Martial arts training montage in the park

My evening walk around the park is almost finished, when I notice a man running half speed toward a small tree. At the last possible moment, the man leaps into the air and lands a kick against the tree’s trunk.

My martial arts expertise goes no deeper than the crane technique. Still, I believe this man is training for something because he holds a neon green exercise thing in his hand, and it matches his headband.

I stop to stretch. He delivers a training montage:



A glancing kick, an embarrassing tumble

A quiet moment of doubt, determined to win face

He guts it out

Finishes strong

Takes off running into the sunset…

The tree is stoic, but I like to think the breeze blowing through its branches says, “You better run, mother-trunker!”

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