What you can learn from Sumo

What is Sumo?

It is a Japanese national sport that a full contact form of wrestling, where each wrestler (rikishi) attempts to force his opponent out of a circular ring (dohyō) or cause their opponent to touch the ground with any body part other than the soles of his feet (usually by throwing, shoving or pushing him down).

Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables/training location where all aspects of their daily lives—from meals, training, to their manner of dress—are dictated by strict tradition and governed by Japan Sumo Association.  Only those at the highest ranks are not required to live at the stable.  Their training is intense, sometimes to the point of exhaustion, it has to be to able them to push, slap, throw, or even trip their opponent.

Injuries – physically, mentally, or spiritually

A Sumo wrestler often compete with injuries, and why, because if they don’t they fall down the ranks (and if they are in the top two ranks they lose a salary if they can not compete).

Do we want it easy, do we want to be mildly tested, or are we so gun ho that we want to endure the ultimate test?

What would have happen had Apostle Paul quit when he got injured??

2 Corinthians 11:24-37
Five times I received 39 lashes from Jews. Three times I was beaten with rods by the Romans. Once I was stoned by my enemies. Three times I was shipwrecked. I have spent a night and a day in the open sea. On frequent journeys, I faced dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own people, dangers from the Gentiles,
dangers in the city, dangers in the open country, dangers on the sea,
and dangers among false brothers; labor and hardship, many sleepless nights, hunger and thirst, often without food, cold, and lacking clothing.

Apostle Paul never gave in, instead it caused him to draw closer to God.

Consider what you are going through….

Of course there is wikipedia

Chris Sumo (he does his own videos of the Sumo wrestling, and provides excellent insight. https://youtube.com/channel/UCIk5AQ47TYq8PQRoeM47LqQ

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