By now you guys all know about my love for Boxing, MMA, Brazilian JiuJitsu and other forms of martial arts. I’ve found a deep appreciation for these contact sports and my sensei, Diego De Vera, has a lot to do with that. Diego has been so instrumental in my life that I just had to share his story with the world. Fun fact: he is the first male I’ve ever had on Women in Power! I hope his adventure inspires you the way it has inspired me.
Diego’s story begins in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an only child raised by his mother and father. During his childhood, his family didn’t have much but Diego wasn’t bothered by it.
At the end of the day, sometimes we would sleep in one room – my mother, my father, grandmother, all in one room but we were happy. We had each other and that was the most important part. Maybe I had one pair of shoes for the entire year, but we were happy.
Diego fell in love with martial arts at the age of 9, (well, his first love was roller skating, but let’s not get into that because he’s not going to be very nice to me if that gets out!). Even at such a young age, there was no denying Diego had talent. His training began in Taekwondo then spiraled into Boxing, Muay Thai and KickBoxing, where he dominated at every single one. Many competitions, black belts and trophies later, Diego moved to Miami and became a well-known master trainer of his own gym, KO Zone! Think about it this for a second, how does someone who came from tough conditions, attain endorsements, become so well-known in this world and train champions?! Well, Diego doesn’t cut corners, it’s always been hard work.
Before I came to Miami, I was always watching Miami Vice, and said to myself, one day I’m going to live in Miami – when you always push your best, always push to the limit, you can do anything.