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    Nagoya Basho 2021

    Before the basho began, there was the possibility of a double promotion to yokozuna. Takakeisho's out now, but would it be possible for Hakuho to get the yusho, Terunofuji to come as JY or lose in a playoff and still get promoted? I'm not a database wizard so I don't know how to check these things, but it's something I've been wondering about. Hakuho could possibly retire then in a true passing of the torch. Sorry if it's a silly question or if it's been mentioned elsewhere in the thread.
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    Kakuryu to Retire

    I was surprised at how surprised I was when I saw this on Kintamayama's video. No one can say that the intai wasn't expected, but now that it's actually happened...I find myself feeling rather sad. In my limited sumo experience, it seems like he's always been around as a kind of foil to Hakuho. Now he's left by himself on the lonely peaks of sumo.
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    Me and Progress

    Hi, I'm somebody around your age and size who also once considered trying my hand at sumo, though without much of your seriousness. To this end, a year or so ago I figured I would start doing shiko every day. While I'm no professional athlete, I do have some years of martial arts training, so I would just watch TV for an hour or so every day and do shiko throughout, followed by (extensive) stretching after. I can be a bit of an exercise nut at times, and this was definitely one of those. It definitely improved my strength and flexibility. However, after about 2 weeks, my knees began to bother me. Having already had some issues with overtraining and knee pain in the past, I stopped. My advice to you is, if you are indeed not the most athletic of specimens, take it slow at first, but stay consistent. These two things will compliment each other. You just don't want to destroy your body before actually getting started. On that same subject, it might be helpful to consider your weight. As it currently stands, you're even lighter than Enho, who looks like a dwarf compared to most other rikishi. Do you have any plan to gain weight? Let's say you set a goal of something like 300 pounds, which I believe would put you somewhere around Kotoeko's weight. Even then you'd be on the small side, but it'd be a lot bigger than you are now, which would help you not get blown up at first contact. You might also consider the effects of this kind of weight gain on your body and whether you're sure you want to go through with it. I don't want to discourage you from following your dream, although I will be honest and say that I don't think it's very feasible. It's just that there's a lot of parts to "being a sumo wrestler" that you need to see to yourself because you (probably) will not get to go to a stable. Best of luck.
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    Hatsu 2020 Basho Discussion (SPOILERS)

    Thanks a lot for this. Wouldn't it be something if it were to be Tokushoryu's yusho? Ah, what a pain sumo is, where almost everyone seems to be worth rooting for...and everyone I do root for tends to lose (my big man down in juryo...) But here's to hoping.
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    Observations from Ryogoku January 2020

    I came to the Kokugikan just in time to catch the juryo dohyo-iri. What excitement! Caught a few makushita bouts as well, like Naya vs. Chiyonokuni, which I didn't even know was happening! I'm having a great time and juryo has just barely begun...I can't wait for the rest.
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    Preparations of the masses- Kyushu 2019

    Thanks so much Akinomaki for the Ichinojo update!! I hope the big man heals up and comes back strong.
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    Greetings from a novice

    That is a lot of questions, but since I never get to talk about sumo in my real life, I'll gladly answer at length here! I currently live in the United States east coast, although I come from Turkey, which is something of a wrestling country (I am an oil wrestling fan besides sumo). My road to sumo was rather strange - I happened to see some people discussing a basho on another website once, and I didn't understand any of the esoteric terminology at the time; a few years later, after slowly becoming curious about the subject, I searched sumo in Youtube and found Kintamayama's channel during Aki 2018...the rest is history. As for Ichinojo, I have a few reasons as to why I like him. One of the first things I did when I found sumoforum was search for informational videos, and I was rewarded with a whole thread of them. One of the posts in this thread featured a documentary about Ichinojo from his early days, back when there were great things expected of him. He seemed (as I'm sure all rikishi do in documentaries about themselves) to be very humble and just generally nice, despite his big success. However, this impression really hit me when I watched an early match of his - I think versus Kisenosato - which featured numerous false starts; each time, to my pleasant surprise, Ichinojo gave a very deep bow, which struck me considering how most rikishi just give a little nod. Add to all this the fact that he was (at the time) so spry and strong at 180 kg and I instantly became a fan. Plus, he was originally a nomad! How cool is that. This kind of brings me to what interests me and saddens me about sumo - the fact that there are so many people who come up the ranks with great hopes and expectations upon them and end up being mid-maegashira, or worse yet, they get injured and their career takes a dive. I know that among the current Makuuchi rikishi, there are several besides my big man who fall into this category of "next ozeki/yokozuna turned disappointment," and while I'm sure this is just the nature of the game, I can't help but see it as a tragedy. Why must this happen? And even more than that, what do the rikishi themselves feel? Behind the stoic manly face presented to the public, what is their human heart like? Are they sad, or disappointed, or just resigned? Does Ichinojo wonder about what might have been if he could have maintained his form and weight and curse whatever events led to him ballooning in size? Does he still have hope that he might achieve the goals that once seemed inevitable? What does that lovely family of his shown in the documentary think nowadays? This sort of thing, the search for inherent humanity, is not what initially attracted me to sumo - but it is why I remained, even though I have no way of knowing any of this short of becoming a wrestler myself. And so I am stuck here, wondering, as I watch from a detached distance the flesh-and-blood men who are mandated to be like stone in all things. They come close, I think, but surely something of the host must survive, right? This is why this website is so valuable - through it, I might be able to get close to the answers for these questions. Or maybe not, but who knows? I have some hope. As for my shikona, if you can call it that, it's an acronym of personal meaning for myself. I don't know any Japanese, so I couldn't pick a real one. That ended up being a long, rambling response. If anyone read this whole thing, thanks! As I said, it's rare that I get to talk about sumo, so I took this chance and flew away with it.
  8. Hello, I'm a fairly young person (compared to some of you all) who has only been watching sumo since Aki 2018, almost totally by accident. I immediately got hooked and in my search for information between bashos, I found my way here, where I have been lurking for a few months. Thanks to all of you people for posting and providing news and commentary - it blows my mind to see how much information is on here, without which I couldn't have become properly addicted! I don't plan on posting very much, but I wanted to have the ability to if there was need (like the Ichinojo yusho which I hope for every tournament but to no avail). Until then, this'll be about it. Thanks again!