Black Belt #47: Sergio Flores

Sergio Flores was yet another Kiado-Ryu Black Belt who began his journey in the peewee class. His nickname, Socco, is derived from his soccer interests, his dad being his coach.

If ever there were a poster child for karate, Sergio would be it. When he was six years old, he was a professional photographer’s dream–small, cute, dark hair with tailed locks and a smile that would melt an iceberg. Put all that in a karate gi and you’ve got yourself a peewee heartthrob!

Socco was an extremely mild-mannered young man and very respectful, as is the trend at the KIA. Compared to the other kids, Sergio was rather diminutive but in spite of his size, he would never give up, especially when it came to fighting. Socco knew full well that “it’s not the size of the man in the fight, but the size of the fight in the man.” And for all his cuteness, Sergio was a man, and if he were still around today, there is no doubt he would be (and most likely is) a handsome, well-liked, successful grown man and still a heartthrob.