South Korea reached their seventh successive Olympic Games with a game to spare on Wednesday when they cruised past Oman 3-0 in Muscat.
South Korea’s Nam Tae-hee gave his team the perfect start when he scored after only one minute at their match in Oman. FC Seoul striker Kim Hyun-sung doubled the Koreans’ advantage in the 68th minute before Kim Min-woo, who plays his club football in Japan’s lower leagues with Sagan Tosu, adding the third just four minutes later.
Last time, back in ’08, we failed to pass the first round…
Hope that we do better in London ’12.
Source: South Korea book seventh successive Olympic spot
|Pictured : Yongpyong Resort|
Alright folks, you’d know this already if you’re in Korea, but it’s freezing cold as frozen hell and it’s been snowing outside! Perfect time to go skiing! (or snowboard, whatever floats your boat)
CNNgo has featured an article named “7 Best Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Korea”. The list contains : Yongpyong Resort, High1 Resort, Phoenix Park, Vivaldi Park, Konjiam Resort, Muju Deukyusan Resort, and Alpensia Resort. My personal favorite is Yongpyong Resort, ‘cuz it’s the one my family always went to every winter.
If you like Skiing/Snowboarding and you think you’re gonna be around the town, check out the CNNgo article here : 7 best ski and snowboard resorts in Korea
Jung Chan-Sung, “the Korean Zombie” of UFC, has done it. UFC140, taken place a few days ago(Dec 11th, I believe), featured this Korean badass totally knocking out the opponent in.. like, literally 4 seconds. Watch and enjoy!
Jok-gu(족구) is similar to Europe football tennis and Malay’s Sepak Takraw. It is basically a combination of soccer and volleyball.
|And apparently Hiphop.|
There are some debates on whether Jok-gu is an original Korean sports or just some sports copied off another. I’ve read some claims saying that Jok-gu is just a Korean rendition of Sepak Takraw, and so on. However, according to Sports Encyclopedia, Jok-gu’s origin goes all the way back to the Three-Kingdom Era(4th~7th century). So perhaps they have different roots, or maybe back then everybody played this kickass sports in their ancient times. Who knows.
The modern version of Jok-gu was invented in 1966, in Korean Air Force 11th Squadron. So it was invented before football tennis, I think.
How to play
Rather than going over every rule, I’ll just make it simple. It’s like tennis/volleyball. Almost exactly. Except you play with your foot and head. 4~6 people on each side, depending on how big the available court is. Think volleyball rules, except balls can bounce once before you need to catch it. People usually use a volleyball to play the game, but they actually have official Jok-gu balls available (and leagues too).
I’ve only played Jok-gu in Korean military and Korean middle school… so I never thought they actuall had official rules for this game. But apparently they do. If you’re curious (and can read Korean, check out that sports encyclopedia link.
How widespread is this game?
This game is generally very popular in Korea regardless of age range. They have official leagues and tournaments annually and there are many many official teams just like baseball and basketball. I hear there are leagues in California too, with slightly different rules.
Check out the video for some Jok-gu goodness.