Known as “Beautiful Fighter” to her fans, South Korean kickboxing star Lim Su-Jeong has become something of a martyr in her home country after an appearance on the Japanese TV show “Flames Sports Competition” turned ugly last month. As NewAmericaMedia reports:
Soo-young Lim, 27, was seriously injured during what was supposed to be a mock match with three Japanese comedians on the show…All three of the men were wearing protective gear. Lim, a mixed martial artist, wore only gloves.
[T]he three comedians — Toshiaki Kasuga, 31, Hiroshi Shinagawa, 39, and Koji Imada, 45 — are known to have backgrounds in martial arts. During the fight, Lim was several times knocked down by kicks from the men that were executed “as skillfully as pros.” Lim and her management team have reportedly demanded an apology from the show’s producers.
Video of the incident is after the jump, via patrice on the UG; notice that Lim is the only one not wearing headgear. With tensions between Korea and Japan as uncomfortable as ever, some viewers interpreted the segment as an intentional act of humiliation. Your thoughts?