How North Korean defector became South Korean fight champion – BBC News

How North Korean defector became South Korean fight champion – BBC News

After defecting from North Korea, Jang Jung Hyuck was traumatised and struggled to adjust to life in the south.

He turned to martial arts as a way to cope, and after only four years he has won a South Korean kickboxing title.

Jang has spoken about his journey from begging on the streets of North Korea to becoming a fight champion, and how his life experiences have given him confidence in the ring.

“I could have died when I defected from North Korea. Compared to that, the fights and the pain I experience now feel like nothing,” said Jang.

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