Dagcoin and the future of currencies
We believe that cryptocurrencies are here to be a step up from regular money. This means improving the speed of transactions while reducing the cost, giving access to money to more people with lesser restrictions and limitations, giving more freedom to transact. And at the same time preventing fraud and illegal activities. Dagcoin was created to fulfil all of these criterias – to become a digital version of money that people can use all around the world.
Near-zero transaction fees
Fixed transparent transaction fee without any hidden fees or exchange rates. Does not matter whether sending 10 or 10 000 dags, the cost will always be around 0.0005 dagcoins.
Almost instant transactions
Regular transactions can take weeks or days, several cryptocurrencies can take hours or tens of minutes. Dagcoin transactions are fully completed within 30 seconds on average.
Freedom to transact
People around the world have the freedom to make fast and cost-effective transactions with their Dagcoin wallets. No limits, no restrictions. You have control over your money.
Dagcoin has been granted government licenses for cryptocurrency and is strictly following KYC and AML laws to reduce illegal or criminal transactions of the financial world.
Find merchants all around the world
Dagcoin is meant for using. Everything you do with regular currency, you will be able to do with dagcoins. This includes getting paid, going shopping, exchanging, taking loans, paying for services, travelling, and almost everything else that comes to your mind.
500 000+ members
The Dagcoin community is growing rapidly all around the world. Instead of creating a group of speculating traders who are chasing the price movement, we are building an educated community of cryptocurrency supporters who understand the long-term vision and are passionate about the true value of cryptos – the reasons they were created and how people worldwide can benefit.
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Quick specs and the whitepaper
|Transaction fee:||Around 0.0005 DAG|
|Avg transaction time:||30 seconds on average|
|Dagcoin price:||0.76 €|
|Total distribution:||9 000 000 000 dags|
|Coin distribution:||5% – team, founders, advisors 95% – community|
|Distributed coins:||~2,908B dags (0.45B + ~2.45B)|
|Market cap:||1 722 500 000 €|
|Available in (exchange)||SwipeX|
The 3-step strategy for growth
Create an ecosystem
The biggest innovators are flexible and can adapt to changes faster than the industry giants. It takes a while for the biggest companies to start accepting cryptocurrency. The best way to start is by creating an ecosystem and build the main products and services ourselves.
Build the community
Once the ecosystem has been developed, we will grow the community and integrate the products and services into our everyday lives. A currency becomes strong once people and businesses start trusting and using it. We can show the world how cryptocurrency is truly meant to be used.
Scale & co-operate
Scaling the community to millions of people assures that the ecosystem is working and gives insight for perfecting the products. This is required in order to begin cooperating with the biggest brands in the world, eventually leading to mass adoption.
Your Burning Dagcoin Questions Answered
The truth is, a lot of what we do here in Dagcoin may be slightly unclear to some of you. Therefore, we’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions about Dagcoin in one article in order to provide some clarity. We also suggest you regularly keep an eye on our News & Blog section where we tackle the most exciting topics emerging from the global crypto scene as well as from the bustling Dagcoin hub. But now on to answering some of those burning questions you may have been wondering about. 1. Some of you have expressed confusion regarding the fact that changing your dagcoins to fiat currency isn’t as smooth a process you’d imagine it to be. Let us explain why! Today, Success Factory has become one of the most popular methods of purchasing dagcoins. As a result, the supply on the official dagcoin exchange platform SwipeX is currently higher than the demand. However, once all three billion dagcoins have found an owner, SwipeX will become the primary exchange platform and dagcoins can no longer be purchased through Success Factory. For the moment, however, depending on the total number of dagcoins purchased, they must initially (and can also later) be deposited for 12, 24 or 36 months. According to the months deposited, buyers will then be rewarded with a certain percentage of coins. The additional coins will be distributed as a token of gratitude for the fact that the purchaser of the product is ready to contribute to the development of the ecosystem and thus initially freeze their coins. So we urge you to explore the numerous possibilities the Dagcoin ecosystem has to offer in using your coins. You can have a look at the ecosystem here and find merchants from your region here. Also, consider placing your dagcoins in Dagcoin Grow to increase their value, passively. The processes involved in building Dagcoin are indeed taking longer today than would have been expected. The reason for that is that in parallel with the development of dagcoin as a