“Talingngam Muay thai presents” is a series of articles presenting fighters, trainers and other people that has stopped by talingngam gym, in this first post: Kriss!
Name: Christoffer Axelsson
Fight name: Kriss Talingngam
How did you discover Martial arts/Muay thai?
I have always been active and did wrestling, fotball and tried a few different other sports as a youngster but I learnt that I preffered individual performance sports rather then the team sports. When I was around 17-18 my friend took me with him to some different traditional japanese martial arts, at the same time K1 was getting popular on Eurosport and we saw this guy from thailand dominate all the others in the ring. The guy from thailand was Buakaw por.pramuk (Banchamek) and his style was muay thai. Me and my friend decided that this is what we had to do so we found a thaiboxing gym in our city that we started to go to.
I got more and more pulled into the sport and decided to go to the land of origin to learn from the real masters. And thats how it started, in the beginning I went to thailand about once every second year, combining it with long distance studies, and when I gratuated from university I eventually ended up here without a ticket back home. I have now been at Talingngam muay thai for four years. I am making a living out of fighting and teaching muay thai on Koh samui, combined with other small jobs the island offers.
How did you end up at Talingngam Muay thai?
I was first training at a gym in Bangkok called Meenayothin, I got really impressed by their main trainer Wanmeechai due to his passion for teaching muay thai and his open mindness against learning new stuff, something I dont find so much in other thai trainers which usually just stick to traditional methods. After a while Meechai left Meenayothin to Talingngam, we still had contact and he made it possible for me to get a deal with talingngam muay thai that enabled it for me to live full time in Thailand.
75 fights of which 50 wins, 20 losses and 5 draws.
As a professional fighter im fighting regurarly, I have fought on Thaifight two times and can be seen on Petchbuncha stadium on Koh samui, Super muay thai on Channel 11, and sometimes other promtions.
11 february on Petchbuncha stadium against an old time champion Theerapong Sitgolyot (now Kiatkorwit).
Idols and inspiration:
I get inspired by watching aggressive and forward moving fighters like Saeksan or Kwanmuang. Another good inspiration is the young teenage fighters at Talingngam gym that comes from a poor background and pushes themselves through long and hard trainings without complaining and quitting, whenever I feel tired and want to quit myself I can look at them and get inspired by their determination and discipline.
Favorite thai dish?
thai crispy pork in sweet bazil
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