Through the Lens: Junior Blackzilians

Fightland Blog

By Ryan Loco (words and photos)

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.

Junior Blackzilians

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:

Fight Week

The Fighting Diplomacy of Roy Jones Jr. 

Renzo's Presence