You've Trained Hard! Show it! - Sports Photography - Ron Lutz II ~ Photographer

You've Trained Hard! Show It!

Sports & Action Photography

NAGA Wisconsin Grappling Championship - 2015

Combining Passions


One of the really great things about being a photographer is getting to work with subjects that interest you. As I get older I've discovered a passion for covering action, and sometimes being in the action itself. For instance, I don't just photograph grappling matches; I occasionally compete myself and I train almost daily. In fact my quest for becoming fit and athletic had taken me astray of my passion for photography for almost all of 2015.

In November of that year I met up with a photographer that mentored me many years ago. Over lunch I mentioned how I'd switched focus from photography to martial art training. I was feeling the need to get back into though. His comment, "focus on stuff you enjoy." really struck me. It's a formula I'd used for years but had some how allowed to be swallowed up by fitness training, etc.. I realized I had to expand my photography into the realm of sports a lot more than I have.

On this page you'll find various highlights from my exploration below. They are in no particular order. To the right, on desktop, you'll find links to the galleries that house the individual photo collections. (On Mobile they appear first.)

Master Instructor Brandon Tracy

Master Instructor Brandon Tracy

5th Degree, Master Black Belt, American Freestyle Tae Kwon Do
Brown w/ 2 Stripes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Additional training in:
Kempo Go Ju Karate (Chinese)
Judo
Traditional Tae Kwon Do (Korean)
Okinawan Karate (Japanese)
Muay Thai (Thailand)

1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thales Blaso

1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Thales Blaso

I've had the very good fortune of being able to train under Thales's direction since his return to the Madison, Wisconsin area. I've found his instruction to be simple, direct and very effective. Knowing him, and learning from him has definitely improved my grappling skills!

De la Riva

De la Riva

Learning some De la Riva techniques today.

#bjj #bjj4life #brazilianjiujitsu #jiujitsulifestyle #jiujitsu #graciejiujitsu #martialarts #grappling #bjjlife #jiujitsulife #fitness #bluebeltproblems #bluebelt #gym #fighttraining #Selfdefense #bjjtraining #martialartslife #fitnessjourney #artesuave #oss #mma #graciejj #bjjmadison #bjjwisconsin #riseup #riseupmartialarts

Counter Punch Scenario

Counter Punch Scenario

Self Defense from Closed Guard: Avoid the punch by using your hips to swing to the attacking side while using legs to bring opponent forward. Catch & trap the attacking arm against your neck, hand grabbing the back of their armpit. Lock the position by grabbing the biceps. The other hand raises to your head and... TAP! TAP! TAP!

We also covered variations of this...

Luiz Claudio Semminar - 04-22-2017

Luiz Claudio Semminar - 04-22-2017

Today's photo shoot was a seminar by a Rickson Gracie Black Belt named Luiz Claudio. Being that I was just photographing it I really tried to listen to what was being taught. The strategic level of thinking when it comes to managing yourself while fighting is brilliant. I really enjoy the complexity of this martial art. It's not just about "how to choke" or "break limbs." Being able to see this martial art style in it's complete form, and in such a straight forward, simple yet refined precision is truly a thrill for me.

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Master Instructor Brandon Tracy
Stout Training Pittsburgh

Stout Training Pittsburgh

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Classes

While on a trip back to Pittsburgh to see family I took the opportunity to drop into this school. I'd brought along my gym bag with my gi just in case. I was so glad I did too! This place was awesome. I spent a little over two hours here and I enjoyed every second of it. It was the first time I'd dropped into a school other than my own. At the time of me writing this I've now grown somewhat addicted to doing so. Each time I do I seem to learn some things and have found use for that knowledge at the gym I learn from. I look forward to my next trip to visit family! I'll try this place out again!

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Competitions

NAGA Wisconsin Grappling Championship - 2015

NAGA Wisconsin Grappling Championship - 2015

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Tournament

Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
July 11th 2015

NAGA Illinois - 2015 - Mens Directors' White Belt Cruiser Weight

NAGA Illinois Grappling Championship - 2015
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NAGA - Wisconsin - 2015

A Launch From Hyner View, Pennsylvania

A Launch From Hyner View, Pennsylvania

This image was published by the United States Hang Gliding Association as the full double page center spread, Volume 34, Issue 3, March 2004.

This image was also the cover of the Pennsylvania State Travel Guide in 2005.

