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.