Text: Ángel Torres | Photography: Guillermo Carrillo
The winner of international championships believes in the power of mind and spirit.
“Become a successful antenna; give love, be love, and blessings will reach you.”
Family guy, karate expert since he was nine years old, passionate about life and simple things. This is Ismael Palma González, a winner who centers his philosophy on the transforming power of love.
Recalling his early days in martial arts, Ismael remembers when he was eight years old, his father took him to see a movie about ninjas. Watching these guys throwing nimble kicks and punches, he said: “This is my thing.” Soon he enrolled a Karate Academy and, years later, he won his first international championship. Business and piloting airplanes are also hobbies that give Palma his passionate, adventurous character.
He has an implacable soul, that is his nature. Despite being away from competition for almost twelve years, his return made a dream come true: conquer the World Championship of the National Blackbelt League 2017, held in New York City, where he was confronted against skilled fighters from different countries.
“I returned to Martial Arts thanks to the fact that I have given speeches about personal growth to young students of Ciudad Juarez. I wanted to show them that they can get anywhere they want,” says Ismael.
In karate many believe in degrees but, for Ismael, colors of belts do not exist because, beyond physical strength, spirituality is what leads you to success: “there are three simple steps but very little practiced: gratitude, faith, and love; If you love what you do, you will always succeed. Abundance is not pursued, it is tuned.”
Palma coaches seminars in several countries. He remarks the development oneself mentally and spiritually rather than physical, because “The Martial Art is a form of expression that must be combined with love, because through love you learn the fundamental lessons, lose or win a fight.” According to the champion, the philosophy of love is a trigger to turn the apparently bad into good results. Keep on seeding love and earning success, Ismael Palma!