‘Undefeated trader who has never lost, the first college student in 37 years.’
A super star with the same name as Kim Min-jae (Naples), the soccer team’s ‘monster defender’ on the sand, has joined the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team, the strongest ssireum corps. Kim Min-jae (21), as a sophomore in college last year, dominated not only the university stage but also the Dano and Cheonha competitions. It is the first time since 1985 that Lee Man-gi (then a sophomore at Kyungnam University) has appeared in the world of wrestling.
Kim Min-jae, who jumped into the adult stage in earnest at the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team after finishing his sophomore year at Ulsan University, met with the Hankook Ilbo at the Yeongam Training Center in Jeollanam-do ahead of the Lunar New Year’s Ssireum Competition and said, “I’m happy to join the team I’ve wanted to come to since high school.” I decided to take on the challenge of a bigger stage, judging that I had achieved everything I had to achieve through this.”
The Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team is like a hometown team for Kim Min-jae, who is from Jangheung, Jeollanam-do. He first caught a loincloth when he was in the 3rd grade of Gwansan Elementary School in Jangheung, and graduated from Gurye Middle School and Yeosu Technical High School. Kim Min-jae said, “After winning the children’s wrestling competition held once a year in Jangheung, I received a scout offer and started wrestling in earnest.” You did a great job. But after 3 months, he changed drastically,” he laughed. He added, “I went through a slump in middle school, and regained morale in high school, but I wasn’t good enough to go to the unemployment team at the time of graduation.”
However, under coach Joo Myung-chan’s intensive training at the University of Ulsan, Kim Min-jae grew into a top player in two years. Coach Joo maximized the strengths of Kim Min-jae, who has a physique of the Baekdu class (under 140 kg) but is superior to players in the same weight class, such as quickness, strength, and flexibility, and the player’s efforts were also added to this. Coach Joo introduced an anecdote, saying, “Even though he travels for a long time for the tournament, (Kim) Min-jae never stops watching and analyzing the opponent’s game video.” Kim Min-jae, who returned home to his hometown team after peaking at college, was delighted, saying, “I’m glad I was able to come back confidently.”
With the recruitment of Kim Min-jae, the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team, which had been rumored to be in crisis, will be able to continue its prestigious career. The Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team, led by former star coach Kim Ki-tae, seemed to have a major power leak when Baekdu-class signboard Jang Seong-woo transferred to the new team MG Saemaul Geumgo, but Kim Min-jae turned the crisis into an opportunity. Coach Kim, who put effort into scouting Kim Min-jae, said, “I hoped that the talent I had seen since childhood would grow well and come back.” Regarding the courtship of Yeongam-gun, including coach Kim, Min-jae Kim also said, “I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Yeongam-gun chief Woo Seung-hee, Koh Chang-hoe, Shin Chang-seok, and Kim Han-mo, sponsor presidents.” 토토사이트
Kim Min-jae’s debut stage for the unemployment team will be the Baekdu Jangsa final at the Lunar New Year’s Day event held at Yeongam on the 24th. He said, “As soon as I joined, I took on a lot of responsibility, so it is burdensome, but I think it will be fun.” Kim Min-jae, who has strength and agility like Kang Ho-dong, said, “If you look at the wrestling style, it is similar to Kang Ho-dong senior.” I want to be like him,” he emphasized. He smiled, saying, “When I wrestle, the goal is to come up with the name Kim Min-jae,” and “Soccer Kim Min-jae is a world-class player, so I think it will be difficult to surpass him.”
Unlike a newcomer to society, his social skills stood out. Regarding director Kim, who appeared in various broadcast programs such as the entertainment program ‘The boss’s ears are donkey ears’, he said, “I was good at wrestling even when I was active, but even after that, I was a leader and appeared on TV often. He wants to learn life from the director,” he said. Also, regarding Coach Yoon Jung-soo, who has 317,000 YouTube subscribers through ‘Mukbang’, “I have to appear on Coach’s channel soon. I decided to leave because I was afraid that if I refused, it would make things awkward between us.”