Kim Jae-bum

Kim Jae-bum (Korean pronunciation: [kim.dʑɛ̝.bʌm]; born January 25, 1985 in Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do) is a retired South Korean judoka.

Kim Jae-bum
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Born (1985-01-25) January 25, 1985 (age 35)
Gimcheon, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb; 12 st 11 lb)
Fighting out ofSeoul, South Korea
TrainerChung Hoon
Rank5th degree black belt in Judo
UniversityYongin University
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Jae-beom
McCune–ReischauerKim Chae-bŏm

Judo careerEdit

Kim won a gold medal in the -73 kg class at the 2004 World Junior Judo Championships in Budapest, Hungary.[1]

At the 2005 Asian Judo Championships in Tashkent, he won a gold medal in the -73 kg class.

Kim was considered one of the Big Three Judokas of the -73 kg class in South Korea, along with Lee Won-hee and Wang Ki-chun. But in 2007, he moved up in weight to avoid the fierce competition,[2] and won a gold medal in the -81 kg category at the 2008 Asian Judo Championships in Jeju.

Kim competed in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China and won the silver medal in the -81 kg class.[3] In the preliminary rounds, he defeated 2006 European champion Serguei Shundikov of Belarus by points and 2007 European champion Robert Krawczyk of Poland by ippon. Kim edged out 2008 European champion João Neto of Portugal by points in the quarterfinals. In the semifinal, Kim beat 2005 World Champion Guillaume Elmont of the Netherlands. He lost to 2005 European champion Ole Bischof of Germany in the final, though Kim had defeated all of the European champions from 2006 to 2008 in the previous rounds.

Kim won his first major gold medal at the 2010 World Judo Championships held in Tokyo, Japan. In the gold medal match, he defeated two-time Olympic medalist Leandro Guilheiro of Brazil[4] by scoring a waza-ari with ouchi-gari in extra time.[1]

Kim became a two-time world champion at the 2011 World Judo Championships held in Paris, France. Kim avenged his Beijing 2008 Olympic Games loss to Ole Bischof in round of 16.[5] He beat Srdjan Mrvaljevic of Montenegro in the final match by scoring a waza-ari with osaekomi-waza.[6] In Summer Olympics 2012, Kim won gold medal in men's -81 kg division, defeating German Judoka Ole Bischof.[7]

He announced his retirement on 1 May 2016.[8][9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Kim has had several nicknames over the course of his career, including "Man of One Arm Wins" for his successes through injury, "Korean Tiger" for his aggressive play and iconic status in South Korean judo, and "Energizer Bunny" for his quick and relentless physical style of judo.[11][12]

He is known for fighting in major competitions, including the Olympics and World Championships, despite plagued with injuries.[13]

Kim was granted exemption from South Korea's mandatory military service in 2010, after winning at the Guangzhou Asian Games.[14]

Kim is a devout Christian, and prays before and after his fights.[13]

Competitive recordEdit

Judo Record[15]
Total 123
Wins 110
by Ippon 43
Losses 13
by Ippon 8

(as of 30 October 2015)


  1. ^ a b Kim, Jason (September 13, 2010). "Kim wins first world title; Wang loses out". JoongAng Ilbo.
  2. ^ Kim, Jason (November 15, 2010). "Korean judokas clean up at Asian Games". JoongAng Ilbo.
  3. ^ "German Bischof wins men's 81kg judo Olympic gold". Xinhua. August 12, 2008.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "The 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo in pictures". The Daily Telegraph. London. September 13, 2010.
  5. ^ "Bischof ohne Medaille - Schwache WM-Zwischenbilanz". Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). August 25, 2011.
  6. ^ Chesterman, Barnaby (August 25, 2011). "Kim, Emane claim second world titles". AFP.
  7. ^ "Olympic judo: South Korea's Kim Jae-Bum wins men's -81kg gold". Retrieved 2012-07-31.
  8. ^ "JudoInside - News - Olympic judo champion Kim Jae-Bum announces retirement". Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  9. ^ "Former Olympic champ judoka to retire, pursue coaching career". Yonhap News Agency. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  10. ^ "Korean Judoka Retires, Looks Forward to 'New Start' as Coach". koreaportal. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-05-21.
  11. ^ "Grand Slam Tokyo 2014: Nagase vs Kim".
  12. ^ "Cool Kiz on the Block: All Star Special Part 1".
  13. ^ a b "For gold, Korean judoka ignores life to train to death".
  14. ^ "Korean judokas clean up at the Asian Games".
  15. ^ "Kim Jae-bum: Statistics".

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