Before you start talking smack about me getting my ass handed to me, let me tell you about this guy. First, he's one of the coolest guys I met on the trip. Second, he's a bodyboarder. I would not want to see him angry in the water no matter what board he's on. And third, he's a fighter. The real deal. I want to say he's about 300 and something pounds and he is one of the Canary Island's best fighters in the ring. He also is the only light skinned wrestler allowed to fight in the Senegal's very strict fighting arenas. That's where he makes most of his money. The top fighters in these fights will walk with a hefty chunk of the usual $500k cash purse.
Now, back to my chest pains. For the IBA World Tour on-location shoot in the Canary Islands, the production guys thought it'd be a great idea for me to wrestle this monster of human. I think about it now and still ask, "WTF was I thinking!?" I was no match for this guy. He showed me a few tricks but he was tossing me around like a freakin' rag doll! At one point, not only did he toss me five feet in the air but he then, i'm sure not intentionally, fell on top of me. Absolutely crushing my sternum to the mat. I felt it ache instantly. But then the pain subsided. Watch the video below... that's what it felt like but I was higher and he didn't fall on my that hard. If it wasn't for the pre-training session Yeray Martinez (another world class bodyboarder and fighter) gave me at the Gil CatarinoTraining Camp, it would've been worse.
Big thanks to Trota, Yeray, Gil and everyone at the training session for giving a chance to see what it's really like to train with the best and get beat down by the best. I'm still feeling the love and hurt.
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CLICK HERE to see Trota do his thang in Senegal.
|The crew at Gil's training camp.|
|That's big time.|
|The flying Mexican.|