Soldier Dad Surprises Son at Taekwondo Class After 10-Month Deployment

A young taekwondo student from Lebanon, Tennessee, had an unexpected sparring partner on March 18.

Video by the Lebanon Democrat shows nine-year-old Luca Cesternino practicing his moves at Success Martial Arts Center. Thanks to a blindfold, he had no idea it was his dad, Staff Sgt Rob Cesternino, he was sparring against.

The footage captures the emotional moment Luca pulls off the blindfold and sees his father, who had just returned home from a 10-month deployment in Kuwait, Jordan and Syria. He almost tackles his dad to the ground in delight. Credit: The Lebanon Democrat via Storyful