cryptocurrency, the construction of the Dagcoin ecosystem is being executed which is time-consuming and costly. But we are committed to creating an environment for all dagcoin users where everything they need can be purchased with dagcoins. The companies that joined us in the early years share this vision, and we can continue to operate with their trust and support. Dagcoin has taken on the mission to prove that the hype of ‘getting rich fast’ is not the real potential a cryptographic currency holds. Another important pillar of Dagcoin’s foundation is to provide billions of people around the globe, who still do not have access to traditional banking, the possibility to store and use their money in an accessible and affordable way. 2. You want to know how exactly Dagcoin is distinct from Bitcoin? Let us try putting it this way... Bitcoin is widely used as a speculative trading tool, its value fluctuates constantly. Therefore, it cannot be used as a real means of payment as its value can fluctuate from month to month in which case both, the merchant and the customer can end up losing their money. In fact, around 80% of individual traders lose money when trading with Bitcoin. Dagcoin however aims to become a daily used, regulated and stable cryptocurrency. To achieve this, Dagcoin uses fundamental pricing, where the price of the coin is based on the number of merchants and coin holders who use it. This ensures a fixed and predictable coin value, which makes Dagcoin a common currency for everyday use. Unlike Bitcoin, Dagcoin also uses user authentication to comply with international regulations. That is also the biggest technological difference between Dagcoin and Bitcoin. Dagcoin is a centralized cryptocurrency, Bitcoin on the other hand not. This means that dagcoin users store their coins on their personal devices and the transactions are confirmed by a network of witnesses managed by Dagcoin, not the community. This approach will also significantly save natural resources, as there is no need for mining as is the case with Bitcoin. Last year alone the maintenance of Bitcoins technology used as much electricity as the whole of Iceland. Dagcoins witness network however consumes about the same amount of energy per year as five average households. 3. Why is dagcoin centralised? Alright, we gotcha! A centralized cryptocurrency like Dagcoin works in accordance with financial regulations which allow it to one day become a widely used currency on a daily basis. In the case of decentralized cryptocurrencies, it is possible to make illegal transactions and there is no overview of who is behind these. However, in the case of centralized cryptocurrency, it is possible to identify users and thus prevent and deter money laundering and other illegal activities. A centralized infrastructure also helps to save the energy needed to maintain the network of "witnesses". 4. And now the exciting part: how is dagcoins price calculated? Today, the price of dagcoin depends on the balance of the community: the number of individual users and merchants of dagcoin which together determine its value as follows: - 10,000 new dagcoin users = € 0.01 added to the price - 100 new companies that accept dagcoin = € 0.01 to the price Example: today's price of € 0.76 comes from the equation of € 0.62 (620,000 users) + € 0.14 (1,400 companies) = € 0.76. The price of Dagcoin is today still related to the size of the community. If the number of individual users and traders of dagcoin is large enough to keep its price stable, dagcoin will be released and the price will be determined by supply and demand. The same principles apply when the number of businesses and/or users in the ecosystem decrease. As a result, the price of dagcoin would fall. At first sight, this might seem in contradiction to the principles of the free market, which requires the price to be determined on the basis of supply and demand. However, after the market analysis in 2017, we realized that in order to change the cryptographic market, we need to take a different approach. As most cryptocurrencies are seen as a financial instrument and their price is manipulated, we decided to initially price dagcoin on the basis of fundamental parameters (the number of companies that accept dagcoin and the number of people who use dagcoin). As a result, dagcoin has no daily fluctuations, which makes its use even safer for both users and companies. Our vision is to build a community large enough around the Dagcoin ecosystem that the price of dagcoin would remain stable and could not be manipulated. Once we are convinced that through the daily use of dagcoin the community remains stable, price and demand will determine the price. National currencies (euro, dollar, pound) are built on the same principles: the price remains stable through the trust of the community and the possibilities of usage. National currencies are constantly being traded but in the big picture, their prices do not fluctuate because the user community is large enough to keep the average price stable. The authors of Dagcoin do not claim that such an approach is the only way to increase the reliability of a cryptocurrency and realizing its true potential, but the first step in changing the world of cryptography has nonetheless been now made.
