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    Sumo Fan Mag latest edition

    Your contribution would not have to be written. I don't know much about what goes on at the back end, but it could involve proofreading, layout, web stuff or any other of what I am sure are a hundred or so jobs that are done on behalf of the writers. Of course, given your description of EB's article, that sounds like anyone could do it, even those not in Japan or watching the basho live.
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    Sumo Fan Mag latest edition

    Just a thought, volunteer to contribute if you want it to be better.
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    Beach sumo group founded

    I doubt it. He might be on the outer with the Sumo Kyokai because of that (although, they seem to have changed their stance on brutality/hazing), but this beach sumo doesn't look like it wants to have anything to do with the Kyokai. Instead, his speaking out about the hazing might actually show him to be a reasonable kind of guy and present an image that is actually appealing to parents and kids (at whom beach sumo is aimed).
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    sumo google search - which countries search sumo

    Those two for the English speaking scientific community. Should you cross academic articles with the word "Sumo", about half of them relates to genetics. Yes, that's why I thought the results in India, for example, might be so high.
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    US Nationals results

    Moderator Notice Fixed
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    sumo google search - which countries search sumo

    2007 Sumo World Championships (amateur sumo) were held in Chiang Mai, Thailand. That might explain that result. Sumo gets used a fair bit as a company name, brand name, product name, anocronym or some other sort of name. We also need to consider that SUMO (small ubiquitin-like modifier) is a term used often in genetics and academic research. Just try doing a search on google scholar or research databases using sumo in the hope of getting somethign aout the sport we love - much more on genetics and science.
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    Nagoya yusho winner in Makuuchi

    I think Hakuho, with perhaps Asa a loss or two behind. If Harumafuji gets past the tsunatori pressure in the first few days unscathed, I think he will be in the race for a lot of the time but probably fade about Day 11. Now, to dream: Maybe a hometown yusho for Kotomitsuki? Although I think the Sadogatake threat will likely be Kotooshu rather than Kotomitsuki. Perhaps a blast from the past and Kaio or Chiyotaikai will resurrect the dead and win a yusho. That would be awesome but unlikely.
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    British Sumo Federation bash

    The article is a series of short reviews about different restaurants. Steve Pateman, the head of the British Sumo Federation, was at a restaurant doing an exhibition of sumo. The other pieces are about other restaurants and have nothing to do with sumo.
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    sumo in indonesia

    Not as far as I am aware. I don't think they were at the Sumo World Champs in Thailand 2 years ago. That would have been their best chance of attending until now. Many of the countries that are listed have almost nothing going on and are sometimes little more than a contact person.
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    New Bulgarian rikishi in Tagonoura beya

    This is not correct. To gain Makushita tsukedashi you need to have won one of four specific Japanese amateur sumo tournaments. More information is here
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    They hate me....

    I'm not so sure why the sudden snippiness towards Fujisan, although I have a fairly good idea of what is riling people over there based on the comments. Let's remember that what is happening over there is completely different from what is here. Paul, whay are they trying to ban you? - I don't know and am not even particularly concerned why (if I was concerned with Sumotalk I'd be a member). However, judging from the nature of the comments here so far, it seems that maybe some people at ST object to things you have said, or at least the way you have said them. My advice is to roll with the punches and turn the other cheek. I get the feeling that ST is more confrontational and direct than we are here at SF. Both are different styles and have their merits. You have established quite a niche here, and in the end that may be the thing that you can fall back on.
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    US Nationals results

    I've never heard of them before and Google only gives Dan's site as a hit. Why don't you contact Dan through that site to ask him more?
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    US Nationals results

    I heard of them before and Google only gives Dan's site as a hit. Why don't you contact Dan through that site to ask him more?
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    Doping tests to start!

    Just to add to Kinta's report: The six bottles of water were each 280ml. Oguruma-beya, the former home of disgraced Wakakirin, also had its wrestlers tested. With a stern expression, Takekaze remarked "I was nervous. I'm a sumotori and all I only do sumo." [presumably as opposed to taking recreational drugs]
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    Mitsuharu Misawa...Dies...

