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This Mexican Fighting Style Is Pure Indigenous Martial Artistry

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Mexico is not historically known for its contributions to the martial arts world. Ahem:

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But there’s a movement of dedicated people looking to change that.

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Since 2013, the “Wíinkilil Art of Defense” has gained popularity among martial arts practitioners, as well as advocates of Mexico’s cultural preservation.

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Developed by the “Human Movements in Danger of Extinction” organization, Wíinkilil’s choreography comes from traditional Mayan dance movements, which have been transformed to meet the needs of contemporary self-defense.

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Gervasio Cetto, one of Wíinkilil’s creators, drew from Mayan culture for a very specific reason: “The idea is to prevent these movements from disappearing.”

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Cetto added,  “(Wíinkilil) aims to highlight self-defense for what it represents artistically and symbolically in order to reflect on those elements of everyday life.”

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The Wíinkilil Art of Defense has drawn comparisons to Tai Chi for its grace, and Brazil’s Capoeira for its dance-like precision.

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Thanks to the efforts of the Wíinkilil Art of Defense, Mayan culture has a fighting chance to protect its legacy for many generations.

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Watch more about Wíinkilil:

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Read: This Artist Gave Pokémon The Mayan Makeover You Didn’t Know They Needed

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This Mexican Father Crosses Borders Daily For His Children

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This Mexican Father Crosses Borders Daily For His Children

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Meet Jose Luis Dominguez. Every day for the last two years, he has crossed the Mexico-U.S. border for two very important reasons.

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Dominguez’s 8-year-old daughter, Kayla, and his 7-year-old son both attend school in Hidalgo, Texas, a mile away from the border with Reynosa, Mexico, where they live.

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As they walk from Mexico to the U.S., the 32-year-old father is with his children every step of the way to ensure their safety.

“It’s ugly across the border. Kids are being abducted. It’s better [in the U.S.], safer, knowing that nothing will happen,” Dominguez told KEN5 News, a San Antonio, Texas, news station.

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Once his children are at school, Jose Luis Dominguez crosses the street to get to his job at a fast food restaurant.

After work, Dominguez meets his children at the school, and they all make their journey back to Mexico.

While immigration might be a hot topic for politicians this election season, education actually places higher in importance for Latinos.

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According to the Pew Research Center, 83 percent of Latinos polled place education at the top of their concerns when considering how they’ll vote.

Thanks to heightened social awareness, political considerations, as well as efforts within the Latino community, positive statistics for education have steadily risen over the years.

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Even though the numbers have increased, the Latino community is still one of the lowest demographics to enroll in college.

Thanks to the efforts of dedicated parents like Jose Luis Dominguez, these number can only get better.

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“I bring them to school every day. We cross the border so they can have a better education. Because schooling is better here than in Mexico,” Dominguez told KENS5 News.

Education is opportunity.

Check out Jose’s inspirational story here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RryCYQszwVw

Read: This Immigrant Kid In Search Of American Dream Only Sleeps 3 Hours So He Can Work And Go To School

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