Katooshu

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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Hiro has some impressive calves
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    How many languages do we cover?

    English and ASL
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    Nishonoseki (Kisenosato) activities

    That was the painful irony of it. He was an ironman and always resistant to injury, then his very first yokozuna tournament he suffers a debilitating one. At least he still got a yokozuna yusho though. That basho was quite something, all that drama near the end with the injury, the Teru henka, and the Kise comeback on day 15.
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    Gaga Does Dallas!

    I'm curious who his favourite and least favourite opponent to face were. Also, let's say he's just finished his match on day 15 and is heading backstage. What emotion is he feeling with the basho all over?
  5. Size goes further the younger they are. A lot of these super dominant youngsters won just by overwhelming their opponents with mass, and because that worked showed no signs of developing the rest of their sumo. Eventually others catch up in strength, while also having developed other aspects of their game, and suddenly big kid isn't nearly as effective. Kiyonoumi is a case of this - won loads of national titles as a super obese primary schooler, but had less success as he aged, and is now a sandamne level pro. Toma was a similar case. I'm sure some also fall out of love with the sport over the years and didn't take it as seriously as their peers who eventually caught up. Others will have been hampered by injury. The younger they are the more things can change, hence why the top pros often aren't among the very best on these lists. And of course some of them end up being very good and continue competing, but just don't go pro. Kanno and Nishikawa from Chuo University both made sekitori fairly quickly and are making names for themselves, yet the best member of their university team, Daisuke Tanaka, elected to stay amateur, and to most fans would be unrecognizable. Tanaka notably beat Oshoma to win the East Japan Championship a few years ago, and also has wins over several other sekitori, as well as soon to debut Kawazoe.
  6. Some great stuff here - thanks! Incidentally, Kotoeko looks about as old there as he does now Daishomaru is an interesting one. Wanpaku yokozuna, middle school yokozuna, high school best 4, amateur yokozuna, long-time sekitori......yet he doesn't really have a particular attribute that stands out to me, he cant do anything on the belt, and he's on the smaller side. Obviously effective though.
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    Quite the support for Kinbozan to help him achieve this. Going into Nihon University after just a couple months in Japan, with close to no sumo experience, is about as tough as it gets for an amateur.
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    Hakuhou is now Miyagino

    In December's All Japan Championship, where he earned the SdTD, he was listed at 180cm. He looked about the same height as other competitors listed at that height. He has absolutely massive legs and has a very powerful build - as mentioned, like he's part bull - could make him appear shorter than he is at first glance.
  9. Was it Mike who claimed there was even yaocho in keiko
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    Imagine constantly trashing someone and spreading baseless conspiracy about them and their employees, then moaning that they don't want to work with you.....like, what did you expect?
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    Hakuhou is now Miyagino

    Hokuseiho is slow and clumsy, but I'd say he is seriously powerful even for his size and also has impressive stability. He's towering, but not actually THAT heavy for a sekitori, yet once he gets hold of opponents it's as if they weigh nothing and he weighs twice what he does. I also think he has good self-awareness of what his abilities are, and uses this to effectively implement his strengths. He's definitely not a member of the 'wow he's so athletic!' group, but I do think there's ability there beyond size. Now, if we are talking about a giant who does have speed, power, mobility, etc......look out for current amateur yokozuna, 193cm/175kg Daiki Nakamura, who is set to go pro next year with an Ms15TD. Having won the Hakuho Cup in middle school, Miyagino could be a frontrunner to nab him and expressed interest in recruiting him already years back, although Nakamura also has ties to Naruto, Nishonoseki, and Takadagawa - in the later case he visited for keiko as a high schooler, and was already beating Shonanoumi while the later was near his highest rank. 2X high school yokozuna Tetsuya Ochiai, who hasn't joined yet but has been seen at Miyagino and checks all the right boxes (Tottori Johoku + Hakuho Cup champ) also blends athleticism and size, built like a bull at around 160kg, though he's average height.
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    Hiro Morita’s “Sumo Prime Time”

    I enjoy Hiro's segments but have never really been a fan of his live commentary. Not that it's unpleasant or anything, I just don't think he stands out as being an impressive commentator. I prefer Murray, Ross, and also John Gunning when he's been on. As for Raja, his voice isn't the right one for the sport in my opinion. That said, I usually watch in Japanese anyway and commentary is a small consideration for me as long as it's not conspiracy riddled nonsense - if there's sumo to watch I'm happy.
  13. I've never understood the presence of so many 'fans' whose interest in the sport seems to be complaining about how poorly everything is handled and how every other happening is a conspiracy. Sumo has a greater proportion of these fans than any other sport I've followed. Do they actually get enjoyment from the action on the dohyo? There are some fans who hardly have anything positive to say about that. It seems like self-flagellation to follow something that so constantly annoys you....
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    They are really good at boxing too - maybe that's where Kinbozan got his thrusting power from
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    Nagoya 2022

    A good chance for it as long as he stays healthy
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    Hakuhou is now Miyagino

    All considered, Tottori Johoku has undoubtedly been the top high school team over the last 4 years. Saitama Sakae hasn't even won a national team title since the Kitanowaka days back in 2018. Kanazawa Gakuin (high school of Enho, Endo, Daishomaru, and others) probably ranks over Saitama Sakae during this period, maybe even Hiryu High (Midorifuji, Atamifuji) too. Not sure if this is a sign of a longer term shift though, as even the best schools go through some lulls, but right now SS isn't as redoubtable as it once was.
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    College Yokozuna Kawazoe

