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January 26 2008 "Martial Kids" from Baas Sports did exam.

February 9 2008 Raul de Windt put a record by sparring 63 matches, points karate and ‘full contact’.

Pro-boxer Faissal Belghanou fought more than 70 times in the ring and 7 times Dutch champion. In The Netherlands Faissal trains at Ino Alberga at Jurojin Leiden, where he also teaches.
It was not a real holiday for Faissal. April 19 he had a pro-boxing match in Rotterdam against the Czech Republic, which he won. Faissal was very positive about the training at Baas Sports and showed his gratitude to wear the "Baas Sports" shirt while he entered the ring.
April 12th Faissal also gave a guest training during the CUMAFE beach training.

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 and there was also a clear victory for Rudney Isenia (Tjakai) who won a fighter from No Limit Team. 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).

June 7 2008 CUMAFE championships.
1st places: Kaven Lourens (Club Thode), Dorian Vogels (Raul Martial Arts), Danny Lacroes (Curaçao Taekwondo School), Gianno Winterdal (Colcur), Samuel Mangra (Colcur), Angelo Boutisma (Club Thode), Aron Millard (Colcur), Jhandelli Evers (Colcur), Gênesis Gibbes(Colcur), David Kook (Curaçao Taekwondo School), Anthony Ruggenaath (Karate Kan Saliña), Redferne Regales (Karate Kan Saliña).

1. Rob Gogulski (Baas Sports)
2. Paul Piper (Baas Sports).

Muay Thai Kickboxing junior (-18):
1. Deon Best (Baas Sports)
2. Justin Gogulski (Baas Sports)

Muay Thai Kickboxing senior (18+)
1. Braizel Crispulo (Baas Sports)
2. Kwame Nzeako (Baas Sports)

Muay Thai exhibition 5 rounds Tanva Ketkavee vs Reno Best.

Muay Thai Showdown June 21 2008. Main event Cedric Bacuna vs Dave v.d. Ploeg-Gumbs.
Elvis Molina (60 kg, 15 years) Baas Sports Curacao won Rygell Boye (66 kg, 15 years) Dojo Boye Aruba. Video
Michel Renirie (70 kg) Baas Sports Curacao fought Jermo "Joy" Dap (73 kg) The Gym Suriname.
Tijmen Kooij (Baas Sports) had to make his debut, but his opponent didn't show up.
Tanva Ketkavee (61 kg) was the last fighter from Baas Sports Curacao and faced Wilton Ribeiro (65,2 kg) from 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).

Edwin Baas and Reno Best have cooperated in the campaign “Ban lucha kontra kanser na prostat” of Fundashon Prinses Wilhelmina Fonds and could be seen on billboards, posters, brochures and a TV-spot.

CUMAFE president and former world champion karate Dudley Josepa became the second best karateka of all times. 1st place Egea (Spain), 2nd place Josepa (Netherlands Antilles), 3rd place Pinda (France), 4th place Otto (England), 5th place Suzuki (Japan). Click here for the rest of the list.
Kader Benali runs with his brother Mohammed, Ben Ali Gym in the Netherlands. Benali gym has produced world champions like Hassan AitBassou and L'houcine "Aussie" Ouzgni, May 2008 Aussie had a nice KO victory in Curacao. Kader's last fight was victory over an Algerian in Marseille. Kader is a personal friend and training partner of Oscar de la Hoya.

In July Edwin Baas was in Suriname. At the left side in photo compilation below some gyms/schools where Baas gave lessons as guest-trainer; The Gym (Vincent Dap), The Ultimate (Rodney Belfor), Karate Instituut Wilfred Burgos (Kyokushinkai). At the right side; Michael Watson and Angelo Simson from Simson gym, Wilfred Burgos and other trainers like Randy Badal, Padji Darius and Sirano Zalman.

