All About Famous Japanese Mixed Korean Martial Artist, Choo Sung-hoon (Profile, Facts, and Family)

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Choo Sang Hoon is a Japanese mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter. His Japanese name is Yoshihiro Akiyama. He is famous in Korea for his MMA career, his physique, and his cute daughter, Choo Sarang. Let’s read more about Choo Sung-hoon on Byeol Korea, stay tuned!

Choo Sung-hoon’s Profile
  • Japanese name: Yoshihiro Akiyama
  • Korean name: Choo Sung Hoon
  • Stage name: Sexyama
  • Date of birth: July 29th, 1975
  • Place of birth: Osaka, Japan
  • Nationality: Japanese
  • Height: 177 cm
  • Weight: 77 kg
  • Instagram account : akiyamachoo

Choo Sang Hoon is a champion Judoka and well-known for his Judo technique. He won a gold medal for South Korea at the 2001 Asian Championships and for Japan at the 2002 Asian Games. In the 2003 World Judo Championships, He defeated three opponents in a row to reach the semi-finals. His opponents protested that he wore a slippery judo uniform during the fight. He wore another uniform, but lost both the semi-final and 3rd-place fights. He had 2 wins and 5 losses in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the largest MMA promotion company.

Choo Sung Hoon’s Family

Choo Sung Hoon’s family originated from Jeju Island. His great grandfather, Choo Jeong Won, immigrated to Japan and later adopted a Japanese name. Choo Sung Hoon acquired Japanese nationality in 2001. He confessed that, at the time, it was hard to win matches decided by Korean Judges. He said that due to his Japanese birth origin, he had no future in Korea. His comments caused outrage from Korean society. His parents and sister still retain Korean citizenship.

He married a famous Japanese fashion model, Shiho Yano, in March, 2009, after dating her for two years. They welcomed a daughter, Choo Sa Rang, who was born on October 24th, 2011. Father and daughter starred in the famous South Korean reality-variety show The Return of Superman.

Choo Sung Hoon’s Marriage with Yano Shino

In March, 2009, Choo Sung Hoon married Shiho yano, a famous fashion model and TV personality in Japan. They were married secretly, inviting only close friends and family. Seven months after their marriage, they held a wedding ceremony and announced their marriage to the public. Choo Sung Hoon revealed that his wife approached him and made the first move. Their first meeting was arranged by close friends.

Shiho Yano confessed that Choo Sang Hoon is a perfect man and their marriage is joyful and filled with beautiful memories. The couple shares similar interests in fashion and always looks elegant and trendy in public or on TV shows.

Choo Sung-hoon’s Beautiful Daughter, Choo Sa-rang

Choo Sarang was born in October 24, 2011. Choo Sung Hoon and Choo Sarang starred as original main members on The Return of Superman from 2013 to 2016. She was famous for her bowl haircut during the TV program. She followed in her mother’s footsteps by modeling for a children’s clothing brand and posting her activities in her Instagram account. Choo Sung Hoon and Choo Sarang occasionally appeared as guests on TV programs such as Please Take Care of My Refrigerator.

Choo Sung Hoon’s Appearance in Return of Superman

The Return of Superman is a highly popular KBS2 reality-variety show on Happy Sunday program. The original three episodes were broadcast as a special program during the Korean Thanksgiving holiday from September 19th to 21st, 2013. Choo Sung Hoon and Choo Sarang were original cast members and appeared from Episode 1 -122, 155 – 160, and 205 – 206. Choo Sung Hoon looked fearsome on the outside, but he was caring and a fool for his daughter on the inside.

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