Trestle Tan’s Struggles Away From Home Amid The COVID-19 Pandemic

People all over the world are struggling amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but for ONE Championship lightweight Trestle “Jun Minion” Tan, it is a little bit harder.

Tan embodies the word ‘journeyman’ more than anyone else, as aside from going places to compete in The Home Of Martial Arts he also flies from one country to another in order to work and train.

That means he is literally isolated from his family who lives in Toledo, Cebu as the world tries to contain this virus.

“I remember this is exactly what we do in life back then, we stay together at home, eat together, clean the house together, but my situation is tough since I am away from my family,” Tan said.

Now, Tan is the head coach of Gorilla Gym in Hamburg, Germany after momentarily working in Vietnam also as a fitness coach.

The opportunities might be raining down on him now, but the 34-year-old would rather be with his family if given the chance.

“We all don’t know when the situation is going to get back to normal. As much as possible I want to be on their side to protect and guide them away from this virus,” Tan shared.

“My parents are in a small town of Cebu which is a good thing because they are away from the main city crowd. I am confident that they know how to act in these situations.”

“Although I have constant communication with my family, I still prefer to be around them right now because if one gets sick, that’s another story.”

It might be tough now, but “Jun Minion” is hopeful when this is all over, the world will be a better place because of the lessons that can be taken away from this virus.
“This is a challenge that will teach everyone a lot of lessons. COVID-19 might have hit us hard, but I know that we can definitely overcome this problem and will become a better nation moving forward,” Tan said.

“Hygiene, cleanliness, patience and respect are the things that I see improving after this, alongside our appreciation with what we have and love,” he added.

“How we spend time with our families, and understanding how valuable this time can be. I also see the benefits of communication with family and friends even just over the phone.”

Author: Robert Belen

Robert Belen is a long-time combat sports writer for dSource Boxing. An avid sports fan, he knows no fear nor partiality in his reporting. If you have a problem with him, tell it to his face. (We bid you not.) You can follow him on Twitter @robertbelen

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