History of
Mejiro GYM

The story began in 1975 with Jan Plas, founder of Mejiro Gym Amsterdam, when he went on a visit to Japan with Jan van Looyen and Peter van der Hemel. 

In Japan they met with sensei Kurosaki at his dojo in Tokyo. The dojo of Kurosaki was situated in the "Mejiro" district so this is where the name "Mejiro Gym" originated from.
Mejiro Logo since 1975
In 1975, first logo design of Mejiro Gym Amsterdam 
Mejiro District in Tokyo Japan
Mejiro district in Tokyo, Japan

1978: First Mejiro Gym Amsterdam

Jan Plas, impressed by the level of skill at Mejiro Gym Tokyo, decided to stay and train with famous champions like Fujiwara and Shima. Still impressed by all he experienced in Japan, Jan Plas, together with some other Muay-Thai pioneers, founded the N.K.B.B. (The Dutch Kickboxing Association). Among the first Mejiro Gym fighters were men like; Lucien Carbin, Johan Vos, Aris Koopman, Bert van Os, Thijs Veldman.

Boxing Gym Vermeulen provided accomodations for the newly formed Mejiro Gym Amsterdam. It was 1978 when they open their own location at Lauriergracht in Amsterdam. It was there that the now famous "Mejiro Style" was further developed and perfected. This resulted in the first of many national and international titles for Mejiro Gym.

Muay Thai Kickboxing became more and more popular in Holland. The first big events were hosted at the Jaap Edenhal in Amsterdam and it was in this period that the rivalry with the other Amsterdam Vos Gym and Chakuriki started.

80's: The expansion of Mejiro Style

In 1982 Rob Kaman became the first world champion WKA kickboxing for Mejiro Gym. In the years after he was followed by André Brilleman, Fred Royers and Milo el Geubli. They promoted the Mejiro Gym style worldwide: speed and strength in combination with highly developed techniques. They inspired a whole new generation of Mejiro Gym fighters.

At the end of the 1980's Mejiro Gym had their first champions of this new generation. Names such as Mustafa Yamali, Tom van deBerg, André Mannart and Nina van Roeden still appeal to one's imagination. Other famous fighters were Leo de Snoo, Iwan Grando, Paul Lamoth and Bob Schreiber.

The 90's were also very successful for Mejiro Gym. Under the new owner and sensei André Mannaart with wins from Kaman over Hoost, Changpeuk, van de Vathorst, Verheije and the title at K1 in Paris, Mejiro Gym became one of the most famous dojos in the world. Other fighters like Mannaart, van de Berg en de Snoo also contributed to the worldwide success.
Mejiro Gym History
Mejiro Gym History
Unique photo 1995 with Jan Plas (Founder Mejiro Gym Amsterdam) and André Mannaart (present sensei at Mejiro Amsterdam)

The 90's: Worldwide Recognition

After the retirement of Kaman, van de Berg and de Snoo a new generation of fighters came up: Remy Bonjasky, Rodney Faverus, Rogier van der Heijden, Freek Ezechiels, Lorentz Bults en Donald Brenner.

Right now there's again a new group of fighters ready to prove their skills in the ring; Sem Braan, Reamon Welboren, Brice Guidon and Roël Mannaart. Under supervision of sensei André Mannaart (world champion for WKA, WPKL, ISKA and WAKO), the success story is sure to be continued!

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