WCK Ultimate Conquest – Muay Thai in San Diego

What an amazing experience.

I’ve been working on the Valor & Grit photo essay with Franky that lead to an amazing opportunity.

Thanks to Franky, Jon from Valor Muai Thai Acadamy and WCK Muay Thai, I was allowed to photograph these amazing men and women who dedicate themselves to the art of 8 limbs.

I brought my trusty Fujifilm x100t and Canon 70D with a few lenses. I wasn’t allowed to shoot video and it came as a blessing in disguise because I was able to focus on making good photos.

Before we get into it I want to thank the Richard over at WCK and all the amazing fighters. Everyone fought their heart out.

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WBC Muay Thai Lightweight National Title: Travis Clay vs. Joe Gogo

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IAMFT Women’s Atomweight California Title: Selina Flores vs. Ana Flores

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Antonio Arango vs. Jose Lopez

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Francisco Garcia vs. Landon Simmons

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Cesar Millan’s DogNation in San Diego – Unofficial Set Photographer For A Day

Remember the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Street Session post from last week?

On that session I photographed a few scenes including the production crew shooting for Cesar Millan’s show DogNation. I handed Neal my card after I made some photos of them and told him I’d send him a couple. I thought it would be nice for them to show their family and friends what they do.

Honestly I wasn’t expecting an email but sure enough I got an email that evening. I sent him a few photos and long story short, he told me they would be filming a live episode at Ruocco Park that Saturday.

Saturday came around and I had a blast talking with guys on the crew and seeing the full blown production. I even got to meet Andre Millan, Cesar’s son. Andrew was a super chill guy with an obvious passion for the well being of dogs.

This is why I love street photography. You never know who you will meet and how a single (or handful of) photo(s) can help you make that human connection.

OK OK check out the photos.

Shout out to Andre, Neal, Hansi, Andrew (The real Thor), and Rodrigo! Thanks for making me feel welcomed on set.

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Valor and Grit – A Muay Thai Fighter’s Journey [Photo Essay] Set 1

I met Francisco Garcia in 2010.

I joined the same gym he was training at and he was already a beast.

My Muay Thai stint lasted less than 3 months but since then I’ve stayed in touch with “El Travieso”. Over the years I’ve watched him go up the amateur ranks.

One day I was watching Glory (Televised Muay Thai bouts) and there he was. Representing San Diego. Walking into the ring like a tiger. He is a professional fighter now and is training for the biggest challenge of his career.

These photos are part of the photo essay of his journey.

Big thank you to John Vargas head coach at Valor Muay Thai for letting us shoot.

Connect with Francisco on Instagram

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Peter and the Wolf at San Diego Symphony with the Boys

We took the boys to the San Diego Symphony to watch and listen to “Peter and the Wolf“.

They had instruments out for the kids to try and some other activities. The show was about an hour long. The music was beautiful.

After the show we went and had some Ramen with our friends then went to San Diego Waterfront Playground. I took the trusty Fuji x100T and made some photos here and there. Check them out.

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Gaslamp Quarter – San Diego Street Photography

San Diego Street Photography Vlogging

Street photography is one of my favorites things to do.


So I was sitting here thinking…

What would be a fun way to explore San Diego and bring you along?

I’ll pick up street photography again and show you San Diego not only through my photos but I’ll vlog some of my sessions.

Don’t know what Street Photography is? Well basically I walk around making photos of life’s moments.

I’m not a proclaiming to be a great photographer. I just love creating.

You don’t have to be Michael Jordan to enjoy a pickup game of basketball am I right? 😉

OK here are my favorite from the Gaslamp Quarter Photos from my latest San Diego Street Photography Session.

I used my Fujifilm X100T for this session.

UPDATE: The film crew in these photos was part of the Cesar Milan Dog Nation production crew. I didn’t know that at the time but I offered to send them some photos. I thought it would be nice to have some photos of themselves working. They enjoyed the photos and invited me to the live taping of the show and do some set photography.

You never know what doors a street photo session will open for you. Check out the photos and then see the Cesar Millan’s DogNation Unofficial Set Photographer For A Day

San Diego Street Photography – Downtown Gaslamp District Photos

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Want more San Diego Street Photography Posts?

You might enjoy these:
Cesar Millan’s DogNation in San Diego – Unofficial Set Photographer For A Day
Street Photography Sessions
[VIDEO] Making “Valor & Grit: A Muay Thai Fighters Journey” (Fujifilm X100T/GoPro HERO5 Session POV)

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