El Salvador Introduces Cryptocurrency as Legal Tender
In an unexpected turn of events, El Salvador has announced its upcoming plans to make cryptocurrency legal tender with its borders. Since 2001, the Central American nation of El Salvador has relied on the United States Dollar as its official currency, however, 20 years on, USD is to share the Salvadorean stage with Bitcoin — a highly unusual move considering the currency’s extreme volatility. El Salvador’s Congress approved President Nayib Bukele's proposal to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as legal tender, with a majority of 62 out of 84 votes in early June. This legally binding congressional vote means that El Salvador will be the first nation in the world to fully embrace a cryptocurrency as legal tender. Once rolled out, this move will legally require any and all traders to accept bitcoin payments at the point of sale, with the only option to refuse being a lack of the technology required to process a digital payment. "It will bring financial inclusion, investment, tourism, innovation and economic development for our country," President Bukele tweeted on the day of the vote. Beyond this, Bukele has claimed that this move will allow the whopping 70% of Salvadoreans who currently lack access to financial services to join with the 30% who do. Despite these broad claims, sceptics abound, with many speaking out regarding the currency’s unreliability due to fluctuating valuations, as well its very uncertain future. Rather than wholesale adoption of existing cryptocurrencies, other nations are now eyeing the possibility of creating their very own digital currencies, with China having already conducted test-runs of its Digital Yuan in 2020.
How to Buy and Use Your Dagcoins?
As of today, around 650,000 people are now using dagcoins, and this number is continuously on the rise. But for those of you who are new to cryptocurrencies, or Dagcoin in particular, just how and where do you get dagcoins? How do you store them? And, finally, what exactly can you do with them? Let’s find out… How to Buy Dagcoin? Off the bat, let’s talk about obtaining coins in the first place. Buying dagcoins couldn’t be easier or more straightforward. All that’s really required is a quick visit to SwipeX and a short sign up process. To protect you from identity theft you’ll need to go through a quick verification process. A copy of your ID card, passport, or proof of address will be needed here, so be sure to have one of the above on hand. Once you’ve signed up, we’d highly recommend enabling 2-factor authentication. This works in a very similar way to most banks and Facebook in that it doesn’t just require a username and password, but also confirmation from your phone in order to gain access. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to your finances. With that all out of the way, there’s just one thing left to do before beginning your Dagcoin journey — buy some dagcoins. However, if you’re a very lucky individual who’s received a Dagcoin Gift Card from a friend or relative, you can simply redeem this instead. Get your Dagcoin Wallet Now that you have dagcoins, you’ll need somewhere to keep them. In the same way you need a physical wallet to store regular money, you need a digital wallet to store your dags. For that reason, you’ll need to click here to download your free Dagcoin wallet. It doesn’t matter if you use Android or iOS, PC or Mac, there’s a wallet version for you (even you, Linux users!). If the idea of a wallet stored on a physical device doesn’t work for you, then you can set up a web wallet which is accessible via any device that can access the web. Now that you either have the DagWallet app or the online web wallet, you not only have somewhere to store your dags, but the possibility to send and receive them too. Just send your dags to your wallet, and you’re all set. - You can save them with Dagcoin Grow! Dagcoin Grow works in a very similar way to a fixed bond. For those unfamiliar with a fixed term bond, you choose the timeframe you want to invest for, and you receive a guaranteed percentage as a return at the end of the period. With Dagcoin Grow you can invest your dags for 12, 24 or 36 months. The length of time you invest for and the amount you invest will dictate how many extra coins you receive at the end of your investment period. To learn more about Dagcoin Grow, click here! - Spend them at one of the 1,500 merchants who accept Dagcoin! There is nothing many of us like more than to spend our money. With Dagcoin’s Merchant Finder site it couldn’t be easier to find the best place to spend your dags. You can search to see which stores and businesses accept Dagcoin in your local area or by category, for example, groceries, clothes or restaurants. If you are looking for something, in particular, you can simply type in the search box the kind of business you are looking for. Depending on the type of business you may be able to order online, visit the business in person, or do either. At all of these businesses, you will be able to pay in seconds with your Dagcoin wallet for Dogecoin Card. To see what kind of businesses are on the Merchant Finder, click here! - Spend or earn dags at the Dagmarket or Dagitally! Dagmarket is a place where people can sell items that they no longer want or need, very similar in many ways to websites like eBay and Gumtree. However, on Dagmarket Jobs, people also can sell their services too. This is the perfect place to find web developers, copywriters, graphic designers, and other freelancers. Dagmarket is somewhere where you can buy and sell anything. But what about if you just want to buy or sell something that’s digital? Say a piece of software, digital artwork, or presentation template? That’s where Dagitally comes in, and it works just the same as Dagmarket! - Call anyone at any time with Dagtelecom! Dagtelecom is an app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets that allows users to make and receive calls and SMS messages, and pay for these using their dags. Dagtelecom users can call each other free of charge too. - Bet high or low with TwiceDice! TwiceDice is an online casino and betting platform that features hundreds