    Previous deaths in the ring - hand in hand with danger 13 June Popular pro wrestler Misawa Mitsuharu (46) died on the 13th after hitting his head and collapsing during a match in Hiroshima. The brawniness of the wrestlers notwithstanding, accidents occur in the ring and the thrill that is characteristic with fighting sports goes hand in hand with danger. In April 2000, Fukuda Masakazu (27), a wrestler with the New Japan Pro Wrestling group, started moving sluggishly and collapsed during a match in kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture. He was admitted to hospital and died of a brain haemorrhage. In March 1999, a wrestler (23) in the female pro wrestling group Alcyone was admitted to hospital after a sever head knock in a match in Fukuoka. She died on April 9th from an acute subdural haematoma. In August 1997 at the JWP Women's Pro Wrestling Hiroshima Tournament, Plum Mariko (29) hit her head, lost consciousness and died of acute brain swelling.
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    Mitsuharu Misawa...Dies...

    Pro wrestler Misawa Mitsuharu dies - a blow to the head mid-match Sankei Sports 13 June Pro wrestler Misawa Mistuharu collapsed in the ring during a match, lost consciousness and later died in hopsital on the 13th. He was 46. During the match he was backdropped, hit his head and lost consciousness, causing the match to stop. He was pronounced dead at 10.10pm on the 13th. Misawa made his debut in 1981 and wreslted as the second Tiger Mask. In the 1990s he was the cornerstone athlete for the All Japan Pro Wrestling group. In 200 he started the NOAH wrestling group.
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    Ozeki preparations- July 2009

    Harumafuji - "I'm aiming to be a famous ozeki through fast sumo" In a recent interview with Reuters, Natsu basho winner Harumafuji said that he wanted to be a noted ozeki using his favoured speedy sumo. Harumafuji became the 3rd Mongolian to win a yusho, and is 185cm and 126kg. that's te lightest among the 42 makuuchi rikishi, and less than half of the heaviest rikishi, Yamamotoyama (258kg). For that reason alone he uses a sharp tachiai and fast movements as his weapons. "I don't think that my opponents are heavy. If I had to say, it's because my sumo doesn't come to grips with it. Through fast sumo, I use the power of my opponent in my sumo." Dependent upon his results in Nagoya, Harumafuji could be in with a sht at becoming yokozuna. however, in the interview on the 8th of June he remarked that his next goal is "To be a famous ozeki. One that is remembered in history. I want to win many yusho, and be remembered as a wrestler who did sumo strongly and beautifully." Harumafuji came to Japan at 16, having been scouted in Mongolia by Isegahama oyakata (who at the time was Ajigawa oyakata). Because he longed to go to Japan he didn't hesitate. "I'd been told training was really hard and life was strict, so I was able to endure it." The hardest thing for him was eating. "I had to eat constantly from 6pm until about 9 or 9.30. I'd throw up periodically but continue eating again. It was really tough." At the time he was only 70kg and because his genetic make-up made it difficult to gain weight, increasing his mass was the most pressing concern. Before his matches he sits in the shitakubeya listening to a Tibetan Buddhist sutra through his headphones. He does this to increase his focus. Also "the sutra prays for health. Getting injured is the scariest thing, so while listening to it I pray that I won't be injured." Harumafuji, who has said "Every rikishi I face is my rival", admires Takanohana as a rikishi. He says he likes "his strong legs and hips, and his straightforward matches." "Straightforward matches" is both the nature of how he ses his body and the title of his personal blog. However, in May there were also bitter experiences. Undefeated on Day 11 he faced young Japanese hope Kisenosato (only 1 loss behind) and at the tachiai he turned to his right. He pulled the arm of thrusting Kisenosato and swivelled. There was a sigh of disappointment from the fans who had been hoping for a passionate head on match. That evening Harumafuji's blog received over 150 vitriolic messages. "The blog comments played on my mind. However, I couldn't do anything about it. Because I'm small I couldn't get my left in against Kisenosato." His goal for Nagoya is "I want to topple lots of the yokozuna and ozeki. I want to give someone coming up from below a chance at the yusho"
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    Featured rikishi - Yamamotoyama

