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  1. Ha, reading your posts makes me have dreams of being a kid in Japan with the chance to do sumo. There are probably so many little techniques and tricks that you can only really grasp by doing it.
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    New recruits for 2019 Kyushu

    From what I've seen Konosuke (I guess the official 'Naya' now) is by far the best of the brothers. Kousei (this one turning pro now) at least seems better than the one at Chuo University, who can barely win a match.
  3. A round robin style tournament with 8 of the best teams in East Japan facing each of the other 7, the matches being 9 vs 9 rather than the typical 5 vs 5 and 3 vs 3. The winner is the team with the most team wins (out of 7), with the tiebreaker being individual wins (out of 63). There are a few slots with weight restrictions, meaning each team had to field lighter competitors to face each other, and NSSU's strength in the lighter weights was an important factor in their victory (Nihon may well have a stronger team overall, but some of their heavier competitors essentially went to waste, if that makes sense). Final Standings 1.Nippon Sports Science University 7 wins, 51 points 2. Nihon University 6 wins 46 points 3. Takushoku University 5 wins 33 points 4. Toyo University 4 wins 31 points 5. Tokyo University of Agriculture 3 wins 31 points 6. Chuo University 2 wins 27 points 7. Waseda University 1 win 17 points 8. Meiji University 0 wins 16 points For the third year in a row Nittaidai finishes first and Nihon second, with the head-to-head being the straight up decider. Last year Nittaidai crushed Nihon 8-1, but this year it was closer, with the match being tied going into the 7th pair of competitors. Random placings observation--in the 5-man 'B' league competition one of the teams managed 2 wins with 7 points, while another went winless with 11. Fighting Spirit Award (Competitors who won all 7 of their matches) Shunsuke Imazeki (NSSU) Ryota Fukano (NSSU) Taiki Nakamura (NSSU--5 titles and this award already in his first year; might finish as the top collegiate competitor for the year despite being a freshman) Takuma Ishizaki (NSSU) Selected Honourable Mentions (6-1): Masashi Enami (Nihon) Louis Valtag Rushin (probably butchered the name??--A big hafu looking fellow on Nihon), Sho Hatsuyama (Toyo) NSSU vs Nihon University
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    2019 World Sumo Championships

    Some assorted results, missing foreign names. Igarashi won adult HW gold for Japan, while it was silver for Kurokawa at openweight and Osanai at ligh heavyweight--Osanai lost to a Russian who actually had 'traditional' sumo form. Russia won the adult men's team competition, beating Japan 2-1 in the final. Igarashi lost the first match despite being in a dominant position for most of it, substitute Miwa won the second, then Saigo lost the third to give it to Russia. Hanada won openweight junior gold again, Kawabuchi won HW gold (with a dameoshi and post-match stare included, not sure what his problem was), and Kitano won LW gold. Japan won the team competition, beating Mongolia 3-0 in the final. Videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/tnkyk63/videos Adult team final: Japan vs Russia
  5. Ah, that's so cool! To compete in a major college event like that is very impressive! Much respect
  6. By any chance did you compete in June's West Japan college championship roku? I managed to catch a stream of that, and the one team did have a couple foreigners, I think one with shorts on underneath the mawashi, and then a tall lean fellow brave enough just to sport the mawashi.
  7. I have never done any sumo, and it's really a shame that the sport is still so inaccessible, but as a former boxer one of the best ways to defend against a forward charging opponent was simply to pivot/side step them. The movement part of this is rather easy, but the more difficult part comes with timing the movement and having the ring sense to move in the direction that affords you the most space to continue with your defense or counterattack should the opponent not be fooled. From what I've seen in sumo, you can add an arm slap down to this create offensive opportunities for yourself. As a boxer I was also told to keep my elbows in as much as I could, and I think there is some use in that for sumo too---if you are looking to grab someone who is thrusting, the straighter you can keep your arms the more likely you are to slip them inside if the opponent's thrusts start to come from the sides with their elbows out rather than straight ahead.
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    Funny videos and photos of rikishi at play

    There should be a speed tegata-ing competition...
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    Treasure trove

    Many thanks for that--it can be hard to find coverage of amasumo, so the more resources like this the better!
  10. That's awesome--they did Tsubasa proud!
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    My new rank

    Congrats. Make sure you strive to keep doing your style of posting.
  12. Nakamura is having an amazing first year, I really hope he stays healthy. 5 titles and already a major one (when was the last freshman MsTD qualifier?). I think he won every team bout as well. I wonder what Shiroyama's status is at the moment. Nakamura vs Kubo final
  13. Niigata beats Aomori 2-1 in the adult finals. 4th yusho in a row for Niigata, this time with a team of Murayama (2x best 8 in the All-Japans), Miwa (All-Japan runner-up in 2017), and Nakamura (4 titles already in his first-year at Nittaidai). It was Nakamura's first time on the team, but I think the other two have been there for at least 3 and possibly all 4 of the yusho years. Murayama lost the opening match, but then Nakamura and Miwa won.
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    New Takanofuji Scandal

    His best hope to stay in sumo would be to get his mole removed, kidnap his brother, and then try to take his place
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    All Japan Corporate Championship

    Along with Nittaidai's Nakamura he might still have the most pure push power in amasumo, within the last year crushing the likes of current 14-0 college star Motobayashi, and I think he at least had very good potential for a sekitori career--tough to get really specific until someone's already turned pro. He does have balance/stability issues (partially stemming from the intensity of his attack I think) that make me doubtful of an elite rank like ozeki though.