19-year-old Alex Mancillas is a martial arts pro, and when he’s not busy competing and winning titles, he’s focused on the next step that will hopefully take him to Hollywood.
“The Paul Mitchell Karate Team is the oldest and most successful sports karate team,” Macias said. “It’s the most prestigious team. We like to think of it as the NFL of karate and it’s sponsored by Paul Mitchell, the hair company, and century martial arts, the largest distributor of arts equipment and supplies martial.”
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It is a sport that runs in the family. Macias’ uncle and mother have been doing it for over 30 years.
“I’ve won many, many state, national and world titles,” Macias said. “In the TKO league, in NASKA. I even won a few ISKA world championships. I won a tournament called Diamond Nationals. I won it three times, which is pretty cool. I got it in fight and recently I won in the adult arms division.
It’s a journey that takes him everywhere.
“I’ve been to Florida, Minnesota, California, Atlanta and it’s been very, very humbling,” Macias said. “It was an honor to be able to do what I do, what I love to do and travel while doing it. Exploring the world”
Alex’s next move – the bright lights of Hollywood.
“The end goal for me in martial arts, or that stepping stone I would say in my career, would be movies. I would love to act,” Macias said.
In fact, some of his team members have already landed roles in major Hollywood films and Alex hopes to do the same. Through it all, Alex remains humble. Her message to her mom is simple and heartfelt.
“I just want to say thank you and I love you and because of you I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for her. I always tell her this, and my mom will tell you this, ‘I’m going to buy you a house someday and I’ll repay you for everything you’ve sacrificed for me.'”
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