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  1. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That was some arm strength from Kaisei today to be able to do that to Tochiozan.
  2. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Since @Shio-kago enjoys go - looks like Takakeisho currently has sente, but he may be forced into a ko-fight next week with the other contenders. May the tesuji be with them
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    It's great seeing Takakeisho and Onosho in the lead. Not only were they born in the same year (only a month apart actually), both of them have been national champions when they were in middle school
  4. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Since Pokémon Let's Go is released today - Takakeisho used Slap Down, it was Super Effective
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    When they said that this basho was all for grabs...... it's turning out to be a bit like Natsu 2012, can Tochiozan go all the way though?
  6. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Takakeisho - creating stirs in the world of sumo since 2007
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    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    That was some nodowa from Tamawashi today
  8. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Myogiryu's strategy today was well-executed, the way he got his right hand inside first, taking his chance to get his left hand inside as well, all the while making sure that Kisenosato doesn't get a left hand grip
  9. mikawa

    Kyushu Basho 2018 Discussion [SPOILERS]

    Takakeisho does what he always does, moving aroung the ring, looking for opportunities. It's already shaping up to be an exciting basho!
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    2018 National Student Championships

    Some of the college and high school tournaments, as well as both of the middle school tournaments have a preliminary, where everyone gets 3 rounds of bouts, and the top cut advance to the finals stage. However, this particular tournament is a straight knock-out, possibly due to the high number of participants?
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    2018 National Student Championships

    That second semi-final was a big pity for Shiroyama Seira. He managed to get himself into a good position, but got a bit greedy / impatient and tried to change his left hand from an outside grip to an inside grip (his right hand was already inside). The moment his left hand let go of Kanno Yota's mawashi belt was the moment the bout was lost for him. Full credit to Kanno for reacting so quickly to that moment of weakness and taking full advantage of it.
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    2018 National Student Championships

    Individual Semi-Finals: Miyazaki Rei (宮崎 麗, Nihon University) vs Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介, Toyo University) Shiroyama Seira (城山 聖羅, Toyo University) vs Kanno Yota (菅野 陽太, Chuo University) Individual Final: Nakajima Ryosuke (中嶋 亮介, Toyo University) vs Kanno Yota (菅野 陽太, Chuo University)
  13. Just learnt that Yanagisawa Tsubasa (柳澤 翼), a member of Komatsuryu Dojo, passed away on the first of this month, at the tender age of just 16. He was born into a family in Adachi, Tokyo, and started learning sumo at a young age. He was part of a golden generation at Komatsuryu Dojo (John Gunning's club), where no less than 4 club members in his year group were national quarter-finalists - Tsubasa, Yudai, Koshi and Soma. He twice qualified for the Wanpaku Tournament, in Grades 4 and 6. During the first of these tournaments, Tsubasa was one of the stand-out competitors, and produced one of the most memorable bouts of the entire tournament. You can watch this bout at the 39:08 mark in this video. Last summer, he captained Team Komatsuryu to victory at the Friendly Examination Sumo Tournament for sumo clubs around the Kanto region, and followed that up by taking Team Komatsuryu to second place at the 14th National Club Championships. At 2-2 in their semi-final against Team Katsushika, Tsubasa nervelessly pulled out a crucial win for the team. Also last summer, Tsubasa was the anchor for Team Tokyo at the National Middle School Student Championships, and took the team to a quarter-final finish. This was even more impressive as he was the only 3rd grader on that team (both of his team-mates, Ichikawa Taiyo and Hanafusa Kai, were a year lower). However, Tsubasa was taken seriously ill during December of last year, and has been in hospital ever since. This news was especially devastating as I had met him, even spoken with him, inside the Kokugikan last summer. It's been barely more than a year since then, and yet...... 私のお墓の前で、 泣かないでください Do not stand at my grave and weep そこに私はいません、 眠ってなんかいません I am not there, I do not sleep 千の風に、千の風になって、あの大きな空を、吹きわたっています I am a thousand winds that blow Rest in Peace, Tsubasa-kun.
  14. Just found out that this year's winners are Yaizu Junior Sumo Club from Shizuoka, whose team captain is none other than this year's Middle School Yokozuna, Yoshii Ko (吉井 虹). This is the club's first ever victory in this tournament, they were semi-finalists two years ago. Holding the plaque is Aoki Kanta (青木 貫太), Hakuho Cup runner-up and Wanpaku quarter-finalist.
  15. 第15回全国少年相撲選手権大会 73 clubs and dojos from across Japan gathered at the Kokugikan Stadium yesterday to compete for the title of Nippon-ichi, best in Japan. Every team is made up of 5 members (grades 3-6 plus a middle schooler) and they each participate in 2 rounds of qualifying, with the top 32 teams going through to the knockout stages. The full results are not yet available, so here's what I've been able to gather from various sources. First of all, many thanks for the guys at Tachikawa Renseikan Sumo Dojo, as busy as they are, for sending me an email about the tournament. They were able to send out 4 teams this year, with Tachikawa B making it to the Top 16. Tachikawa A were able to go a step further, reaching the quarter-finals, where they came up just short, losing 3-2. A big well done to Kinoshita Shun (木下 瞬, photo 1), Tsurumi Yusei (鶴見 優聖, photo 2), Miyazaki Keijiro (宮崎 慶仁朗, photo 3), Hirano Shurato (平野 修良斗, photo 1), and Ichikawa Taiyo (市川 太陽, photo 4).   Mitaka Sumo Club had 2 teams this year, with Mitaka A reaching the Top 16. As Maro Kosho and Kodama Hayato are both in Grade 5, and Mitaka don't have anyone in Grade 6 at a high enough level, one of them would inevitably have to compete in the older slot. This time around, instead of trying their luck with the Grade 5 and Grade 6 matchups, they decided to make sure of winning the Grade 5 bout by putting Kodama Hayato in that slot, as Kodama is a 2-time Hakuho Cup winner and the Wanpaku Yokozuna from a year ago. Fair to say it worked to an extent, but then again, they were semi-finalists last year. Mitaka A's team-members. Back row: Maro Kosho (マロー 高尚) and Hanafusa Kai (花房 海). Middle row: Kodama Hayato (児玉 颯飛), Ninomiya Sosuke (二宮 颯祐) and Kobayashi Tamataro ? (小林 珠郎太). Also having enough members to enter 4 teams are Komatsuryu Dojo, John Gunning's club. Komatsuryu A and B are both quarter-finalists, while Komatsuryu C finished in the Top 16. Komatsuryu A conquered Kanto two months ago, but the exact same team couldn't repeat the feat yesterday, losing 3-2 in the quarter-finals. Introducing, from left to right, Sakai Masayuki (酒井 真幸), Saito Chugo (斎藤 忠剛), Mashiko Takuya (益子 拓也), Hata Daishi (秦 大士) and Atsuki. Saito Chugo is "the son of Kabutoyama oyakata (former Oikari)". Other results that are known at this time is that Katsushika A reached the Top 16, where they lost 3-2 to Okazaki Sumo Club, and that Wakanosato A reached the semi-finals, losing to the eventual winners. The latter was formed by former sekiwake Wakanosato, and is made up of kids from Aomori. They spent last Saturday training and staying with the pros at Nishiiwa Beya. And here's a photo of Katsushika A. Their ace and captain is Komiyama Toa (小宮山 翔海), who reached the quarter-finals at this year's Middle School Championships.