    My guess is that their next foreigner will be Sosorufu (spelling?), a Mongolian who won the Hakuho Cup as a middle schooler a couple years ago and has been a top high schooler at Tottori Johoku, reaching the semi finals of multiple national events and being a leader of their #1 in Japan team. In my opinion he's the most skillful high schooler around at the moment, though he could do with more size and power. Standing on the far left - Tottori Johoku just won their 2nd straight Interhigh title Seems like Ochiai will turn pro eventually with Miyagino, but I wonder why he hasn't done so already. He says he wants to turn pro and has been seen in training sessions at the heya, so what's the wait? Injury?
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    Interhigh 2022

    Congrats to good guy Takayama - and to Matsui for getting some sweet revenge on him in the team final when it all came down to the last match. I wonder which stable Takayama is headed to.
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    Juryo promotions for Aki 2022

    Abi is already fearing Kinbozan - no neck to nodowa! Amazingly, Kinbozan didn't do sumo at all until his first year of university I believe, and until his third year he was downright mediocre. Some of his old bouts may still be online, and they weren't pretty. But then when he came back for his third year, there had been notable improvement, and that fall he made his first individual quarterfinals at a national tournament in Kanazawa (won by Kanzaki incidentally). He closed the year by finishing runner-up in the All Japan Championship, amasumo's most prestigious tournament, and then as a senior went on a tear, going undefeated for the entire 2020 college season until losing to Oshoma in the semis of the tournament to crown student yokozuna. It is this late start and pronounced improvement that make me think he still has more room to grow than your standard 25 year old with a collegiate background - most of whom have been at it for 15-20 years. As mentioned, he is not one of these staight up, towering yotsu rikishi from the mold of Baruto or Kotooshu, but is effective in applying his strength in numerous ways, with thrusting being his preferred method. He does still have some rough spots, but I think should move through juryo fast.
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    Interhigh 2022

    I watched some of the individual prelims and have been watching the team action from today - hard to compare the top talents, as there's been so many one-sided matches between obviously competent athletes and ones where you question how they ever got to the Interhigh. Some teams are filled with competitors who immediately flinch and turn away at the tachiai - did they actually beat out other schools to participate in the event? One team even had mawashi that looked like wrinkled old underwear, not proper competitive attire. From what there is to go by, Tasaki from Saitama Sakae looks well built, strong, and with good form; Sosorufu (the next Miyagino foreigner?) as usual stands out for his skill; and last year's middle school yokozuna Nishide is just in year one but has been blowing competition away with size and strength and easily qualified for the individual knockouts.. Good Samaritan Takayama from Saitama Sakae and Kanazawa tournament champ + Kariya runner-up Shino from Kanazawa Gakuin took losses in qualifying, but still reached the individual knockouts by winning their other 2 prelims. Overall, this isn't one of the stronger years of high school sumo I've seen.
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    2022 Collegiate Sumo

    2022 World Games entrant and football hopeful Hidetora Hanada won a national collegiate tournament in Usa, beating Toyo's Odofu in the final. 3rd place was Kindai's Yamazaki, and 4th place was Nihon University's Haruyama. Nihon University won the team event, beating Chuo 4-1 in the final. Nittaidai teammate, defending amateur yokozuna, and fellow WG entrant Daiki Nakamura was supposed to have competed in the tournament according to the Nittaidai blog, but he didn't appear for the individual tournament and I can't see his name in the team results either.
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    2022 Collegiate Sumo

    The same channel posted the team finals too, and presumably will post the individuals. The wrong call was definitely made in the team final - honest mistake, or pulling for the home team?
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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho Talk, Nagoya 2022

    With Yago going down, Kinbozan's promotion was much needed to keep the neckless sekitori ranks healthy. He looks to have the potential to get through juryo in 2-3 basho. Kanno will have a harder time in juryo, but should be able to hold his own there eventually. He brings a new style and different bag of tricks to the division. And yes, he brings henka too.
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    Nagoya 2022

    When someone says 'by' a certain date I take it as meaning it has already been achieved when that specified time arrives. Going by that, being ozeki when 2023 arrives would mean being promoted after the November basho, which I think is too ambitious for someone who has never had double digit wins in sanyaku. But if the poster means any point in 2023, that is certainly more realistic and I could see it happening. It wouldn't take adding many more wins to his record. I think one thing that's important for Hosh is to start faster in each basho - he has a tendency of closing strong, and if he can add a few more wins up front it could be the difference. He has gotten to a point where I am on the 'when not if' side of things as far as ozekihood is concerned.
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    Nagoya 2022

    Being ozeki by 2023 leaves Hosh with just 2 more tournaments to be promoted - seems unlikely to me. He's very good and steadily improving, but not quite at that level yet. If you move the date back to later in 2023 or 2024, then it seems more feasible. I think he should make the rank eventually given how well he's doing at just 23, but he's not going to speedrun up the ranks the way that some elite talents have. Incidentally, I remember him going 10-5 in this very tournament last year, which was supposed to be a sign of coming run that would see him ozeki by 2022....