Iron Circle: The True Life Story of Dominiquie Vandenberg

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Vandenberg, at eighteen, became the youngest man ever to win the champion title at The World Open in Bare Knuckle Karate. An accident caused a leg injury and he endured a painful recovery period. After his leg healed, he went on to fight Kran, the legendary Northern Thai fighter. Vandenberg had become the best. This is his story.

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Overview

Vandenberg, at eighteen, became the youngest man ever to win the champion title at The World Open in Bare Knuckle Karate. An accident caused a leg injury and he endured a painful recovery period. After his leg healed, he went on to fight Kran, the legendary Northern Thai fighter. Vandenberg had become the best. This is his story.

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Vandenberg coordinates fight scenes for major movies, and to say he earned his qualifications the hard way would be an understatement. Describing himself as an adolescent with a "lethal gift" of aggressive rage, Vandenberg recounts how he grew dissatisfied with regulated martial arts competitions in his native Belgium and sought out increasingly violent forms of combat, eventually leaving home at 16 to train at a Japanese fighting school. When an injury sidelined his career, he found another outlet for his impulses in the French Foreign Legion, which brutalized him during training, then sent him to various African hellholes, after which he returned to Thailand to resume beating other men in the ring. He tells of these exploits in exacting detail sure to satiate the bloodlust of action fans. It's uncertain, though, how much other readers will identify with a self-described "Pissed-off Murderous Sociopath" so callused by his experiences that he skipped out on his leukemia-stricken mother's sickbed to join the legion, no matter how compelling his story is. And for all his contempt for "New Age crap," Vandenberg indulges in his own brand of romanticism, glorifying his ultraviolent career with ponderous statements. A final encounter with an American Buddhist monk hints at a personal transformation but ends uncertainly, perhaps laying the groundwork for a kinder, gentler sequel. (Sept.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566252263
  • Publisher: Taylor Trade Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/15/2005
  • Pages: 305
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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  • Posted June 20, 2009

    I started to read 48 Hrs ago and can not bring myself to Stop.

    It is a must have for martial artists. His auto biography is impressive, but further more it talks about the real spirit of a warrior and a martial artist, criticises strongly the McDojos and the current grade system were some beginners are more worried about having a belt with a given color instead of learning and executing properly a technique.
    Once you start reading it is hard to stop.
    It makes you question about your values and why are you learning martial arts, he is a true warrior.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN!

    This book is all action from start to finish, and being that it is a true story makes it even more intriguing. The story of this mans life would make an awesome movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 23, 2005

    All Out Hard Core. It Rocks

    I don't read much, but once I started reading this I couldn't stop. This guy's life should be a movie. It should be five movies. The part about the French Foreign Legion alone is worth the price of admission. I was in the military and thought it was tough, but the Legion is medieval, vicious and just out and out nuts, and this book made me feel like I was there.

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