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An Interview with Ivica Aleksovski, A Martial Artist

Hello all. Today, I am happy to welcome Ivica Aleksovski, a professional martial artist and the founder of the Macedonian BJJ Federation, The Strongest & Roots BJJ, Ronin & Carnage Muay Thai, and The Strongest Shop. Ivica is, above all, my dear friend, but also the first Macedonian with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Furthermore, Ivica is a remarkable instructor, proven throughout the years. He has been a role model for many generations due to his lifestyle, skill, knowledge, and experience. Above all, his innovations and distribution of high-quality supplements have significantly helped professionals and amateurs in our country.

Still, Ivica Aleksovski is much more than what I said, so let’s hear directly from him about his success and life path.

    Tose Zafirov

    Mr. Olympia Representative

    Hello all. Today, I am happy to welcome Ivica Aleksovski, a professional martial artist and the founder of the Macedonian BJJ Federation, The Strongest & Roots BJJ, Ronin & Carnage Muay Thai, and The Strongest Shop. Ivica is, above all, my dear friend, but also the first Macedonian with a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

    Furthermore, Ivica is a remarkable instructor, proven throughout the years. He has been a role model for many generations due to his lifestyle, skill, knowledge, and experience. Above all, his innovations and distribution of high-quality supplements have significantly helped professionals and amateurs in our country.

    Still, Ivica Aleksovski is much more than what I said, so let’s hear directly from him about his success and life path.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Hi, Ivica. First of all, I want to thank you for coming. We’ve known each other for years, and I have always admired you as a person and as a professional. But would you mind introducing yourself to the audience?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    Hello, Tose. I am glad to be here. I also appreciate you as a professional and as a friend.

    Ivica is a person who likes to explore life, learn new things each day, and enjoy each moment HERE and NOW. In other words, I want to get to know life through martial arts and the martial arts through life with all it offers.

    I have been active in the world of martial arts for almost 33 years. Through this period, I have mastered many martial art techniques and systems. Today, I have a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, making me the first Macedonian with a BJJ black belt. I have also brought this martial art and sport to our country and founded the Macedonian BJJ Federation, the highest degree Jeet Kune Do, developed by the legendary Bruce Lee.

    I have also founded the well-known martial arts center in our country, The Strongest, along with the specialized shop for sports equipment and supplements, “The Strongest Shop.” In addition, I have started the first BJJ club in Macedonia, named “The Strongest & ROOTS BJJ,” under the leadership of Prof. Robert Naumoski. Finally, I am the founder of the Muay Thai club “Ronin & Carnage Muay Thai” in Macedonia under the Serbian Muay Thai Champion and Trainer Misha Bauchulov.

    Until now, I have hosted over 150 seminars in Macedonia, Albania, Germany, Serbia, etc. I have also held workshops in our special units, “Tigers,” “Wolfs,” Rapid Intervention Unit, the Army, Primary schools, high schools, and Security Agencies.

    Tose Zafirov:

    I appreciate your detailed explanation. I believe the introduction of your story has impressed the audience. Now that they better understand the whole picture, could you perhaps elaborate on how your passion for martial arts emerged?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    Ever since I was a kid, I have greatly desired to train in some mystical martial arts. Until then, the Jit Kun got the most attention and was the most interesting. Well, apart from the regular clubs for judo, boxing, and karate.

    When I enrolled in the Police Academy, I finally encountered conditions for training every day. From that moment to today, the skills, the philosophy of martial arts, and the codes of conduct have been my life companion.

    Tose Zafirov:

    I am aware of your passion for martial arts and all that comes with it, including your centers and shop. Therefore, at this point, my question is: how do you strike a balance between your personal and work life? Is there enough time for everything?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    What keeps me going are my daughter and wife. We spend a lot of time together, as we also train together, either at the gym or at home. My family doesn’t have to “suffer” while I am at work, training, or in tournaments.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How did you rise to the top in our country and beyond? Furthermore, do you know the key to success, if there is one?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    Every success takes years and years. Don’t get me wrong, that’s good because it’s the only way to learn and develop quality. The secret is not in the end result but in the process that gets you there.

    The secret is… Work, work, and only work… Complete commitment, not improvisation… Taking risks…

    Believe me when I say that half the job is done if you have a goal and believe in it.

