Why is the legendary professional wrestler who used to shoot ‘Tog Fog’ transferred technology to Korea?

“Any move looks cooler if you take it slow at first and then speed it up momentarily. The move should be unexpectedly sudden. Show your momentum. Your eyes should always be on the front, not on the ground. Anyone can do a front roll. But you have to study how to roll and stand up, the detail to become a professional.”

Fifteen men and women were sweating profusely and bumping into each other at a Hapkido resort in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province, on the morning of the 16th, when cold weather and heavy snow were raging. Exaggerated shouting was rampant, but their eyes were more serious than ever. That’s because Daziri (53, real name Yoshihiro Daziri) was watching. Who is Daziri? He is the only Asian who has succeeded in WWE, the top stage in the home country of professional wrestling. He was the foul king who exposed his face with a “Green Mist” that featured a ruthless spinning top kick on his opponent’s chin and emitted green paint from his mouth. Thus, he became a Japanese sports star who once competed with Ichiro as a famous Japanese baseball player. The legend, who has been active for 30 years, has appeared as a coach. It costs about 30 pyeong in a small stamp in Korea.

The PWS (Pro Wrestling Society), a new professional wrestling organization in Korea, provided this one-day class for trainees and the general public. The two-hour physical training session started at 10 a.m. with the upper and lower bodies divided, and started practicing techniques immediately after skipping lunch time. Whenever they showed a somewhat ambiguous position in the basic movement of holding each other by the back of their necks with the sound of “Clap!” Jiri gave serious advice, and another player translated the scene directly into Korean. “Make more noise. This is a business that makes fake fights look real. Just remember that.” The trainees immediately shouted “Yes, fighting” to raise the tension.

Professional wrestling, which was a spectacle for the entire nation in the 1960s and 1970s, has hit rock bottom, however. It has been lagging behind ball games since the 1980s and mixed martial arts since the 2000s. Since Kim Il, the king of beating, and Lee Wang-pyo, the star player of Super Dragon have all lost their fame. Currently, the number of Korean players is around 50, which is less than the number of Asiatic black bears in Jirisan. “Honestly, the Korean market cannot even give an evaluation,” Darjiri said. “On the contrary, I have a chance to make another one. I have already achieved everything in the U.S. and Japan. I am no longer interested in big organizations. I wanted to think about the essence of professional wrestling in Korea. It is an entertainment that anyone who is not a big fan can enjoy.” Darjiri signed an official agreement with PWS on the day, and decided to transfer technology and exchange players with his current team (Kyushu Pro Wrestling) on a regular basis.

In May, Daziri was invited to Korea for the first time in 16 years and entered the ring after a memorial match for the late Kim Il. The match, which was played in cooperation with four organizations in Korea and Japan, was held at Hanseong University Gymnasium in Seoul. Famous YouTuber Kane TV, who has claimed to be a fan of Daziri, participated and increased contact points with the general public. “I saw the possibility of a revival in the enthusiasm of the fans that day,” Daziri said. Whenever there was a performance such as knocking over an iron ladder on which the opponent climbed, back-dumbling from a three-tier rope to hit his torso, asking for reconciliation, and then hitting the back of the head straight away to make him faint, a hot shout like a yard play broke out. Daziri performed a “green mist” against all kinds of villains’ collaborations, eventually winning the championship belt. 에볼루션 바카라사이트

Word of mouth has spread. The second competition with Daziri in September at the Jung-gu District Community Center attracted 400 paying spectators. “We are trying to eliminate the perception that it is an old sport by increasing collaboration with external experts, models, and creators,” said Shiho (32), a Korean professional wrestler who founded PWS in 2018 and recently played with Daziri. “We plan to officially launch a ‘professional wrestling school’ as an association next year and operate it as an everyday sports venue like a gym.”

In Gonjiam, Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, another new professional wrestling organization AKW (former Korean professional wrestling) held a special competition to celebrate the opening of a new 80 pyeong gymnasium. Dong Shen, a Communist Party wrestler who spreads the Chinese dream by wielding the Five Star Red Flag, entered the ring. He is a provocative character who displays a picture of President Xi Jinping on the electronic display before the match to show off his 黨 and insists on a “Xi Jinping Slam” with his finishing technology. Of course, it was just a setup. He is a Korean who is currently working as a boss man at Hyundai Corporation. “I thought about playing a comical villain who would stir up public sentiment and make audiences boil,” said Kim Dong-hyun, a 31-year-old Chinese student who studied abroad. “As a professional wrestling is character, it fits with the trend of ‘second self’ these days, and even without TV broadcasting, it is easy to expand thanks to YouTube.”

In fact, professional wrestling has little to do with wrestling. It is a scripted drama in which players act according to their own concepts called “gimmick.” It is a fight between good and evil groups. Unique characters, verbal fights outside the stadium, and the ending of violent punishment are reasons why WWE is still enjoying immense popularity in the U.S. “Korean pro wrestling lacked the ability to tell stories compared to action,” said Hayden (real name Lee Hae-dong, 36), co-CEO of AKW who started his official activities last year. “We are actively using YouTube content to create a reason for people to come to the stadium.”

Back to Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi Province. Unlike the U.S. and Japan, there are no female professional wrestlers in Korea. However, the situation is likely to change. Five of the 15 trainees who attended the daily training were female. Lee Ye-jin, 34, who visited the gym with her boyfriend, entered the world of professional wrestling for the first time ever. While practicing falling and fighting poses, Lee soon threw her to the ground in harmony with Omerta, a gigantic American wrestler who was nearly three times her weight.

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