Black Belts in Korea

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  1. leok Blue Belt

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    BJJ has come a long way in Korea, with some bumps on the road (Mickey Choi, politics, etc..) But with the help of pioneers like Professor John Frankl, Joon Young Park, Lee Hee Sung, and Marcos Barros, Korea now has over 40 black belts in its short 15 year history.
    MFIGHT updated the list of Korea BJJ black belts, and I thought I'd translate it for anybody visiting Korea soon.

    Name/ Date/ Lineage / Association
    1. Jun Young Park / 07.12.22 / Roberto Tozi / Tozi Korea (East Heaven White Mountain)
    2. Hee Seung Lee (1 dan) / 08.12.15 / Takamasa Watanabe / Lee Hee Seung Jiu Jitsu
    3. Hee Young Sung / 09.06.10 / Marcos Barbosa / East Heaven White Mountain (DCBS)
    4. Su Young Lee (1 dan)/ 10.06.19/ John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    5. Jin Woo Park (1 dan) / 10.06.19/ John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    6. Joo Pyo Hong / 10.06.23/ Marcos Barros/ Hong Joo Pyo Jiujitsu
    7. Sun Sil Kang/ 10.07.09/ 'Cobrinha' / Action Reaction
    8. Jin Chul Kim (1 dan)/ 10.08.16/ Osimal Santos Sosta / Blue Dragon
    9. Seung Jae Lee (1 dan)/ 10.09.15/ Alvaro Mansor Guraconi / MARC
    10. In Mook Chae / 10.10.05 / Marcos Barbosa / DCBS
    11. Jae Hoon Lee (1 dan) / 11.02.20/ Steve Kampus / Daegu Bros Gym
    12. Kris Kim / 11.04.23 / Ricardo De La Riva / Kris Kim BJJ
    13. Young Ahm Roh / 11.05.21 / Jun Young Park / DCBS
    14. Duk Young Jang / 11.09.03 / John Frankl / John Frankl Bjj
    15. Ji Young Kim / 11.09.03 / John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    16. Chun Yong Jae / 11.10.20 / Yuki Nakai / Paraestra
    17. Yong Won Choi / 11.12.10 / Ricardo Franginha Miller / Wire BJJ
    18. Jae Sup Cho / 12.05.06/ Paulo Guimares / Team Roots
    19. Joon Chul Kim / 12.06.30 / John Frankl / John Frankl BJJ
    20. Chang Kuk Jung / 12.06.30 / John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    21. Kook Joo Kim / 12.06.30 / John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    22. Young Soo Kim / 12.08.08 / In Mook Chae / DCBS
    23. Seung Ho Ahn / 12.09.16/ Jun Young Park / DCBS
    24. Eun Pil Lee / 12.09.16/ In Mook Chae / DCBS
    25. Sang Woong Nam / 12.10.01 / Marcos Barbosa / Grappler Factory
    26. Sang Joon Suk / 12.10.17 / Marcos Barbosa / Impact Jiujitsu
    27. Jung Woo Lee / 12.12.02/ De La Riva / Born BJJ
    28. Gun Na / 13.06.11 / Renzo Gracie / Gun Jiujitsu
    29. Myung Hoon Choi / 13.08.10 / Marcos Barbosa / TNT Jiujitsu
    30. Hyun Kap Park / 13.08.24/ John Frankl / John Frankl BJJ
    31. Hee Jin Lee / 13.08.24 / John Frankl / John Frankl BJJ
    32. Woong Tae Ahn / 13.08.24/ John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    33. Byung Gyu Choi / 13.08.24/ John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    34. Hee Tae Lee/ 13.10.20/ Hee Seung Lee/ Lee Hee Seung Jiujitsu
    35. Kyu Hwan Choi / 13.10.20 / Hee Seung Lee/ Lee Hee Seung Jiujitsu
    36. Hyung Geun Lee / 13.10.20/ Hee Seung Lee/ Lee Hee Seung Jiujitsu
    37. Hyun Gul Lee / 13.11.12/ Jae Hoon Lee / Daegu Bros Gym
    38. Jung Gyu Choi / 14.04.26/ John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    39. Jang Won Byun / 14.05.12/ Fabricio Martins Costa / Evolution Jiujitsu
    40. Wan Kee Chae / 14.06.13 / John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    41. Ho Won Chung / 14.06.20 / John Frankl/ John Frankl BJJ
    42. Moon Su Park / 14.06.21 / Paulo Gumieres / Team Roots
    43. Sun Sung Bae / 14.06.29 / Mitsuyoshi Hayakawa / Euijungboo Challenge Team
    44. Oh Tae Choi / 14.07.04 / Jun Young Park / DCBS
    45. Doo Gwang Jun / 14.07.04/ Jun Young Park / DCBS

