Kabaddi Woo Hee-jun, I Still Regret the Medal, but I am Discharged… I Don’t Look Back and Only Think About AG.”
Miss Korea, dispatched officer history… “I am thinking about long-term service because I am a military person.”
“One last challenge before it is too late… The national team has improved since 5 years ago and will win a medal.”
“When I feel uncomfortable and feel like something is missing or lacking, I have to make up for it.
That’s my personality.”
Woo Hee-jun (29), a national kabaddi representative who boasts a unique career, revealed the reason why he decided to end his military career in a phone call on the 7th.
What Woo Hee-jun still regrets is the pain he experienced at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang.
At the time, the Kabaddi national team was expected to easily advance 온라인카지노사이트 to the semifinals and secure a bronze medal with 2 wins and 1 loss in Group B.
However, Iran and Chinese Taipei also accumulated two wins (one loss), falling behind in points difference and finishing in third place in the group.
Woo Hee-jun, who unfortunately finished the competition, entered the world of the military by applying as a district officer candidate in 2019.
Heejun Woo says he has ‘military constitution’.
Woo Hee-jun reflected, “The military food was delicious to my taste.
There was no problem with my physical strength at all, there was no inconvenience living in a class and hierarchy.”
Army Special Operations
Woo Hee-jun, who worked in the Army Special Operations Command’s International Peace Support Group in 2021 and also experienced deployment to Lebanon as an interpreter officer, is at a crossroads as to whether to choose ‘long-term service’.
Lieutenant Woo Hee-jun ultimately chose to be discharged last June.
Woo Hee-jun said, “I also had a long-term goal in the military.
While deployed, I was exposed to various operations and met overseas soldiers, and my dreams grew bigger.
Now, I am not young enough to be an athlete, so I had a lot of worries.”
He continued, “I was disappointed about the medal.
In four years, I will be 33 or 34 years old, and my skills may decline.
I felt like I had to challenge myself one last time before it was too late.
I felt like the Asian Games would not come back again.”
In particular, he emphasized that even during his military service, he did not let go of his ties to kabaddi.
Woo Hee-jun said, “I tried to spread kabaddi to the company as much as possible.
I also tried to make kabaddi a sport at the brigade sports competition,” and added, “I recommended kabaddi as a combat physical fitness event.”
Woo Hee-jun, who decided to be discharged from the military and confidently won a ticket to Hangzhou in the national team selection competition, said he was not thinking about ‘the future’.
Woo Hee-jun said, “It is not accurate to say, ‘I only live for today.’
I am so focused on kabaddi that I say, ‘I only live for this moment.'”
He added, “I will know everything only after this tournament is over.
Woo Hee-jun said, “I joined late, so I’m working hard to get along with my colleagues.
I’m currently training at Mt. Jiri, so I’m running up and down the mountain.
I also train in kabaddi three times a day.
I’ve improved a lot physically.”
I pointed out.
He added, “Like the 2018 competition, I think I will mainly play as a striker this time.
Seeing the players training with one mind, I think I will be able to get the medal I couldn’t win then.”
He expressed confidence, “At that time, there were not many players with Asian Games experience, but now we have teammates with both skill and experience.
We can show good offense and defense with a more unified and solid appearance.”
Heejun Woo began his relationship with kabaddi in 2013.
At the time, Woo Hee-jun joined the Korea Tourism Organization
through a broadcasting station’s open recruitment program, but left the company and traveled the world to find a job that suited his aptitude.
It is said that while traveling in India, he came across kabaddi as if by fate, and fell in love with its charm.
After returning to Korea, he settled down in Saha-gu, Busan, where the Korean Kabaddi Association was located.
Kabaddi, which comes from the Hindi word meaning ‘holding one’s breath’, is a modified form of an old folk game and is the national sport of India.
It is easy to understand if you think of tag or dodgeball without a ball.
Seven players from each team stand divided into camps on a 10mX13m (women’s 8mX12m) standard court.
This is a method in which one player, called a ‘Raider’ from the team with the right to attack,
enters the opponent’s court, touches the defensive players, called ‘Anti’, and returns to score a point.
Each touch is worth 1 point, and you can use both your hands and feet.
It became an official event in the Asian Games starting with the 1990 Beijing Games.
Since the 2010 Guangzhou Games, Korea has participated in both men’s and women’s events,
but awareness is still low.
If you look at the match, it is a sport where body meets body intensely, like a ‘team wrestling match’.
It was a perfect exercise for Woo Hee-jun, who has extraordinary physical ability.
He developed his physical strength through track and field in elementary school and cheerleading
at Princeton High School in Minnesota, USA during high school.
In addition to his military career, Woo Hee-jun also has a unique history as a beauty pageant winner.
Woo Hee-jun, who attracted attention by being selected as Miss Korea in 2019,
also received the talent award and sponsor award at the world beauty pageant ‘Miss Earth 2019’.
It is said that the reason for competing for Miss Korea was to promote the unpopular sport of kabaddi.