of different games, from casino games, to slots, to esports, you name it, it’s there. TwiceDice utilising a specialised token known as Dagchip, which can be converted from dagcoins via SwipeX. It’s safe to say this is the way to make some serious extra coins for those of you that are bold enough. All the options above are just the tip of the iceberg of what it is possible to do with your dags. A quick scroll through our blog will show you a whole stream of different options, along with many that are in development and are due for release in the near future, so watch this space! Conclusion Buying dagcoins and getting started couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is create an account with SwipeX and buy your dagcoins. Once you have your dags you will need somewhere to store them. Simply download the DagWallet app to your phone, tablet or computer and you are ready to go. The question now is what are you going to do with your dags? You could invest them into Dagcoin Grow, and in 12, 24 or 36 months see a fixed return on your investment. You could also go to the merchant finder and search for businesses in your local area or beyond where you would like to spend your dags. In turn, you could also go to the Dagmarket and see what second hand or unwanted items you might want to buy. There are many other things that you can do with your dagcoins that we did not have time to mention here, and many more that are in the final stages of development such as Dagtelecom, Dagcoin Games, and the online content portal Dagitally. Whether you are looking to send money cheaply and quickly around the world, take your business to the next level, or a viable alternative to cash and fiat currencies, the Dagcoin ecosystem is the place for you. Join the growing community utilising the currency of the future, today.
Why Cryptocurrency Can’t Remain Entirely Anonymous
In order to achieve a more accessible currency globally, the cryptocurrency sector needs a serious change of direction. It is right and natural for each country to have its own currency based on crypto technology and transparent solutions. Currencies and money that aren’t nationally issued, can exist alongside cryptos. These can be “people’s money” that is based on community and people’s trust. These alternative currencies, i.e. cryptocurrencies, however, will not be anonymous Wild West-type payment methods. They have to be transparent, providing assurance to the country that its people cannot use these monies for participating in or supporting criminal activities, avoiding taxes and hiding assets. Individuals’ transactions, as well as governments’ transactions using national cryptocurrency, need to be transparent. In this way, we can move towards a society in which we can talk about having trust in government and monetary policies, as the technology behind cryptocurrency can offer the necessary transparency. Today, even legendary Estonian banking and finance experts have publicly admitted that if sooner or later, an alternative to money will be found and a cryptocurrency with the right goals will be taken into use, then it’s better to be the one to take the bull by the horns. Estonia has the capability to take the initiative as the interest in developing different versions of cryptocurrency in a digital country like Estonia is enormous. What might be the solution? Dagcoin’s community is mainly in developing countries where the need for cryptocurrency is greater. We’ve been guided by the principle of smaller amounts of crypto to larger numbers of people, in order to avoid the accumulation of capital to only a few individuals. To avoid price fluctuations caused by a volatile market, we’ve also created a new way of pricing cryptocurrency. The price is based on fundamental values, which are the number of users and the number of vendors. The more or fewer there are users and vendors, the higher or lower the value of Dagcoin. As a result, the currency will have a more transparent value and users and vendors needn’t worry about the price fluctuating from hour to hour, day to day or week to week. Unlike Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Dagcoin is not after anonymity. This is best shown by the analytics we’re currently developing, which will, in the future, provide regulatory bodies the opportunity to check that the currency is not being used for unlawful transactions. At the moment, the cryptocurrency world is like traffic without traffic lights and traffic signs. Dagcoin wishes to change this, but still maintain people’s right for making transactions freely and comfortably. In order to achieve this, Dagcoin is using directed acyclic graph technology (DAG). The operating principle of DAG-chains differs from blockchains, as validating transactions doesn’t require expensive mining, instead each new transaction helps validate previous transactions. Thanks to our technology, Dagcoin is faster, has inexpensive (almost non-existent) transaction fees, and is more environmentally friendly than Bitcoin. Thanks to affordable transaction fees and accessibility, Dagcoin is going to make digital currency and banking available to nearly 2 billion people, who have, so far, not had these opportunities. Dagcoin has the largest number of users in developing countries like India, Indonesia and Columbia. Today, we’re already changing the way in which these countries’ communities trade with the rest of the world and how they sell their products and services. For example, it is now also possible for an Estonian to buy Columbian design services using dagcoins. A Columbian design company can then use those same dagcoins to pay their employees, who can go on to use dagcoins to buy food from the local café or shop. The food vendors can, in turn, buy produce like meat and cheese from local farmers using dagcoins. Farmers can then pay their employees in dagcoins. Building similar payment chains, we’re changing the economic system of the world. It is undeniable that the cryptocurrency market still needs a lot of work to achieve the goal for which the currency was initially created – usability. It is important for people to notice the problem and not see cryptocurrency as just a financial instrument.
