A true champion is one who in the face of difficulties, adversities, and challenges can stand firm and be strong and courageous. At the same time a true champion can pivot and be gentle, compassionate and caring.
Be strong, courageous and gentle. These are the values of true champions of Honolulu Judo Club. In Joshua 1:8, Moses encouraged Joshua, his young successor, “be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
To be successful, we need to be strong in body, mind, and spirit. It is not enough to be physically strong, but mentally and spiritually weak. In order to be strong, we need to train and endure suffering and hardships. There are no shortcuts to success. The harder we train and the more adversity we face, we stronger we become.
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 NLT
In judo and in life, we must overcome our fears and doubts and step onto the mat with boldness and confidence. We must stand firm in the face of adversity and with a Champion Spirit fight to win. True champions discover their calling in life, steps out to achieve it, persevere through the difficulties, and pursues it with all their heart. They face their fear and discouragement head on with strength and courage.
“Be on guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous. Be strong. And do everything with love.”
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 NLT
True champions also need to be gentle. We need to have gentleness and love toward others who are struggling with hurt, pain, or discouragement. We need to support the weak and disadvantaged. It takes true strength and courage to be humble and gentle and give love to others.
“Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.”
Ephesians 4:2 NLT