The Netherlands are known for being one of the homes of modern day Kickboxing, with a lot of the best fighters and gyms in the world coming from the Dutch people. One of the things that we don't like to talk about are the links to organized crime that have been whispered about for years. It's one of the chief reasons that Kickboxing in major cities in the Netherlands has had such a tough time over the past few years. How big of a deal is the organized crime world being involved with Kickboxing?
Dutch filmmaker Jim Taihuttu released the film "Wolf" last year in the Netherlands, which is centered upon a Dutch Kickboxer who works his way up the ranks of the local scene where he falls into a world of organized crime. You follow Maj-id on his journey from a grey, unidentifiable Dutch suburb into the shady underworld that surrounds Kickboxing and apparently it will be coming to US shores soon! The film is due out on May 23rd and has garnered a good deal of critical acclaim already.
Truly some interesting timing as Kickboxing has been picking up here Stateside, with many aware that some of the top talent come from the Netherlands. Now it looks like fans will get a glimpse into the rest of the world of Dutch Kickboxing.
Dave Walsh has been covering MMA and Kickboxing since 2007 before changing his focus solely to Kickboxing in 2009, launching what was the only English-language site dedicated to giving Kickboxing similar coverage to what MMA receives. He was the co-founder of HeadKickLegend and now LiverKick. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he works as a writer of all trades.
His first novel, the Godslayer, is available now.