At 14, Jacob Pinto has already traveled the world while getting to do what he loves. Jacob is a martial artist and extreme trickster, in other words, he can flip, jump and twirl in ways that appear to defy gravity. Jacob has been invited to compete in martial arts and tricking events internationally; he also performed for M.C. Hammer. Even with all of the attention that Jacob receives, he is able to stay focused and grounded. Jacob places a high value on living his life with integrity, whether competing in martial arts, extreme tricking, at school, or spending time with his family. Jacob is able to balance all of his activities while still keeping an attitude of gratitude and humbleness. His busy schedule would drive most people crazy, but Jacob keeps his focus on his goals and things he wants to accomplish, and realizes that the hard work is not only going pay off now in competitions, but will pay off down the road with the many things he aspires to do.
Jacob grew up in La Verne, California and credits his success to his faith and supportive family. His family has taught him how to juggle the many demands his busy schedule requires, and they challenge him to be committed to strong character. In addition to his success in martial arts, parkour, and tricking, Jacob has big dreams to become an actor and singer. We, here at Barnabas, are so impressed and inspired by all that Jacob as already accomplished and we know that there is so much more in store. At such a young age, Jacob's talents are taking him around the globe and he realizes the importance of making good choices so that in all that he does he can live A Life Worth Imitating.
We were able to get some time with Jacob, in between his competitions and performances, to talk with him about what makes him our Meet a Barnabas Kid.
did you start martial arts, tricking, and parkour?
I started martial arts at the age of 6 years and parkour/tricking about 5 years ago. I got started into karate because I saw a performance at my church and after the free first class I attended I loved it and eventually became good at it.
are some of your role models?
my martial arts role models are Marcel Jones, because he teaches me so much
about watching my character as a person and martial artist. And he's an extremely
educated person always enforcing the "no pain, no gain" philosophy.
Then there is Jeremy Marinas, because he has taught me that I should always
be different by creating my own style that represents my personality. He's
lead me and pushed me to possibilities I thought I'd never be capable of doing,
he's even brought tears out of me. Another role model of mine is Kalman Coska,
because he displays to me how someone can be a winner and still be very humble
in the process, and that there is such thing as perfection in Martial Arts.
One more role model in my life is Craig Henningsen, because he taught me how
to separate work and play and he is the basis of my martial arts technique,
without him I wouldn't be where I'm at today!
has been your family's role in your success?
have you traveled to compete in tricking and martial arts events?
I started competing in Karate tournaments at the age of 9. I began tricking at the age of 11. The first trick battles I competed in were when I was 12 years old. Some of the places I have visited outside the country in my career have been Quebec, Canada, Ireland, Honduras, and Guatemala. I have also competed in the US. I've been to many different states, such as Illinois, Texas, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Florida, New Hampshire, New York, Minnesota, Georgia, Washington D.C., and South Carolina.
dreams do you have for your career?
My goal is to compete at Big Tricks in Germany and win as a youth. Outside of tricking, I hope to become a well-known and respected Actor/Singer.
do you balance the time it takes to compete in events, practice and school?
important is it for you to uphold the standards which you have set for your
life and career?
is the best piece of advice or lesson you have ever received?
are you most thankful for?
does 'A Life Worth Imitating' mean to you?
is the most important message you want your fans to walk away with?
do you think about Barnabas Clothing?
A Barnabas" features people who inspire others by living a life of integrity.
What does that mean to you?
can people go to see learn more about what you do or watch your videos?