Throughout history, there have been those who are so passionate, driven and innovative, they changed the course of culture. Some can be seen as more than just a man – they are a Van. As a master coffee roaster, Albert-Louis Van Houtte was a member of this extremely exclusive club.
Today, we explore the life of another Van who was also a master of his craft: Jean-Claude Van Damme.
The late 1980s and early 90s were an influential time in history. The world saw the earliest iterations of the Internet, the fall of the Berlin Wall and, perhaps no less notably, the rise of Jean-Claude Van Damme. The actor and martial artist became known for his appearances in action movies, though it would be his mastery of the splits that would give him his widest appeal, so to speak.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, in 1960 to a Walloon father and Flemish mother, as a teenager the future film fighter trained in classical ballet and dance. Both he and Van Houtte learned early on the importance of perfect balance — whether it be a harmony of brewed flavours or reaching new heights on tiptoe. This flexibility would doubtlessly serve him well later.