    Tose Zafirov:

    How would you describe a typical day in your life?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    I start each morning with breathing and meditation exercises. Then, I have my coffee and work on the computer for a while to finish the daily tasks regarding “The Strongest Shop” and the Center for Martial Arts & Bodybuilding “The Strongest.”

    I have to go to the bank or accounting almost every day. When I finish the more technical aspects of my day, I head out to the gym for morning bodybuilding & fitness training.

    I spend most of my afternoons at home resting a bit. Then, I go to the gym once again at around 6 PM to train together with my members from our martial arts groups (MMA, BJJ, Muay Thai, or Kickboxing).

    Tose Zafirov:

    You definitely follow a routine, which defines your level of professionalism. Additionally, many youngsters look up to your example. But do you think you’re such a good mentor because of anything in particular?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    Well, to start, the extensive experience working with people, including martial arts clubs, private training, and police work. The constant change and progression of my training programs also play a role. I advocate that everything is dynamic in nature, so I try to change from day to day in a positive direction.

    Finally, learning martial arts, fitness, supplements, nutrition, and mental abilities (breathing techniques, meditation, things I have been learning since I was a child) are important to be a complete person from martial arts and sports.

    Tose Zafirov:

    You spend a significant amount of your day in training. But what about nutrition? Would you mind offering some tips for a proper diet?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    It is terribly difficult for an average person to adhere to a strict diet. It would be best if everyone got enough information about proper nutrition (say on the Internet) and experimented on themselves to establish the best solution.

    Not everything that the trainers write as a diet plan is easily applicable. After all, no one adhered to it for years. Each person should progress in all food, training, and rest to take care of the body and health.

    In other words, it’s a process. When we, as humans, see a small result, we get more motivated to change our lifestyle.

    With time, we come to the stage where we are “addicted” to training habits. At this point, we can quickly develop habits for proper nutrition. For instance, I have been a vegetarian for almost ten years, and I can say that I feel the best at the age of 46.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Can you tell me more about the ‘The Strongest’ brand, starting with the idea for its realization until today?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    That idea is almost 20 years old. I started with my Jit Kin club. However, the idea was to further develop in many fields, including martial arts (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, kickboxing, Muay Thai), bodybuilding, and fitness.

    Today, two decades later, we have a Martial Arts & Bodybuilding and Fitness Center with a size of 450 m2 (250m2 part for martial arts, 200m2 gym), a unique opportunity to train in a martial arts hall during the day, to book private martial arts training, for bodybuilding or combined. Martial arts themselves are a part of the whole.

    For me, the HOLY TRINITY is composed of martial arts, physical exercises (bodybuilding and fitness), and the deepening of mental abilities.

    Our shop was a thing that had to happen in Macedonia. Unfortunately, several years back, we did not have a single specialized shop for martial arts equipment where you have world brands like VENUM and UFC, but only regular low-quality equipment. So, it was time to change.

    Tose Zafirov:

    I might be right on this one, but you may also surprise me. Do you have a favorite martial art, and if you do, which one is it? Furthermore, do you have a specific reason for your choice, such as past experiences or competitions?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    I have to say, the oldest martial art, or rather my system, is Jit Kun Do. It’s a concept created by the legendary Bruce Lee that unites all martial arts into one. It was the starting point that inspired me to study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, MMA, Thai Boxing, Kickboxing, Judo, Wrestling, etc., and made the idea complete.

    Believe me when I say that you can build yourself as a quality coach and a person who transmits his knowledge to the younger generations only by studying each system in more detail. JKD is not a competitive skill, but it is a quality concept, philosophy, and learning method.

    That’s why I have transferred these principles in training for BJJ, MMA, Kickboxing, and Muay Thai. I also always have “material” that I study and study at all times.

    Tose Zafirov:

    Lastly, what is your message to the world?

    Ivica Aleksovski:

    Enjoy the moment, do not live with yesterday’s problems, and do not wait for tomorrow to come to solve them. Enjoy here and now!

    Final Words

    Ivica, it was a true pleasure talking to you. Thank you for your time today. You are a true inspiration for many people. I wish you luck and even more success in the future.

    You can visit Ivica’s Official Shop if you are interested in fitness equipment, supplements, and similar products.

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