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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