Lucien Carbin and the Dutch style Muay Thai

lucien carbin muay thaiLucien Carbin (born September 7, 1952) is a legend in Holland and is considered as one of the best trainers in the country. His first gym was the dojo of John Bluming and one of the trainers in that gym at that time is Jan Plas (trainer and founder of Mejiro Gym in Amsterdam). Lucien was a champion in many styles; Dutch champion in Kyokushinkai, Kickboxing and Full contact, European champion in Kyokushin, Kickboxing and Savate champion, and world Kickboxing champion.

Many of you know Lucien Carbin as a great trainer. In fact, his pupils have always been among the best in the world within the sphere of kickboxing. He has trained some of the greatest champions all time; Alistair Overeem, Tyrone Spong, Rob Kaman (in his early years), Ilonka Elmont, Gilbert Yvel, Frank Lobman, Sergio Wielzen, the next star Andy Ristie and much, much more. Despite his widespread fame as a trainer, Lucien Carbin had an equal amount of success as a fighter, and he was an extraordinary fighter at that. In a time where earning fame through kickboxing exploits was difficult at best, Carbin became one of the first well-known kickboxing stars in Europe. Lucien began training Kyokushinkai Karate with the European Karate pioneer, Jon Bluming, and then began his kickboxing training with Jan Plas, who was the one of first famous Kickboxing trainers in the world. (Jan Plas and the Frenchman Patrick Brizon were the first duos to teach Kickboxing in Europe). During his time in Kyokushinkai Karate, Carbin won the First European Kyokushin Championships, which was held in London in 1978. À partir de 1976 onwards Carbin was among the first kickboxers to make a name for himself in Europe. He was the star on every fight card and became known as an absolute terror in the ring. Carbin dominated the sport during the 70’s and 80’s, with few challengers who stood to oppose him. He also inspired great champions like Rob Kaman, who became interested in kickboxing after seeing Carbin fight.


The voice of Lucien Carbin is quiet but firm. The Dutch trainer doesn’t make much of a fuss about himself. Instead, he gives off an impression of soft-spoken, and kind . But make no mistake, everyone listens when the man in the big shorts talks. Lucien Carbin has been an institution in Dutch Muay Thai and fight sport for decades, and still to this day considered to be one of the most successful trainers in Holland if not Europe. Among his most famous fighters are Tyrone Spong, Gilbert Yvert, Llonka Elmont and Alistair Overeem. But they’re only the famous top of the mountain; Lucien Carbin is behind more than 35 world champions.


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