We interviewed Cristo Izquier, a fighter from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria who is now fighting in the North Union of Haría on the Island of Lanzarote.
“It is difficult to dissociate yourself from the Canarian Wrestling, so he does not rule out becoming a coach to encourage the feeling you experience when you practice this sport.”
- What does Canarian wrestling mean to him? Does it occupy an important part in his life?
Cristo Izquier tells us that after his family, the most important thing is the Canarian wrestling, since it has helped him a lot in various stages of his life and to grow as a person during his experience as a wrestler.
“For me, the Canarian wrestling has been a means of escaping from life.”
- When did he start with this type of sport?
He entered this sport in 2005 at the age of 15. He never had any family reference, but instead his enthusiasm awakened on the beach of San Cristobal in Las Palmas on Gran Canaria where he grew up, scrimmaging with his friends during summer evenings.
Henceforth, Cristo felt a new excitement for an old-established sport that he never imagined would mean so much in his life. It led him to join his first wrestling club, the Canarian Wrestling Club Adargoma, where he began his career as a wrestler.
What does he feel when he is on the wrestling field?
Apart from feeling an uncontrollable amount of nerves, he feels a very strong adrenaline running through his veins, it’ s a feeling that cannot be put into words, but the fans and the opponent are feeling it with him at the same time, because to be a fighter means to have a constant feeling inside of you at every grab.
“When you win a fight or when you knock down the opponent, it’ s a real satisfaction as it shows you that the work you’re doing during the week, leaving other things undone in order to dedicate yourself to wrestling, has had its reward.”
- What skills does he think a fighter should have?
From his point of view, apart from the technique and the time you have to dedicate to the sport, Cristo believes that preparation is in our head, because if your mind is constantly prepared and encourages you by confirming that you can do it, you are really prepared to achieve your goals as a fighter.
- How does he combine his personal life with the trainings, the struggles, in other words, all the time that an athlete has to dedicate to his career?
Cristo is completely frank and tells us that it does indeed take a lot of time from his personal life, but he has always known how to combine the time he dedicates to the sport and the time he spends with his children, since both are the most important things in his life and each one always gets its own gap throughout the day.
After so many years in the Canarian wrestling, he tries to share his time until he gets used to this rhythm of life, since his main purpose is to go down in history as a wrestler. Furthermore, he receives support from his family, which makes it much easier to reach the top.
- Throughout his career as a fighter, how many clubs have you fought for? Which one would he highlight?
As we quote at the beginning of this article, Cristo began his wrestling career in the Canarian Wrestling Club Adargoma in 2015 and after several years he was forced to leave the club, given its decline, and became part of the Canarian Wrestling Club Maninidra, a team from the south of the island.
Later on, he signs with the Canarian Wrestling Club Roque Nublo, which he decides to leave behind to go to the island of La Palma for three years. When he returned to his island, he also returned to his first club for one year, but again he was forced to leave it due to economic reasons of the club. This brought him back to La Palma and then to the island of Fuerteventura and, finally, he settled on the island of Lanzarote at the Canarian Wrestling Club Unión Norte of Haría until today.
After passing through several clubs, Cristo says, without any doubt, that his start in the Canarian Wrestling Club Adargoma marked a clear turning point in his career as a wrestler, as it was in that club where his enthusiasm for this sport awakened.
- Which wrestling club does he belong to at the moment and since when?
As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, Cristo currently belongs to the Canarian Wrestling Club Unión Norte of Haría, where he has fought during this present season and where he feels very comfortable about the environment that surrounds him during the wrestling matches. He affirms that he hopes to be able to continue being part of this club for the following seasons.
- Is there a difference between the islands when it comes to this sport? Does he think it is given more importance on one island than on another?
The answer we have received from Cristo to this question has been a resounding yes. He believes that this has to do primarily with the economy, as there are sponsors that help some clubs more than others, which helps some teams to survive while others decline during their seasons.
- Does he think that Canarian Wrestling is a sport known to everyone?
He believes that the sport is still unknown, not so much for the people from the Canary Islands, but certainly in other countries where the role of the Canarian Wrestling should be promoted more routinely.