On a cold Sunday afternoon at Yongsan Army Base, two teams from Seoul Sunday Football League are preparing for the season ahead. For many, it is their first Sunday outing of the year; a chance to reunite with friends they have not seen over the winter break. Some of the play is haphazard and rusty, with each player struggling to keep warm as the chill of subzero temperatures nibbles away at their faces. Yet with the new season just around the corner and the prospect of warming spring temperatures, the consensus is clear: It’s good to be back.
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When the Seoul Gaels got started, it was just two lads talking in a bar in Itaewon. Today, the club is entering its second decade as a formidable group of 65 with more than a few titles to its name. Now, it’s reaching out to the community to invite new members into the fold.
He’s known as “The League.”
A 43-year-old English teacher from Edmonton, Alberta, Robert Gibson has been a member of Canada Ball Hockey Korea since it began back in the fall of 2008. In that time, the CBHK has grown to eight teams and nearly 120 players, while also creating a welcoming and inclusive community for expats in Seoul due in large part to the efforts of volunteers.
Over the last couple of years, “The League” has been among the CBHK’s hardest working volunteers and a symbol of why it is perhaps one of the city’s best recreational sports leagues.
The New York Giants and Denver Broncos both do yoga, but in case you think football is a soft sport, know that the Toronto Maple Leafs practice it as well. Playoff performance aside, each team houses some pretty hard-core athletes. That being said, I know how hard it can be to imagine that deep breathing and awkward stretches are legitimate ways to improve your performance.
The simple kettlebell is little more than an iron ball with a handle. Perhaps you’ve seen one at your local gym. It may not look like much, but don’t let its simplicity fool you; start swinging one around and you’ll discover how effective they can be in creating a great workout. Why has this harmless-looking weight made such an impact on all forms of fitness training throughout the world?
A unique shape for a unique workout
Turn your body into a fat burning furnace and melt those pounds off.
Here are some simple tips to fire up that furnace:
• Get plenty of rest. Scientists are not sure why but those people who tended not to skimp on rest lost more weight and kept it off longer. One theory is that it has to do with your hormones.
• Eat clean. Cut down on processed food. One simple way to do this is to not eat anything that requires a label. If you don’t know what it is by looking at it then maybe you don’t need to eat it. Also, the fewer ingredients, the better.
Thirteen years ago this month, Kim Chang-dae started the Seoul Hiking Club with one intention: to share the beauty of mountains around Korea with foreigners. What surprised Kim was the lifelong friendships he has made with people from around the world.
One of the most important friendships of his life was made through the club. Kim counts Danish-Korean Christian Rhee as one of his closest friends. The two often have dinner and Kim helped Rhee start his own business in Seoul.
Inspired by a growing global movement that is rocking women's sport, Korea's first roller derby league is close to its first bout. Combining fierceness, femininity and a punk rock aesthetic, roller derby embraces hard-hitting action and plenty of saucy attitude for what could be the baddest brawl this side of the DMZ.
For people new to the game, it's the flashy costumes and flamboyant names (not to mention the prospect of a slugfest) that attract the most attention.
One of the world’s fasting growing sports has flown its way over to Korea. What has long been a popular sport in the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries, disc golf is starting to catch on in here due in large part to the efforts of Koreans and expats. Course are being developed, tournaments planned, monthly outings organized and disc golf clubs have been popping up across the country.
With strong Irish communities in Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore, an idea to try and bring together the Irish from all over Asia for an Asian Gaelic Games tournament emerged in the mid-90s. The founding members of the Asian Gaelic Games saw this as an opportunity to get the Irish in Asia together for a weekend of football, and maybe have a few sociable drinks, too.