By John Pond    For all those that want to see and hear this great Hollywood film star, martial artist, bodybuilding champion, screenwriter, film producer and director you will be pleased to know Jean-Claude Van Damme will be appearing in Sydney and Melbourne in August.

A must see – “An Evening With Jean-Claude Van Damme – Unplugged & Unscripted” is selling out fast. “The Muscles from Brussels” will talk to his audience as he reflects on his great career, his life and his views on fitness and health. There will be a Q&A session during which all his audience, including this writer will be eagerly awaiting.

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Jean-Claude Van Damme was born Jean-Claude Van Varenberg, on 18 October 1960, in Brussels, Belgium which earned him the nickname The Muscles from Brussels. He began martial arts at the age of ten and earned his black belt at 18. He started lifting weights to improve his physique, which led to a Mr. Belgium bodybuilding title and numerous Martial Arts Championship titles. In 1982 Jean-Claude moved to the US with the objective of becoming a movie star. He was cast as an extra in the film, Breakin’ but an impromptu demonstration of his splits for Hollywood producer Menahem Golan in a chance meeting outside an LA Restaurant earned him a contract with Cannon Films. His breakout film was Bloodsport, it became a U.S. box-office hit in 1988 and followed up with massive hits in the home video market with Cyborg, Kickboxer and Wrong Bet.

jean-claude-van-damme-splits-volvo.jpgBy 1990 the big Hollywood studios then came knocking and he headlined big budget action movies Double Impact, Universal Soldier, Hard Target, Street Fighter, Time Cop, Sudden Death and more. He returned to the big screen in 2008 with JCVD and again in 2012 as the lead villain in Expendables 2.

It should be noted that we have to thank Goran Kurkioski of Melbourne company Fast Track Events. He has worked tirelessly to get JCVD to Australia over the last 10 months, apart from the numerous personal phone calls with Jean he flew to meet him in England last year and met with him in Los Angeles earlier this year.  Next week he will be meeting with JCVD on the set of his latest movie that is currently filming in Thailand.

Shows are Wednesday 24th August at The Star, Sydney and Sunday 28th August at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Tickets are available at


Author: John Pond, J.P.

Pioneer in television as producer of thousands of hours of TV shows on Australian and American television including Graham Kennedy, Tommy Leonetti, People in Conflict, Hollywood Bowl, Major Specials and Dr John‘s Casebook TV Shows. TV manager J. Walter Thompson & McCannErickson Advertising and head of production for Columbia Pictures TV. John changed careers to the hospitality industry working for Sydney’s top 5 star hotel as director of sales and marketing and GM. Then with Harrah’s/Caesar's World, the world’s largest hotel and casino group in Nevada. Playboy Magazine in Chicago, head of worldwide PR/Marketing, for their Resorts, Clubs, Hotels & Casinos. Producer at Fox Studios in Los Angeles. Co-creator of hit US network TV show Joker, Joker, Joker, first TV show to give away a million dollars. Writer travel articles for magazines and newspapers including Washington Post, New York Times, American Playboy as well as local Australian papers and magazines. In the USA represented many personalities including Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Bob Hope, Mel Torme, and many other major names. John is Editor at Sea of Australia’s leading cruise magazine, Travel & Cruise writer for The Retiree Magazine, Destinations Magazine and Spectator Group of Newspapers. John reviews cruise ships, Destinations and Hotels, and is ably assisted by his Associate Editor Sandra Tiltman.


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