July 5th 2008, a team from Curacao represented at Lie's International Taekwondo Tournament in Paramaribo, Suriname.
Besides Curacao and Suriname, French Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago participated in this tournament which was organized by Arthy Lie.
The Curaçao athletes performed very well. Gino Centello Meulens, Shernon Apostel and Audy Muller won first prizes.
Audy Muller caused the sensation of the day, because with his performance both on the mat and off the mat he gained a lot of sympathy from the Surinamese public. After his first match he had fans among the Surinamese, who encouraged him in his second match. In the final he won the big favorite Kevin Fernhald the son of the Surinamese minister and coach. Muller was named the best fighter of the tournament and received next to the cup for 1st prize in the category up to 58 kg also the trophy for "the most outstanding fighter".
In the other finals there was a for many years Suriname champion Caribbean champion Ronny Jackson. Jackson won the 1st place up to 78 kg and Rodney Wijnaldum in the class to 72 kg.
In the pictures among others, the Curaçao team, Ronny Jackson and Rodney Wijnaldum, soul mates Eric Lie and Ronald Sandvliet, Edwin Baas and Erik Markiet, father of Jeffrey and Carlos. Baas was Jeffrey and Carlos taekwondo teacher in Haarlem (The Netherlands).

September 6 2008 Francesco Solaro from Baas Sports Curaçao won his fight in the cage (Octagon) @ "Last Man Standing Fighting Championship 7" in Aruba.

In October 2008 Naoufal El Hamchaoui trained @ Baas Sports.
Naoufal was at that time in preparation for a title fight of the World Professional Thai-Boxing League on November 23 2008 and he won the title by defeating none other than current champion Abid "The Predator "Boudhan.
This was not his first title because earlier he won several titles. In Basel (Switzerland) 2004, he became World Champion, in Antwerpen (Belgium) 2007 European title, and in New York (USA) June 2008 he won by Shinichi "Condor" Oono from Japan, and he also had victories in Russia, Spain, Turkey and Thailand.
After the victory over Boudhan , Naoufal won Mohammed Ettajiri (December 21 2008), the European title by defeating Roman Tarakanov from Russia (March 29 2009), Jesus Di Semedo (June 27 2009).
Besides Muay Thai and Thai boxing, Naoufal also won titles in Kickboxing, Sanda and Taekwondo.
The fighters from Baas Sports had a good training/sparring partner in Naoufal. Naoufal and his trainer Jim Rijkschroeff of Keumgang The Hague were also very positive about the training by Baas and are very grateful.

In October and November 2008 we had more guests like Dennis Rock, Rivo Slory and Aiven Sprang.
Dennis Rock from Rock Gym Zaandam and Edwin Baas know each other very well. In the time Baas had a Thaiboxing school in Haarlem, there were frequent exchanges between the two schools. Dennis brought many top-fighters; Melvin Manhoef, Milco Voorn, Denise Ris, Jamila Amestoun and Peter Dollekamp.
Rivo Sory is a professional boxer and Muay Thai kickboxer from Vos gym Amsterdam.
Former world champion Aiven Sprang belongs with Lucien Carbin and Rob Kaman to the Dutch champions for the first hour. They were in the early 80's the first who competed on the world stage and became World Champions. January 15 1984 Ivan Sprang gained worldwide fame by the world title fight against the American Benny "The Jet" Urquidez. Furthermore Sprang was successful in several disciplines. In France he became champion in savate, a French form of kickboxing, by winning the French on their own rules. In kickboxing rules Sprang won Naoki Ishino (Japan) and in Thai boxing rules Sprang won Vanpedej (Thailand).

November 23 2008 CUMAFE @ Brionplein.
Karate exhibition by Dudley Josepa, Raul de Windt, Redferne Regales, Ralph van der Linden and Jarreth Martina.
Thai-kickbox and self defense exhibition by the youth of Baas Sports; Mike Taatgen, Dudley Thokaai, Justin Do Rego, Afra Baas and Raekwon Baas.

