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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I think though that given that he has held his position into 2020, even if he goes kyujo for remaining honbasho until July/August, he will still be able to participate as the representative of sumo in Olympic ceremonies and celebrations (which is what I expect the appeal of holding out until this time has been). I expect that unless he can return strongly from this honbasho, we will see Hakuho's retirement before the end of the year.
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    Basho Talk Haru 2015

    Okay, these made me laugh :-D
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    Basho Talk Haru 2015

    I'm not sure about everyone else, but I think there have been some great match-ups and performances already this honbasho. I particularly enjoyed the match today between two of my favourites - Oosunaarashi and Sokokurai. Tamawashi and Goeido - Great stuff to watch. Looking forward to the rest of the honbasho.
  4. I came across this introduction to sumo techniques for martial arts which - while in no way an exhaustive introduction or listing of sumo techniques - I thought might be of wider interest to some of the audience here: http://www.grapplearts.com/Blog/2013/04/sumo-wrestling-practical-techniques-for-the-martial-artist/
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    Nagoya 2014 Discussion Thread

    If you honestly believe that about the Kakuryu bout, you must be watching a different basho. Kakuryu went for a right-hand grip change, and a split-second later Osunaarashi went for the exact same grip change. Then he had a sukuinage position, and his greater raw strength enabled him to throw Kakuryu sideways and past him, ultimately for the okuridashi push out. It was good sumo. It was good sumo but I feel that Kakuryu should have won that bout, nonetheless. So if Kakuryu lost to "good sumo", how did "defeat himself"?
  6. I thought this too on my first watch of the video, but with on replay was less convinced.
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    Video Stream -

    They've messed up the sound mix again - possibly they even mean to do that, a few basho ago they seemed to turn down the gyoji/dohyo sounds intentionally in the early bouts. Thanks. I'll see how it is later in the day then - I wasn't sure whether it was just me as I was listening with the earphone in my "bad" ear (with the earphones on whilst at work).
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    Video Stream -

    I have just logged onto the Ustream streaming service provided through the sumo.or.jp web page and is it me, or is the sound quality from the dohyo particularly poor? I have having trouble hearing the Gyoji during bouts, although have no issue hearing the announcer.
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    Health of Masunoyama?

    While I understand this is a somewhat perennial topic, does anyone have any insight into the health of Masunoyama? Some previous threads have discussed his heart condition, but I must say that his breathing troubles following his last two or three bouts seemed very concerning. While Asojima has summarised the situation well in the post http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=30706&p=233069, I cannot imagine how he is getting through daily training if he is so dangerously exhausted and spent after dohyo bouts.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Very true observation (that about loss of concentration and eventual result) - My comment about disdain was (and is, still) not to derail discussion, but rather an exclamation about how dynamic and effective the henka by Takanoyama was against Oosunaarashi. Moreover, it may show that there is some maturation and development which Oosunaarashi may need to undertake in Juryo before competing in the higher ranks.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    That is fine and good ... and as a Judo-ka myself, I can wholly appreciate this. But this is something which I would have expected to be viewed with some disdain within the sumo community.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    http://www.youtube.com/embed/BlBgdWpj6p4 (Sorry - I don't know how to embed a YouTube video player) Takanoyama v. Osunaarashi ... What was that?!
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    Nagoya 2013 Videos- Promo and All Days

    Fantastic montage of the day's bout. I found myself stopping and rewinding the playback a number of times to watch individual bouts again and again: Shouhouzan/Goueidou (nirimiai) Myougiryuu/Kotooushuu (with what almost looked like a [Judo] uchi-mata) Tokitenkuu/Harumafuji This being said however, the bout between Hakuhou and Gagamaru was thoroughly disappointing - Whether it is the supreme skill of Hakuhou or the fact that Gagamaru appears to be out of his depth in this honbasho, I'm really hoping to see some more spirited matches with the Yokozuno.
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    Nagoya Basho 2013 discussion thread

    Not this time. ikioi is my favorite and it was a real pull which was the direct cause of the win. Nothing fussy-if anything, the shimpan's very late reaction, especially since it happened right in front of the head shinpan, is very worrying. I'm a fairly new spectator to sumo, but I even found myself calling that hair pull and wondering why the shimpan weren't reacting quicker and standing ready for monoii - In any event, at least the correct ruling was eventually declared.