K-Drama Special: Do You Know Taekwondo?

Cast : Niel (TEEN TOP), Choi Minsu, Lim Jigyu, Han Yeureum

Synopsis :

Dohyeon majored in Social Physical Education in college and dreams of becoming an action star but only gets minor roles. His long-time girlfriend dumps him and nothing goes well as he plans. But, a chance comes to him. An afterschool class teaching position.

He becomes a teacher because of his teacher getting him mixed up with another student. It’s an opportunity for him and also a crisis. Maybe he could do it well with his father’s advice and his brother’s help. And there are only six students enrolled for class. But he thought wrong. The six students were those who the school almost gave up on. They ignore Dohyeon and he doesn’t know what to do. But, there’s always a way out. His specialty is getting hit well. Dodging when a punch comes at him and knowing how to get punched with or without feeling pain. Don’t you want to know what changes he will make?

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Saya suka nonton drama korea atau Jepang meski ngga semua drama yang lagi in saya ikutin. Meski saya suka nonton drama, saya punya kecenderunga bosen di tengah jalan. Padahal mah kan drama jepang dan korea, jumlah episodenya cuma bilangan belasan -.-a

Makanya, saat saya menemukan drama special yang konsepnya macam ftv itu, saya merasa mendapat solusi. Saya subscribe youtube channel KBS World TV dan tiap minggunya hadir judul baru. Eits, saya juga ga nonton tiap drama yang disajikan kalee. Teteup lah saya pilah pilih. Maklum, tipikal picky.

Okay, cukup intermezo-nya. Hehhe. πŸ˜€ Berikut, saya mau share sebuah drama berjudul Do You Know Taekwondo?

Drama ini menceritakan Do Hyeon, laki-laki berusia mendekati 30 tahun yang kehidupannya suram. Pekerjaannya, stunt man atau tiny role untuk di film-film action. Dan karena pekerjaan yang tidak stabil itu, ia diputuskan oleh pacarnya. Dalam sebuah kesempatan, tawaran mengajar taekwondo datang kepadanya. Guru senior di smanya dulu sepertinya salah mengenali Do Hyeon. Ada dua Do Hyeon, satu Do Hyeon yang lemah dan terpinggirkan di klub taekwondonya dan satu lagi Do Hyeon yang berhasil menyabet medali emas untuk klub taekwondo sekolah mereka. Tak juga punya kesempatan menjelaskan kesalahpahaman yang terjadi, Do Hyeon akhirnya mengambil risiko menjadi guru ekskul klub taekwondo.

Klub taekwondo yang hendak dilatih oleh Do Hyeon ternyata hanya beranggotakan enam orang murid. Tiga murid bandel yang mengikuti latihan taekwondo sebagai detensi, dua murid yang sudah menguasai taekwondo dan berada di klub demi beasiswa dan (hanya) satu murid yang memang berminat terhadap taekwondo (tapi sepertinya juga karena terpaksa karena ia -namanya Choi Myeong Seong- adalah objek bully dari ketiga murid bandel yang saya sebutkan di awal).

Do Hyeon mengajar dengan keki, belum lagi muridnya yang hanya enam orang itu mengabaikannya. Hopeless, it looks as bad as what has happened with Do Hyeon real life. Tapi kemudian, datang kesempatan untuk Do Hyeon dan klub taekwondonya melalui Myeong Seong yang meminta agar ia jadi pupil Do Hyeon semata agar ia bisa menghandle perih akibat pukulan-pukulan yang sering diterimanya.

Do Hyeon sadar betul, Myeong Seong adalah jelmaan dirinya dulu. Lemah, dan sangat tidak appealing as a good hitter or someone who could master martial arts. Maka ia menggunakan teknik rahasia yang diajarkan ayahnya kepada Do Hyeon. Teknik macam apa kah itu?

