Chapter 9: Defeated in One Hit
Translator: EndlessFantasy Translation Editor: EndlessFantasy Translation
Initially, they assumed Chu Yunfan had embarrassed himself, seeing that Mu Zhenfei had the upper hand.
‘Your jaw will drop now!’ they thought.
Never had they suspected that they would be the ones to be embarrassed and that their jaws would drop.
Naturally, many would not admit it.
‘I never bet that Mu Zhenfei would be the victor. I’ve always thought Di Ming would win.’
Gao Hongzhi was the only one who did not mind that he had misjudged at all. He asked immediately, “Yunfan, how did you know that Di Ming would win? I couldn’t tell that Mu Zhenfei had a weak lower body!”
At that point, many had turned their eyes toward them and their ears were listening carefully. In reality, they wanted to know exactly how he had done it. They hoped that Chu Yunfan just had a lucky guess. Otherwise, all of them would be embarrassed that they guessed wrongly while he got it right.
In that instant, Chu Yunfan realized that Tang Siyu was sitting right across from him in the circle. Her beautiful, sparkling eyes had landed on him. There was a sliver of curiosity in her gaze, and she seemed to want to know the answer as well.
Meanwhile, the other personage from their class sat diagonally across from him. Feng Deying appeared rather unfriendly when he looked at him. Although he quickly hid the hostility, Chu Yunfan’s heightened senses brought it to his attention.
Chu Yunfan paused and said, “The truth is, Mu Zhenfei’s lower body isn’t that weak. It’s just that Di Ming happens to be adept at kicking. That’s why I said that!”
The crowd seemed to have come to a conclusion. It sounded like Chu Yunfan did indeed have a lucky guess after he happened to notice that. If they had seen that earlier, this fellow would not have the chance to flaunt his foresight.
Even Di Ming looked over with a huge smile across his face. Whether he chose to attack Mu Zhenfei’s lower body halfway through the match after hearing what Chu Yunfan said earlier or not, only he knew.
Just then, a figure rushed over ferociously as soon as Chu Yunfan was done speaking. It was none other than Mu Zhenfei. Compared to Di Ming, the victor who was nothing but smiles, Mu Zhenfei was furious that he had lost the match.
“Chu Yunfan, stop pretending that you’re so great. Come fight me!” Clearly, Mu Zhenfei heard what Chu Yunfan said. It would not have meant anything if he had won, but the fact was, he had lost. He became the laughing stock of Chu Yunfan’s pretentious speech.
“What do you want? Are you a sore loser? Didn’t you call yourself a man earlier?” Gao Hongzhi stood up before Chu Yunfan could speak. “You lost and you’re blaming someone outside of the fight?”
“Gao Hongzhi, this has nothing to do with you. Chu Yunfan, I’m asking you if you would dare to fight me!” Gao Hongzhi forced Mu Zhenfei to take a step back. Although he looked big and chubby, everyone in class knew that he was someone they could not afford to offend.
Nevertheless, he could not hold back the rage inside him, so he issued the challenge again.
“Hey, Gao Hongzhi, this is just a sparring match between students. Why are you panicking?!” No one noticed Feng Deying had come to the fighting zone. At that moment, he casually stepped into Gao Hongzhi’s path.
“Oh, the mighty class monitor!” Gao Hongzhi looked at Feng Deying and emphasized the term ‘class monitor’. “What does this have to do with you? What? Do you want to fight me?”
Facing Class Monitor Feng Deying, Gao Hongzhi did not back down at all. Although one was the Prince Charming of the class and the other was a fat joker, everyone who was familiar with Class 11 knew that the duo were the outstanding ones among the male students. It made sense that they would fight.
None of them wanted to yield.
“Stop your nonsense, Gao Hongzhi. I’m just discussing the matter as it is. It’s just sparring among classmates. Chu Yunfan hasn’t even said anything, so what’s with you coming out of nowhere?” Feng Deying said with a mocking expression on his face.
His words shifted everyone’s attention to Chu Yunfan.
They seemed to want to know whether he would dare to fight. Everyone knew that Chu Yunfan’s abilities were mediocre. Mu Zhenfei hoped he would get into the martial arts stream, but Chu Yunfan definitely had no chance of that.
They had just one month left, and his cultivation base was only at Tier-5 Physical Stage. They were two tiers apart and a month was far too short.
Chu Yunfan got up and said, “Let’s fight then if that’s what you want!”
He realized that he was secretly excited. If this happened in the past, he definitely would not have accepted such a ridiculous challenge.
His family’s situation meant that he was fated to never take part in real battles. Although one could improve faster through actual combat, the treatment fee from one injury alone would break his heart.
However, after breaking through, he was eagerly anticipating this.
“Great! At least you’re a man!” Mu Zhenfei had a rather fearsome expression when he saw that Chu Yunfan had agreed. He wanted to release all of the anger he had built up after his earlier defeat on Chu Yunfan. He wanted him to know that there were things that one should not say.
“Will you be alright?” Gao Hongzhi asked, feeling rather worried.
“Don’t worry. What is this really? It’s just sparring!” Chu Yunfan replied with a nod.
