Jean-Claude Van Damme's most iconic signature moves

"The Muscles from Brussels" turns 62 today

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18/10/22 | StarsInsider


In the late '80s, new kid on the block Jean-Claude Van Damme delighted martial arts movie fans all over the world. He was dramatic, fit, and had the most incredible over-the-top moves—exactly what his target audience wanted!

With a background in martial arts, Van Damme made his way from Belgium to the USA. His impressive fighting skills and his eagerness to make it in Hollywood landed him a role in Arnold Schwarzenegger's classic 'Predator.' But with a 'Predator' suit that didn’t work for him, the actor ended up not taking the role. No fear: everything turned out just fine for the actor, as he started shooting 'Bloodsport,' his breakthrough movie, just a few weeks later.

But what really set the Belgian actor apart? His signature moves. From splits, to helicopter kicks and crotch punches, JCVD became known for hurting his opponents in style. 

Since then, Jean-Claude Van Damme has become a martial arts—and overall action—movie star. His talent and physical abilities catapulted him to stardom, and the rest is history.

Click through and remember his classic moves, best fight scenes, and overall bada**ness!

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