Deflated by a 2-Year-Old

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By Josh Rosenblatt

A few months ago we ran a story about welterweight kickboxer Tarec Saffiedine kicking the left leg of then-champion Nate Marquardt into a bowl of mush. Well, apparently that sort of thing is genetic because on Wednesday Saffiedine posted this video of his 2-year-old son kicking the family couch after a nap:

This video is obviously adorable and charming and delightful and blah blah blah, but I find it totally depressing. I’ve been studying Muay Thai for more years than this kid has been alive, and at no point have I been able to turn my hip over and get the proper thrust on my kicks the way he can without even thinking about it. At 37 years old, I long ago resigned myself to going to the gym and getting beaten up by men and women half my age, but I don’t think I can go through life knowing that a toddler has better technique than I do. Maybe it’s finally time to accept that I’ll never be a professional fighter and go back to my true calling: lepidopterology

Maybe this will make me feel better: