samurai bravo au: martial arts class
johnny becomes convinced that the way to a woman’s heart is being super good at japanese martial arts. he gets into a few classes, but he can hardly sit still or pay attention long enough to watch the forms, and is also too full of himself to stop striking poses every five seconds.
the larger budget dojos kick him out bc he’s a crap student. disheartened, he almost misses the squat little dojo nestled between two other buildings, except he’s staring at his shoes morosely when he steps on the humble advertisement that’s fallen on the pavement.
“learn the way of the samurai! payments in food accepted”
and heck, no one can resist his mama’s cooking, so he figures it’ll be easy to pay for this, even if he gets kicked out like the others (especially since his wallet is empty from the entrance fees of all the others)
jack’s dojo is small and he has few or no students. johnny seems enthusiastic, so jack agrees to take him on as a pupil. johnny proves difficult to instruct at first (“like this,” jack says, demonstrating the first pose. “like this?” johnny says, flexing).
but ultimately jack’s patience wins out and johnny actually learns something? even johnny is surprised!
johnny brings him homemade food from his mother and sometimes they eat it together after a long class session.
imagine jack’s disappointment and hurt when he learns johnny only wants to learn martial arts to show off
ALTERNATIVELY, imagine johnny coming to the realization that martial arts is good for him and feeling bad that he’d treated it like a gimmick to pick up women and feeling like he’s gotta tell sensei jack – only jack says something poignant and kind like, “it matters not why you chose to become my pupil, only that you now are and that you continue to honor my teachings,” etc etc
johnny doesn’t know what to do with that except think “wow sensei jack is so cool… the coolest…”