Being a professional sumo wrestler is a tremendous honor in Japan, and not as simple as having a huge body. There is a very particular system of education for these Japanese sports icons. Apprentices attend sumo school for six months, participating in physical training and receiving a relevant general education. Here is a peak inside a sumo classroom:
Sumo students, when not training on the mat, sit in normal classrooms to study relevant topics.
Subjects covered in sumo school include calligraphy, the history of sumo wrestling, as well as general knowledge.
Shirts are optional.
Each subject is taught by an expert.
Students don’t need to pass a test, but they must attend the classes.