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  1. sekitori

    Any thoughts about this kimarite?

    I never knew that sculpture existed. Thanks for letting me know about it. I like it very much and was thinking of adding it to mine if it wasn't too expensive. Then I learned the price--over 1,110 USD. I bought mine in 1995 and it cost far, far less. Below is a source where it can be purchased. Since I have no intention of doing so, it should be available.Ă³-porcelain-01009080?gmc_currency=4&fzcountry=US&gclid=CjwKCAjwnf7qBRAtEiwAseBO_HAj9ybvR61SiPpwC5xbebzXuZhlyL5bZR5AMvLtUZoUsJ4C_rP7qxoCwewQAvD_BwE
  2. sekitori

    Any thoughts about this kimarite?

    Thanks for your input. It possibly could be sabaori but I doubt it. Sabaori is usually performed with the hands at the sides of the mawashi, not the front. I'm sure the sculptor(s) had no knowledge of sumo techniques and they came up with something they thought would look interesting--nothing more. In that way, they did succeed. It does look interesting. I think Kintamayama had the right idea of a non-contact loss of balance by the loser but as I said before, I'll keep it at shitatehineri.
  3. sekitori

    Araiso activities

    I was never much of a Kisenosato fan. I think that was because he appeared to be uncommunicative much of the time. He hardly ever seemed to smile in public. In the last year of his career, considering the hell he was going through coping with an injury that never fully healed and which hugely affected his performance, that was understandable. But since his retirement, my opinion of him has changed. He has shown a very pleasant personality, communicating extremely well, and above all, often smiling and even laughing. I have come to the conclusion that a rikishi I once didn't care for because he seemed to be so dull and unsociable is actually is a very nice, outgoing person. As I said before, I wasn't a big fan of Kisenosato. I am however, a huge fan of Araiso.
  4. sekitori

    How will this era end?

    Despite having a bicep injury that was not 100% healed, Hakuho was in contention on senshuraku in Nagya and ended up with another jun-yusho. He continues to have a record of first or second place finishes in over 75% of the bashos he has entered. I do not call this "limping on" or anything even close to it. I'm sure that just about every rikishi around would love to limp around the way Hakuho is doing. As for yokozuna candidates to possibly replace him and Kakuryu, the answer at present is simple. There are none. Aside from the yokozunas, there doesn't seem to be anyone around who is able to put together two consecutive yushos or a record close to it. Hakuho and Kakuryu have maybe a year or so left in their careers and there is a very good chance that after they are gone, no one will be able to take their place for an extended period of time. And whoever eventually is promoted, since he is following the greatest rikishi of all time and a much less successful but still highly regarded yokozuna, it will be difficult to call him a worthy successor. As they say in show business, he will have "a tough act to follow"--an extremely tough one. I expect that following the Hakuho-Kakuryu era, there may be another one called the "No yokozuna era". From the way things look now, at a time where there are many talented rikishis but very few really outstanding ones, that era may last for quite a while.
  5. sekitori

    Next Yokozuna??????

    "Right" sumo to me means winining without allowing yourself to be badly injured--or injured at all. I guess that with enough talent, that can be done--very, very occasionally. Two examples are Kyokutenho and Tamawashi. They have had long and successful careers--but how successful? Exactly one yusho apiece. Hakuho definitely does not fit into that category. You don't win 42 yushos practicing sumo which keeps you from getting injured. To be an outstanding rikishi, a bit of overdoing won't do it. A lot of overdoing may. The difference between risk for mild or medium injury and that same risk for severe injury really isn't very much. An achilles tendon may be strained but under the same circumstances, it could be ruptured. Huge difference. The same thing goes for a twisted knee and a torn ACL. Unfortunately, the rikishi has absolutely no input as to the degree of injury he may encounter. I doubt very much if Takakeisho's advisors will tell him to do the same kind of sumo but to take it a bit easier so that he can avoid further injury. His stock in trade is a relentless pushing attack that if done correctly, should blast his opponent off the dohyo. To have him attenuate that style in the cause of self-preservation could harm a possibly extremely successful future. I wouldn't exactly call "right" sumo as being unmotivated. Every rikishi is motivated to win. But some of them are also motivated to keep from getting hurt. That may keep them around for a longer time, but the price they pay will be the lack of real success. If you don't take some big chances, you probably won't do very well.
  6. sekitori

    Next Yokozuna??????

    Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent injury by performing "right sumo". That's because "right sumo" which theoretically should prevent injury, doesn't exist. It doesn't really take much for a rikishi to twist a knee more than expected, not protect his back properly when encountering large strong opponents, fall the wrong way, and undergo many other mishaps. Sumo may be the ultimate atheltic activity having to do with bodily contact and injury is part of the game. Almost every rikishi gets hurt, although Kyokutenho seems to be one of the rare exceptions. While he had a long and successful career and even won a yusho, because of his style which kept him from being badly injured, he was never a threat to reach the highest ranks. When people talk about future yokozunas, ozekis, etc., they refer to rikishis who have excellent tecnique and use it to its ultimate efffect. There is a very fine line between doing that and going just beyond what the human body can tolerate. The degree to which a rikishi is injured and how well he recovers can spell the difference between great success and mediocrity. There are two very simple words to bear in mind concerning any potentially outstanding rikishi. Those words are "barring injury".
  7. sekitori

    What rikishi do you miss the most?

    Chiyonofuji. When I started watching sumo, I noticed a rikishi who looked completely different from all the others. Although he didn't weigh very much, he was very athletic and extremely quick. However, he was 25 years old and although he had reached komusubi, he had never won a yusho. It was so good to see him win his first one. I thought it would be wonderful if he could win another two or three before his career was over. As things eventally turned out, he won 30 more..
  8. sekitori

    Any thoughts about this kimarite?

    Thanks. That's probably it. But I will continue to call it shitatehineri. The reason is that I want to own a sculpture that depicts a winning technique, not a non-contact stumble by the loser.
  9. I have possibly the only sumo sculpture from the famous source of ceramic figurines, Lladro. It's called "Test of Strength" and I enjoy it very much. The photo I'm including is actually my avatar. I doubt if the people responsible for producing it knew very much about sumo and probably portrayed something they thought would be of interest. It depicts the rikshi on the left using his right hand to apparently pull down on the front of his opponent's mawashi. That caused his opponent's knee to touch the ground. I've been trying to figure out which kimarite could be depicted. The closest I can come up with is shitatehineri. Any other ideas?
  10. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    If Hakuho can win quickly, fine. It it takes him longer to do that (even quite a bit longer), that's okay with him, too. In this case, it was only a matter of time until he defeated Myogiryu. I don't understand why people complain that he doesn't finish off his opponents sooner. The object is not to win quickly. It's to win--period. And as far as I know, Hakuho is far better at doing that than anyone else around.
  11. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Attempting to enforce having both hands touch the dohyo may be relatively new, but I'm sure that the rule itself is quite old. It states that the tachi-ai can begin only after both fists of each rikishi touch the ground at or behind the shikiri-sen. Over the years, that rule has been corrupted to the point where very few rikishis comply with it. If you want to see how it should be done, look at Yoshikaze and Tomokaze.
  12. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    No matter how loudly he screamed at them, neither Meisei nor Hokutofuji got both hands on the ground at the tach-ai. I think that possibly after several more mattas, they both would have gotten the idea that the gyoji wanted both hands touching the dohyo and they probably eventually would have done so. But if it took that long to happen, people would have blamed the gyoji for unnecessarily prolonging the match. The problem is that the rikishis were at fault, not the gyoji. Kimura Konosuke was only trying to enforce a rule that apparently no one else seems to care about. It must be be extremely frustrating for a referee to try enforcing a rule which apparently is virtually ignored.
  13. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    I doubt if Enho getting more attention will bother Hakuho at all. He knows that training with him has done much to increase Enho's effectiveness and I'm sure he's very proud of that fact. Hakuho, who has been far more successful than any rikishi in history, only cares about winning yushos. He's expected to get the championship in every tournament he enters and when he does (which is now almost a routine occurrence), I'm sure he'll be more than happy to have his success equalled and maybe even overshadowed by Enho's--which so far has been totally unexpected and to a great part, due to his efforts.
  14. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    It all depends on the meaning of the phrase "went out". Endo definitely touched the clay first. At that time, Takayasu was also out of the ring but he was in midair, not even close to touching the ground. I thought the rules are that the first rikishi to touch the ground with anything but the soles of his feet is the loser. If that's the case, Endo was clearly the loser. This was another very strange decision.
  15. sekitori

    Nagoya 2019 Discussion (here be spoilers)

    Anyone who rises to ozeki after being demoted to the mid-makushita ranks should be applauded, not ridiculed. Because he no longer seems to produce ozeki-like sumo, that's no reason to belittle what he has done in the past. I think the word "fraud" describing his present status is an extremely poor, totally unnecessary description. If it seems that if he was on PEDs, I would like to see absolute proof that he was.