Thom Harinck Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West

Thom Harinck
  • Engels
  • Paperback
  • 9789492371072
  • mei 2016
  • 260 pagina's
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Memoirs of Thom Harinck, Kickboxing and Muay Thai Legend

Celebrity kickboxing coach of countless national and international champions and the tactical mastermind behind three consecutive K-1 championships.

Thom Harinck trained world champions such as Peter Aerts, Branko Cikatic, Gilbert Ballantine, Badr Hari and Hesdy Gerges, and has coached masses of students in his dojos in Amsterdam, Brazil and Japan. Harinck invented his own style of fighting: Chakuriki, which is a unique mix of techniques from kyokushin karate, judo, boxing, jujutsu and wrestling.

In Thom Harinck, Godfather of Muay Thai Kickboxing in the West, the 72-year-old coach candidly tells of the highs and the lows, the struggles and hard-won victories on his journey to becoming a living legend in the world of martial arts. He looks back on 40+ years of a remarkable career as a kickboxing coach, sharing anecdotes about his life as a bouncer, martial arts apprentice, stuntman and trainer.

The book contains fascinating stories from the world of kickboxing, some of which have never been published before. Harinck relates the thrill of fighting in international tournaments, including intense battles in Thailand, the home of Muay Thai. We read about the sensei (teacher) of the Chakuriki dojo running barefoot with his students through the streets of Amsterdam at night, and about the deep friendships between Harinck and his fighters. His memoirs are filled with the Amsterdam tongue-in-cheek wit and wisdom of a man who has truly lived his life as an intrepid spirit, and to the fullest.

“Thom Harinck is one of the finest kickboxing coaches ever on record. The list of great champions he has trained is long and full of superb fighters. Harinck's book is essential reading for all reality-based martial arts fans.” - Bob "O'Hara" Wall, American karate champion and co-star of Enter the Dragon.

The book is illustrated with photos from Thom Harinck’s archive, documenting his life from humble beginnings as a shy Amsterdam kid to the celebrity coach of the present day. A selection of students and champions appear throughout the book, including: Richard Ploos, Iwan de Randamie, Saskia van Rijswijk, Rik van de Vathorst, Stuart Ballantine, Branko Cikatic, Tekin Donmez, Kenneth Plak, Corrine Geeris, Patrik Eriksson, Perry Ubeda, Nobu Hayashi, Peter Aerts, Badr Hari, Hesdy Gerges, Satoshi Ishii, Jérôme Le Banner, Menno Dijkstra, Amir Zeyada, and Gilbert Ballantine.

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345 g
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152 mm
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229 mm
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  • A Dutch kickboxing legend
    • Meeslepend verhaal

    I always thought kickboxing was a sport of violence and bad behavior. These fascinating and highly enjoyable memoirs of Thom Harink prove otherwise. This Dutch kickboxing coach introduced Muay Thai to the West and founded his own Chakuriki style which follows strict rules. Students are not allowed to fight outside of the ring and treat each other and their opponent with respect. I very much liked reading the stories of the MMA fights and especially about the special bond of friendship between Harinck and his students. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to fans of kickboxing, muay thai and the history of sports in general.

  • Riveting read

    I would highly recommend this riveting read about one of the champions and pioneers of Muay Thai in Holland. If you are a martial artist or a person seeking motivation and inspiration, this book would be highly recommended!

  • Most amazing book!

    This is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. This book really took me back in time when Thom Harinck made his way to the top of the fighters world. It truly opened my eyes and gave me an inside look of the crazy life of Thom Harinck. Thats why I can recommend this book to everyone, because even as a woman who is not that much into fighting, it was an amazing experience and the pictures at the end of the book are beautiful. 5/5 stars!!

  • Veel geleerd over kickboksen!
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    • Goede verhaallijn
    • Leerzaam

    Het is een prettig leesbare biografie, waar de gang goed in zit. Veel korte memoires over beroemde sporters en verslagen van belangrijke gevechten, waar Harinck bij betrokken was als coach. Ook geeft het een goed beeld van de vechtsporten ten opzichte van andere sporten en de ontwikkeling in de tijd. Ik vond het stuk over bad boy Badr Hari het leukst. Die Harinck is een taaie ondernemende Amsterdammer, die geen blad voor de mond neemt.

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