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Monday, 03/25/2013, 05:36 pm

GSP And Hayabusa Apologize For ‘Rising Sun’ Gi | UFC NEWS

Chan Sung Jung’s recently wrote a Facebook letter to Georges St Pierre regarding his offensive Hayabusa ‘Rising Sun’ Gi worn at UFC 158 earlier this month. He explained to Georges that this symbol represents Japan’s war crimes against Koreans. This ‘history lesson’ has lead both Hayabusa and Georges St Pierre to openly apologize for the incident.

The combat apparel and fight equipment company Hayabusa made the following statement:

“Since Georges St-Pierre wore our walkout gi at UFC 158 we have received attention surrounding the negative connotation of the rising sun graphic used. The last thing we want is to offend or alienate anyone with the choice of design on our products.

We at Hayabusa have the utmost respect for culture and history and appreciate all of our customers worldwide. As such, we accept full responsibility for this design and are taking all complaints and comments very seriously.

The gi worn by GSP will not be brought to market. In addition, we will be very conscious of this specific design element when developing future communication materials and products.

Please accept our sincerest apology for any offense this has caused. If you have any questions or comments regarding this matter, please feel free to discuss it with us at One of our representatives will be happy to assist you.”

Georges St Pierre also took to Facebook to apologize:

“I’d like to also personally apologize to anyone who was offended by this. I am very sorry, that was never my intention.”

Thanks to the ‘Korean Zombie’, Georges St Pierre and a multitude of other uninformed people now have motivation to brush up on their world history.


0 Responses to “GSP And Hayabusa Apologize For ‘Rising Sun’ Gi | UFC NEWS”

  1. Dan Jenkins says:

    I think this issue was handled well by all TKZ was polite about his complaint and Hayabusa and GSP responded quickly although I didn’t think the gi was a big deal I guess I needed some education

  2. GRT 3000 says:

    That’s cool; not everyone is a down with the war crime history. GSP meant no harm.

    Little known fact though; all of that Unit 731 crazy ass war crime (some people are fucking demented) bullshit research, was actually covertly purchased by the American military in exchange for pardons to all of the sick Japanese fucks that carried out the torturous experiments. that’s not very cool is it?! It’s like saying, you Japanese are some sick sick bastards…& by the way how did the research turn out? hmmmm, interesting.

  3. AndyLC says:

    It’s nice of them to respond.

    But why stop at the Rising Sun?

    So how about banning the Union Jack too? It represents centuries of war crimes in India, China, and will throw Mel Gibson into an ax-wielding frenzy of patriotism hahah.

    • Nic says:

      Simple–the Union Jack is still actually the flag of Great Britain. So, while you do have a point, there is a pretty good argument for someone wanting to wear it. The Rising Sun is no longer actually the flag of Japan, so there’s no real good reason to wear it.

    • Josh Macri says:

      I am not very up to date on my Eastern Political Correctness but I think it would be similar to wearing a confederate flag gi into the octagon. Not necessarily wrong or banned but certainly distasteful.

  4. UFC 84 Forever says:

    Glad they got the awareness out; because these things should always be respect; but obviously GSP shouldn’t take flak for this at all, he didn’t decide what was going on, Hayabusa made the Gi.

    And quite frankly, it’s not a huge deal; though I am glad it was addressed.

  5. NoKickNoLife09 says:

    The Rising Sun Flag (旭日旗 Kyokujitsu-ki?) is the military flag of Japan.[1] It was used as the war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army and the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy until the end of World War II. The naval ensign and a modified version of the war flag continue to be in use by the Japan Self-Defense Forces, the design is also incorporated into many commercial products and advertisements. However, as the flag was used by the Japanese in the conquest and occupation of East Asia and during the war in the Pacific, it is seen as offensive in countries where it is considered to be associated with Japanese militarism and imperialism.[2][3]

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