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  1. Katooshu

    New recruits for Hatsu 2019

    From what I've seen he looks pretty handy. He was in the recent Otoi-ozumo event with Hoshoryu and Naya, where he crushed some jonokuchi/jonidan rikishi. His style and build are like Musoyama's. I'm hoping his 'enemy' Saito turns pro as well...he is the complete package.
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    Takanoiwa hits his tsukebito

    I see seem to recall stories about him being a menace before....shooting at younger rikishi in his heya with airguns etc. Maybe Harumafuji was onto something
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    Age limits

    Ya I'll go with troll too. This is just too much naivety.
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    Age limits

    Maybe try sumo first before being too dejected that you wont be a yokozuna Competing in sumo's still a possibility through amateur events, but do you actually want to compete or do you just like the thought of being a pro?
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    I think I've seen Hokutofuji wear one, and he definitely did as an amateur. I seem to recall Takanoiwa having one fall out during or right at the end of a match.
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    Otoi-ozumo 2018

    Great atmosphere to the event and I like the pro vs am concept....Sumiki sure had a good run there vs the pros! Thanks for posting.
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    Satoyama Intai

    I generally don't like watching the submarine style but was a fan of his, as he often went right at bigger opponents and wasn't so much into henkaing and avoidance as some of the other smaller sekitori. So many matches where he took a battering and looked exhausted, but stuck it out to find an opening and get a win. Very satisfying to watch and always thoroughly earned wins!
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    Rare Footage of a Young Takakeisho

    I remember a few years ago on Masa's channel watching a tournament from Takakeisho's first year in high school at Saitama Sakae, and while it's usually the school's coach Mr. Yamada who is the primary figure there to support his charges, in Takakeisho's case there was another man who had taken the lead and was constantly next to him between matches, talking to him, getting him to go through certain warm-up routines, and paying close attention to the other matches to scout out possible opponents. In fact coach Yamada was almost just standing looking on behind them! I assumed it was his father, and now seeing all the extra coverage on Takakeisho, turns out it was. Definitely a big involvement with his son's sumo life. Incidentally, the way Takakeisho is so often timing counterattacks and using pivots to sidestep or turn his opponent reminds me a lot of the training I did as a boxer. I know Takakeisho had an early striking background in karate, and I wonder if that had a role in shaping his style... Incidentally, the support Takakeisho has gotten from his father reminds me of the relationship between Mantaro Haruyama and his father.
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Watching Takayasu-Mitakeumi again, Im not sure if Takayasu is actually talking, or if he was just breathing heavily and straining in a manner that makes it seem that way. Almost looks like he was chewing or biting down on something. As for offering a hand, I see Japanese and foreign rikishi do it constantly throughout all the divisions, as well as in Japanese amasumo, so I have doubts that it's that stigmatized. I know Kitanoumi said he never offered a hand, because he consisered it disrespectful to his opponent to act as though they needed help getting back up, and maybe some writers have overgeneralized from that high-profile case.
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    2018 National Student Championships

    Ya, and I think the nature of sumo makes it a particularly unforgiving sport in single elimination format. Compared to other sports, it's more like a single exchange or rally than a contest made up of several of these. Mistakes are more costly, a bit of luck for the opponent goes further... The All-Japan tournament in December at least allows a loss in the 3 bout prelims. Yago lost his first prelim match in 2016 but still went on to take the yusho.
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    2018 National Student Championships

    And as for the profiled Motobayashi, he went out in the individual competition without a win. He also failed to make the Kokutai individuals, so a bit of a year-end slump at the moment. Just one more chance at tsukidashi status before graduation...
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    2018 National Student Championships

    Toyo University captures its 3rd consecutive team title, winning 3-2 over Nippon Sports Science University. Like last year, the decisive win was scored by Seira Shiroyama, who this time beat NSSU's Yuta Takahashi to make it 3-1 (unimportant win by Takuma Ishizaki over Masahito Shiroishi to make it 3-2). Toyo beat Kindai 3-2 in the semis (coming back from 2-1 down), while NSSU raced to 4 straight wins to beat Nihon University 4-1. Just thinking of this year's team results off the top of my head, Toyo and NSSU have probably been the two strongest teams, so this was a fitting final. Student Yokozuna Kanno of Chuo University was 2-2 in team competition, which to be honest seems more in line with his usual results than his yusho does. Chuo lost 4-1 to Nihon University in the quarterfinals. 3 straight wins for Toyo
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    2018 National Student Championships

    Student Yokozuna Kanno The best 4: Kanno, Nakajima, Miyazaki, and Shiroyama
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    2018 National Student Championships

    We have an individual champion, and not one I was expecting. Yota Kanno (Chuo-2nd year) beats Ryosuke Nakajima (Toyo 4th-year) to become 2018 Student Yokozuna. Kanno beat 2x defending Kokutai champ Seira Shiroyama of Toyo in the seminfinals, while Nakajima earned his spot in the finals by defeating Rei Miyazaki of Nihon Univeristy. Losing quarterfinalists were Taisei Nishi (Nippon Sports Science University), Pureversen Dergerbayar (also NSSU), Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo), and Ibuki Sugaro (Takushoku). Kanno gets an Ms15TD qualification but unlikely to use it as a 2nd year. All the others get Sd100TD qualifications (Shiroyama of course already has an Ms15TD from last month's Kokutai), but only Nakajima and Nishi are in their final year. That said, I think Dergerbayar has made comments suggesting he'd want to drop out of university if a foreigner heya spot came up for him.. Kanno had some solid results earlier this year, finishing runner-up in the East Japan weight class tournament at openweight (that time losing to Shiroyama) and best 8 at the East Japan championships, but I didn't think his sumo looked strong enough or refined enough for him to be a major contender for the yusho here. Congrats! Results summary Winner: Yota Kanno (Chuo 2nd-year) Runner-up: Ryosuke Nakajima (Toyo 4th-year) Semifinals: Rei Miyazaki (Nihon 2nd-year) & Seira Shiroyama (Toyo 3rd-year) Quaterfinals: Taisei Nishi (Nippon Sports Science University 4th-year), Pureversren Dergerbayar (NSSU 2nd-year), Daisuke Tanaka (Chuo 3rd-year), & Ibuki Sugaro (Takushoku 3rd-year)
  15. The biggest college-only tournament is just a few days away. I stumbled upon a 6 minute NHK piece on the preparation of one of the leading contenders, Kindai captain Kenji Motobayashi. He was runner-up last year, and so far in 2018 has won 3 national titles and several West Japan titles. I'm not sure how to embed the video itself but it's worth clicking the link to watch. The grip-breaking technique it shows him working on is something he's used very effectively in competition.