Head of Ukrainian Cyberpolice Calls for Crypto Legalisation
The head of the Ukrainian police force’s cybercrime division, Oleksandr Grinchak, has urged the nation’s government to fully legalise cryptocurrencies in order to curb the emergence of criminal activity due to lack of government intervention or official frameworks. In an interview with the Ukrainian branch of RBC, Grinchak highlighted that transitioning cryptocurrencies into a fully legal sector would allow law enforcement authorities to effectively monitor and manage any unscrupulous activity. “If we talk about crimes the police force deals with now, ranging from murder, extortion, and theft to drug offences – all of these aberrations can be associated with cryptocurrency: Everything except trademark and copyright infringement. That’s why it is necessary to legalize it,” he stated. Despite a degree of resistance, Grinchak stated that many less outspoken parliamentarians within the Verkohvna Rada, Ukrainian’s parliament, also supported a move towards legal restrictions being lifted. “We have specialists who deal with blockchain, analytics, and communication with crypto exchanges. We do manage to identify these criminals. But we have already repeatedly raised the issue with the Verkhovna Rada and specialized committees. Cryptocurrencies need to be legalized(...)” As the law currently stands, although cybercrime divisions have the necessary intel and resources required to move against criminal groups operating within the crypto-sphere, the lack of legal framework makes it nigh-on impossible to action any form of official investigation or prosecution. Ukraine is now one of many developed nations with cells intent on pushing for wide-scale adoption and legalisation of cryptocurrency, with India and Taiwan already taking steps to normalise it.
How should cryptocurrency be used?
More and more often, the opinion is heard that cryptocurrency will start to replace our current fiat money (i.e. legal tender backed by a central government) because all transactions, including international ones, will be faster and more affordable than what the current banking system can enable. It is not possible to “print” more cryptocurrency and people have full control of their transactions. While people living in Europe, for example, find making bank transfers and instant payments in a matter of seconds over smartphones to be commonplace, there are about 2 billion people in the world who have no access to banking at all, which means they also have no access to digital currencies. They have no credit score to show financial institutions, telecommunications or even insurance companies their creditworthiness. Therefore, if they wanted to apply for a loan to advance their life or business, financial institutions would not be able to provide it. They can buy and sell products or services only on the limited local market for cash, leaving them without access to greater product choices or a larger client base. The way cryptocurrencies are designed, gives these people access to digital currency, as anyone with access to the internet can create their own cryptocurrency wallet and then make transactions. Access to the internet varies regionally but it is only a matter of time until it spreads everywhere in, for example, Africa. However, as infrastructure and general societal preparedness is simply not quite ready for cryptocurrencies to be taken into daily use, the internet still has time to spread wider. Bitcoin is often thought of as digital gold. While not its primary goal, Bitcoin has set a course for the financial world and future digital currencies. Of course, today, ten years later, there are better and faster solutions and a different financial model available for this. Bitcoin will likely never be this kind of “people’s money” to help those 2 billion we mentioned earlier, but at best, it could become “people’s gold”. There is no cryptocurrency today that is truly and widely usable and proper competition for our everyday currency. Depending on the cryptocurrency, you might be able to purchase products and services here and there, but more often than not, this process goes through a third party, i.e. a platform that converts the cryptocurrency from the client into fiat money, like the Euro, that the provider then receives into their account. This service tends to carry huge fees or use terrible conversion rates. Cryptocurrency should properly be used without a conversion process. The vendor should accept cryptocurrency and use it to pay their supplier. Today, we’re at a point where this is implausible for many, as price volatility has made vendors very cautious. Merchants don’t want to accept money whose price fluctuates day-to-day.
What’s going on with China’s Crypto Crackdown?
