"Sometimes the most important battle, is the battle within." - Ryu
The Greatest Street Fighter player in the world did not have an easy journey towards victory. NuckleDu struggled with depression and was about to end his life at one point posting the following message on Twitter: “Basically I was ready to end it all,I put extra dog food and water to last a week, threw my phone, and loaded my gun, and went into my room. As I was crying, inches from the trigger, my dog Tofu came and licked my hand and tears, which made me cry even more but made me feel like I wasn’t alone. I’ve always had thoughts of ending my life, but the past few days have just made it a lot easier to do it.”
NuckleDu, with the help of his family and friends, survived the ordeal and posted another message saying: “I thought people only cared about me when I do well at a tournament, but people actually cared about my physical and mental well-being, Thank you for your concern guys. I will come out of this stronger, and see it as a second chance” and continued to play Street Fighter.
NuckleDu won his very first tournament when he was just 16 years old with the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament Qualifier in the city of New York which he won second place. NuckleDu is of Vietnamese descent and grew up in Tampa, Florida. NuckleDu became the first player from the US who qualified for the 2016 Capcom Cup by winning a premier event.
NuckleDu won the prestigious Capcom Cup Grand Finals bringing home a total of $230,000 USD, the biggest Capcom Cup prize to date. He is also one of the youngest prominent or professional players on the tour.
NuckleDu states that his parents were a little worried about him joining the Fighting game scene, but when he brought home a $2500 check his mother supported him all the way, according to an article by Heavy.
In the end, KnuckleDu survived and reached his goal by not giving up. Congratulations Champ and may your story inspire other teenagers who are currently experiencing what you've gone through.
Check out The Grand Finals below...
"Capcom Cup 2016 Grand Finals"
Source: Heavy, CapcomFighters