Monster Kim Min-jae’ also appeared on the wrestling board. ‘Super Rookie’ Kim Min-jae (21, Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Team), who conquered the university stage and made his debut in folk wrestling this year, announced a generational change by winning the Baekdu class (under 140 kg) in the first tournament of the new year.
Kim Min-jae defeated Oh Jung-min (Mungyeongsaejae Ssireum Team) 3-0 in the 2023 Lunar New Year Ssireum Tournament Baekdu Jang Final (3 wins in 5 matches) held at Yeongam Indoor Gymnasium in Yeongam-gun, Jeollanam-do on the 24th and climbed the flower palanquin.
Kim Min-jae is called a ‘monster’ because of his overwhelming skills, like the soccer player of the same name, Kim Min-jae (Napoli), who entered the European football big league this season and is making a big success. Last year, as a university student (University of Ulsan), he left a strong impression by winning consecutively by beating prominent seniors in the Dano and Cheonha competitions.
The birth of Cheonha Jangsa, a college student in a wrestling field, is a ‘great incident’ that appeared in 37 years since Lee Man-gi, who was a student at Kyungnam University at the time, in 1985.
Kim Min-jae joined the Yeongam-gun Folk Ssireum Troupe, and as soon as he debuted on the adult stage, he won the New Year’s Day business title and announced the appearance of a monster. He beat seniors Kim Jin (Jeungpyeong-gun Office) and Jang Seong-bok (Mungyeong Saejae Ssireum Team) in succession in the quarterfinals and semifinals, and then defeated even Oh Jung-min in the final and roared. After winning the first and second rounds with snatches and pushes, he intelligently shook off opponents who tried to push them in the third round.
Kim Min-jae said, “I often hear that I have a similar play style to senior Kang Ho-dong, but the person I admire the most is senior Lee Man-gi.” Following last year, the goal is to win this year as well. If you challenge yourself with fun, you will get closer to achieving your goal.”
The Lunar New Year’s Day Business Contest, which Kim Min-jae won, is a contest that draws attention as the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism unveiled a blueprint to foster strategies as a major event in wrestling. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the ‘K-Ssireum Promotion Plan’ on the 10th under the plan to develop Ssireum as Korea’s unique sports brand and original cultural product.
In this regard, three major tasks were put forward: ▲excavation of tradition and modern reproduction ▲creation of charm through competition innovation ▲ssireum enjoyed by all citizens. The idea is to add dignity to tradition and reorganize it into open content that both old and new generations can enjoy together, ultimately developing it into a self-sustaining sport.
Specific tasks include ▲ Fostering four major competitions such as New Year’s Day, Chuseok, Dano, and Cheonhajangsa ▲ Establishment of the lightest class (small class) to promote skill wrestling ▲ Support for the production of wrestling entertainment TV programs ▲ Launch of a semi-pro league in 2023 ▲ 2025 He presented detailed plans such as seeking professionalization, including the establishment of five professional teams. 안전놀이터
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Park Bo-gyun said, “We will make 2023 the first year of the revival of K-ssireum and revive the cheers, applause, and memories of the prime days.” I promise to grow.”
Ssireum officials are expected to contribute to the expansion of the base by leading to a team founding rush. On the same day that the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism announced the plan to promote wrestling, the 19th team, MG Saemaul Geumgo Ssireum Team, based in Chungnam, announced the launch through a founding ceremony. It is a corporate wrestling team that reappeared seven years after the Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries wrestling team disbanded in the summer of 2016.
Lee Man-gi, a professor at Inje University who participated in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s wrestling promotion project, said, “Ssireum enjoyed the greatest popularity in the 1980s, but suffered a serious slump because it could not properly cope with the changing environment.” As good trends have arisen, I hope that wrestling will take this opportunity to make a leap forward as a national sport.”