About Jackson County Sumo Club

2013 us nationals flyer

In 2012 long time wrestling coach and competitor Matthew Ritchie moved to Independence, MO from Seattle, WA and formed the Jackson County Sumo Club.  Matt got busy, and hosted the 2013 US Sumo Nationals in which he recruited and trained the second place Jackson County Sumo Club team. Practice times Tuesday 8pm-9pm and Saturday 8am-10am.

Jackson County Sumo Club’s Philosophy

Sumo is a Martial Art, and requires respect, dedication, determination, and humility. Sumo champions are made of three parts.  Body, Mind, and Spirit, and the wrestlers must strive to become the best they can in all three aspects.

Body, strong body, physical condition, and master of sumo Kimarite

Mind, controlled mind, focused, and open to learning from all situations

Spirit;  A fighting spirit that is equally humble, and at peace.

Jackson County Sumo Club believes the secret to success both in and out of the Dohyo can be found by focusing on these three aspects.  If you are interested in beginning a martial art no matter where you are currently at this is the place for you.

Strength and Balance is the Jackson County Sumo Club Creed.  Here is the meaning

If I am going to be a champion I must first ask why I desire such.  Is it my sincerest desire?  Is it my destiny?  Is it my all consuming passion?

Desire comes from a lack of peace in Spirit

Destiny is not under my control, destiny is preordained.

If I am consumed by one thing I am owned by the pursuit, and I have no balance:

A Champion has peace and humility in his Spirit

A Champion has a strong body

A Champion has a balanced mind.

With a peaceful, humble soul I can learn.

With a strong body I can be my best

With a balanced mind, I can focus as I should on all aspects of life

If I attain all of these attributes, I will be a champion.

And I will be the kind of champion who needs no recognition.

If you are interested please contact:

Matthew Ritchie



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