You’ve more than likely seen headlines and various mutterings around China’s war against cryptocurrency trading and mining within the country, but what’s exactly happening? Recently an official document was released by the Chinese State Council, stating that “We should crack down on bitcoin mining and trading activities and prevent individual risks from being passed to the whole society.” Although the reasoning behind this may not be clear, it was cited as being due to “environmental concerns.” While this is indeed a concern, especially regarding the trading of currencies such as Bitcoin, many have found this justification dubious. Regardless of the validity of this reasoning, immediate shockwaves have been felt in digital currency markets both domestically and abroad. Most notably, Bitcoin took a sudden tumble in value to under around $30,000 following the official statement’s release. However, Bitcoin wasn’t alone, with just about all major cryptocurrencies seeing similar drops in value — Ethereum, XRP, and Ripple to name a few. While no definitive plans have been made, nor any direct actions taken by the government itself, crypto miners within China are now desperately scrambling to move their mining operations further afield, with the US being a prime location. “I have been having conversations all weekend, starting since last Friday, with Chinese miners looking to co-locate in the U.S.,” stated Ethan Vera, COO of Seattle-based mining firm, Luxor. The intercontinental migration of mining ventures will not only be costly but may take up to months, leading to a significant break in operations. Despite the projected goal of Chinese mining groups continuing operation as normal later down the line, there still remains a great deal of uncertainty due to the alleged crackdown potentially being shelved. This has further soured expectations, and has thrown the importance of these migrations into question, leaving many in a state of limbo. “Miners in China I’ve spoken with are unsure of the impact right now.” tweeted Thomas Heller, co-founder, and CBO at Compass Mining. The upcoming weeks will be critical in getting a handle on which steps the Chinese government intends to take on the issue, whether it be restrictive regulations, or an outright ban as many are expecting to be the case. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on any developments as they emerge.
Max Vorovski - the most dedicated athlete in Estonia
Max Vorovski (32) is probably one of the most undervalued athletes in Estonia. He began practising martial arts at the age of eight but has had to put up with poor financial support and a series of unfortunate events throughout his career. Nonetheless, he has managed to create a name for himself in the world of kickboxing, and over the past few years, Dagcoin has continued to have his back. In his own words, his teenage life wasn’t easy. “I got easily irritated and I couldn’t control my emotions, nor my reactions. I had the tendency to get violent once provoked, and of course, I followed the steps of my older friends, even when it would have been wiser not to. Therefore I sometimes find it difficult to express the gratitude I owe to kickboxing. So many of my beliefs are based on what I learned through this sport, mainly, of course, self-discipline and respect for others.” Max is the polar opposite of the image that comes along with his choice of career and sport. Instead of a murmurous, harsh-handed, and unpredictable martial arts professional, he’s a restrained, humble and utterly down to earth man sitting across the table. All this despite (or thanks to) a rather difficult emotional and professional path. Every professional kickboxer in the world probably dreams of making it to the kickboxing elite league, Glory. Max was close to getting a contract signed twice, but life had other plans for him. Before getting a chance to take part in Glory, things took a tragic turn as Ramon Dekkers, the kickboxing legend, trainer, and friend, suddenly passed away in 2013. Max had been living in Breda, Holland for three years and training under Dekkers when the tragic event occurred. The incident had such a severe emotional impact on Max that he returned home to Estonia and decided to turn down the offer from Glory. The second time Glory offered Max a chance to compete, he was struck with unfortunate health problems. After the first unsuccessful attempt to make it big, Max decided to start training and competing on his own. Instead of a professional team, he had friends and family accompanying him to competitions. He managed to win six consecutive matches against ruling world champions. This, of course, did not go unnoticed by Glory, who for the second time offered Max a chance to compete. On the day of the fight, Max woke up with a 39-degree fever and tonsillitis. Only through pure willpower he managed to force himself to the ring but lost the fight to Yassine Ahaggan 1:4. “Kickboxing has taught me that self-pity doesn’t create value in your life. Being unhappy and not doing anything about it doesn’t take you anywhere. You have to collect what’s left of you and force yourself through hardships. What needs to be remembered is what got me to where I am, and to have a clear vision of what’s next and how to get there. This doesn’t only apply to sports but to life in general,” states Max, on why he has never surrendered to any sort of pain in his life. One thing Max always does after a fight is thanking the opponent: “A dignified winner knows what his opponent will have to go through after the match. To see your wife or mother in tears because of the injuries or for your child not to recognize you, how you handle that and still find the strength to return to the ring