One of the players who heated up the Korean sports world the most last year was Kim Min-jae (27, Naples). Kim Min-jae, who has a tremendous physique and even speed, was a pillar of Korean soccer. Kim Min-jae, who overpowered opponents with good physical strength and speed, was truly a monster defender. Kim Min-jae, who advanced to Italy’s Serie A, one of the world’s four major leagues and put Napoli in the top 0 ranking, led Korean football to the round of 16 at the Qatar World Cup for the first time in 12 years.
However, Kim Min-jae was not only in Naples, one of the world’s three most beautiful ports. There is also a monster in Yeongam-gun, another port in Jeollanam-do, South Korea. He is 190 cm tall, the same as Kim Min-jae of Naples, but weighs about 60 kg more. He is said to be a talented person who may or may not appear once in 50 years. It is evaluated that a large-scale player who will lead the folk sports wrestling has been born since Inje University professor Lee Man-gi (60), the best star of Korean wrestling. In fact, after 37 years since Professor Lee, he became a college student and proved his potential.
Kim Min-jae (21, Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team), who is making an undefeated sensation on the sand, is taking over Korean Ssireum. In June of last year, when he was a sophomore at university, Min-jae Kim beat the seniors of the unemployed team who were prominent traders in the world at the Dano Trade Competition, and rose to the rank of Baekdu trader (under 140kg), and in December, he became the world trader. Professor Lee was the only one who won the title of Cheonhajangsa as a college student. Kim Min-jae reproduced it as the second in Korean wrestling history.
It is no exaggeration to say that this is the second coming of Professor Lee. Kim Min-jae has been on a winning streak from the end of his freshman year at Ulsan University to college as well as folk wrestling competitions. As soon as he joined the folk wrestling team in Yeongam-gun, a prestigious wrestling club, Min-jae Kim won his first tournament of the year, the “Withers Pharmaceuticals 2023 Lunar New Year’s Ssireum Contest” Baekdu Jangsa title. CBS No Cut News met Kim Min-jae, who rode a flower palanquin and took a 100% chance of winning in all of the folk wrestling competitions he participated in, at the Yeongam Training Center in Jeollanam-do.
▲”I’ve never seen a player stronger than me.”
There is absolutely no rival. From the 2021 Gurye University Jangsa Competition, he won four consecutive championships in last year’s university competition. He also won two folk wrestling competitions in which he participated as a college student. At last year’s Dano competition, he roared as he laid down former champions such as Seong-woo Jang (currently MG Saemaul Geumgo) and Jin Kim (Jeungpyeong-gun Office), who were candidates for the championship twice.
Then, he reached the top in the Cheonhajangsa competition. He did not know defeat for about a year until this year’s New Year’s Day event. Kim Min-jae laughed shyly, saying, “I haven’t counted it accurately, but he seems to have won 70 consecutive wins.”
Regarding this, Kim Min-jae said, “After doing one by one, he won three consecutive championships in folk wrestling.” “I think I won because I knew the hyungs I saw on YouTube so well, and they didn’t know me well,” he said.
Still, when I insisted, “Wouldn’t it be great to win three times in a row?”, he cautiously smiled and said, “I think I’m getting better now.” I still give myself low marks. Kim Min-jae said, “I’m still only about 50% of my goal.” Kim Min-jae, who won three consecutive championships in Cheonhajangsa, is still 21 years old.
It is evaluated that Kim Min-jae’s future is infinite. Director Kim Ki-tae of the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Troupe, who had been eyeing Kim Min-jae since high school, said, “Lee Man-gi was really great, and there is a high possibility that Min-jae will surpass him.” He is said to have innate strength and outstanding athletic ability.
Coach Kim hinted, “In the Korea Sports Association’s physical fitness test, he was evaluated as better than track and field athletes in terms of quickness and flexibility.” Kim Min-jae said, “Senior Kim Jin, whom I met in the final of the Dano Tournament in June, has excellent pelvic pulling power.”
He digs a lot of effort above all else. Director Kim said, “He is so passionate that he works out even on days off.” Kim Min-jae said, “When he does weight training, he squats with 290 to 300 kg on his back.” This is why he is performing at his best even though he is still on his way to his prime. Kim Min-jae said with a proud expression, “I competed with Jang Seong-woo, who I trained with in the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Troupe in high school, and after winning, he praised me, saying, ‘You are really the best’.”
