Ortego studied under Julio Toribio, the founder of Seibukan Jujutsu, which is a practical martial art designed for self protection and personal development.
While most teens are excited for summer break and freedom from school, Ortega did the complete opposite. A week after graduating from high school, "I started studying four different martial arts with him all at the same time."
Nevermind the awesome trip to Hawaii that his parents saved up for as a graduation present.
"Instead I bought myself a sword," he said. "It was honestly an easy decision for me to make. I figured I needed a sword now, but I could always go to Hawaii."
Yasmin Dar and Tony Gist from KVAL News profiled Ortega for a story set to air on KVAL News at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 6.