I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to document the training, travels, and lives of some of the best fighters in the world. They are generous with their time, and I repay them by putting all my effort into my photos of them. As Andre Kertesz once said, "Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph."
With this photoblog, I hope to provide a glimpse into the lives of MMA fighters--backstage, behind the scenes, and beyond. I want to take you places not everyone gets to go.
On any given day at the Blackzilians gym in Boca Raton, Florida, you'll see some of the best fighters in the world. Chances are you'll also see just as many of their children running around, either watching their fathers practice or getting in some shadowboxing of their own. These kids are handing in their baseball gloves and basketball shoes for boxing gloves and jiu-jitsu gis and starting martial arts training as soon as they can walk.
Which is cool.
Though I feel for their future opponents.
Check out these earlier installments of Through the Lens:
The Mixed Martial Arts of Victorian London
Before BJJ, there was Bartitsu.
Jonathan Maicelo: The Last Inca
Peru's up-and-coming boxing star.
Kron Gracie on Jiu-Jitsu, Skateboarding, Older Brothers, and Famous Fathers
The ties that bind are strong.
Joel Tudor on the Art of Surfing, Fighting, and Style
A surf icon helps MMA keep its sense of tradition.
Japan's Karate Kid: Kyoji Horiguchi
Japan's brightest MMA prospect.