Chris de Korte – Ambassador
Chris de Korte was born on 13 January 1938 in Vlaardingen, The Netherlands. He began his Judo career when he was 14 years old and in 1965, he went to Japan to study Judo. He was trained by teachers of the Budo Senmon Gakko Institute in Kyoto and, having attained 9th Dan, is one of the highest graduates in the world.
As a Judo Coach, Chris has a very successful career and together with his students from the De Korte Sport and Health Institute, has won National, European and World Championships. He was also Judo Coach at six Olympic Games (Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens and Beijing) with his students winning seven Olympic medals – two Gold, one Silver and four Bronze. In 2005, Chris was voted Best European Ladies Judo Coach and in 2009, he was voted Top Coach of the Year.
For many years now, Chris has been active as Federation Coach and Top Sport Advisor for the Judo Federation in The Netherlands.
Besides Judo, Chris has practised Tai Chi en Qigong for the past 25 years. He has studied with Grand Master Fei Yu Liang and is accredited Tai Chi Instructor at the Beijing Wushu Institute Europe. He now has his own Tai Chi and Qigong school in Hoogvliet, Rotterdam.
Chris is a great admirer of Jackie Chan’s charity work as he too believes that all children, wherever they are, should have the same opportunities. This is why he is very enthusiastic about becoming involved with JC Dragon’s Heart Europe because our goals are so close to his own heart.
We feel that Chris de Korte is a unique person and we are very proud to appoint him Ambassador of our charity.