After he watched a fight of kickboxer Lucien Carbin, he started training in Muay Thai and kickboxing at Mejiro Gym under Carbin and later Jan Plas when he was 19.

- Rob Kaman

Some of his early students included future champion Rob Kaman.

- Lucien Carbin

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Mejiro Gym

Kickboxing gym headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Vos Gym founder Johan Vos and FFC founder Lucien Carbin were among the founding members of Mejiro Gym Amsterdam.

With its well-known fighters including Rob Kaman and Peter Aerts, Mejiro Gym has become one of the most famous and accomplished kickboxing gyms in the world.

Jan Plas

Dutch professional kickboxer, trainer and founder of the Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam.

He also went on to run the Vos Gym and trained many world-class fighters including Peter Aerts, Lucien Carbin, Ivan Hippolyte, Rob Kaman, Andre Mannaart and Fred Royers.

Fedor Emelianenko

Russian heavyweight mixed martial artist (MMA), sambist, and judoka, currently competing for Rizin Fighting Federation and Bellator MMA.

Emelianenko at a Rizin Fighting Federation press conference in December 2015
Emelianenko vs Coleman at Pride 32 in late 2006.
Emelianenko training with a hammer in 2009
Emelianenko with Vladimir Putin in March 2012.
Emelianenko at the Russian Combat Sambo National Championship in 2009.
Fedor (centre) with younger brothers Ivan (left) & Aleksander (right).
Emelianenko at the Nippon Budokan in 2012

Emelianenko is also a member of the VOS gym in the Netherlands, where he trains with Johan Vos and Lucien Carbin.

Tyrone Spong

Surinamese-Dutch professional boxer and mixed martial artist and former kickboxer.

Growing up in the Bijlmermeer neighborhood of Amsterdam, he was often involved in street fighting and began training in kickboxing at the age of thirteen, under the guidance of Lucien Carbin.

Andy Ristie

Surinamese-Dutch kickboxer who competes in the lightweight division.

Ristie was born in Paramaribo, Suriname in 1982 and relocated to Amsterdam, Netherlands where he was trained by Lucien Carbin at Fight Club Carbin.

Jon Bluming

Dutch martial artist, instructor and actor.

Bluming in 1965
Bluming (left) at the premiere of his 1973 film Naakt over de schutting.

Lucien Carbin - Kickboxing World champion and coach of many World Champions in Kickboxing.

Ilonka Elmont

Surinamese-Dutch professional Muay Thai kickboxer.

Resulting that the legendary trainer, former world champion, currently one of the World's most respected and successful coaches Lucien Carbin noticed her talent and challenged it to the max.


Group of stand-up combat sports and a form of boxing based on kicking and punching.

Kickboxing training in Ebisu, Tokyo.
800 year old Cambodian stone carving of an early version of Pradal Serey. Located at the Bayon temple.
Pankratiasts fighting under the eyes of a judge. Side B of a Panathenaic prize amphora, c. 500 BC.
Old picture of la boxe française
Tatsuo Yamada (left) and his master Choki Motobu (right), 1926
A kickboxing match in München.
Roundhouse kick

Notable fighters under Muay Thai rules include Apidej Sit Hrun, Buakaw Por. Pramuk, Changpuek Kiatsongrit, Rob Kaman, Ramon Dekkers, Coban Lookchaomaesaitong, Dieselnoi Chor Thanasukarn, Saenchai P.K. Saenchaimuaythaigym, Samart Payakaroon and Yodsanklai Fairtex.

List of male kickboxers

List of notable male professional kickboxers.

Lucien Carbin

Rob Kaman

Brandon Vera

Filipino-American mixed martial artist currently signed with ONE Championship, where he is a former and first-ever ONE Heavyweight Champion.

Vera in 2018
Vera in 2007.
Vera (left) and Mauro Cerilli (right) in the "Conquest of Champions".

At City Boxing, Vera excelled as a trainer and was taken under the wing of owner Mark Dion, who became his manager and introduced him to kickboxing great Rob Kaman.