The basic abilities required of professional wrestlers are somewhat narrow in scope. Such abilities, however, can only get one so far in lucha libre, and therefore it’s important–like most other sports–to augment one’s training in order to maximize abilities and minimize the risk of injury for both yourself and your opponent. Continue reading “A Luchador’s Workout II: Increasing Intensity, Pushing Performance”
I’ve officially been back in the states for a week now, and despite traveling for a little over two weeks, it was actually a pretty quiet trip. I previously talked about the AAA tryouts in San Jose, and I spent the subsequent week in Austin before going to Mexico City for a little over a week. Continue reading “Back in the States: Photos and a Lucha Volcánica Anniversary Show”
Saturday morning started at the horrific hour of 5:45am. The prior day I had been told that the gym would be open shortly after 7am, with tryouts starting at 8am sharp and ending around 1pm.
At Lucha Libre in the Park on Saturday August 17th 2013, I completed one of the goals that I had set for myself when I first started lucha libre: to become the Pacific Northwest Lucha Libre Champion. Continue reading “The Post-Championship Post (And Chasing AAA Dreams)”
Two weeks before Lucha Libre in the Park 2013 my famed opponent and Lucha Libre Volcánica Champion, X-Man, had to return to his hometown in Mexico due to a family emergency.
Four days before the show, I bruised my coccyx when I unintentionally landed on my ass from the third rope while at practice. The following day I could barely walk and thus had to abstain from my standard cardio regiment, although I was fortunately still able to partake in some weight training.
These are the conditions under which tomorrow’s annual show will take place. Continue reading “The Show Must (and will) Go On: Some Pre-Show Thoughts”
Anyone who is even vaguely familiar with lucha libre can deduce that we train pretty hard. In some respects training for lucha libre is not unlike other sports, but in several respects, lucha libre demands a unique set of skills. Continue reading “Gettin’ After It: A Luchador’s Workout”
I recently did a lengthy video shoot with Ken Jennings–of Jeopardy fame–for the iOS game Trivia Death Match with Ken Jennings. Admittedly I didn’t know who Ken Jennings was when I was first approached about the video shoot, but as it turns out he’s kind of a big deal, especially in and around his hometown of Seattle. He’s also a remarkably nice guy, and hilarious on camera.
More photos from both photo shoots can be found on my Facebook page.
We worked with Kris Kristensen & Ryan Worsley of Scotopia Pictures, and the video was co-produced by our good friend Kathy Ramos, all of whom were kind enough to trade my time on camera for a sweet, sweet promo video for Lucha Libre Volcánica. I will share a link as soon as the video is finished. We are also fortunate enough to have donated music from the Binary Cumbia Orchestra as a soundtrack for the promo! Yay for collaborative projects!
In similar news, later this month we will be doing a photo shoot with photographer Jimmy Bazan, who has photographed the likes of Macklemore, & my friend El Vez. In addition to standard promo shots, a handful of other luchadors and myself will be starring in a storied series of photos that will chronicle El Fénix returning from a night out with his lady friend to an unfortunate surprise upon entering her house to meet the family. I won’t spoil the rest, but both the photo shoot and the photos promise to be awesome. More info and a link will follow.
Elsewhere, I have also been considering starting a podcast to highlight regional, perhaps lesser-known creative endeavors. Through being involved in the process of creating promotional videos, and through my own experience in performance, I often find myself intrigued by creative folks that seemingly strive to create for its own sake. Thus I would not only be fulfilling my own desire for knowledge, but would also be able to share the works of others with the world via podcast. Feedback, comments, and ideas will not only be tolerated, but are welcomed in the comments section below.
PS: Lucha Libre Volcánica has opened up a online store!