Chris "The Waterboy" Thomas - Bout 7

Bout#7

Bout#7

Chris "The Waterboy" Thomas in blue against Chris "The Yooper" Wright for Bout 7 of the "White Collar Boxing" Fundraiser, an event aimed at raising support for athletes training for the Olympics. #TKO @ctsmiling #boxing #amateur #amateurboxing #fordsgym #redmouse #boxingnight #fightnight #bout #bout7 #7 #whitecollarboxing #sports #sportsnight #artofhittingandnotgettinghit #thewaterboy #wisconsin #wisconsinlife #wisconsinsports #wisconsinboxing #usaboxing #athletes #athlete #madison #madisonwi #madisonwisconsin #madisonboxing #mounthoreb

Ryan Clark - Bodybuilder

Ryan Clark - Bodybuilder

Bull Riding

Into the Chute, Onto the Bull

Into the Chute, Onto the Bull

Aaron Miller settles onto the back of a bull while the previous rider tries to stay clear of his enraged mount. There's an small but growing culture in Pennsylvania of bull riding competitions. With growing winning pots riders travel from all over the world to come try their hand at riding out the animal and taking home the cash. Some days it's the bull that wins.

Tough Mudder - Team Infusion MMA

I've gone to photograph Team Infusion MMA a couple of times. The first time I only shot them going through the four obstacles that are accessible to spectators. The last time I trained hard and was able to actually run along side the team. They stretched over 2 miles or so of the course and I would run back and forth from the front of the column to the back, and then back to the front. I did this often and escorted each cluster of team members across the finish line. It was a truly enjoyable shoot.
KEEP YOUR FEET TOGETHER!

KEEP YOUR FEET TOGETHER!

Brandon Tracy braces for impact. Founder of Infusion MMA in Mt. Horeb, he led by example, inspiring his team to fight through adversity and fatigue. Eleven team mates started, and eleven team mates completed the course!

An All Day Test of Martial Skill

Mr Helmich's Black-Belt Test

Mr Helmich's Black-Belt Test

A good friend of mine, who also instructs me in the martial arts, recently tested for his Black Belt in the school's MMA style. It was a pleasure to capture the all day long test of his skill and stamina. He demonstrated detailed knowledge of the various techniques used taught at the academy. Test of endurance, and then rounds of sparring and grappling also took him to the edge of collapse at times. Gabriel endured it all though and rightfully earned his promotion. It's an honor to know him and to have to been present at this very intense right of passage.

Patience "Powerhouse" Padfield

Patience Powerhouse Padfield

Snowmobiling Western PA

Riding the Sled Trails

Riding the Sled Trails

I spent an eight hour day riding around the sled trails of Northern Pennsylvania shooting photos for the state travel publication 'Pursuits Magazine.' It was a blast to ride with a bunch of fun people, snapping photos as we rode all over the place. I never drove one of the sleds but rode behind skilled riders. There were times I was actually riding backwards as I photographed the snowmobiles behind me.

Andrew Smith BJJ Seminar - May 2016

Andrew Smith BJJ Seminar - May 2016

Andrew Smith, a second degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, as well as a Judo black belt came to Madison to teach a seminar at Foundations BJJ. It was an awesome experience! As a white belt I was WAY in over my head. I also found that trying to focus on taking photos made learning the moves a heck of lot more difficult. While he explained the technique for the first time I'd record video. Then I'd shoot photos of the following demonstrations. By the time I got to training with my partner I was usually lost but thankfully he was pretty patient and helped me catch up. I believe my deep half guard game, something I NEVER thought much about, is going to be a new frontier for me. Also, I have to note I lost over 3# just sweating! They've some rough mats, almost like a fine sandpaper, and the tops of my toes are all worn off. All that aside I had a great time as usual when I head over to Foundations to train. I really enjoy the folks who teach as well as the participants who attend their classes.

Valkyrie Archery Lanes

A New Focus

A New Focus

One of Freja's Christmas presents from us where archery lessons. She and Teri have gone to Valkyrie Archery Lanes, which is just up the street from our home, every Saturday since then. There she's received one on one instruction for an hour. The kid had wanted to learn how to shoot, and it seems she really enjoys it a lot.

Today she earned the privilege of being allowed to come to the range to shoot anytime she wants.

Snowkiting on Lake Arthur
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When conditions are right, namely the lake frozen &amp; covered in snow, you can find folks catching the wind off Wind Surfer's Point in Moraine State Park. All you need is a kit, harness, helmet, short skis and willingness to FLY! (and land...)

Snowkiting on Lake Arthur

When conditions are right, namely the lake frozen & covered in snow, you can find folks catching the wind off Wind Surfer's Point in Moraine State Park. All you need is a kit, harness, helmet, short skis and willingness to FLY! (and land...)

Catching Air at Moraine State Park

Competitive Bodybuilder Karen Woodland

2016 Wisconsin Natural Bodybuilding Championships
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