Eugene Cho

ultimate loving daddy

In light of my post yesterday about Mixed Martial Arts, the Church, and Jesus, I thought this would be an appropriate time to come clean with the whole wide world: I wrestle (nearly) every night…with all of my kids including my son and it’s the highlight of my day.

I took the liberty of filming one of my epic matches with my son. I employed some of my MMA moves on him. I feel like a chump dad for ignoring him when he says,

“You’re choking me…”

but I seriously didn’t hear him. Honestly, I really didn’t…

While I have other nicknames I go by, my favorite is, “Ultimate Loving Daddy.”

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9 Responses

  1. Tracy says:

    Call it non-violent wrestling! Well, the choke-hold could use a little work. I often “wrastle” with my 4 year old nephew. His favorite hold is “the giggler.” And I only let him win occasionally. But seriously, he doesn’t mind losing, not yet anyway . . .

  2. pjchris says:

    I believe it was the wise Elliot Ohannes who once told us that “all little boys need to be turned upside at least once a day” (I’m sure this could be appplied to little girls, too, but he only has boys). This is a motto we have tried to live our lives by 🙂 (with only mild back sprains).

  3. Rex Hamilton says:

    I have three boys age 5, 3 and 15 months. Our daily wrestling is always something I look forward to. Apprecited your post yesterday on the whole MMA / Jesus topic. Well said…

  4. Eugene Cho says:

    rex, been meaning to email you to say thanks for you and your church’s generosity in partnering with odw’s haiti relief fund. thanks bro.

  5. Lyn says:

    Ha ha – My dad did this nearly every night with my little brother. What good memories…

  6. gar says:

    “Who’s your daddy?”

    “You.”

    LOL.

  7. Erik H says:

    Haha, awesome video! Thanks for sharing!

    “Dad, you’re choking me”! haha!

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Window seat. For the win. As leaders, we must not see ministry and family as competing commitments.  We must not sacrifice our marriage and kids for the sake of "ministry." How can we? Loving our families IS ministry & good leadership.

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