Steve Strahm trains clients in jiu jitsu, kickboxing, boxing, and MMA training. at Sud’n Impact Gym in Fort Wayne Indiana!
How did your amputation occur?
I had a staph infection in 2004 and over the years I had multiple surgeries and hospitalizations that ultimately led to lymphedema in my left lower extremity. As time went on, the infections returned and eventually resulted in a below the knee amputation. A few years after the initial amputation, the infection returned and and I was forced to go to an above the knee amputation.
Out of all of your accomplishments, which are you most proud of and why?
My second place medal from the stamina jiu jitsu series at the 2019 Health and Wellness Expo. This was my first jiu jitsu tournament not only as an amputee but that I had ever competed in.
What hobbies or activities are you involved in?
I love coaching and sparring with my fellow fighters and competitors. They help remind me that nothing is impossible. I also play guitar and sometimes enjoy teaching guitar lessons as well.
How big of a role does the proper function and fit of your prosthesis play in making it a good or bad day?
It’s huge. I have to kick and balance on the prosthesis itself sometimes and often have to move quickly and swiftly to many different angles so it needs to fit snug and move with me not behind me.
What has your experience been like with SRT?
SRT has been great to me. They have always taken care of me, been very proactive in helping accomplish my goals and dreams. I definitely don’t think any other company would have or could have taken me this far.
What would you like to say to a new amputee to encourage them?
Don’t give up! Never quit! Struggle builds strength, trials build triumphs, the light is always dim when you first walk into the tunnel. It’s one foot in front of the other, one step at a time, know what you want and do not take ‘no’ for an answer. The only limitations we have as amputees are the ones we allow ourselves to set. Do not have limitations, do not be afraid to try new things. If you want something you’ve never had before you have to be willing to do things you’ve never done before. Trust the process…..and if all else fails, come see me and I’ll show ya the way.