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Reshat Mati

Reshat Mati delivers a blow to trainer Akmal Zakirov during a kickboxing session at Bars gym. Reshat's father, Adrian, grew up in Albania and introduced combat sports to his children after immigrating to the U.S. and starting a family with his wife, Ajshe. "There were no video games," Adrian says of life in Albania. "The only thing we had was wrestling and boxing." Michael Nagle / For The Times