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2018. The Bronx NY. Sitting on the same steps as I sat with my dad so many years ago.
As a kid growing up in the Bronx I was very active playing sports. Watching Bruce Lee Movies with my mom was my favorite “down time” and it made we want to learn Karate.
One day, I think I was about 8 years old, I was walking down 149th street , I heard loud noises that made me venture upstairs to see what was going on. There I noticed kids with discipline and determination encouraged by their teacher of Karate, Master Hawk Frazier.
I started participating in classes becoming a 3 time Karate Champion from 1989 - 1993.
My dad was a huge fan of Baseball. We would sit down together and watch the New York Mets play. I was a fan of Keith Hernandez. I remember my dad buying me a New York Yankee baseball kids uniform…..that made me want to play baseball. I wanted to play for Porta Colei which was a name of a church in Puerto Rico. The team was based in the Bronx….I remember trying out for the team. Actually, I was not planning on trying out it was my cousin Danny however, he did not want to play alone so I decided to step in and try out. I got picked. It is such a vivid memory on how proud my dad was of me especially, playing for his home town team.
Things were great…we won State Championship in New York and I was doing awesome competing in Karate. I stayed busy as a kid, it kept me off the streets.
1990, Halloween night I was at a Karate school Halloween Party. I was dressed as the Ultimate Warrior excited to show my dad my costume.
My Aunt Evelyn picked me up that night. I immediately thought something had happened to both my mom and dad. I remember her walking down the steps, opening the car door and hearing the words “your father died tonight.”
Angry and hurt, tears of despair I wondered who now was going to teach me to be a man.
My dad, my mentor, my friend.
My mom was and still is a huge inspiration to me. She became Mom and Dad. She worked 2 jobs to support both my sister and me.
Years passed, sports became something of the past. My dad had been my mentor, my friend and my dad who I loved. There did not seem to be any reason to play sports anymore…he was gone.
I would do anything to have my dad back for him to see the man he raised.
Walking past a news-stand one day I noticed a magazine with a picture of a “huge guy”…it was Arnold Schwarzenegger ..the greatest body builder of all time (as far as I was concerned). On a whim I purchased the magazine and spent the next few hours reading EVERY word of his many accomplishments. Interestingly, I was more inspired by his personal life values……I wanted to follow in Arnolds footsteps.
My family did not believe in or understand bodybuilding but I did. At 16 years old I worked at a local powerhouse gym cleaning the gym for free membership. The owner said to me that I had potential to be a competitive bodybuilder. I thought that strange as I was a very skinny kid. He said I had great genetics to build solid muscle IF I trained religiously and that there was a teenage bodybuilding competition that I should enter.
From Skinny Kid to Champion.
Skip Sylvester was Mr. America and one of the best personal trainers in the gym. I told him I was going to enter the competition. I did have one big problem…my moms signature! She did not hesitate to say NO. Plan B…..coach signed as my parent.
My mom. My world.
My first competition I won 4th place. A medal and I was hooked. I became the NPC teenage champion. From there I entered the open Men’s Division.
Fast forward to 2018. I won my IFBB Pro Card becoming a Professional Mens Bodybuilder.
I feel the thrill of competition exactly the same as I felt sitting on the steps with my dad listening to the New York Mets Play for the Championship.
There is the added thrill now, as a Pro and mentor to be able to pass on the lessons I have learned.