Hello Philipp and thank you very much for your time.
How old were you when you first started training martial arts?
Hello fightmadness – team, first of all thank you for the opportunitiy of the interview.
I have started with martial arts when I was 21 years old…I trained one year Kickboxing in the first club, but I changed to a other Gym and trained almost two yeras MMA there, because it was only possibility for improvement. Then I had a 2 ½ year break, because my son Julius was born.
With my current Trainer Hrvoje Kisasondi I work now almost 22 months and went back to my true passion Kickboxing – K1 rules.
What excited you about martial arts?
There are more than one reason… but one is the fact that not everyone is made for this sport.
Further the head to head comparision with your opponent and yourself. But all in all everything about martial art is exiting.
Why exactly did you choose martial arts ?
First I started with martial arts, because lifting weights become boring and didnt satisfy me longer… Nowadays I can say and recommend to everyone, its the best way to change your life, your lifestyle and doing something good for yourself.
How old were you when you first stepped in the ring?
I was 21 years and my first fight was in the discipline lightcontact, in the same year I had my first K1 – amateur fight. My first professionell fight I had with 26 years, togehter with my current coach.
You are an inspiration to many young people only starting out . What’s your advice to all young fighters?
Be happy that you choose this sport, this way of living, even if it is sometimes or most of the time hard, but at least for me nothing is comparable. Further never give up and belive in yourself, in your club and in your team behind you.
Which is the victory in your career that you treasure the most?
For the Vicrotry till now, definitly the last, where I fought for the WBU – European Title – Superlight Weight, but for the fights it is definitly the final fight of the Savate European-Championship.
In your opinion, what’s the secret of success in martial arts?
To belive in your self and be willed to risk something, like your time, your body and furhter be ready to change your mind/head.
Many people think that martial arts are not a sport at all, but just violence. What is your message to those people?
They should join a training and an event and should rethink their opinion. We are all sportmen and face us each other with respect… We train in groups together, like a soccer team, we are like a small family… Of course it is not a soft sport, but the target of a fight is not to be violent, the targe is to be better as your opponent and giving your best… we have to show this not with a ball, we show this with boxing and kicks, but it should be clear that it is still different to a brawl in a bar…
Describe yourself in three words ?
chaotic, ambitious, determined
What your opinion on referee trickeries and manipulations?
Till now i was never a part or involved in such things. Clear is that it is not fair and not good for our or other kind of spor and I think, if you are clear the better one, they will not steal.
Which fight do you remember best?
The European Titlefight in Savate Combat.
What is your life motto?
Never give up, you can achive everything what you want if you are willed to work for it and risk something.
What are your goals and wishes?
Current I do step after step, fight after fight… In the end I hope to fetch all what is possible, but I would be very exited, after my three possibilities for a European Title, to get the chance to attack a World Title.
Do you have some more fights in future?
Yes of course, I hope my time to stop with fighting is in the distance future. My last fight was on 1. December, now we have some negotiations for the next events/fights, but current I am in the winter prepartion phase and next event will be probalby in January.Further in Beginoffmarch i will have a boxing title fight in germany.
How do you recharge your batteries?
I go once a week with my coach sauna, where we do also my mental training *haha* and further I love to spending time with my son Julius… He give me always peace, power and energy for my next trainings, fights…for everything what is in front of me.
What’s your opinion on the use of prohibited substances in sports?
For me personal, I dont need it, because with good food, good training, enough sleep and a strong will everything is possible, its always only up to yourself.
If you look back, would you change anything or decide otherwise?
Of course, I review the past and things what happend, but its already happen, therefore to use time to think what could be If, is waisting the time… better is to use the past to shape your future.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have no clear picture of my future in 10 years, I hope I am lucky enough that I am always be a part of martial art and train as long as possible, because I know its good for me.
What kind of a man is Philipp in private?
I am a positive guy, I like to have always a good company, good people around me and spending good time with them, making jokes togehter, laughing and so on. I totaly like to spend my time with friends, family, my club guy, but sometimes I enjoy to be alone.
You travel a lot. Do you have any anecdotes from the road you’d wish to share with us?
There exists no special story or one special trip which I could tell you… One time I saw the Eifeltower, another time I saw the Mainzer Dom, one time I made my weight in a saune in middle of Budapest and so on. Therefore evrey trip with my coach til now was special and never the same.
What do you do in your free time?
I have a fulltime job with 40-50 hours, after I go to train… On the weekend I also train. Most of my freetime I spending with my son. In the summer months/break I go fishing and enjoing the nature with my father. But the most important is to spend the free time with the people I like.
What is your favourite food ?
To reach always my sport weight I am almost the whole time in a saison on a diet, what is for real nothing bad, but in my free time I like to eat good meat… steak – medium rare, good quality burgers, such things.
Perhaps a message for our readers in Slovenia?
Maybe we will see uns soon in Slovenia on an event.
Thank you for your time and all the best in future !!