John Gunning

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  1. I’m blaming that one on small banzuke print and eyesight not being what it once was. I had counted him as being makushita 5W not 6W. I can only apologise to the fans and promise to do more (optical) keiko.
  2. Wakaikari out to etch his family's place into sumo's history books
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    New recruits Natsu 2024

    Given name name is Raki 羅希  15 years old from Nara. 175cm 105kg
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    New recruits Natsu 2024

    If you need the kanji readings, DOB, or 出身 (本・現) for any of them let me know. I obviously can't post internal documents, but the information within I can share / clarify.
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    New recruits Natsu 2024

    You're right. I didn't realise there was another page with a single name when you scroll down on the attachment
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    New recruits Natsu 2024

    Ten young men and boys will take the test on May 2nd. Youngest 15. Oldest 22. One Mongolian. One Makushita Tsukedashi. One Sandanme Tsukedashi. Isegahama - 2 Sakaigawa - 2 Tatsunami, Futagoyama, Takekuma, Hanaregoma, Nishonoseki, Sadogatake- 1 each
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    Tachiai Rule Change

    Tachiai rule changes
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    Akebono dead at 54

    Sad day. Really nice guy and a legend in the sport. Here’s a chat I had with him a few years back just before he got sick.
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    Mount Rushmore of Ozumo: Celebrating Legends

    My column on this four years ago
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    Hokuseiho Out- Hakuho Demoted - Miyagino-beya Closing

    @Katooshu On the topic of Miyagino Beya, Nicolas Pettas did an episode of his 'Samurai Spirit' series there with Hakuho years ago that's well worth checking out if you can find it online. The foreign athlete world in Japan is a relatively small one, and there are many cross-sport relationships and friendships. Here's Nic and Terunofuji again with Konishiki and Aya at my wedding the same year as the previous pics.
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    Hokuseiho Out- Hakuho Demoted - Miyagino-beya Closing

    12 years ago I took Terunofuji to a gym to try CrossFit
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    Terutsuyoshi Intai

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    Insulting Column Making Fun of Shikona

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    Scandals in amateur sumo

    On Sunday I was talking to former Wanpaku star Uchida (pictured) and other members of Waseda sumo club that weren't caught up in the drug thing. They said that even though the club was closed they've been able to practice elsewhere. Not a great situation but at least they can keep doing sumo.
  15. Drunk dialing a rikishi pays off in a big way
  16. Hi all. I'm doing a "changes I'd like to see in sumo in 2024" column for Japan Times and would like to include some opinions from fans of the sport - people who buy tickets, watch sumo from abroad, and spend money on merchandise, and content. What are one or two things that would improve the experience for you? Anything from tours to your hometown, live streaming of basho, better options in tickets and merch, etc etc. If there are ideas you haven't seen raised I'd be particularly interested in hearing about them. Thanks as always
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    Changes you'd like to see in sumo in 2024

    Thanks everyone. Here's the column. Happy New Year.
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    Sumo program announcements (pics and vids)

    Tune in later this month when Murray, Hiro, and I predict the future / set ourselves up for ridicule, during Grand Sumo Preview's discussion of potential 2024 banzuke
  19. Tsuyukusa 20 Questions
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    YDC Soken Aki 2023

    I need to do more keiko.
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    YDC Soken Aki 2023

    More of a whisper than a declaration. Spoke so softly I wasn't even sure my phone was recording. The line was barely moving on the app. Not dejected. He was smiling through the interview. Kirishima's 16 bouts in order: ⚪️⚪️⚪️(Wakamotoharu) ⚫️(Takakeisho) ⚪️(Takakeisho) ⚪️⚫️⚪️⚪️(Hoshoryu)⚪️⚫️⚪️Takakeisho) ⚫️(Hoshoryu)⚪️(Daieisho)(⚪️⚫️Takakeisho) Takakeisho's ⚪️(Kirishima) ⚪️(Daieisho) ⚫️⚫️⚪️(Kirishima)⚪️(Wakamotoharu)(⚪️/⚫️) ⚪️⚫️(Hoshoryu)⚫️⚪️(Kirishima) Hoshoryu's ⚫️⚪️⚫️⚫️⚫️⚪️(Kirishima) ⚫️⚪️⚫️(Wakamotoharu)(⚪️/⚫️)⚫️⚪️(Takakeisho)⚪️(Asanoyama)⚪️(Wakamotoharu)⚫️(Daieisho) The one in parenthesis with the slash my view was blocked so not sure who won.
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    Ex-Kotokantetsu sues the NSK

    Precent is non-binding in Japanese law. It’s considered but can be ignored Also not the case in Japan. Generally speaking all parties pay their own costs win or lose.
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    World’s Strongest Man Tries Sumo

    I've taken NFL offensive linemen in to watch sumo keiko on several occasions, and some have even messed around in the ring with rikishi afterwards. There is a huge amount of overlap, in terms of technique and physical attributes needed. Wrote an article about it a few years back.
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    Natsu 2023 discussion (results)