is what shapes a real winner.” That is why Max finds the bashing culture very problematic. In his eyes trash talk should not be tolerated by the sports community, as for him, kickboxing is first and foremost about respect and discipline, not about showing off and clout. In his opinion success doesn’t come from the perfect routine and fast reactions, but rather from a smart strategy and mental balance. “My aim is never to seriously hurt or cause permanent health damage to another. In my training, I never let pupils who do not have professional ambitions fight against each other. Also, I no longer react physically to a provocation because I know what this might cause. As an athlete, your aim can never be to deliberately hurt someone. The person you are actually facing in the ring is yourself. It all starts and ends with one person and that’s you. How you leave the ring, whatever the result, will determine who you are as a person and what is it you still need to work on yourself,” says Max. This is why Max also finds it extremely important to talk about bullying at schools. In his eyes, the perfect people to touch these topics are athletes like himself. “You have to bring the bully to the ring so they’d know what it means to get hurt. And the ones being bullied, need to learn how to protect themselves.” This, however, is only one way to approach the problem of bullying. In reality, it’s a multi-faceted situation where the bullies normally come from difficult families, or the issue is rooted in something deeper. Practice, however, can offer a support system to a child. Students need to be disciplined, but not only that, they also need a friend who’ll listen and be there to give advice. “I was lucky enough to have trainers who grew to be my confidants and through that, I found purpose in life,” says Max on the importance of dedicated trainers. This makes it all the more surprising that Max has come to a decision to quit kickboxing and turn to classical boxing. “I have been a professional kickboxer for 17 years and I feel it’s time for a change,” he says, adding that today he has grown even more fond of boxing. “Traditional boxing requires cleverness. If in MMA and kickboxing you’ll have an advantage based on pure physical strength, then in boxing you need to have a very thorough strategy. You can not win only by hitting someone.” Also, the fact that boxing offers more opportunities and higher competition funds. Classical boxing is an Olympic sport and has a different kind of audience. “Boxing tends to be loved by a more colourful and mature audience. While in MMA it’s acceptable to hit your opponent who is already lying on the ground, in boxing this is prohibited. So there’s less violence and more sport,” says Max on why he came to the decision to quit kickboxing after 17 harsh, but successful, years. Today, more than ever, he feels that certain sports have lost the essence of respect for the opponent as for sport in general. Instead, we see a parade of big but vulnerable egos playing a dangerous game. This might be one of the reasons why very often, martial arts are seen as a violent sport. However, the violent seeming blows and kicks are mainly polished techniques and decisions which have to be made within a fraction of a second which will then determine the further course of the match. Max, however, believes that people who are happy and satisfied with their lives should not think about going professional at all. “Within these sports you need willpower. Not only in the ring but in life in general - willpower to live. This willpower comes mostly from hardships. Kickboxing gives you the opportunity to use this power consciously and purposefully. Not on the streets.” Over the last 10 years, the popularity of kickboxing has consistently been growing in Estonia. There are world-class fighters such as the sibling duo Mosairs, Kevin Renno, Edvin-Erik Kibus, Andra Aho, and others. Despite all this, financing is still poor and there’s a lack of professional trainers, managers, teams et al. Max says, on one hand, this is caused by the poor reputation and on the other hand the lack of work within the community itself. “Firstly, kickboxing is not an Olympic sport. Secondly, we as athletes need to show the public that we’re not animals. If you cannot control your emotions like a professional, you’ll never be successful. Of course, sometimes the emotions get the best of you, but what you should learn in practice is to not pay attention to them.” Max says that if this kind of level in kickboxing has been reached within the current conditions then it can only get better from here. That’s why he is thankful that Dagcoin has been supporting his journey for the last few years and believing in his mission. In addition to changing his path in sports, together with Dagcoin his dream of a sports school will come true. “I want to become a trainer. I have dedicated my whole life to kickboxing and now I want to pass this knowledge on.” Max is a father to a five-year-old daughter, who, for the sake of her parents, has chosen dancing over kickboxing. “I’m not familiar with any professional kickboxer who’d want their children to choose the same path and go professional,” he laughs. He’s happy that his daughter is into dancing but if she decides to start (kick)boxing, she’ll have the full support of her father. In Max’s words, sport is akin to meditation which forces you to live in the moment, 100%. Understandably you need to take good care of your health but if you love what you do and strongly believe in achieving anything you want, you’ll push through whatever obstacle lies on your way and in the end, leave the ring of life as a champ.
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