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Jang Jung Hyuck: ‘Compared to escaping North Korea, the fights feel like nothing’

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 spoke to the BBC about his journey from begging to fight champion, and how his life experiences have given him confidence in the ring.

Video by BBC Korean’s Woongbee Lee and Hyunjung Kim

Additional editing by Isabelle Rodd

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