I’ve gotta admit, combat sports are not really my thing, but this recent editorial I shot about kick boxing gave me a very up-close look into the sport and gave me new respect for the passion and determination that the athletes bring to the ring. Over the course of three separate days I shadowed the Steko brothers (Mladen and Pavlica), two ex-World Champion fighters who now run a very successful kick boxing outfit, and documented their work and the small world of kick boxing. I was also ring-side at one of their big fight night events to cover the prize fights… holy sh&!t, no way would I want to trade places and be inside that ring! It was a serious adrenaline rush just trying to capture the action with a camera! But, as intense and visually compelling the actual fighting was, my favorite shot is the one of the little tooth-less kid wearing mitts as big as his head and grinning ear to ear. I watched him do a little sparing in the ring with a little girl about his age. She beat him around the ring but he kept coming, unfaltered by the barrage of punches the little girl launched at his head and his grin never left his face. Pure stoke!