    Foreign Black Belts currently residing
    John Frankl /2002/ Roberto Maia / SBGi (John Frankl BJJ)
    Denis Kang /2004/ Marcus Soares / Denis Kang Academy

    *Marcus Barros resided in Korea in 2005.

    *Please let me know if I've made any spelling errors or if anybody has become a black belt since July 4th 2014.
     
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  2. Zankou Literally Shaking

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    The lack of diversity in Korean surnames means you guys are going to have a hell of a time playing BJJ belt police in the future!
     
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  3. leok Blue Belt

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    Its happening already! People are already mistaking Choi Yong Won with Mickey Choi :(
     
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  4. Knock Out Ned el mero mero

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    Awesome, awesome list, man. When I first moved to Korea six years ago there were only about 3-4 bb's. It's amazing to see how BJJ has grown.
     
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  5. deadlizard cold blooded

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    Try reading off those names out loud.
     
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  6. Human Bass Black Belt

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    The secret to pronunce korean well is to speak like you are sneezing. Im not kidding, I did that and a korean guy said it was the first time he heard a western saying his name properly.
     
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  7. leebyun White Belt

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    JOON Young park is Jun Young Park
    Actually it's East Heaven White Mountain, we also call ourselves Dong Cheon Baek San (DCBS for short)
     
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  8. leok Blue Belt

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    Sorry bout that. I'll edit it, thanks.
     
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  9. leok Blue Belt

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    Thanks. BJJ has indeed grown rapidly the past few years, especially with all the first BBs from Frankl and DCBS in the past few years. In Seoul, especially in Gangnam, its even become to a point that its easier to find a BJJ or MMA gym than a Hapkido, Boxing, or Judo Gym.
     
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  10. leebyun White Belt

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    Busan has gyms popping up everywhere too lol

    sorry, one more edit please, Jun Young Park

    here's our facebook page if anybody is interested.. or wants to get some training done in Busan lol

    https://www.facebook.com/ToziKoreaBjj
     
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  11. leok Blue Belt

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    I hope its not a fad like Kickboxing/Muay Thai was 10 years ago.
    There are literally like two/three BJJ/MMA gyms per subway station in Gangnam. Off my head I can think of
    Team Posse
    Team One
    KZ MMA
    Impact Gym
    Cube MMA
    Denis Kang Academy
    Kil Competition Team
    Lee Hee Seung BJJ (Gangnam)
    John Frankl BJJ (Jiujitsu World)
    TNT Jiujitsu
    Gracie Academy Seoul
    Lim Power Training Center

    ALL IN GANGNAM. Not Seoul, but only Gangnam.
     
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  12. leok Blue Belt

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    fixed :cool:
     
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  13. nefti Red Belt

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    Not surprising considering the population of seoul
     
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  14. leebyun White Belt

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    thank you :)

    well.. Gangnam is a rich area, not surprised the gyms target rich people, especially the big name brands:icon_chee

    btw leok, which gym do you train at in seoul?
     
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  15. tenniswhiz Steel Belt

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    I don't live there and am not planning on going there, but just out of curiosity, is it expensive to train BJJ in Korea?

    Is it a real estate based market, like NYC/London? As in $200/month minimum?
     
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  16. leok Blue Belt

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    Its normally around 150~200 for a good BJJ/MMA gym in Seoul. I haven't seen a gym that charges you more than 200 for a month.
     
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  17. leok Blue Belt

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    I used to train at KZMMA. Now I only lift due to time constraints :( .
     
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  18. Musheen Orange Belt

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    I guess you could call their style of BJJ...

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    Gangnam Style
     
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  19. keylocke Orange Belt

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    Hi, this is a great resource. Does anyone know where I can find an updated list?
     
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