I train more than I sleep: Muripo

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Brighton Zhawi

IT’S a year now since Samson Muripo was up­graded from a Sen­sei to a Shi­han and there are clear signs that the 40-year-old is op­er­at­ing at a higher level.

Muripo med­i­tates and fasts at least once a week, trains more than he sleeps and gives him­self three months to re­cover be­tween tour­na­ments.

And just when his age mates are slow­ing down, Muripo is grow­ing from strength to strength in a sport he has loved since his child­hood days in Chi­man­i­mani.

“I train more than I sleep, be­cause pain is tem­po­rary but honor is eter­nal,” Muripo said.

“I sleep for about five hours, wak­ing up at 4am for the busi­ness of the day and go­ing back home late.

“Faith is a con­queror, an over­comer, it just isn’t a peace maker, and it is the vic­tory that over­comes the world.” Re­cently, Muripo added an­other ti­tle to his glit­ter­ing ca­reer, win­ning the open weight cat­e­gory at the IKOKU In­ter­na­tional Full Con­tact Karate Tour­na­ment in Cape Town, South Africa.

“Vic­tory is sweet, one fights the way they have trained or pre­pared.

“It takes a lot of hard work, a lot of sac­ri­fice, as well as in­tro­spec­tion,” said Muripo, a fourth Dan Black Belt holder.

As he goes through the recovery mo­tions, Muripo does not see him­self fight­ing in Africa again. But why Shi­han? “Ap­par­ently, there’s time for ev­ery­thing un­der the sun. I am sorry about that. Un­less God brings an­other World Kyokushin Karate Cham­pi­onships in the near­est fu­ture, I won’t com­pete on the con­ti­nent,” he said with­out giv­ing much away.

So when next will he be in ac­tion, ob­vi­ously out­side Africa?

“For this year, I will ad­vise af­ter to­tal recovery from this out­ing. But end of Fe­bru­ary, (I ex­pect to be) in Iran and mid-April in Ja­pan for an­nual in­ter­na­tional karate events on my cal­en­dar.

“Recovery de­pends with the avail­abil­ity of resources to get phys­io­ther­apy at­ten­tion, check­ing on mi­nor to big phys­i­cal is­sues as well as get­ting rec­om­mended train­ing pro­grams. Other­wise, (full recovery takes) two to three months.”

They say ‘a great man is al­ways will­ing to be lit­tle’ and this quote truly de­scribes Muripo who feels in­debted to the peo­ple who have sup­ported his dream.

“I can’t thank God enough for bring­ing peo­ple who guided me, who sup­ported my call­ing and na­tured this poor Chi­man­i­mani dust to a world renowned cham­pion,” he said.

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