By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
About 150 men signed up to arm wrestle and about 53 brought cars and motorcycles to display at Saturday’s Bushido Arm Wrestling Tournament and Car Show at the Chisholm Trail Coliseum.
The event, now in its third year, is a men’s outreach of Anew Church, 724 W. Randolph.
Marshall Billingslea, lead pastor at Anew Church, said the purpose is to inspire men to develop a warrior spirit to embrace their struggles, whatever those are.
“Bushido means ‘the way of the warrior,’” Billingslea said. “Every man has a struggle in his life. Our goal is the help men be better husbands, fathers and coworkers.”
Arm-wrestling competitors came from across the nation, as far as California and Wyoming.
Arm-wrestling enthusiast Joe Stanley came from Sherman, Texas, for the competition. He was accompanied by his wife, Marie Stanley.
“I came last year and took second in the 185 category,” Stanley said.
He goes to four or five arm wrestling tournaments each year and hopes to go to more.
Stanley said the movie “Over the Top” is what inspired him to take up the sport. He learns about arm wrestling competitions from the website northeastboard.com.
The cars and motorcycles lining the perimeter of the event center arena dated from 1923 to new models and ranged from lovingly restored to original condition to hot rods and heavily customized vehicles.
Robert Kelly, Enid, brought his ZX14 2008 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle.
Several members of the Enid chapter of the Swift Car Club brought their customized cars.
Michael McCleave, a member of the club, said the Enid chapter formed about a year and a half ago and has taken part in local and state car shows. The club plans its own event in the future.
“In every man’s life, there is a cause worth fighting for and a victory worth claiming,” the website bushidomen.tv reads. “What is yours? Discover how to not only prepare for the battles ahead, but more importantly, how to emerge victoriously. It’s time to stop playing the passive role and instead live as ‘The Warrior.’”