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  1. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 13 w/d & return

    Yes, if he put up yokozuna-like numbers it's highly likely that he would be repromoted. But I do contend that it would take that sort of performance to secure it. 35 wins is probably the minimum he could expect to need to be emphatic enough to demand such a result from the NSK if he did take an extended break. And to have even a chance at returning to full health, he's going to need that extended break, along with something that could aid recovery like stem cell treatment.
  2. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 13 w/d & return

    I think the reason he has been trying so hard while still injured is that he knows once he loses the rank he will not be getting it back. Even if he did miraculously heal completely, shake off many months of ring rust and lack of conditioning, and work his way back to an ozeki run, he may find himself in the same situation as Miyabiyama did where the NSK just doesn't feel he has the potential to again carry out the expectations of an ozeki and deny him promotion. He will be irrevocably tarred with the same brush as Tochinoshin, as one who did not gambarize and outwork the injury through sheer determination and effort. Sensible has nothing to do with it. I kid you not.
  3. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 13 w/d & return

    I think it was in an interview of Charles Poliquin where I heard the connective tissue has a metabolic rate seven times slower than that of muscle tissue. So if a muscle was injured and required two weeks rest to heal, it would take tendons and ligaments 14 weeks for example. If that is correct, it seems to not be commonly understood by the doctors examining rikishi.
  4. Rikishi Status Aki 2017 - Day 13 w/d & return

    I think Terunofuji badly needs to retool his tachiai. Frequently giving up morozashi was no big deal back when he could just rely on his size and brute power to get out of disadvantageous positions, but with his knees as a weak link he can no longer resort to that, as it will only result in what happened this basho with a reinjury.
  5. Kochinda is an Okinawan name, written 東風平.
  6. Kensho Aki 2017

    Interesting. In the last several years they have become a player in the visa-mill market here, with a large portion of their "students" coming from Nepal.
  7. Colonoscopy

    Always carefully consider your options and rights as a patient. Would that all physicians were as conscientious as KM. http://roarofwolverine.com/wolverine
  8. Natsu jungyo 2017 goatalk

    If we were to use Israelis as an example, there would be Moshe Feldenkrais, Ido Portal, and Moti Dichne.
  9. Promo and Videos - Nagoya 2017-Days 1-15

    From about 5:20.
  10. Sumo: Hakuho eying Japanese citizenship https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2017/07/5f00a9101c6b-focus-sumo-hakuho-eying-japanese-citizenship.html
  11. Came across a shot of their Nagoya digs. Mongolian-born Tomozuna Oyakata, or master of the Tomozuna stable (left), attends his wrestlers' training session at Ganjoji Yakushido temple in Nagoya, Japan. The temple is used by sumo wrestlers belonging to the Tomozuna stable as a temporary base for the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament.
  12. Takayasu's Filipino grandparents cheer him on for Nagoya sumo tourney
  13. Kokugikan Location

  14. Preparations of the Y/O-Nagoya 2017

    Kisenosato's been on the other end. Marinating in the aura of the yokozuna. Good to see the perseverance paid off.