A Precious Silver for Hanyang Judo Team Captain
Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year) and Cheong-poong Judo Competition
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The 12th Cheong-poong Judo Competition was held for five days from May 1st to May 5th. At one of the largest judo competitions in Korea, along with the Jeju-cup and Suncheonman-cup, Cho Young-hak (Department of Physical Education, 4th year), the captain of the Hanyang Judo team, managed to produce an outstanding result by winning the silver medal in the 81 kg class individual division.
Cheong-poong Judo Competition
Cheong-poong Judo Competition is one of the largest judo competitions in Korea both in its size and reputation. Having first started in 2008 as Cheong-poong National Judo Competition, targeting elementary, middle, and high school students only, it was in 2015 that the competition was extended beyond students to include assortments of all classes. Except for in 2011 and 2012, the competition has been held in Cheongju due to the reputation of the area within South Korean judo.
260 teams (1,843 individuals) for the individual division and 130 teams (980 individuals) for the team events participated in this year’s competition. An additional 180 individuals were also present for the university club division, bringing the total to 3003 participants for this year’s competition. Cho managed to make it to the finals, having successive victories since the round of 32. During the finals, Cho gave away half the points to his opponent, with 40 seconds remaining. “Not having enough rest after the semi-finals, I think that fatigue was the main reason behind my loss. Still, it was a nice experience, and I will prepare more for other competitions,” stated Cho.
Captain of the Hanyang team
First starting judo during his second year in elementary school, Cho managed to win his first medal a year later. It was this medal that solidified Cho’s interest in the sport and led him to this point. Now being the captain of Hanyang Judo Team, Cho showed his passion for judo. Despite his success in the Cheong-poong competition, rather than showing satisfaction, Cho stated how he felt his shortages through the tournament and how he was inspired to train even harder. He also added that he will prepare well for upcoming competitions in the future, having the goal of joining a business team or the Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps after graduation.
Cho also asked for more interest in and support for the school team. He explained that “Only two players were admitted to Hanyang per year, yet even this recruitment has stopped, leaving only the six current members. With us all being in different weight classes, it is difficult for us to practice with only each other. A more supportive environment for training would be a great help to the team." Despite the small number, Cho and his team members have shown great results. According to Cho, judo is a stepping stone towards his next life. Having guided the Hanyang Judo team well, the anticipation towards future competitions is high for both Cho and his teammates.
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