On Thanksgiving morning at 7am, and at a crispy 55 degrees outside, I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with one of the best up and coming MMA fighters and martial artists around!
At only 5ft 7' and 145lbs, a little sleepy, and dressed in jeans and a beanie cap, Chris Walker does not at first glance look like a force to be reckoned with, however his martial arts and wrestling backgrounds, championships and now accolades holding 3 amateur MMA title belts say differently.
Chris grew up in Merritt Island, and trained under Mike Smith for most of his life. During this time Chris was State Champion numerous times, National Champion, and yes World Champion, competing internationally on many occasions. It was never unusual to see Chris practicing flips, kicks and jumps, ofter with weapon in hand, as well as dedicated training night after night at the dojo. Chris was also a state champion in wrestling, as well as an accomplished gymnast.
Just over the past year Chris has entered the MMA world, combining his karate/kickboxing talent with his expertise from wrestling and grappling on the floor. He currently trains at The Jungle MMA as well as with David DiQuollo at Unlimited Kickboxing. And in only 1 year, Chris now carried 3 amateur titles.
And so there we were, all wrapped up warm on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning as the sun rose to capture all of Chris's accomplishments. It was an honor and a pleasure to work with someone I can call a great friend and someone who is well on his way to the Pro-World and an amazing and exciting career ahead of him.
"So proud of you CWalk.....I'm looking forward to our next shoot with those pro-belts around your waist" :)