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  1. Karasukurai

    Lower division celebs results

    Sorry, I burst out laughing at this! Anyway, the lad clearly likes the heya life - perhaps basho are just an annoying interlude to his organised existence. Who knows, maybe he's someone who likes ritual, being told what to do and fitting in with an extended 'family'? There are people who feel very comfortable living in a regimented way - my guess is that he's one of them and actually fighting isn't necessarily his thing.
  2. Karasukurai

    Sumo and Head Injury / Concussion

    Yep, I can't get my head around the fact that these sportsmen in the 21st century in a modern 1st world society have no proper medical support at major events. Yes, I know sumo is traditional, cultural, religious as well as a sport but bloody hell - my local primary school sports day has a better medical team on stand-by than a Japanese combat sport televised to the nation at prime time. Really, I don't think proper medical support is some kind of patronising, Western ideology being imposed on an Eastern cultural tradition, it's just humane and proper.
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    Sumo and Head Injury / Concussion

    Well, I humbly disagree with my betters on this one. When they come into the sport they're kids, wrapped up in the bravado, rituals and peer pressure of a sumo stable - they'll make wrong decisions - hell we all thought we were immortal at 18 years of age! Sorry, they can't take responsibility for themselves because that's not how it works in such a unique training environment and culture, especially when young. I look at people like Ura and Akiseyama as well as some of the smaller guys, their tachiai is not usually hard hitting. It doesn't take long for changes to be adopted and seen as normal. If a current rikishi's raison d'etre is to headbutt the opponent in the face and modification to the tachiai stops them winning so much then boo hoo - I don't care. (Ok a bit excessive but if a hard hitting tachiai is all you got then tough luck - learn some new skills or slide down the ranks). Personally I'd like to see modifications to the tachiai (just like there were recently in rugby scrums) to reduce impact and, a trained medical person at ringside who calls the shots - if they say a rikishi is hurt then that's that, no-one is allowed to argue. Phew, that's off my chest, I need a lie down.
  4. Karasukurai

    Sumo and Head Injury / Concussion

    Thanks John, hopefully someone at the JSA will start to listen. The article mentions the improvements in rugby though such improvements, as John mentions, have come too late for a number of past players who are currently involved in a class lawsuit against various rugby bodies in the UK. I wonder if the JSA's lack of action is opening them up to something similar in the future? Is that form of legal redress possible in Japan? If so, the JSA might be in for a spate of future claims. (If Shonannoumi was a rugby player in my country, he would not be allowed to play for a minimum of 19 days, would have to be certified symptom free by a doctor and, would have to go through a graded re-introduction to training. It might not be perfect but that's some difference to 'stand up and fight again two minutes later'). Talking of rugby, even amateur clubs are encouraged to have staff trained in the use of back board/neck immobilizers as well as identifying concussion. Professional clubs of course have to have suitably qualified medical staff and facilities. So, it beggars belief that a major, prime-time, national, COMBAT sport in Japan does not have medical personnel ringside. When you think about it, it's absolutely unbelievable in the 21st century. This really does have to change especially when you see a young lad unable to stand up and his 'elders & betters' looking at each other utterly clueless. Where's the duty of care for these guys?
  5. Karasukurai

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Couldn't agree more. Daieisho's win was thrilling; a great counter throw to a lively looking Kagayaki while backed up on the tawara, great stuff.
  6. Karasukurai

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Takakeisho won but not well. He just threw everything, including the kitchen sink, at Tochinoshin with a hint of desperation and abandon. If Tochi had considered a bit of lateral movement rather than standing there like a statue, Takakeisho might have been in trouble. As it was, that tall stack of kensho went the Ozeki's way. Shodai has settled nicely and is keeping up the honour of the Ozeki and Daieisho is simply on fire. Meanwhile in Juryo, a mention for Ikioi's win over Oho along with another lovely move from Ura with a nice tottari on Yago. Tsurugisho still the man to beat in the second division. The best thing about this basho? We've got through a week with no Covid interruptions and everyone is safe and sound so far - fingers crossed for week two.
  7. Karasukurai

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Yep, I've been thinking the same thing - he's just not inflicting the power hits that have seen his opponents reeling backwards in previous bouts. Despite the current basho, I do think that Takakeisho has inspired a number of the oshi guys. I'm sure that many an oshi guy has recently looked at Takakeisho and said to themselves, 'oshi works, oshi-zumo can get me to the top'.
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    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    "... and there goes Akua in the Williams, overtaken on the parabolica by Kotoeko in the McLaren, oh no his turbo has blown! ...". Murray - Walker - Johnson - nice mash-up!
  9. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    (There is a Sumo point, honest!). Interesting article in the UK Guardian about the Olympics and whether or not it can be held (link below). Ex Japanese Prime Minister and Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee member Yoshiro Mori said that a second postponement would be impossible. While preparations continue and the IOC have measures ready to protect the athletes and officials, a number of polls have overwhelmingly suggested that the Japanese public think the games should not be held in July with 77% saying that they should be cancelled or postponed. As there seems to be little appetite for a second postponement, cancellation is a growing possibility. So, and I quote, "Speculation is building that a decision on the Games future will have to be made by the end of March" - I wonder what implications this might have for the current Yokozuna, especially Hakuho should that decision be a cancelled Olympics? Who knows, perhaps Hakuho could be saying goodbye after the March tournament if things go the wrong way. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/13/tokyo-2020-head-says-impossible-to-delay-olympics-as-public-opposition-grows Edit: The same paper carries another article today (or update) with the GB Olympic Team spokesperson saying that they 'are full steam ahead for the Games to take place' and were confident that the stands would be full of spectators despite the current polls.
  10. Karasukurai

