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  1. Swami

    Hello from Singapore

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    How far will Terunofuji go?

    I am glad to be wrong, although still surprised at his loss to Shodai. Of the leaders, he is under less pressure than Asanoyama, in that he was probably not expected to do so well, while Asanoyama is trying to get a Yokozuna run going. Today will be very interesting. Swami
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    Yokozuna Intai Photos

    Excellent stuff! Swami
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    Hello everyone! Sumo fan from Bavaria

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Happy Birthday Jakusotsu!

    Belated happy birthday and hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Consider how much the banzuke was in Takanohana and Wakanohana's favour for much of the mid-to-late 90s when Fujishima and Futagoyama stables merged, they went down as far as maegashira 8 or so to get opponents for Taka/Waka, whereas Akebono always had a much harder draw. Musashimaru too, even though he had two high-ranking stablemates in Musoyama and Dejima. In Wakanohana's case had he remained ozeki he would probably have been remembered in a better light, but his Yokozuna tenure was not exactly stellar. Swami
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    When Is A Rikishi’s Prime?

    And yet sometimes injury, ironically, can prolong a career, look at Mitoizumi, he had so many early struggles in his career but he ended up competing until he was 38. Swami
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    Smallest Rikishi?

    I think for the most of his career Mainoumi was around the 95/96 kg mark, only near the end did he hit the 100kg. Kyokudozan was around 95kg when he first entered Makunouchi, but he did manage to put a few kilos on, ending around 105kg. Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I think the average weight in Makunouchi at the moment is somewhere around the 165kg mark, up 25kg or so from 30/35 years ago. As a result techniques like utchari are becoming a thing of the past. On the other hand Kitanoumi was one of the heaviest rikishi of his day and had many great belt battles notably with Wajima. Hakuho just doesn't do it for me, I'm afraid, I really think he is overrated. I would rank him at best around the likes of Takanohana, but consider Taiho, Kitanoumi, Chiyonofuji and Wajima all superior Yokozuna. Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Chiyonofuji's technique was far superior to Hakuho's, on a different level completely. I remember him beating Asahifuji by kimedashi in November 1987, completely lifting him off his feet. In January that year he beat Ozutsu by amiuchi, which again was spectacular. Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Monday 1 June would have been Chiyonofuji's 65th birthday, even allowing for the risks we all know that are associated with sumo, I never in my wildest dreams thought he would be dead by this time. It was true he cited lack of support for not going for re-election in 2014 but I'm wondering whether or not health issues were a more significant factor in reaching this decision. Swami
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    Too much weight ?

    Was this issue ever raised in relation to the likes of Orora, Kenho or Yamamotoyama, I wonder? Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Everything indicates that Chiyonofuji and Hokutoumi got on absolutely fine, certainly Hakkaku's tributes to Chiyonofuji at the time of his death seemed to be completely genuine. Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    I suspect there was a lot of jealousy from some (Asahifuji seems a likely suspect) concerning Chiyonofuji's considerable achevements. The likes of ex-Itai and his cronies stirred up nonsensical stories about yaocho-bouts, It has been pointed out that people like Itai spouted these stories for 2 reasons: 1 - grievances against the Kyokai in general 2 - financial difficulties so selling scandal to the press lifts the pressure. So many memories of Chiyonofuji stand out - his bout with Onokuni in March 1989, he still had so much desire/determination to win that he dislocated his shoulder toppling Onokuni. His nage technique was the best I ever seen, among many brilliant throws was one over Tochinowaka in May 1988 when he lifted him clean off his feet. Tsuridashi wins against Futahaguro and Mitoizumi in 1987 & 1989 respectively, the tsuriotoshi win against Terao in November 1989. For me, he has no equal. Swami
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    Favorite Yokozuna? Past And Present

    Chiyonofui by a huge margin, his technique was on a vastly superior level. Honourable mentions (including those I never saw): Kitanofuji, Wajima, Kitanoumi, Hokutoumi, Akebono and Musashimaru. Swami
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    Hello From Seattle

    Hearty salutations from the Swami! Swami
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    Re-introducing myself

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    Ex-Kakureizan dead

    Very sad news indeed. Swami
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    Where Are All Of The Hawaiian Rikishi?

    Yes, I'm surprised that Musashimaru hasn't built up contacts like Takamiyama did, which resulted in recruiting both Konishiki and Akebono. Swami
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    Where Are All Of The Hawaiian Rikishi?

    For the information of British fans, Konishiki features tonight at 2100 Channel 4 with Paul Hollywood. Swami
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    New ozeki Asanoyama

    Any idea yet who is likely to become his new shisho when Asashio reaches 65 in December? Swami
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    Asahifuji kanreki dohyo-iri

    Kitanofuji performed his after he had left the association (voluntarily), with Chiyonofuji & Hokutoumi as his attendants, so perhaps that would work OK, with Harumafuji participating. Yes, I agree it looks unlikely that Onokuni will be fit enough for his kanreki - although they didn't think Tochinishiki or Taiho would have completed theirs, and both did with relative ease. Swami
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    Greetings from Michigan

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