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    Promotion/Demotion and Yusho discussion Hatsu 2020

    Does Hokutofuji have much of a chance at sekiwake or is Shodai pretty much a lock?
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    Arawashi intai

    I always liked how he conducted himself on the dohyo. Calm and respectful.
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    Having just completed his final year of university sumo, he'd be 22 or 23 I'd think
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    New recruits for Haru 2020

    I've read on a Japanese amasumo blog that Yukihiro Hasimoto, last year's captain of Waseda University, will be turning pro with Onoe beya (apparently his family has Kumamoto ties like the oyakata). He has a sandamne qualification as a result of making the best 8 of the student championships. He was also runner-up in a national tournament earlier that year, and in his 2nd-year was the 135kg national weight class champion. On the right. He is about 178cm and 125kg, and is an oshi-specialist. He reminds me a bit of Chiyonoumi. He is also the guy beating Naya in the second video above
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    Kindai sumo club coach Ito in memoriam

    Rather shocking! I noticed him in the background at most of the college events, and he was always smiling, even when his guys lost. He had a good rivalry with Nittaidai's Dr. Saito, with them facing off in back-to-back All Japan yusho matches and each winning once. In the mid-80s he was also thorn in the side of the biggest amateur star of the time, Kushima/Kushimaumi. Some of his matches are on YouTube but I can't search at the moment...a small but very skillful competitor.
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Teru! Teru! Teru!!
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Looks like keiko with the kids so far
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I mean Asanoyama was at M2 for his 10-5, would that really not be considered legit when his rank still put him in a position to face virtually everyone? And dang about Hak's pullout, I wanted another kinboshi for Hokutofuji
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    My man Hokutofuji with kinboshi #7 in only 20 makuuchi tournaments ! The bright side of just missing out on sanyaku so often
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    Terunofuji Watch

    Ya, it may 'only' be juryo, but it's great to see him with some swagger and the 'mean' face again
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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...
  19. 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.
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    Class of 2018

    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.