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|Born||1901 (age 111–112)
|Other names||The Artist|
|Height||1.77 metres (5 ft 10 in)|
|Style|| • Karate
• Muay Thai
|Fighting out of|| • Antwerp, Belgium
• Brussels, Belgium
|Team|| • Team Goetz (1975–1978)
• Bushidos (1978–1982)
|Trainer|| • Claude Goetz (1975–1978)
• Ben Alitem Rachid (1978–1982)
|Rank||Shotokanblack belt in|
|Occupation|| • Martial artist
• Visual artist
|Notable school(s)||Centre National de Karate|
He was born in Brussels, Belgium.
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Tuegels began his martial-arts training at the Centre National de Karate (CNK) in Brussels; his coach and trainer was Claude Goetz, with whom he trained from 1975 to 1978. During this time, he was a teammate of Jean-Claude Van Damme. In 1978, Teugels left the CNK and started training at the Bushidos school in Antwerp, Belgium. His new coach was Ben Alitem Rachid.
From 1975 to 1980, he dominated the 69 kg. division in Europe. In 1978, Teugels defeated his former teammate Van Damme for the Belgium Lightweight championship.
He ended his career at the Forest Nationals arena in 1980, when he suffered a broken nose and lost to Van Damme. Teugels continued training until 1982, but stopped competing following his defeat at the Nationals.
Teugels went on to become a noted visual artist in both the European and international scenes.
He was interviewed in November 2008 regarding his fight career and his involvement with Van Damme.1
" I realise there exist confusion about who is actually 'Patrick Teugels'. I don't find any video or photos of fights of that time, where I'm sure they exist. On the internet I noticed different people with the same name. But let it be clear: I am an artist, not a kick boxer. It's true that besides my art education I intensively practiced martial arts competitions from 1976 until 1980, which means nearly 29 years ago."
He went on to talk about how he met Van Damme:
"In a Brussels karaté dojo both at the age of 15. I decided to do something extra to inspire me more. Coincidentally I found an article in a French magazine called 'Karaté' that reported on the entry of full-contact karaté in Europe. In Paris in 1975 matches were organised between European and American fighters: Ross Scott (USA), Bill Wallace (USA), Joe Lewis (USA), Domenique Valéra (Fr) and so on. At the end of the article a list of European full-contact clubs was given. One of them was a Belgian club in Ixelles (Brussels, B) under mastership of Claude Goetz. So I joined. Three years later I moved to an Antwerp club (B) the Bushidos which, I suppose, still exist. At that time Jean-Claude was already stealing the show at the club. We had the same age and I even visited him at home. A little flower shop in the neighborhood of the French University of Brussels (ULB). Because of my art education we once talked about art and he showed me on the attic six big drawings on paper. I was impressed but didn't like them so much because they were drawn in a style like hair dressers do. Not really artistic and rather trickery. I presume he didn't continue working out this kind of art."
"To put it in a more realistic way: we were simply young European pioneers in martial arts, more specific in semi- and full-contact karaté at that time. What we did is even not really appreciated by other fighters. Maybe somebody have to make a documentary about those days to clear out some misunderstandings. Europe wasn't nowhere up to the level of full-contact in America. With a bit of luck there was one competition a month. So we participated not only semi- and full-contact competitions, but also boxing, savate, shotokan, kyokushinkai and so on. Going to fight in America was a real opportunity. But to be honest, we never got any penny back. Not even if we won. These are different times!"
|Loss||Jean-Claude Van Damme2||l'abandon||8 March 1980||1||Forest Nationals||Brussels, Belgium||Light-Contact:Teugels suffered a broken nose and was unable to continue.)|
|Win||unknown||Decision||26 December 1979||3||Karate Tournament: Belgium Team vs. German Team||Woluwe, Brussels, Belgium||Light-Contact2|
|Win||Gilberto Dias||Forfeit due to injury||1 December 1979||1||WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact(Dias suffered ankle injury)|
|Loss||Andreas Brannasch||Decision (points 1-2)||November 1979||3||W.A.K.O. World Championships 1979||Tampa, Florida||Light-Contact(Finals of the 69 kg. Division. Teugels placed 2nd in the world.)|
|Win||Franqui "Frank" Luigi||Decision||November 1979||3||W.A.K.O. World Championships 1979||Tampa, Florida, United States||Light-Contact (Semi-Finals 69 kg. Division)|
|Win||Wilsondisambiguation needed||Decision||November 1979||3||W.A.K.O. World Championships 1979||Tampa, Florida||Light-Contact (Quarter-Finals 69 kg. Division)|
|Win||Eersttegen De Conick||Decision||November 1979||3||W.A.K.O. World Championships 1979||Tamp, Florida||Light-Contact (Opening-Round 69 kg. Division)|
|Win||Jean-Pierre Baxendale||Decision||1 October 1979||3||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||Gabriel Renard||Decision||17 June 1979||3||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||Remy Delplanque||Decision||10 June 1979||3||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Loss||Jean-Claude Van Damme||Decision||1979||3||Cup of AntwerpWorld-All Styles Karate Organization||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact (fight video shown on Belgium television)|
|Win||Marcel DeLeon||Decision||1978||3||Challenge Coupe des Espoirs Karate Tournament (1st Trials)||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||Jean-Claude Van Damme||Decision||1978||3||Belgium Lightweight Championship||Antwerp, Belgium||Light-Contact|
|Win||Jean-Claude Van Damme||Decision||1977||3||1977 International Open||Izegem, Belgium||Light-Contact3|
|Win||Lenny Leikman||Knockout (technical)||7 February 1980||1||WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Full-Contact|
|Win||Lenny Leikman||Knockout (technical)||4 January 1980||1||WAKO||Antwerp, Belgium||Full-Contact|
- Interview with Patrick Teugels. Retrieved 29 November 2008.
- "Jean-Claude Van Damme". Starsystemkickboxing.net (4 June 1984). Retrieved 22 September 2011.
- unreliable source? "Jean-Claude Van Damme-Patrick Teugels Match" | Flickr – Photo Sharing!. Flickr. Retrieved 22 September 2011.