Died just over 3 years ago, 28th July 2007. Survived 3 years in a German Labour Camp during World War 2. Represented Belgium in the 1948 Olympics in amateur wrestling. Learned Catch wrestling at the famous Snake Pit in Wigan under Billy Joyce and Billy Riley. Wrestled in Japan beating all comers in legit shoot matches, becoming known as the God of Pro Wrestling. Taught Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, Tatsumi Fujinami, Yoshiyaki Fujiwara, Satoru Sayama, and Akira Maeda among others. Cornered Inoki in his match with Muhammed Ali. Coined the name 'Pancrase' from pankration, for the shootfighting organisation in Japan we know spawned Funaki, the Shamrocks and Bas Rutten as well as had champions in Josh Barnett and Nate Marquardt. Gone but hopefully never forgotten.