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  1. Miki-san examines the importance of the tachiai. For some strange reason, however, he opts for the translation "jump off". That may well be a version of the sports term "face off", but at this point, I am happy to stick with "initial charge".
  2. John highlights the incredible determination required to succeed in oozumo:
  3. The key difference is that almost a third of it contains input from commentator and Forum member, John Gunning.
  4. There is a theory circulating about which blood type makes people more susceptible to the bad effects of Covid-19. Turns out Shobushi had type O blood, which according to the "pseudoscience" should actually fare best (i.e., less likely to be infected and more likely to avoid severe symptoms)!!!
  5. John calls for more online/social media sumo content for fans outside (and even inside) Japan:
  6. Amamaniac

    1940's Short Clip of Japanese Sumo Wrestling

    Not exactly a "short clip", but definitely an interesting glimpse into oozumo in the 1940s. Despite his poor showing as a Yokozuna, one has to keep in mind that Maedayama suffered a serious upper arm injury (around the time he was promoted to Juryo?). The subsequent surgical procedure left him with a nasty, deep scar on his right arm. Much was made of his victory as an Ozeki against Yokozuna Futabayama in January 1941. Despite a flurry of harite, the winning technique ended up being tsuridashi lift out. These were some of the details covered in the 42-minute documentary. FYI
  7. Amamaniac

    Musashimaru Documentaries/Promotions?

    Between you and me, I have the impression that Musashimaru is a reserved man of few words. Whenever I see Westerners (with film crews) visit his stable, it is Konoshiki who ends up answering most, if not all, of the questions. At some point, I did see a feature in which Musashimaru actually engages with someone allowing them to see him interact with his wife and young son. Sadly, I no longer remember what that video was or where it can be found. I'll keep my eyes open. That being said, you should check out Akinomaki's thread "It's a sumo world in Kawasaki".
  8. Miki-san reviews gyoji calls and their role in sumo bouts:
  9. A look at sumo in the gaming world. The only question: "Will Gunning20 catch on (as a game title)?"
  10. Amamaniac

    Musashimaru Documentaries/Promotions?

    Try the following search:武蔵丸 It won't give you anything in English, but it will whet your appetite for footage of his matches and a little more.
  11. Amamaniac

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    I would definitely go with the "playoff match for the yusho", since that guarantees either a sweet yusho victory (complete with all the trimmings) or a junyusho runner up finish, which is pretty awesome in the scheme of things.
  12. Amamaniac

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    The way things are going, one might say that virtually all Hakuho's records are "for eternity"!
  13. Amamaniac

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Good point. Hakuho had "0" kettei-sen wins in 2009 (three losses in fact), whereas he had one kettei-sen win in 2010.
  14. Amamaniac

    Haru 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    That is an interesting point. However, from a quick review of the six times there has been a tomoesen in the Top Division (since 1958), correct me if I am wrong – never have the same two wrestlers met more than once at the playoff stage in order to determine the champion of a given tournament. My point was simply that the kettei-sen and tome-sen meetings add to fans' appreciation of how one specific wrestler tends to fare against another specific opponent over time.
  15. Amamaniac

    Corona and sumo

    Yet testing all six anyway would confirm just how robust the antibody test is. There have been news reports in other countries that tests for the virus are only 50% accurate. I would hope that the antibody tests are a little better!