Katooshu

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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    The sumodb listing is outdated. He is listed at 179 cm and 147kg (still small for makuuchi in height and weight) here: http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnSumoDataRikishi/profile/3337/
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    2019 Kyushu Basho Discussion (spoiler alert)

    To be a bit of a grouch/party pooper for a moment, is there no such thing as a future/potential lower sanyaku regular or solid upper-maegashira? What is with the constant rush to label specifically as future ozeki everyone who has just even a bit of success near the top of the banzuke, rather than considering the far far more common and lower ranked alternatives? How many times have we been there now...Kotoyuki even got the treatment. Meisei won't be an ozeki--someone remember this post and bump it with the laughing reaction if he does get promoted.
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Technique has always been lacking for him. I wouldn't be surprised if he's still strong enough to return to juryo though, and his results on the climb back up have been good enough to inspire some positivity where things were once looking dismal. This basho will tell us a lot I think....
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    Abi and Wakamotoharu - SNS banned

    I am still struggling to visualize this lol...
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    97th National Student Championships

    Last year Hatsuyama as a first year was in the All-Japans, with his only notable results being a semifinal finish at the East Japan weight class tournament in openweight, and also a quarterfinal at the national weight class event. I think Kanzaki of Kindai also made it as a first year, with his best results the West Japan rookie yusho and seminfinals in the weight class tournaments. Hoshiba of Toyo and Takahashi of Nittaidai also competed as freshman, neither having won a tournament. Nakamura, aside from winning 6 titles, also was in the seminfinals at the national tournaments in Usa (won 3rd place playoff), Kanazawa, and Towada (won 3rd place playoff), plus the semifinals at the main East Japan tournament. He was quarterfinals at Uwajima in his first college event. If they have adjusted the rules since last year, when the ones above made it with far inferior results, then it will be virtually impossible for any first year to qualify if Nakamura doesn't--when was the last time a freshman had a more successful year? You'd probably have to go back decades at least and it's possible that not even the likes of Kushima surpassed it...
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Ya, and there are probably more than 5 better than him. He's dismal to watch vs anyone half decent on the college scene, and is very underpowered given his size, pedigree, and sumo experience. Here is footage from last month of typical Takamori. This was a 9 vs 9 tournament, and he was cut from that team part way through after losing all his matches.
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    97th National Student Championships

    That must have changed, because Chiyotairyu had Kokutai + Student like Nakamura, but he started only with Ms15
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    He is the worst of the Nayas. It's rather striking how easily opponents send him flying considering his size. Usually the collegiate rikishi are sure bets to make it fairly quickly to makushita at least, but he may struggle even with sandamne.
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    97th National Student Championships

    Wow, any reason given for why Shiroyama quit?
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    97th National Student Championships

    Any background info on Yersin/Yelshin, other than being from Kazakhstan?
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    97th National Student Championships

    That Yersin fellow on Nichidai (recently under discussion) seems to be the opponent Nakamura struggles with most. Nakamura beat him twice this year, but Yersin also won both their team matches in Kanazawa and now beats him in the team match here for a 3-2 advantage in this year's head-to-heads.
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    97th National Student Championships

    Nakamura could be a special one. ....
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    97th National Student Championships

    Surely Nakamura will be on their main team that goes through to the eliminations? He is arguably the top competitor in amasumo right now...
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    New recruits for 2019 Kyushu

    Nihonyanagi is a Saitama Sakae grad as well.
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    2019 World Sumo Championships

    Not sure what event this is---part of the worlds? Either way, some more international amasumo action in Japan. Warning of major injury at 13:05--no stretcher on hand, so they 'tarp' him out. Can you spot Kokkai?
  16. 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.
  18. 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
  20. Ah, that's so cool! To compete in a major college event like that is very impressive! Much respect
  21. 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.
  22. 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!
  25. That's awesome--they did Tsubasa proud!