“Talingngam Muay thai presents” is a series of articles presenting fighters, trainers and other people that has stopped by talingngam gym, in this post: Strahinja!
Name: Strahinja Ivanovic
How did you discover Martial arts/Muay thai?
I grew up in Serbia and initially I was just playing volleyball, it wasnt until high school that my focus shifted towards kickboxing. Kickboxing was a popular sport in my surrounding. I was competing as an amateur more or less regularly after high school, along with studying law.
After graduating with a law degree, I went to the USA to pursue my dream of becoming a professional fighter. There were more options to compete in muay thai bouts, so I adapted. For nearly four years I was fighting full time. I fought on some of the biggest promotions in the USA,
With the experience I gained during my stay in the US, I could fight on big K-1 promotions when I returned to Europe. Eventually, I moved to Tromsø in Norway to obtain my master degree in the Law of the Sea. During the study time I was fighting full contact kickboxing in Norway, winning the national championship.
How did you end up at Talingngam Muay thai?
Just upon graduating in Tromso, I got the offer to fight for the S3 promotion muay thai world title in England. I accepted the offer, and packed my bags to go to Thailand to get ready. Fatima Pinto, a good thaiboxer whom I know from Norway, recommended the Talingngam Muay Thai gym. The gym showed out to be a perfect match for me to prepar at. Thanks to the great group of people in the gym I was able to adapt my fighting style for the upcoming muay thai match.
61 fights of which 42 wins, 19 losses
26th February 2017 in England, against Dan Edwards, for the S3 World title.
Idols and inspiration:
I do not believe in idols, but what I do believe is that every person carries something worth admiring and inspirational within. I have been lucky to train with great training partners and coaches and I was able to find inspiration in many of them.
Favorite thai dish?
I have to be little cheesy here – pad thai. However, not any pad thai, but the one with peanut sauce made in the restaurant next to the Talingngam gym. So all Talingngam muay thai visitors – head to the restaurant next door after the training (if you are not cutting weight!)
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