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  1. Katooshu

    2021 Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Once his boobs learn how to do their own brand of sumo he'll be unstoppable
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    Minimum Kachi-Koshi forever

    I've wondered about perennial 4-3s as well, thanks for taking the time to work this out.
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    Heya Watch November Basho 2020

    I wouldn't be surprised if they end up with this guy, given the Kise love of university rikishi and the shisho's Nihon University background. He has a Sd100TD qualification, which made me notice that despite currently having 7 sekitori from collegiate backgrounds, not one of them started at an advanced rank. I'm not sure if that's random or if the stable has a bias against 'shortcutters'. The other top foreigner in college, and recently crowned student yokozuna with an Ms15TD qualification, is a Mongolian from Nittaidai, which Naruto has a bit of an association with (he did sports science studies there, has donated food to the sumo club and guest coached there, plus recruited a few Nittaidai grads already). It would be a good addition, not only because the guy would be a serious prospect, but also because it could give Oshoryu a boost by providing a keiko partner closer to his level. I'd be surprised if neither of these guys turned pro with one of those stables...
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    Heya Watch November Basho 2020

    Kise well down that list overall, but good tournament for their 7 sekitori: kanto-sho for Shimanoumi, Akiseyama up to makuuchi, and Ura, Tokshoryu, Jokoryu, and Churanoumi KK. Only Hidenoumi had a losing record, and that was a 7-8.
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    the Dark Side of Hakuho....

    I can see it now: Hak sitting alone in a dark room, watching the Japanese media and public chat excitedly about Takakeisho winning in January to become yokozuna. He smiles slowly, camera zooming in, then breaks into maniacal, crazy laughter as he readies to enact his plan to squash their hopes with a dominant zensho yusho, dame oshi and elbows included for every Japanese hope. In the yusho interview he says how much he loves Japan, but is secretly plotting to turn the Kyokai into the Mongolian Sumo Association after his retirement, with a 1 Japanese per heya rule. Such an evil, dark man
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion November 2020

    Hokutofuji's had some bad banzuke luck. On the other hand, it would be another chance to add to his kinboshi collection, assuming a yok competes
  7. I think Takakeisho will get it done the first time, but would love to see a playoff And juryo is sure 'everyone doing not too bad, but not that good' this basho!
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    Hokuseiho - Shot at a record?

    When a rikishi is so much taller than their opponent they can often still get good leverage and power even when facing what would be a grip-disadvantage for most rikishi. So it may not be as much as a problem as it appears that his opponents can often get a hold inside on him, and he does seem to bend more and lean well when it's called for--as mentioned, he knows his body and how to use it effectively. Being so unusually tall, his sumo is going to look different. That said, he is still a bit rough around the edges and slow, and I think his progress will ease up significantly from now, but that's to be expected with such a big jump up the rankings. He hasn't really faced any particularly tough tests, but at the same time there have been some solid wins in there, beating fellow good high schoolers in Ofukusawa and Nihonyanagi, a couple experienced collegiate rikishi, and a big foriegner who came with lots of fire. All opponents, who, though with limitations, are fresh and on the way up themselves. He made huge progress from his 2nd year in high school to his 3rd, and I expect him to keep improving for a while. He already looks more composed than I was used to seeing him as an amateur.
  9. Thanks for another great post! They are invaluable ..
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    Gagamaru retired

    Gagamaru was a funny one--I somehow found him loveable yet also surly and dislikable at the same time! I think he was a nice guy, but sometimes was a bit of a scowling grouch on the dohyo. His retirement opens up a foreigner spot at the collegiate-loving Kise stable--there are 2 standout foreigners on the college scene right now (Yersin from Nihon University, Delgerbayar from Nittaidai), both in their final year and both with tsukedashi qualifications, so the stable could have the chance to quickly replace him with a very strong prospect.
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    2020 National Student Championships

    Despite very good results in individual and team competitions the last few years, including having the last 2 student yokozuna on their team, Nittaidai just can't seem to pull through for the group win in this tournament. They were up 2-1 in the final, 2019 and 2020 individual winners Nakamura and Delgerbayar having gone 6-0 in the team matches and continuing to deliver, but then Hanada and 3rd place individual finisher Ishizaki both lost. Incidentally, despite being the back-to-back team winner in this event, and obviously having a strong lineup of talent, it has now been 3 years since Nihon had an individual winner in a national openweight event; they have had about 6-7 runners-up, but are quite slumped for an individual winner. I'm sure they are happy right now though!
  12. Katooshu

    2020 National Student Championships

    Although I find his sumo clumsy and ugly on the eye, he's been a top performer since his first year, and this is a fitting way to cap off his college career. I wouldn't count on an Ms10, as he typically hasn't done very well in the All-Japan for some reason... I know he wants to turn pro, and Naruto seems to be going down the collegiate rikishi route lately and has already recruited some of his former Nittaidai teammates... Yersin with a sandamne qualification
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    Training pics overview October 2020

    I really enjoy those long keiko videos, thanks for posting. Agree, although it's just keiko Ura looked good there.
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    Best Way to Get Into Sumo?

    This seems to be the favorite troll topic to start
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    2020 National Student Championships

    East Japan team winner Nittaidai Champion Yersin, followed by runner-up Takahashi, and semifinalists Kawabuchi and Kano