▲”I wasn’t the strongest from the start…but I persisted in coming to my parents who told me to quit”
Kim Min-jae’s physique was already over 160cm when he was in the 3rd grade of elementary school. He participated in the annual children’s wrestling tournament held in Jangheung-gun, his hometown, after being invited to participate, and of course won.
It didn’t go well from the start. Kim Min-jae said, “Except for 3rd place and 2 times in the 5th grade of elementary school, there were no medals until the 2nd grade of middle school.” He added, “Originally, I was the eldest son in a country house, so I tried to make him study, but he won first place in the class.”
But he didn’t give up. Kim Min-jae said, “My parents were against it, so I decided to come.” Next, Kim Min-jae said, “During the winter training after my second year of middle school, I made up my mind with Gurye Middle School coach Jinyoung Kim and promised to work hard.”
He got good grades, so it was fun. Kim Min-jae made a dignified expression, saying, “It feels really good when I beat my opponent.”
However, even during his high school days (Yeosu Technical High School), he was not the strongest. Kim Min-jae said, “During his senior year of high school, he won 3 championships, 1 runner-up, and 6 bronze medals,” he said. Choi Seong-min (Taean County Office), the same age as him, was the number one player, but after graduating from high school, he went straight to the unemployment stage. Kim Min-jae said, “Sung-min has risen to Baekdu Master four times.”
This is why he chose to go to college rather than go straight to unemployment. Kim Min-jae said, “I wasn’t even number one in high school, and I thought I was still lacking, so I made a plan to go to work after training a little more in college.”
This hit nicely. Kim Min-jae fell into a slump during his freshman year of college, but as mentioned earlier, his skills rose completely from the last Gurye University event. Director Kim said with a satisfied smile, “I was inexperienced even in high school, so I recommended him to go to college, but he learned how to use his strength.” There was no player to be pushed with the field manager who came out of great power.
Choi Seong-min, who was still number one in high school, has not faced off on the folk wrestling stage. Back then, I was behind, but now, wouldn’t Kim Min-jae have the upper hand? In response to this question, Kim Min-jae smiled meaningfully, avoiding an immediate answer, saying, “We talk a lot because we are close to Sung-min, but if we meet in the finals, let’s really have fun.” 온라인바카라
▲”Lee Man-ki and Kim Min-jae of Naples are having a hard time, but when you wrestle, you think of me”
Kim Min-jae has conquered the sand, but there is still a long way to go. He first wants to become the greatest wrestler of all time in Ssireum. Kim Min-jae said, “I just started, but the start is halfway, so I came to about 50.”
In order to do that, you have to completely take over the wrestling world like Professor Lee Man-gi. Kim Min-jae said, “I heard that senior Lee Man-gi won the 10th World Championship,” and expressed regret, “I want to surpass that, but in the past, the World Championship was held several times a year, but now it is held only once.”
Even so, Kim Min-jae said, “I’m planning to play until I’m 40, but I’ll try to aim for the world’s top 5.” Then, when Director Kim rolled his eyes and said, “Isn’t it necessary to do number 7?”, he replied, “I will try to raise it to number 7.”
The power is great, but you need to equip other skills as well. Kim Min-jae calmly analyzed, “Because he is young, he seems to have a lower level of maturity in attitude and skills than the other members of the unemployment team, and a narrow range of skills.” He then emphasized, “Deulbaegigi and pushing are his main specialties, but I think I need to learn other skills such as Andari field bridge.”
As of right now, the reality is that he is inferior to Kim Min-jae in football. In fact, it is not easy to overturn it because of the difference in popularity of the event until he retires. Kim Min-jae said, “I often watch soccer, but Napoli’s Kim Min-jae is so good that it’s still a long way to catch up.”
Kim Min-jae, who appeared like a comet in Korean Ssireum and grabbed the sand board. Will he be able to enjoy a reputation that surpasses his idol, Professor Lee Man-ki, and surpasses soccer’s Kim Min-jae? First of all, Kim Min-jae will challenge to win 4 times in a row with an undefeated march at the ‘Withers Pharmaceuticals 2023 Mungyeong Business Ssireum Competition’, which will be held from the 23rd.