In addition to practicing photography, I am an avid Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu athlete.
Jiu-jitsu is a grappling-based martial art, often translated as “the gentle art". In contrast to UFC fighting, punching and striking is forbidden. Athletes rely on chokeholds, joint manipulations or physical pain to submit their opponent. Practitioners wear a gi (a thick canvas-like robe) and a belt coloured according to rank.
I capture the unparalleled energy of a jiu-jitsu sparring session, where athletes mock-fight to submit their partner. The music is loud, tensions are high - and the blood, sweat and tears flow freely.