• 3.16.8 Raymond Ayala training for his first fight

    Raymond is a car sales manager for a Toyota dealership. But once a week on Thursdays he teaches an MMA class at Krav Maga. His background is solid Rickson Gracie training. Soft spoken in nature, and quick to smile, Raymond can be fierce on the mat. 

    I asked Marcus Kowal, his trainer, for their ‘secret location’ training that afternoon. Hours later I found myself watching Raymond sparring with some wrestlers at the Santa Monica High School wrestling gym.

    Raymond takes a break

    Raymond takes a break

    Markus gives instructions

    Marcus gives instructions

    Wrestler takes a break

    Wrestler takes a break

    Mrs. Kowal looks on

    Mrs. Kowal looks on

    Raymond sparring with Markus

    Raymond sparring with Marcus

    Raymond and Markus practice on the dummies

    Raymond and Marcus practice on the dummies

    Raymond Ayala training

    Raymond Ayala training

    Raymond training

    Raymond training

    Raymond and Markus sparring

    Raymond and Marcus sparring

    Markus trains Raymond

    Marcus trains Raymond

    Raymond getting a problem to solve

    Raymond getting a problem to solve

    Raymond solving a problem

    Raymond solving a problem