John Gunning

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John Gunning last won the day on April 25 2018

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  1. John Gunning

    Stable? Why?

    The former - although the latter certainly applies. This is a shot taken during the show. The former sekiwake lost 50 kilos post retirement and is now a financial services advisor. Physically I took a slightly different path after hanging up the mawashi.
  2. That would be the one. For the record I like the music. I just don't think it fits the visuals particularly well. Rikishi Files has replaced Sumo 101 and I'll be doing them during the next few basho so if there are guys you are interesting and worth doing 300 words on, by all means let me know. Can be literally anyone that has ever been on the banzuke.
  3. John Gunning

    Stable? Why?

    Last Saturday I was on an NHK (Japanese language) radio show with the former Takanowaka, and English translations of sumo terms was the main topic of conversation. He and the others were trying to guess what some of the Japanese terms were in English and marveling over how wrong they sometimes were. On NHK broadcasts we use a lot of Japanese vocabulary whereas Japan Times requires anything outside of rikishi and their ranks to either be in English or have the translations in brackets. There are some English translations that have existed for ages that I just don't think come anywhere close to conveying the correct meaning so I've been working on alternatives. As for stable....I too have seen that in use all my life in many sports and have no problem with it at all. It's the best translation for what a heya is that I have seen.
  4. Looks like you hired him for your posts as well.
  5. John Gunning

    2019 World Sumo Championships

  6. John Gunning

    Ireland Rugby Team / Isegahama

    Took the Ireland team (that are here for the World Cup) along to Isegahama Beya this morning.
  7. John Gunning

    Win a Harumafuji tegata

    In the comments section under the post
  8. John Gunning

    2020 Sumo Calendar

    Rugby World Cup starts next week so I'm gonna be insanely busy the next few months. Taking orders for the 2020 official sumo calendar now so if you want one email me at kachikoshi (at) hotmail.com thanks or contact me through social media.
  9. John Gunning

    Win a Harumafuji tegata

    You need to put your guesses on IS:J social media channels (Facebook / Instagram / Twitter) not here thanks
  10. John Gunning

    Me and the boys

  11. John Gunning

    How Asashosakari forced me to become a sumo commentator

    First broadcast I ever did I said Kisenosato would make yokozuna and Takayasu ozeki. Murray Johnson who was the play by play man that day said he'd eat his hat if that happened. Getting those right gave me license to predict whatever I wanted Plus no one remembers if you said Hakuho will get a yusho and are right. If you make a crazy prediction and get it wrong it's soon forgotten too. Get that right though and you can dine out on it for years
  12. John Gunning

    How Asashosakari forced me to become a sumo commentator

    Never made one yet. If such hubris offends anyone here, I recommend keeping a closer eye on me by getting everyone you know to tune in and have all those people contact NHK and say that they are watching when I'm on.
  13. The lengths I go to just to win an online argument.. (Nishinoshima was my old username here)