Korean Zombie to GSP – “You wore a Nazi symbol” (Hayabusa Imperial Japanese flag gi)

Georges St. Pierre wearing Hayabusa's offensive Rising Sun gi design using the Japanese Imperial Flag that represents war crimes and atrocities
Georges St. Pierre wearing Hayabusa’s offensive Rising Sun gi design using the Japanese Imperial Flag that represents war crimes and atrocities

An open letter from the Korean Zombie to GSP regarding him wearing Hayabusa’s “Rising Sun” gi (Imperial Japanese flag design) during his walk out at UFC 158, found on Chan Sung Jung’s Facebook:

“Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese ‘Rising Sun Flag’. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.

Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of ‘Militarism’. You can easily learn what they’ve done by googling (please do), although it’s only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.

Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.

I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They’re just ignorant. It’s such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse.

Since you’re influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge ‘Rising Sun’ on your Gi means something else.

Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing ‘the symbol of War Crime’ is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself.

So, what do you reckon? Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?”

– Chan Sung Jung

Hayabusa fail.
Hayabusa fail.

We here at Dynasty spoke about this on MMA forums in the past but not many people believed us. They thought we were making it up and that the flag was no different than any other country’s flag. It finally took a UFC superstar in the Korean Zombie to stand up and make a lot of people aware of the Imperial Japanese flag’s true meaning.

For those who need a history lesson, a short music video on The Rape of Nanking: “Truth Serum”

And a very eye opening short documentary on Japanese war crimes and atrocities in World War II: “Rising Shun”

We as Dynasty have seen plenty of these kinds of fetish, ignorant designs and symbols on many American clothing brands, and we feel sorry for those who have bought into it. That’s why we created Dynasty because we’re here to change things and bring authenticity to communities worldwide. When you buy a Dynasty item, you don’t have to worry about offending others, unless of course if they grow jealous of your style!

-Dan Kai Wah from DynastyClothingStore.com

Ultimate Korean Fighters (TV Documentary) – Story Of Koreans In The Sport Of MMA And Joining The UFC

Stun Gun
Stun Gun

There is something that needs to be said about Korean fighters. Even though Japan and Japanese fighters enjoyed being the first Asian country to train MMA and became its mecca 20 years earlier than the rest of Asia, its fighters have not transitioned to the UFC very well. Japan’s biggest stars; Kazushi Sakuraba, Genki Sudo, Takanori Gomi, Norifumi Yamamoto, and Shinya Aoki have all spent their primes fighting in Japan, but each having mixed results when it mattered, and that was fighting in the western hemisphere (UFC).

Being well versed in Boxing, Judo, and Taekwondo for many decades, Koreans have somewhat of a unique cultural upbringing that breeds great MMA fighters. We can’t quite put it to statistics or bring out a book to look at any solid facts, but we believe Koreans are born fighters. They’re the only country where you can get a university degree in martial arts, and they are a “manly” group of people in general. We believe a combination of possessing that strong Mongolian blood, a protein and vegetable-heavy Korean diet (as opposed to useless carbohydrates in other Asian diets), and living in harsh environments have molded them to being big, strong, and mean. In the ring, the fighting spirit of Korean fighters makes them entertaining, exciting, and aggressive fighters.

Korean Zombie
Korean Zombie

Korean fighters are definitely on the rise and have already made their mark in the UFC. This television documentary special takes a very interesting in-depth look at some of (South) Korea’s most prominent MMA fighters, how they came up, how their UFC debut was, and their defining moments so far in their careers. Check out the TV special, Ultimate Korean Fighters (turn on English subtitles using the Closed Captioning button):

What’s interesting to note in this television special is that unlike the UFC Countdown and Prime Time shows, this one took some time to ask fighters what their lives were like and how their family felt about them being fighters. Asian fighters definitely don’t get the respect or support they deserve in their countries because fighting is seen as a barbaric, ugly thing to do in Asian culture that is reserved for thugs and gangsters. Whereas in America, fighting is a sport where parents encourage their children to get into. More on this cultural difference in a future article, where we will dive in on just why Chinese fighters have yet to join in on the MMA party.

-Dan Kai Wah from DynastyClothingStore.com

Inside Look At Cung Le / Rich Franklin Training Camps for UFC Macao (China)

In some ways, the main event fight between Cung Le and Rich Franklin is a showdown between traditional martial arts techniques versus modern martial arts. Cung Le’s fighting style is heavily influenced by Taekwondo and Sanshou / Sanda, whereas Rich Franklin is a more conventional mix of Kickboxing, Muay Thai, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

An in-depth look at their training methods leading up to the fight:

The rest of the UFC Macao card is sprinkled with Korean fighters and a sole Chinese fighter. Can they come out on top to prove Asian fighters can hang with the best in the UFC?

-Dan Kai Wah from DynastyClothingStore.com