    Makuuchi's heaviest rikishi, Yamamotoyama looks to slim down On the 11th of June intial plans for the last day of the Natsu jungyo (to be held on Aug 23 in Yamanakako, yamanashi prefecture) were unveiled at the Yamanakako village office. It's five years since a tournament was held in Yamanashi prefecture and so, for PR purposes, Kitajin oyakata (former sekiwake Kirinji) of the Kyokai's jungyo dept and popular rikishi Yamamotoyama attended the announcement. This tournament has come into being as part of the revitalisation of the town, and in order to make it more lively, links with local kindergarten kids have been forged. After a photograh session at Yamanakako Koryu Plaza, Yamamotoyama remarked "I was overwhelmed with how energetic the kids were. I want to give them a kachikoshi in the Nagoya basho as a thank you." In the last basho Yamamotoyama was the heaviest in makuuchi at 258kg but recorded a 7-8 makekoshi. Reflecting on that he said "Should I gain weight? No, I'm heavy enough. I'm going to lose some." It became clear that he is going to shed weight in order to aim for a kachikoshi.
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    2009 Oceania Sumo Championships

    Not actually forum members, I believe, but I think they look from time to time. New Zealand won one other medal, a bronze in the middleweight.
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    "The Business Of Sumo"

    I'm speculating a bit here, as I have no experience in schools, but i see three issues that potentially keep some schools from maintaining sumo clubs. The first is the matter of experience and someone wanting/feeling they have the ability to coach a team. The second is a matter of facilities. Most schools don't have a dohyo or have removed them if they ever had one. As such, trying to coach a team without having a dohyo means that you have to use other facilities at the school that may be being used by another club, or you have to arrange to use facilities where there is a dohyo (also not that common an occurence in Japan). This then ties into the third issue I see. It is easier to channel kids into community sumo clubs where there are skilled coaches and proper facilities. This leads sumo to be more specialised and less participatory than other sports which kids might try (because of the need to go to facilites out of school and be trained by someone who is seen as specialised). The schools that do have sumo programmes (and I'm thinking more of high schools here) are seen to be specialised schools for sumo (though not only sumo) - think Tottori Johoku and Meitoku. There is litlte in the way of "let's have a go, we'll have a team even though it is weak because the pupils want to have one" type mentality in the consideration of sumo as a sport for older school kids. Thus sumo is funnelled into clubs and mainly for those who are expected to do reasonably well. I think we see this with the shin deshi. Those with a sumo background are usually big, have had some success at age group tournament and are carrying on into ozumo. Young scrawny kids of the same age are coming into sumo to try it or because the don't have a career, or whatever. You very seldom get a shindeshi who is scrawny but has done sumo for 2-3 years if at all.
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    Australian Female Sumo

    Not sure which NZ wrestler had the flu. It wasn't me and I don't recal any of the boys being sick. I guess they might have come down with something on Sunday and Monday, after the tournament. They were staying withthe Stacey family and could have passed something on...
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    New to sumo

    Practise your tachiai, the start, so that you are moving forward into your opponent from the crouch. this requires geting your hips low in the crouch. If your hips are too high then your first move is to stand up rather than to move forward, thus losing momentum and making you an easier target for your opponent. With a background in judo you are going to have to overcome an urge at time to pull your opponent to you. You want to grab the belt but use it to throw and unbalance your opponent, not keep them connected to you. I'd try to watch some sumo stuff on youtube just to get a feel of a few things. Practise hard and, as said above, keep your torso low (done by bending your knees and keeping your hips low.
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    KaioU at the Japan Foreign Correspondents Association

    Did anyone have the balls to ask about unspirited sumo? James?
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    Amateur Sumo Team(s) in Kobe, Japan?

    Yes, but they are not particularly high level. I have competed in the Bunkyo-ku (a ward of Tokyo) Sumo competition twice and I wasn't even resident in Japan at the time, although ironically I lived in Bunkyo ward the first time I lived in Japan. I believe that foreign competitors could also probably compete in a range of other community contests such as this. Wanchanyama competed in the same tournament I did one year, as did Petr (but that was through links with his university sumo club). Nishinoshima and Mark Buckton have competed in the Komatsuryu Dojo competitions because they were members of the club. However, I observed at least one other foreigner, who was not a member, at one of these competitions. There have probably been other foreigners who have competed in ward, city or regional tournaments. However, to compete in the higher level tournaments usually requires the sumo pedigree that one gains from training at a university, corporation or quality community sumo club.
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    Women in Amateur Sumo

    As far as I know, Spain does not have a team. Portugal used to have one, but I think they have only ever been to the European Sumo Championships, not the Sumo World Championships. Kenzo would be the person to ask.