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    Hoktofuji is no fool but Shodai dealt with him easily - he looked good. Surprised that Takayasu was taken to the cleaners by Onosho as Takayasu has got his mojo back recently, perhaps he'll get himself together. Not surprised by Asanoyama, mentally I reckon he's shot at this level, he needs to get his head straight, the pressure just seems too much for him. Mita did the old 'let Takakeisho wear himself out' trick and was able to soak up the blows. Good to see Ura totally demolish a talented Kotoyuki, that will give Ura a bit of confidence going into this basho (however long it lasts). Day 1 - Terunofuji and Shodai looking handy. Asanoyama and Takakeisho looking shaky.
  11. Karasukurai

    2021 "Kozumo" Hatsu Basho discussion thread

    The two current Yokozuna are heading towards retirement at a rate of knots (perhaps Kak at any moment), so if Takakeisho wins the basho (if it survives), it makes sense to promote him immediately. There has been too many no-yokozuna bashos; Japan needs some good news and, they already made him work harder for Ozeki. I reckon they will promote him with very little fuss (unless they can't afford the wages at the moment!). If he wins and gets promoted, expect at least one of the current Yokozuna to be itching to prove a point come March.
  12. Karasukurai

    Corona and sumo

    Wow, more widespread?? The list is already pretty horrendous. It's clear that the need for revenue is the overarching concern rather than common sense as @robnplunder has said. Last year's basho cancellation and the subsequent bans on spectators came at a time when the virus seemed to be less prevalent in the sumo world (even with the awful death of Shobushi). Now the virus is really spreading through the rikishi, the JSA wants to plod along with a basho and spectators even though it has been shown this week that their safety processes aren't foolproof. We all want to see sumo but I for one, don't want to see rikishi deaths as a result. I really hope this goes OK.
  13. Karasukurai

    21 Hatsu 21, The Results

    1 A 2 A 3 B 4 B 5 X 6 A 7 A 8 A 9 B 10 B 11 B 12 B 13 A 14 A 15 A 16 A 17 B 18 A 19 B 20 B 21 A Thanks.
  14. Karasukurai

    TORCHBEARER 2021: invitation, rules, and your picks

    Ms 5W Nakashima
  15. Karasukurai

    The Giant Macaron

    I don't know why but I burst out laughing at this.
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    The Giant Macaron

    I will sit through the trophy presentation bored out of my mind just to see the giant macaron. Two things though: 'Guess The Colour Of The Giant Macaron' should be listed in Sumo Games and the giant macaron should have googly eyes because everything is better with googly eyes!
  17. Karasukurai

    New sumo between the basho game!

    As we appear to have a winner already: Honours All Kaito's, Unrivalled Humour, Outstanding.
  18. Karasukurai

    Jingle Balls- 2020 version

    Mad as a box of frogs. Great! Love it.
  19. Chris Sumo has put a video up on YT (9 Dec 2020) discussing Takatoriki's view on the take over for those who don't speak Japanese.
  20. Karasukurai

    Kakuryu Citizenship

    Delighted for Kakuryu. From what I've seen and read, he seems a thoughtful and intelligent kind of chap from an academic family background. Perhaps these traits, along with his undoubted sumo skill and knowledge will make him an excellent coach and someone who can represent sumo going forward into the future. Well done Kakuryu.
  21. Karasukurai

    Shohozan goes it alone - the veteran poll 2021

    I reckon he'll bomb in January and March then will retire at around J13w to avoid being sent to Makushita. It would be great to see him get his mojo back but I fear his sumo basho days are extremely limited.
  22. Karasukurai

    Who Is This Woman?

    Seeing someone like Ichinojo or Kaisei trying not to land on a tiny grandma sat in the front row always added a little frisson to proceedings for me. Damn this virus.
  23. Karasukurai

    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    I believe it, I taught for many years and lots of students, even with IT skills, couldn't seem to work out how to do any form of basic research. I came to the conclusion that quite a few wanted to be 'spoon fed' with tutor handouts rather than make any effort themselves. Of course, there is a lot of complete gibberish online but there's also some really useful stuff too. Sorry, kind of
  24. Karasukurai

    Gyoji and Yobidashi

    So the answers seem to be: 'associated', 'no but have ranks' and 'yes at present'. A Wikipedia and Google search for GYOJI YOBIDASHI HEYA will give hours of fun and entertainment too. Glad to help