"Grrrrrr!"
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Filming With Ken Jennings, Also Known As the “I Plugged All of My Friends in This Post” Post.

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.

"Grrrrrr!"
A flex-off with Ken Jennings, who admittedly had some pretty awesome gear.

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!

Ew.
Upon doing a Google search for “collaboration,” this image came up on the first page of results, which to me is merely a nonsensical image of babies. Just thought I’d share.

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.

Hasta pronto!

PS: Lucha Libre Volcánica has opened up a online store!

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The “We Broke the Attendance Record” Post-Show Post

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After parties: because we can.

On March 9th the University of Puget Sound hosted the 2nd (now annual) Lucha de Sound, which as far as we know, is the only annual lucha libre show at any college in the United States.

If I am allowed to say so, Lucha de Sound II was AWESOME. Los luchadores brought their A-game, the audience was stellar, and our ring announcers–one of whom was local personality Jake Stratton–were top-notch. We debuted 4 luchadores, including our first luchadora and our first exótico, in front of over 1000 fans who came from as far away as Texas (gracias a mis padres!), but mostly from Tacoma and the surrounding communities. Photos from the event can be found on the Lucha Libre Volcánica Facebook page.

In the main event, I teamed up with my partner from last year, CMLL alum Astro Imperial, to take on Prófugo & current LLV Champion, X-Man. After a long and arduous battle, we came out on top–with the help of Astro’s son. Video to follow.

We also debuted a new “remix” of our logo:

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Designed by Mike Martin

Shirts and bumper stickers are available now. Our online store is a work in progress.

In other news, we made some excellent contacts via the show, and I am happy to announce that we will be doing a photo shoot with Jimmy Bazan this June. Jimmy is an exceptionally talented photographer, and has shot for talents such as El Vez and Macklemore.

Being involved with event coordination always makes for an exhausting event. But alas, I’m back in La Escuela de Lucha Libre…

Not that I didn't take *some* time to relax.
Not that I didn’t take *some* time to relax.

More to follow, including: LLV performing with local burlesque performers, update on LLV’s nonprofit venture, and my eventual return to Mexico!

PS: If you haven’t checked it out already, take a peek at our media coverage surrounding Lucha de Sound in the Seattle Times, Tú Decides, La Raza NW, and The Weekly Volcano. No big deal.

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Lucha de Sound 2013: Post-Apocalypse Extravaganza!

Design courtesy of Mike Martin
A lil’ bit of flair, lil’ bit of badass, a LOT of color.

We’re less than a month away from one of our biggest annual shows, Lucha de Sound, which is held at the University of Puget Sound. Lucha de Sound bears particular personal significance for me, as Puget Sound is my alma mater and I personally worked tirelessly to organize the first LdS in 2012 during my senior year of college. LdS 2013 promises to exceed the theatrical intensity and highflying action, and–despite drawing around 500 people last year–we expect an even larger turnout this year. The uninitiated can check out photos from last year’s event here.

The show will consist of 5 matches. Confirmed matches are as follows:

  • Vagabundo & Angel Eyes (vs) Vago & Rey Jaguar
  • La Avispa & Viento (vs) Chicano & (unconfirmed Exótico)
  • Kevin Bereta (vs) Chris Rysek (American Pro Wrestling Special Event)
  • Cromo & Hero (vs) Peligro & Sónico
  • El Fénix & Astro Imperial (vs) Prófugo & X-Man
Hell yes.
The on-campus promotional poster.

I am both honored and ecstatic to be working alongside Astro Imperial, an alum of Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre, for a second time. Other things of note, are the debuts of Rey Jaguar, Angel Eyes, and La Avispa, the latter being Lucha Libre Volcánica’s first luchadora. We will also be covering the event via Instagram & Twitter.

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2013: Lucha de Sound and Beyond

As is evidenced from my first batch of posts, 2012 was a big year for El Fénix. After 2-months, 4 shows, and countless hours of training in Mexico, I am now back with my family at Lucha Libre Volcánica preparing for one of our largest annual shows: Lucha de Sound. 2012 marks the second year in which we will be invading the University of Puget Sound, in a diversity event which we began to simultaneously melt-faces with awesomeness, and increase the visibility of the Latino population and culture on the University’s campus. As an alum of UPS, Lucha de Sound special significance for me, as it enabled me to perform in front of colleagues and professors during my senior year of college. Furthermore the show was a resounding success: we drew over 500 fans from all over Tacoma and the surrounding communities.

While certain elements of the show are still in the works, I can currently confirm that El Fénix will be teaming up with longtime contemporary Corazón del Águila, against seasoned veterans X-Man and Prófugo. It is also noteworthy that current UPS student La Avispa will also be debuting this year, marking not only the debut of LLV’s first luchadora, but the debut of the first luchadora in the Pacific Northwest as well. The LLV gym is already starting to buzz with nervous energy as we begin rolling forward into 2013.

We will be posting regular updates as the show develops, along with intermittent updates on the upcoming nonprofit project, of which I can now share some details. Lucha Libre Volcánica will be meeting with a nonprofit lawyer in this month to determine the feasibility of a fitness-based, community gym/lucha libre facility in the South Park neighborhood of south Seattle–a community that is also home to our annual Lucha Libre en la Calle show. At a recent meeting of South Park Service Providers, we received the verbal support of other community organizers to move forward, as well as explicit confirmation that LLV would be providing a much needed service to the largely underserved area. I will share more information as we move forward with this exciting project.

More to come! Feliz año nuevo a todos mis amigos!