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  1. Who needs giri-choco when you can have giri-deshi to complain about?
  2. I've seen the acronym TET brought up lately, and while I assume it's the closed door tournament post yaocho fun, what does it stand for?
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Now that you mention it, Takerufuji's traps are a bit reminiscent of Takanosato/Naruto back in the day. Not bad company to keep as a wrestler (though maybe less so as an oyakata).
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    Well, that's Taiho tied! Hoshouryu seems a tough sell for number 12 though.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    As much as I'd like to see a swift return to makuuchi happen for Wakatakakage, I think we're likely to see at least one more Juryo basho for him. Though hope I'll be proven wrong on that count!
  6. And it's even worse than that. Not only is being a great champion somehow meant to make you a great coach (proven false as a general proposition, but at least one can see some skill carryover as the basis for the idea), it's meant to make you effectively a great general manager of an organization, albeit usually a small one, as well as a parental figure. All entirely unrelated skillsets to on-dohyo prowess and seemingly without any vocational training, at least officially. That's...just insanity.
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    Haru 2024 discussion (results)

    I can't speak to previous throws, but I'd say today's wasn't a kakenage. He's performing what in judo is sometimes called a front uchimata or Mongolian uchimata, in that he's throwing and then using the front side of his thigh/quad to raise the opponent's leg (in this case, really as a supplement to the shitatenage). This means he stays more front on to his opponent. A proper kakenage seems to require that hooking of the back of the throwing rikishi's leg (hamstring and/or calf) against the recipients inner thigh. It's that hook that is the key, and using the front of the quad/thigh doesn't cut it. This requires a significant turn of your body so that you and your opponent end up facing more or less the same direction. See: Akua, basically any and all bouts whether he wins or loses (though he won today with a nice one).
  8. I suppose I shouldn't put too much stock in it then. Sometimes convenient excuses are just that.
  9. Interesting that the fact that he hasn't had his danpatsushiki yet would play into it, at least to me. Seems to indicate it's more than just purely a symbolic ceremony (though I appreciate image plays a role in it).
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    Tochinoshin activities

    Now that is an off-topic thread I can get behind!
  11. My vote is makuijo - 幕以上 (above the curtain). Makuura - 幕裏 (behind the curtain) might be a runner up. Not exactly creative, but it's what springs to mind.
  12. I took "Isn't it the way of sumo?" as defending the status quo, and I disagree with it on principle. My apologies if I misunderstood you. Regardless, it undoubtedly happens, but that doesn't mean it is "the way of sumo" - it undoubtedly happens a lot IN sumo, but that doesn't make it intrinsic to it or something that can't be changed while leaving the core of sumo intact. However that is just an outsider's perspective and may well be wishful thinking (though I don't think that's actually an apt description); but better to wish for an improvement to help save the thing itself rather than just throw one's hands up and say "shikatta ga nai."
  13. A change then I think for the better personally.
  14. Not like this. While one can I think make the argument that harsh training and physical "correction", along with blood, sweat, and tears, makes sense and is part of sumo (and many other martial arts), it should only be in service of improving the rikishi/fighter/practitioner. That clearly isn't the case here. Hokuseiho wasn't trying to build up his heyamates through harsh training or make them better as rikishi by correcting behaviour - he was being cruel and sadistic for its own sake. That isn't, and shouldn't, be part of sumo regardless of what you think about whether the current crop are too "soft" when it comes to training and the austere life (which is a different argument and better saved for a more pertinent fact patten).
  15. Interesting theory. As someone with quite the love of tattoos and Japanese tattoo art in particular, it's always strange to me that even still there's this tie for some given how prevalent tattoos have become amongst "civilians" for lack of a better word (I do appreciate culturally in Japan getting a tattoo can be seen by many as buying into a violent lifestyle, or at the very least the rejection of conventional society). I was actually very pleased when Ishiura, for example, had kimono he designed with Gakkinx in a similar style, and don't think one could read anything into it about his personality other than he appreciated the art style. Maybe a Miyagino style trend, but hopefully one entirely divorced from antisocial behaviour.