Katooshu

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  1. Katooshu

    Sumo A-Z 2019

    Love this, many thanks.
  2. Katooshu

    Sumo Reference Updates

    Ito completed 2 years of collegiate sumo at the Tokyo University of Agriculture, before dropping out to turn pro. Here he is in a tournament last year
  3. Thanks for that, looked like they were having a lot of fun I wonder if other university club do this or something like this too?
  4. Katooshu

    Trump coming to the basho

    I wonder what Kinta's video comment section will look like that day
  5. Katooshu

    Trump coming to the basho

    Wont be a big deal for me. It will be mildly interesting to see him there, but it's the sumo I care about and his presence will pretty much be an afterthought...nothing that stands out as particularly good or bad. The thought of Trump in a mawashi is a bit more unsettling however... I just want the basho to start
  6. Katooshu

    New recruits for Natsu 2019

    I wonder if Naruto has any regrets about accepting Torakio. Nittaidai also has a Mongolian who is one of the top collegiate competitors and will be looking for a spot in a few years.
  7. Katooshu

    Class of 2003

    Much thanks for this. My knowledge really drops when it comes to middle school and below, so these posts are very helpful and really help give some background to these youngsters as they move to high school or ozumo. I'm sure in years ahead several of these names will come into prominence.
  8. Katooshu

    New recruits for Natsu 2019

    I believe Osh himself has been pretty active in recruiting. He was at high school and college tournaments last year, I think arranged one local tournament himself, and has been lending his chest regularly at amasumo training sessions--from elementary school kids to all the way up to Nittaidai.
  9. Katooshu

    Sumo Hypothetical: MMA Fighter vs. Rikishi Reality Check

    A very short, 90kg 40 year old who has never done sumo? I'm sure he'd absolutely storm up the banzuke and become yokozuna... Being a world class MMA fighter suggests a certain level of physical ability, but you can be great at one sport yet nothing special at another. His natural talent for sumo is still not clear. As far as his immediate success is concerned, he certainly wouldn't have age (ancient for sumo), size (tiny for sumo), or experience (none in sumo) on his side. I would expect someone of his profile to be crushed by pros and amateurs below sekitori level, though having been world class in MMA and still athletically active probably puts him above Hattorizakura and completely incompetent 15 year olds.. Didn't some younger and much bigger pro American football players try sumo during a jungyo and lose to makushita rikishi?
  10. Katooshu

    New recruits for Natsu 2019

    I agree...there definitely shouldve been a 4th match. The bouts were carbon copies of each other and you could tell the crowd was very amused
  11. Katooshu

    New recruits for Natsu 2019

    With Motobayashi and Shiraishi going pro, now is a good time to look at the 2018 university banzuke, compiled by Mikawa. They both came in at ozeki (the #3 and #4 competitors in all of university sumo last year), while Tokisakae, who will be in jonokuchi next basho, took the M1w (#10) spot.
  12. Katooshu

    Middle School Banzuke 2018

    That has to be Masa Yamamoto, aka Kiyonoumi! I'm sure in the days of his amateur glory he had higher expectations than a career in mid-sandamne.... Though, looking on the brighter side, he will be at a career high rank next basho and with 5 wins would be promoted to makushita...
  13. Katooshu

    New Ozeki Takakeisho

    It's true he doesn't really have a belt game, but I think his oshi-sumo is the most multidimensional there is today. He has very good power coming forward at attacking straight on, he has very good timing with pivots that unbalance his opponents to the side or straight down to the dohyo, he's good with pulldowns and slapdowns, and for someone who attacks as hard as he does his stability is excellent. Watch his matches with Hokutofuji for example--both guys push hard but it's Takakeisho that pretty much always manages to stay firm on his feet. How often do we see someone get a tight grip on his belt anyway? Even Hakuho had to really work hard for it in their last match and poor Tochinoshin hasn't been able to get close to it... Now, I'm certainly not calling yokozuna, but I don't think he's as limited stylistically as often suggested, and I'm not really convinced that he needs to develop much of a yotsu game to rise even higher on the banzuke. He may have come around at just the right time with the yokozuna being up there in sumo age....
  14. Katooshu

    Retirees after Haru 2019

    I remember Hamamiryu most from his bout vs Homarenishiki
  15. Katooshu

    Enho vs. Ichinojo?

    Happened in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Interhigh! Though Jo' was a slim 178kg at the time...