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    Ishiura keiko violence - the next scandal

    I blame Hakuho
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    Mikawa's Amateur Sumo Awards 2019

    Absolutely, great work on this!
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    Mikawa's Amateur Sumo Awards 2019

    Nakamura!! Monster!!
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    Araiso activities

    Well, they are probably more useful than trophies
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    Araiso activities

    Winners get a pillow?
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    Azumazeki-oyakata has died

    When I saw the thread title I was expecting to read that Jesse died. Waaay too young.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Hakuho is actually Goro, no wonder he is able to get a grip on everyone
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    68th All Japan championships

    Nakamura vs Tanioka.....sure looked close and unfortunately the view is cut off. That was arguably the 2 best competitors facing off in the round of 32...
  9. What has she been doing that's so influential?
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    68th All Japan championships

    There is a lot more emotion and personality in amasumo than ozumo in my opinion. The knockout and team formats also add to the drama. I think most ozumo fans would become amasumo fans if they gave it a chance and were connected to reliable video sources. Some background on the events and the teams would probably help with engagement too, and we have great posters in this section who've been doing that. Having followed competitors in the amateurs also makes it more interesting to follow them as pros, and as John Gunning mentioned a high proportion of sekitori are coming from the college ranks and/or have competed at a high level in high school amasumo. Plus, it's great for when there is a lull in ozumo action! There is so much more sumo to watch.
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    68th All Japan championships

    Ah, was hoping for Nakamura to take the triple crown. At least he only lost to the winner...... Nihon University is on a really bad streak of results in individual finals, at least for national tournaments not split in weight divisions. Since Nakashima was crowned student yokozuna in 2017, they have gone I think 0-6 or 0-7 in finals for national openweight tournaments, with several different losing finalists. Yelshin/Yersin really had his coming out year. He's obviously strong, though he's still rather clumsy and slow....he's been improving and still has a long way to go.
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    New Juryo for Hatsu 2020

    Nice to see some perseverance pay off
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    A Yokozuna Appears!

    Nakamura has been a beast this year. Hokutofuji may not end up being the best Daiki Nakamura after all!
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    Last oshi-zumo yokozuna?

    Not sure there has ever been a yokozuna using exclusively pushing and thrusting. Akebono was the last to favour thrusting, although he started using yotsu more towards the end of his career I believe. Not too long before him, there was the current chairman of the Japan Sumo Association, Hokutoumi. You'll notice in their kimarite listings that both of them still had numerous wins via yotsu techniques. Reaching that highest level is much more difficult if all you can do is oshi, and oshi seems to have a lower ceiling than yotsu does.
  15. Many thanks for that! Hanaoka's sumo is very skillful and easy on the eye. He impressed me the most this year out of anyone in his year group.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Incidentally, Hoshoryu's stablemate Meisei is going through an even worse downturn, losing 7 of his last 8. Akua to save the day!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    From a quick look at his record it seems largely like an opposition thing. The losses started coming in as he faced more juryo opponents in good (or at least not awful) form. He hasn't beaten any juryo opponent with a winning record at the moment, while he has lost to all 5 he's faced--with 3 of those matches coming from day 9 on. None of his losses really jump out to me as him not being himself. A 6-9 or 7-8 is actually pretty respectable for the juryo debut of a 20-year-old, though with some pegging him a future top division star it may seem underwhelming, especially with Kotoshoho doing so well...
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Ya, as mentioned, 7-0 from within Ms15 = automatic promotion, he is back
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Heck, makushita, makuuchi, whatever...it's great to see Teru succeeding again and looking strong and so close to sekitorihood. He persisted when it looked like his career was finished Of course please don't bring him up vs Hak though, he still needs that 7th win!
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Ya looks a bit marked up, that or he has a thing for red/pink eye make-up
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    I think kakenage involves more of a hooking around the opponent's leg, rather than a thrusting up of it. This video has a good example I think. Incidentally, on the topic of Yoshikaze, he lost his last amateur bout in the below tournament--to the guy doing the throw. 16:00 for that ....
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Some bizarre comments on here about Enho. A purely reactive, stand up and take it tachiai is fairly common (as mentioned, even the GOAT does it sometimes), and he doesn't even do that most of the time anyway--he usually hops forward and low, and his game is mainly to get inside and either charge or throw---not to run around and avoid and hope for slippiotoshi's. Sure enough, Rocks is the same poster who said Enho had no future in the sport when he turned pro, and upon reaching juryo in rapid time that he'd never KK as a sekitori. Weird ongoing disdain for the little guy
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    Juryo Videos - Kyushu 2019

    Yes, many many thanks. I've been hoping for a juryo digest for a while now. I often find the juryo race more interesting to follow, and this is the division where we get the first look at potential stars as sekitori.
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    Day 6 (wrong names on the screen, but that is Ura) Day 3 Day 1
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    Terunofuji Watch

    He really has never done sumo much different than that in terms of his approach. Even in his prime he'd just sort of fumble around until he could grab someone and toss them around, often from positions that would be highly disadvantageous to most other rikishi. He is doing well enough to affirm my thought that he'll at least return to juryo--he looked so bad in his 7-0 D down in jonidan but seems in better shape and more comfortable as he's moved up the ranks again, and he's kept winning fairly easily even vs opponents with a bit of skill or power of their own.