The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many people in various ways. For Spanish designer Ana Rio, the global health crisis had brought her life changes when she least expected them.
Long-time entrepreneur Javier López from Spain boarded a plane and landed in Shenzhen for the first time in 2012, as the southern tech hub had everything he was looking for. And in early 2020, he moved to the city permanently. López previously had a company in Spain which manufactured diving flashlights. Now, he is the CEO of LA NAO (Shenzhen) Business Service Co., which provides services such as product research and auditing for clients outside China.
“Brazilian jiu-jitsu is more than just a sport. It’s a way of life.” This is what Brazilian jiu-jitsu is in a nutshell, according to Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach Carlos Bakural, and that’s something he firmly believes in. Bakural, founder of Checkmat Shenzhen, has been living in Shenzhen for eight years. In 2013, Bakural arrived in China with the purpose of learning a new culture and facing new challenges. He settled in Chengdu for a year to support an MMA (mixed martial arts) team in Chengdu, where he made great friends from Russia and China.