At CUMAFE Fight Night 2008 November 29 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.
After the opening ceremony, the program started with different exhibitions.
Danny Lacroes and Matilda Bolhuis from Curacao Taekwondo School.
Redferne Regales from Raul Martial Arts, Jarreth Martina and Elton Dollison from Karate Kan Saliña, Gianno Winterdaal and Samuel Mangra from Dojo ColCur.
Boxing: Zahir Hamud and Daniel Harmsen from Baas Sports.
Tanva Ketkavee (Baas Sports) fought 3 rounds with Marlon Taylor (Trinidad & Tobago) and two rounds with Joel Adriana (Baas Sports). These 3 fighters had no opponent. The opponent of Taylor became ill the same day of the fight.
Allard Held (Suriname) won Simao Cabort (Saint Martin) by disqualification in round 2. Cabort won the “Fair play price” because of an accidental foul.
Fabrice Mandon (Martinique) won Jason Munroe (Trinidad & Tobago) on points.
Elvis Molina (Baas Sports Curacao) vs Dave Emanuel (Suriname) ended in a draw.
Cythere Steve (Martinique) won Kenroy Wilson (Trinidad & Tobago) by KO round 2
Murwin Emanuel (Suriname) won Teddy Baubant (Martinique) by TKO round 3.
Donovan Lang (Baas Sports) won Rudsel Nisia (Thai Flying Dragon) by TKO round 4.

Arda Guncicek en Jelmer Wijnja blijken succesvolle grapplers te zijn.
Arda Guncicek trainde voordat Edwin Baas naar Curacao vertrok Thaiboxing bij Baas Sports Haarlem.
Jelmer Wijnja trainde bij Baas Sports toen hij als marinier op Curacao gelegerd was en debuteerde tijdens de Free Fight Championship 2005 en vocht MMA tijdens de CUMAFE kampioenschappen van 2006.
Guncicek debuteerde in het toernooi van 31 mei en won zowel 31 mei als 29 november 2008 de 1ste prijs.
Wijnja won de eerste editie, op 1 maart, de 1ste plaats en kwam tijdens de andere edities ook in de prijzen, waardoor hij de meeste punten behaald heeft en zich Nederlands Kampioen van 2008 mag noemen.
Beide heren gefeliciteerd. Masha pabien. Tebrik ederim.
December 14th 2008 Johan Croes (Aruba) and Cedrick "Tula" Copra (Curacao) proved to be "Masters of the Ring", when they fought fighters of Mike's Gym Amsterdam-North in the lion's den Zonnehuis Amsterdam North. Croes won even by KO in the 1st round. Copra kicked his opponent that he flew with both feet in the air what resulted in the "Photo of the Year".
Other A-class Thai-kickboxers like Cedric Bacuna (won in May this year on Curacao Benito Caupain), Benjey Zimmerman and Jemyma Betrian were also very successful and in 2008 with several victories. Kim Steward and Rudolf Conquet, both trained by Eric Constancia, were successful during the Open Dutch Championships Kyokushin Karate in Papendrecht. Conquet was the fourth time heavyweight champion and Kim Stewart, daughter of karateka Dr. Rick Stewart, won bronze.
In the year 2008 there were a lot of great performances by Curacao athletes, but the title "Fighter of the Year" was won clear by Taekwondoka Cedric Meulens.
Cedric won because of his "Fighting Spirit" and Martial Arts mentality (discipline, perseverance, but also patience) during his rehabilitation process.
In October Cedric suffered a spinal injury . At that moment he was, as coach of Dutch Antillean Taekwondo team, in Mexico, and was operated directly in Mexico. After hospitalization, he went to the Rehabilitation Center Curaçao De SGR Group.
Cedric's life is dominated by sport. In the pictures; Cedric, Leendert Verwey and Edwin Baas on the podium at a championship of the Dutch Taekwondo Federation TBN in 1993, Cedric as trainer/coach of Tram Curacao that was very successful in Suriname July 2008.
Now Cedric is busy with his toughest fight. The goal, however, is not a trophy or championship, but a different purpose.

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