Taekwondon’t Touch My Best Friend (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) – Gyuhao
Notes: Soonyoung isn’t in the story yet, but he will be! Mingyu and Minghao will interact very soon, I promise. Seungcheol is protective big brother, and Mingyu will follow soon enough.
“Okay, guys, we’re done for today,” Seungcheol said, bowing deeply to his students. They bowed back and thanked him then filed out of the dojo, chatting and laughing with each other. Seungcheol wiped sweat off of his forehead and tucked the top part of his gi around his waist, sporting the blue tank top that he wore underneath. Once everyone had gone, he walked over to the bulletin board hanging on the wall left of the mats. Seungcheol looked at the photos and newspaper articles given to him my parents and some he’d collected himself. His taekwondo class had grown a lot since he started up, not sure if his little dojo would make it. But Seungcheol’s classes were inexpensive compared to the other places around, and he was young and well-known in the neighborhood. He only graduated from high school a couple years ago, and he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do, so he put his college education on hold, moved in with his childhood best friend, Soonyoung, and started a dojo. His class attracted a lot of good kids from all around, a lot of them not far from his age. It was almost strange to be teaching kids who were first years at his own high school when he was a senior, even kids like Mingyu who’s only a couple of years younger than he is. But Mingyu was more of a friend than a student.
“I’ve been training Jiujutsu for more than half my life, and I have never rolled in a gi. When I started, all of my training was geared toward Vale Tudo, NHB, Cage fighting… The term MMA wasn’t even used at the time. So we didn’t train in the gi. I know there’s a bunch of opinions out there for and against training in a gi for MMA. But for a number of reasons, I decided to get outside of my comfort zone, start as a white belt and get friendly with the gi. I got manhandled my first day, and probably will continue to get my ass kicked, but that’s ok, that’s how you grow. We cannot be afraid to fail. When setting goals, reach farther than you can actually grasp. And if you fall, grit your teeth, re focus your intention and try again. I’ll keep you guys posted on my progress”, - Carlos Condit Photo credit: Will Fox