New Work :: Portrait of Joe Lozito (@joe_lozito) :: ©Rick…

New Work :: Portrait of Joe Lozito (@joe_lozito) :: ©Rick Wenner

As a longtime fan of mixed martial arts and the MMA community, I came across the story of Joe Lozito a couple years ago. Joe is the man responsible for single handedly stopping a serial killer on the NYC subway on February 12, 2011. Lozito was able to stop Maksim Gelman by using technique he learned by watching MMA. Although he was injured from multiple slashes with a 8” chef’s knife, Joe was able to take Gelman to the ground and eventually get the knife out of Gelman’s hand. Gelman is currently serving 200 years in prison.

I learned a lot about Joe during our photo shoot and am happy to see that he has not let this attack define who he is. Joe is a proud father of two young boys (who are training Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai), a loving husband, and a genuinely good man. 

More photos coming soon…

See full post here: Rick Wenner Photo Blog2013-11-20.