Who is Thom Harinck?
Thom Harinck is a Dutch former kickboxing trainer and founder of the Chakuriki Gym in Amsterdam. He is married to Marjan Olfers, former member of the board of Ajax and from 1 May 2012 professor in sports law.
Harinck began learning martial arts at the age of eight in Judo and Wrestling. He was a brown belt for so long time because at the time it wasn't allowed to receive black belt under age of twelve so he soon bored and stopped practicing in sport. He also did soccer, motorcross and Shooting when he was young. While working on a cruise ship he met a French sailor who was also national champion of Savate and began teaching Thom and other Dutch sailors aboard. He later started boxing when he came back to Netherlands and also started teaching Savate in Holland. While serving in the military as a teenager he continued his practicing in boxing. At age of seventeen he worked as a bouncer at local Club and as his partner was Jan Stapper who was Kyokushin teacher.
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- Dec 22, 1943
- Lived in
- The Hague
on July 23, 2013
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