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Summary 2009
Some highlights of 2009; Edwin Baas @ World Championships Boxing in Italy as coach of Benjey Zimmerman, "Fighters of the Caribbean" with A-class Clash Cedrick Copra vs Remco Hisken, and the visit of Fedor Emelianenko.

Baas Sports started 2009 very good because at "The Battle of Local Heroes" January 30 2009 the team did not lose one fight. Video
Justin Gogulski (16 year 60 kg) Baas Sports won Haidel Alexander (67 kg) Tjakai.
Mike Taatgen (14 year 50 kg) Baas Sports won Chesterly Williams (13 year 50 kg) Tjakai.
Kwame Nzeako and Collin Knarren, both Baas Sports, fought each-other in a draw 3 rounds of 3 minutes K-1 rules.
Danny van der Veen (71 kg) Baas Sports won Rudsel Nisia (+80 kg) The Thai Flying Dragon.
Coregelino "Gelly" Djaoen (75 kg) Baas Sports won by TKO 3rd round Emson Merce Thai Flying Dragon.
Other successes were for An Lie Huang and Braizel Crispulo.
The Baas Sports Fighters were also successful at other local competitions like the CUMAFE championships, June 6 2009. Baas Sports won 1st places in Grappling (Fransesco Solaro), MMA (Paul Piper won Dennis Helder) and kickboxing (Joel Adriana won Ruvensky Lopez). Karate Kan Saliña won the 1st prizes in karate (Kyon Li, Dorian Vogels, Elfried Josepa and Redferne Regales). Exhibitions in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Capoeira, Enshin Full Contact Karate, Shaolin Fa Men Chuan and boxing. DJ’s were DJ Lonchi Raymond "Mayron" Juliana and Sherwin Zimmerman.

In 2009 CUMAFE organized various beachtrainings.
April 25 2009 with guest trainer Clarence Thompson, an experienced Thaiboxer and MMA Fighter from Mandingo Gym/ Pro-Fighters/ Team Slamm and now gives training in his Martial Arts Society in Amsterdam Zuid-Oost.
October 31 2009 with guest trainers; Ruben La Cruz, former Dutch champion boxing and artist, and former Thaibox champion Vincent Dap, trainer of "The Gym" Suriname.

April 2009 "Martial Kids" from Baas Sports did exam.

May 10 2009 Tijmen Kooij won by TKO in 2nd round @ RINGS "Luctor et Emergo" in Amstelveen. Tijmen trained during his physiotherapy internship at Baas Sports Curacao, where he says he has grown and learned a lot.
Various photo's of Baas Sports @ Radulhus College. Some members received certificates as appreciation for the long time they train; Braizel Crispulo, Reno Best, Daniel Harmsen, Renate Matroos, Ivan Esseboom and Dr. J.R. Krishnadath.

August 2009 the CABA (Curacao Amateur Boxing Association) was re-establishment and Edwin Baas became the president.

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. Video
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 pictures; Camarelle, Domenico Valentino (won just like Camarelle gold for Italy during this World Cup), Macedonia, Slovenia, Malta, Scotland, Congo, Switzerland, Gambia, Grenada, Jamaica, US Virgin Islands, Panama, Bahamas, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, Samoa, Team USA, etc.

Edwin Baas who traveled from Milan to Curacao via The Netherlands stayed a couple of days in The Netherlands.
Baas gave a guest training at MT Gym (Picture Baas with old students; Peter Reffenrath, Boubkar Belkasmi, Marcel Takken en Ed Oosterbaan) and visited the M-1 office, Marc Van Keulen (and his partner Esmeralda and her daughter Michelle), Eagle gym from Dew Jagernath and trainer/multiply champion Gilbert Ballentine, Gym Haarlem with owner/champion Ridouan El Asrouti and old student Arno Hermans, Albert Bouma @ Budovereniging ‘Zelfverdediging In de Toelast’, Press conference "Fighters of the Caribbean".


Foto’s van Ruben La Cruz van o.a. Griekenland, waar hij een 3de plaats won tijdens het Europees Kampioenschap en toen hij in 1979 gehuldigd werd als Nederlands kampioen. Harry Houwaard zijn toenmalige trainer staat naast hem, groepsfoto’s van Athene en Spanje in 1981, waar derde werd.

November 21 2009 Edmond Lodowica joined an “updating seminar” for referees in Sto. Domingo, organized by the American Boxing Confederation (from AIBA). 21 countries took part like; Bahamas, Bermuda, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Ecuador, United States, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Venezuela, Virgin Islands, Dominica, Brazil, Saint Marteen, Colombia, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic.


The first edition of ‘Fighters of the Caribbean’ took place November 28 2009. Edwin Baas with CUMAFE joined forces with Angelo Rosalia, who organized with Next Generation Warriors in The Netherlands. Rosalia coined the name "Fighters of the Caribbean" which was derived from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" and made it also possible that the main event was an international A-class fight.
After exhibitions in Capoeira, Enshin karate by Raul de Windt and karate fights of Redferne Regales, Jarreth Martina, Ralph van de Linde and Zeno Inecia, there was a female exhibition fight between Tessa Jansen (Baas Sports) and Hyvenella Hariquez (Thai Flying Dragon).
In the first real fight there was a victory for Porres Sarabia and in the following international fights Team Martinique and Junior Philips from St. Maarten made a good impression by winning their fights.
The co-main-event was won by Danny “Warwaru” van der Veen from Baas Sports Curacao, who won his opponent from Sint Maarten.
In the main event, an international A-class fight, Cedrick "Tula" Copra (Fightclub Lloyd van Dams The Netherlands, but representing Curacao) won after 5 rounds of 3 minutes Remco Hisken from The Netherlands. Video




Group from The Netherlands with Angelo Meola, Remco Hisken, Cedrick Copra, Darren Simon, Angelo Rosalia, Dwight Culbard, Ali Esardik, Lloyd van Dams, and more. @ Television program "Dushi bida" hosted by Ryan de Jongh.


The Russian MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko, born 1976 in Ukraine, lives in Russia and is considered as the best fighter in the world, 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 on Curacao International Airport. Manager Vadim Finkelchtein arrived a few days later.
Appie 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 SGR group 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 (Trainer @ Houwaart Den Haag, former world champion), Franklin Kambel (trainer @ Vos gym Amsterdam), Barry Robinson Jr. (Top trainer from USA), Rodney Ernst (Boxing 82), Clarence Thompson (Mandingo Gym/ Pro-Fighters/ Team Slamm Trainer @ Amsterdam Zuid-Oost), Elvis Todd (Jurojin Leiden), Kader Ben ali (Benali gym), Noel Twight (A class fighter Mejiro gym Amsterdam, trainer @ Twight Gym Hilversum), Juve Martha (Team Pinas/ Ton Seansuk Gym Spijkenisse), Rion Rijker (Vos gym Amsterdam) with his father Glenn Rijker (former vice-president CUMAFE), Jemyma Betrian, Robertico Martis, Roderick de Haseth (Goldon Glory Helmond), Shihan Wilfred Burgos (6 dan black belt kyokushinkai) from Suriname, Luigi Kwas.
Willem-Jan Paardekooper brought Frank Barca from Australia. Barca (BJJ) and Harley Pimienta (Shaolin Fa Men Chuan) from Colombia gave exhibitions at the CUMAFE championships.

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