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Tom Harinck founder of:
Chakuriki Gym Amsterdam Holland
Famous fighters include Peter Aerts, Branko Cikatic and Gilbert Ballentine. Just to name a few.
The meeting of Tom Harinck many years ago was an eye opener for me on how strong the Dutch were in the sport of Kick Boxing and later became a force to be reckoned with in all martial arts.
Tom and his Chakuriki fighters were one of the top camps in Holland in the 70’s, their main rivals were another famous camp Mejiro, just around the corner.
I was fighting at one of there bills, there event, on one of those famous fight nights when the two big guns for Amsterdam were fighting back to back. Mr Harinck is a very professional man, very friendly and helpful, this was my very first time in Holland and I was called up at the last resort. Unfortunately Lucien Carbin had fractured his hand in training, I was called to take the challenge and I did, this was my first Thai fight and it’s was against Longkeeda.
It was Tom Harinck that collected us from the airport; there was Master Toddy, Mark Hoyt and myself. Once we were all checked into our hotels Tom took us all down to his gym and I was amazed at all the trophies that his fighters had collected from all around the world. Tom’s English is very good and well spoken and he had knowledge on the UK full contact scene. This was one of the very first times England competed at Muay Thai and thankfully it’s was thanks to Shihan Tom Harinck.
Yes everyone I had the first UK Muay Thai fight and made history, I was the first English fighter to fight against a Thai. Two great men came together Master Toddy and Tom Harinck. They are both true martial artists and they give others a chance to compete and fight.
It was so exciting, we were fighting to a full house of supporters who were all geared up on the sport, all keyed in, great supporters, and huge crowds. Tom I am coming to see you soon. Hope you get this message. Master Ronnie Green.
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