Big Spring High School Freshman, Mekhi “Khi” Castillo, will be competing in his first professional fight in the Fight2Win PRO 46, which is a professional Jiu Jitsu competition, in San Antonio this weekend on September 9th. The event is set up like a caged match, much like what you would see in a televised MMA fight, but there is no striking involved – basically submission wrestling. The goal of the competition is to submit your opponent without striking.
Khi began his training with the Warlord MMA child’s program, which is ran by his dad - Nathan Torres. The program that Khi began with was initiated by Nathan in order to give kids something positive to do and to learn how to defend themselves. Nathan stated that sometimes kids come in and just want to learn how to defend themselves in order to get rid of a bully and then they don’t continue with the program, but Khi has been training since he was 9 years old.
Khi also has an older sister who has competed in professional competitions as well, but never thought that he would be competing in a similar competition at this age. When asked how he felt when he found out that he had been chosen to compete in Fight2 Win PRO 46, Khi said that he didn’t believe it until he saw the announcement for himself.
Since Khi’s father, Nathan, and sister have competed in professional competitions before and Nathan was also selected to compete in the event, one would think that Khi must be naturally gifted and that it may have come easy for the 14-year-old, but Nathan expressed that was not the case.
“He’s won gold medals and tournaments, but it didn’t start off that way. People don’t understand that it’s a process," says Khi's father, Nathan.
Khi lost a lot in the beginning but he didn’t give up and over time a change in his attitude could be seen even when he wasn’t competing, which eventually lead to victories during his competitions.
When asked how he felt as a father to see his son and daughter competing in competitions of this caliber, he stated, "It's a little nerve-wrecking, but since I've done it so much I understand the experience and I can talk them and help them feel more confident. I really think that's a big part of how they do so well because I've been there before in every aspect of the game and I can be there to help calm them down before their match."
"It's a pretty big thing, you know, to see these kids being able to do something like that. You know, just something that they're gonna do for fun anyway and be able to make money doing it."
Nathan Torres still runs Warlord MMA Fitness and still competes. He also selected to compete in the Fight2Win 46 event this Saturday, and will be competing alongsid