After the both of them prepared themselves, the crowd left the sparring zone.
“You said that my lower body is weak. I’ll show you whether that’s true!” Mu Zhenfei smirked coldly and swiftly aimed a kick at Chu Yunnan’s face.
He did not just want to beat Chu Yunfan. He also wanted to humiliate him.
Chu Yunfan smirked. He did not expect that he would do that, despite saying that Mu Zhenfei had a weak lower body.
A faint golden glimmer appeared in Chu Yunfan’s eyes. He merely lifted his arm and blocked Mu Zhenfei’s leg.
They heard the sound of the impact, and Mu Zhenfei felt as if he had struck a piece of metal. The bones in his foot were in great pain. On the other hand, Chu Yunfan remained standing, as if the kick had landed on a wall.
Everything happened so quickly. Chu Yunfan merely took a step forward and threw a straight, simple punch. It struck Mu Zhenfei’s chest directly.
The punch was incredible. Mu Zhenfei was sent flying for over two meters before he crashed into the ground.
At that moment, it was so quiet that one could hear a needle drop. Everyone was dumbstruck. Mu Zhenfei was defeated just like that?
Mu Zhenfei fared better when he sparred against Di Ming earlier. He may have been defeated, but he still felt respected. At least they fought intensely for a little bit. This time, the class could not understand what had just happened.
Chu Yunfan merely defended and attacked, but Mu Zhenfei was beaten just like that.
He was bested so soon, it was simply absurd!
Only Chu Yunfan knew that Mu Zhenfei had no chance of winning from the beginning. None of his weaknesses could escape his eyes. After he had reached Tier-6 Physical Stage, his physique was clearly several times stronger than Mu Zhenfei’s.
Therefore, from start to finish, Mu Zhenfei had no hope of winning.
“Damn, am I seeing things?”
“How did that happen? I feel like I just blinked and the battle was over!”
“I must be hallucinating. I must be hallucinating!”
The people discussed among themselves. They found it unbelievable. Even Tang Siyu’s sparkling eyes stared at Chu Yunfan in surprise.
They all looked at Chu Yunfan differently. They had more of an impression of Chu Yunfan on this day alone than the entirety of the previous two years. When Chu Yunfan managed to answer Sir He’s questions so smoothly, it made their view of him change a little. After this battle, they truly admired him.
After all, the world looked up to Martial Dao, so anyone with a significant Martial Dao cultivation base stood at the top of the world.
While everyone was dumbstruck, a majestic voice came from the classroom all of a sudden.
“What are you guys doing?” A straight figure had walked into the class. It was their coach, Qin Wu.
He scanned the students as soon as he walked in. In the sparring zone, he saw Chu Yunfan and Mu Zhenfei, who had been sent flying.
Initially, he was not interested in the sparring matches between students. In this case, what intrigued him was that Mu Zhenfei, the one who had been defeated, was quite an exceptional student. Conversely, he had always thought the victor, Chu Yunfan, had no talent.
As a coach, he had a basic understanding of all his students. Although Chu Yunfan did his best when cultivating, he was not gifted. The chances of him improving any further were slim. It was cruel, but that was reality.
Be that as it may, he did not expect that Chu Yunfan would surprise him on this day.
Qin Wu stared at Chu Yunfan for a little bit before he asked, “You’ve broken through to Tier-6?”
Thinking to himself, Chu Yunfan felt it was no wonder Qin Wu was the school’s martial arts coach. To be able to notice his breakthrough from a glance, he had to be quite capable.
As it was, since he had been exposed, there was no need for him to hide it. Instead, he nodded. “That’s right. I’ve broken through to Joint Popping!”
“Not bad!” Qin Wu nodded and said nothing more.
At that moment, the students were thoroughly stirred. They looked like they had come to a realization.
“Ah, no wonder. So Chu Yunfan has broken through to Tier-6 as well!”
“It’s a shame that Mu Zhenfei was beaten. He was careless, but Chu Yunfan was too sneaky. He didn’t tell anyone that he had broken through. Mu Zhenfei was defeated because he didn’t see it coming!”
“Mu Zhenfei definitely won’t lose if they were to fight again!”
The people were discussing among themselves. It was not unusual given that Chu Yunfan was already at Tier-5, Inner Strengthening before. He had merely broken through to Tier-6, Joint Popping. It was considered a normal breakthrough.
It was just that they would not expect him to defeat Mu Zhenfei as soon as he broke through. Mu Zhenfei had broken through a few months before.
At that moment, the corner of Gao Hongzhi’s lips raised a little bit. He said in disdain, “Nah, Mu Zhenfei would undoubtedly lose if they were to fight again. Whether strength, speed, or angle of attack, Yunfan is impeccable. It’d be the same if they were to have a rematch. It had nothing to do with whether he was prepared or not but with complete domination in ability!”
The people fell silent hearing what Gao Hongzhi said. Apparently, they had to admit the earlier battle could not be explained as Mu Zhenfei being caught off guard.
Qin Wu clapped and said, “Settle down. In today’s lesson, I’ll be teaching you guys a martial skill for use in real combat!”