Getting hit, is a technique, too. Don’t move and open your eyes. Dodge. Don’t blink. And when you know he (your opponent) is about to hit, read it first and go.

Technique of getting hit! Can you imagine that? Well, situasi tubuh Do Hyeon memang ngga built-in untuk fighting. But when there’s a will there’s a way, right? Makanya, dengan menguasai teknik dipukul lah, Do Hyeon meneruskan bela diri taekwondo yang disenanginya. Nah, siapa tahu, teknik ini berhasil untuk Myeong Seong yang selama ini bosan menjadi objek bogem!

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Things i like from this drama

Pertama, tentu saja technique of getting hit! Karena sepertinya itu poinnya. Kamu bisa jadi tidak fit untuk suatu hobi atau skill yang sebenarnya menarik buatmu tapi keinginan yang kuat bisa menyamarkan hambatan tersebut. Ya misalnya taekwondo ini, bisa jadi kamu punya postur tubuh yang gimana pun caranya menjadikan kamu gampang jadi sasaran tinju orang lain, but hey, bahkan dipukul pun adalah teknik bela diri. Don’t you agree, the fear getting less when you accostumed with its pain? Sama kayak kehidupan, sesudah merasai beragam cobaan, dirimu akan tahu di mana suatu cobaan akan menghantammu dengan keras dan selanjutnya kamu bisa mengantisipasinya dan membuat rasa perihnya tidak seperih pukulan pertama.

Kedua; bullying, kids and teacher. Di drama singkat ini kita juga akan diperlihatkan atmosfer sekolah jaman sekarang (sma-sma di Korea Selatan sana) di mana anak-anaknya berani berkofrontasi dengan gurunya! Murid lebih galak daripada guru, alias murid-murid songong. Saat ditegur, dinasihati, eh malah sang guru dibully! Hal ini yang terjadi pada homeroom teacher rekan kerja Do Hyeon. Sedih juga sih ngeliat scene macam ini. Ngeliat guru yang tindakannya terlihat serba salah di depan muridnya. Oh really, those delinquent student just don’t know that a true teacher really are persons who care for them. No matter stone-head they deny themself of needs in relying on adults.

Teachers are not there (in class) just to teach subjects.

Last but not least, what i like about this drama is the lead casts healing for each other. Myeong Soeng getting hit but less pain (who knows if in the future he could also hit :-D), and Do Hyeon move on from his unfortunate circumstances (when he overcomes his doubt of himself that he could be better).

Other thing, related to teaching or being teacher that i got in the end of this movie is:

(Sometimes) Skillfull people aren’t good at teaching. Just know how to be smart, they don’t know how to care for others. Teachers should be chosen not just by knowledge, but personality.

Extras: You, who’d easily get hit by someone stronger, might consider this lesson:

  1. Human body has 60 vital points. How many points are there that could kill you at one blow? Seven! Nose, jaw, the pit of stomach, rib, inner thighs, genitals, and PRIDE. If you get hit in the pride, you can’t recover. Then, what? Never lower your eyes even when you’re hit! Strong eyes that you won’t submit no matter what. Strong eyes are crucial. Then, the opponents realizes he’s weak.
  2. Dodging the punch i simple. Dodge by looking at the punch or the foot. But (for a beginner) that’s hard, right? So, you have to read their move before getting hit. Those who bully you, learn their habit.
  3. Distance is important. Arm distance. Leg distance. Don’t go into opponents range. Always dodge a fist at arm distance. Why? Because you have to hit back after avoiding.
  4. If someone comes at you suddenly, you may not be able to dodge. Then, what? Just get hit. You may feel pain. There’s pain that you can’t feel and pain you can bear. A sudden hit usually causes unbearable pain. Still, bear it. That makes you avoid next hit.
  5. The important things is, do not scarred of getting hit. So how could you not be scared of getting hit? You have to get hit, a lot.

So, are you interest in watching this drama? Hope i’m doing good with this review πŸ™‚

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