TKZ to GSP: Rising sun on walkout gi is symbol of war crimes


"The Korean Zombie" Chan Sung Jung has taken UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre to task for wear the rising sun on his gi. via Facebook.

Dear Mr. Georges St. Pierre

Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese ‘Rising Sun Flag’. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.

Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of ‘Militarism’. You can easily learn what they’ve done by googling (please do), although it’s only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.

Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.

I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They’re just ignorant. It’s such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse.

Since you’re influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge ‘Rising Sun’ on your Gi means something else.

Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing ‘the symbol of War Crime’ is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself.

So, what do you reckon?
Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?


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Aaron Becker site profile image  

3/26/13 3:21 PM by Aaron Becker

I used to work at a Finish Line my freshman year in college and we had to take the insoles out of them and take them off the shelves until we go new ones cause the insoles had the rising sun on them

EKPOGI site profile image  

3/26/13 2:25 PM by EKPOGI

the Jordan XII were based on the rising flag too.not that anyone cares.

Wasa-B site profile image  

3/26/13 11:50 AM by Wasa-B

Yes, TKZ may not be a historical scholar but I think his point is clear and fair. For anyone that wants to read about the history between Korea and Japan, here is a good 5 part blog on it from old to modern times:

hmeboy site profile image  

3/26/13 10:33 AM by hmeboy

Absolute revisionist bullshit.

hubris site profile image  

3/26/13 10:04 AM by hubris

lol oh man you went there haha

FCTV808 site profile image  

3/26/13 5:42 AM by FCTV808

i'll tell you what psy does w/ flags!

Moke site profile image  

3/26/13 5:41 AM by Moke

Also, c''s just a badass flag. Whucha gonna do?

FCTV808 site profile image  

3/26/13 5:31 AM by FCTV808

guess which comfort race accepts my 20s to relieve stress on keaumoku or kapiolani street? (in ktown)   oh the ironing.   rather than getting offended by a gi, i think kz needs to clean up the way his people are perceived by the many who deal w/ them. culturally blech, w/ tasty food.

Moke site profile image  

3/26/13 5:25 AM by Moke

I understand where KZ is coming from, but the swastika stands for Nazism. Nazism is independent of Germany and even of the German war machine. It's an idea.The rising sun flag was used by the Japanese war machine and yes, horrible atrocities were committed by them, but it isn't an "ism" or idea like Nazism. It's just a flag.On the other hand it's a flag of the WW2 Japanese war it's a toss-up.

Wasa-B site profile image  

3/26/13 12:18 AM by Wasa-B

Respect to TKZ.Not only is he one of the most entertaining fighters, he approached this with respect and made a difference.