Extra! Korea

January 25, 2010

Meet K-1’s Lim Su-jeong, who has a pretty face and fists of stone

Filed under: eye candy, sports — extrakorea @ 7:39 am

I stumbled upon this profile while searching for what Choi Hong-man is doing these days. First Choi Hyun-mi, and now this girl. I’m wondering two things: a. Is there something about the Korean gene pool that produces girls with pretty faces and fists of stone? And b. How can I meet girls like this?

I found her Wikipedia page, but you have to be careful not to confuse her with another South Korean kickboxer who has the same name (임수정, but who practices tae-kwon-do, not muay thai). In the picture below, the girl I’m talking about is the one on the left.

Lim started to train Muay thai for dieting when she was a high school student, and in November 2007 at the age of 22, she went to Thailand and stayed there for 3 months to practice Muay thai.

I did some Muay thai back in Canada, and it is tough.

After fighting for several years in South Korea and Thailand, Lim became the bronze medalist of the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Tournament held in Bangkok in 2007 and the Muay thai bantamweight champion in South Korea.

[ snip ]

Before competing in K-1, Lim’s professional Muay thai record stood at 17-0-4.

To be competing at that level in Muay thai, she must be carved out of wood. Her current record in K-1 (a comprehensive kickboxing league based in Japan) is two wins and no losses. Below is a video of her bout against Chen Qing.

Apparently, she is known as “K-1 얼짱” which could be translated as “the K-1 fighter with the prettiest face.” Look below and judge for yourself.


  1. […] Lim began taking muay thai (Thai kickboxing) in high school as a way to lose weight, and later, at age twenty-two, went to Thailand to train further for three months.* After several years of competition, she amassed a win-loss-draw record of 17-0-4. Along the way, she became the bronze medalist of the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur Tournament (in 2007) and the Muay Thai bantamweight champion of South Korea. Nowadays, she competes in K-1, a comprehensive kickboxing league based in Japan. Her win-loss record is 2-0, and she is known as “K-1 eol-jang,” which could be translated as “the K-1 competitor with the prettiest face.”[1] […]

    Pingback by Pretty Faces with Fists of Stone « Streetwise in Seoul: Mini-essays about living in Korea — May 1, 2010 @ 5:08 am

  2. […] in Seoul writes brief biographies of Lim Su-jeong (임수정) and Choi Hyun-mi (최현미), a Muay Thai fighter and boxer respectively. See here for […]

    Pingback by Korean Gender Reader: May 3 2010 « The Grand Narrative — May 4, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  3. K1 is the Way to go !!! : )

    Comment by Dinh Tran — September 15, 2011 @ 1:58 pm

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