournament. He defeated first the Jhon de Ruyter by ko. The appointed Kuyj is mentioned as the 3rd in this category. It could be Ron Kuyt.

The Dutch V.D. Velden (-90.5 kg), and Tuhirima (-63k) finish 1st and 3rd respectively, in their weight classes.

May 31, 1976. A first kick-boxing gala is held in Amsterdam between the Chakuriki and the Mejiro Gym.

We found an article published in Germany, stating the following fights :

De Ruyter (Chakuriki) beats R. Janson (Mejiro) by ko in the 2nd
W. Galenlamp (Mejiro) beats A. Ekkelsoom on points
T. Severs (Chakuriki) beats RW Leedeman by ko in the 2nd
R. Kuyt (Chakuriki) beats J. Boom by ko in the 3rd
January Plas (Mejiro) beats G. Platje by ko in the 2nd
E. Cairo (Mejiro) beats F. Karakus (Chakuriki) on points
G. Bakker (Chakuriki) beats J. (Johan?) Vos (Mejiro) by ko
Groningen (Mejiro) def Rompa (Chakuriki) by disqualification
Cabin (Lucien Carbin?) (Mejiro) def Harinck (Chakuriki) by kot
Ladenius (Mejiro) beats C. Brugman by kot

Jan Plas Platje
Jan Plas, left, during the 1st gala kick-boxing,

in 1976, vs Platje

If we make the total of the fights between these two schools, we arrive at 2 wins for Chakuriki and 3 wins for Mejiro Gym.

(For all Championships and Cups WAKO mentioned later, see the articles: First WAKO World Championships and First WAKO European Championships).

April or May 1977. During the first WAKO European Cup, which takes place in Rotterdam/Netherlands, the welterweights final is between George Metz/Netherlands and Slobodan Soboda/Yugoslavia. The light-heavyweights final is between Gerard Bakker/Netherlands and Lip Van de Meer/Netherlands. Hansi Jaensch/West Germany loses against Ivan Menes/Netherlands in the super lightweights final. The Dutch dominated the tournament.

1977. At the 1st European Championships, held by Georg Bruckner in Vienna/Austria, the Dutch obtained the following results : Gold medals : Jan de Graf (+ 84 kg), Gerard Bakker (- 84 kg), H. Rompa in (- 79 kg), Ron Kuyt (- 69 kg). The Netherlands team is ahead of West Germany and Norway.

October 1977. At the 2nd European Cup held in Vienna/Austria, the German lightweight Hans Jaensch beats R. Harinck on points. During the preliminary fights, Kemal Zeriat beats the Dutch Ron Kuyt. Zeriat had lost against him twice before. The Germans dominate the tournament.

August 1978. A Chakuriki team gwent to Bangkok, to fight against Thai boxers. The Thais names are phonetic.
Pasal Sittiboonlert beats Ron Kuyt by ko in the 2nd
Sakata Porntawe beats Robby Harinck by ko in 1st round
Sriprae Kiatsompob def Imro Van Hattan by ko 1st
Satanfah Sor Pratiep beats Faisal Karakus by ko in the 2nd
Ekachai Sitmorart beats K. Ramikisoen by ko 1st

Chakuriki ThailandArticle about the 1978 Chakuriki journey in Thailand

May 1978. During the 2nd European Championships, held in Wolfsburg/West Germany, possibly by Georg Bruckner, Ivan Menes (-63 kg) won the gold medal. For teams, West Germany is ahead of the Netherlands and Yugoslavia.

December 1978. At the 3rd European Cup, which takes place in Basel/Switzerland, a month after the WC of Berlin, Ivan Menes wins the category -63 kg.

1979. During the 3rd European Championships, held in Milan/Italy by Ennio Falsoni, Roufs won the bronze medal - 79 kg.

November 5, 1978. During the first WAKO World Championships in West Berlin, Ivan Menes won the gold medal of the -63 kg category. The US team is first, followed by West Germany and the Dominican Republic, Netherlands are only 4th.

February 25, 1979. In Amsterdam, Patrick Brizon/France beats Ron Kyut for the European kick-boxing title .

3 and November 4, 1979. During the 2nd WAKO World Championships in Tampa/Florida/USA, organized by Mike Anderson, F. Okkonowiak won the bronze medal for the category - 79 kg.

1980. Ron Kuyt loses against Andre Brilleman in kick-boxing before the limit. We will not mention the whole career of Andre Brilleman, which will have a final record of 16-1-1 and beat Howard Jackson in 1984 for the WKA title (see the article on Howard Jackson). Link to the video:

Date unknown (before 1978). Amsterdam. A Thai team led by Roger Paschy/France (see the article : Roger Paschy), met the Dutch team. All Thais lose before the limit. Lucien Carbin wins in the 2nd round. Harrinck wins his fight too. Ron Kuyt beats Roger Paschy by retirement for an injury, at the beginning of the 2nd round.

Date unknown (after 1976). Amsterdam. Frans Otten Stadion. A match between Thai boxers against a Dutch selection. All Batavian fighters win their fight, Lucien Carbin vs Srinop, Ron Kuyt vs S. Boonlod, Faisal Karakus vs S. Sangsrithong and Andre Brilleman vs C. Topruska (according to the pub for the meeting). We note that there is a video of a fight between Brilleman and Boonlod, date 4/7/1979. We don't know if this is the same night. Link to video:

Date unknown (during an evening fight with Dominique Valera and after the fight above mentionned). Ron Kuyt beats Kamel Zeriat/Germany on points and Bakker beats Fran├žois Petitdemange/France, also on points.

Conclusions :

We see a clear affiliation between Kyokushinkai imported in Holland by Jon Bluming and its legs kicks, with the evolution of its practitioners to kick-boxing with its low-kicks or to Muay Thai, with its knees and elbows kicks, sometimes allowed.

The Dutch have started to practice kick-boxing before the arrival of full-contact in Europe, their first success could be explained by this advance.

Please note that the Dutch fighters dominated full-contact, kick-boxing, Savate French boxing as Thai-boxing.

Moreover, competition between Tom Harinck and Jan Plas, and Johan Vos after 1980, may also explain a part of the Dutch success.

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