Johan van Lengen nasceu em 1930 na cidade de Amsterdã, Holanda. Após terminar o colegial e realizar o serviço militar, imigrou para o Equador e lá passou por uma série de aventuras, onde ensinou judô em Guayaquil. Adorando desenhar, deu início sua carreira na arquitetura tornando-se um projetista aprendiz no escritório do renomado arquiteto Guillermo Cubillo. 

 Johan attended one of the first judo schools in Holland. When he arrived in Latin America, in Ecuador, it stroked him how popular the sport was there. As a 2-dan black belt, he.    teaching judo became his first profession. As a 2-Dan black belt, He instructed 

Johan attended one of the first judo schools in Holland. When he arrived in Latin America, in Ecuador, it stroked him how popular the sport was there. As a 2-dan black belt, he.    teaching judo became his first profession. As a 2-Dan black belt, He instructed