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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Yutakayama during jungyo? You might be able to find it on tachiai.org’s page if you look into their jungyo archive.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Thanks, that’s probably why I couldn’t make sense of it.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Here is the sumo digest for today. Kiribayama starts off strong with the Kokugikan's rusty dumbbells. Azumaryu, making his first and final appearance at this combination practice - a very rare sight. Generous Nishikigi lends his chest for Makushita butsugari. Ichinojo joins in with the giving spirit: Wakatakakage continued to struggle today against Onosho, with only a right hand grip and an extremely bladed stance. Onosho continued to work hard today, giving Takayasu a nodowa and a hard time. It's a fierce belt battle with Kiribayama against Nishikigi, with neither wanting to allow the other to establish a grip. Good job Onosho! He fought many bouts before meeting the Yokozuna, and must have had great stamina and skill to win 1 in 3 bouts today. He seems to be struggling here, but Hakuho seems to be on the ropes as well. However, he did not fare so well here, with Hakuho managing to get him off balance. Despite his good score, Onosho continued giving his best with Hakuho's trademark after bout butsugari. As said before, I reserve greatest congratulations to Yutakayama for his newborn baby boy. He struggled hard against Shodai today, as you can see in the link in my previous post, but at least he is rewarded by the sight of his son when he goes back home. It's going to be rather quiet now until shoinichi... see you all regularly then.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Hakuho v. Onosho, 20 - 10. Well done Onosho! When he's on, he's on. Let's here what he has to say, from Source 1 and Source 2. Onosho, positively beaming, said, 'I fought with gratitude. When I practiced, I only wanted to hit firmly. There are no other sekitori in my heya. I'm the only one, so it's very different meeting sekitori this way and I practiced well today. I'm really happy. I hope that leading up to the basho, I can switch my mind up like I did today. I feel I would be able to go more places. It's been a long time since I've been a sanyaku member, since Kyushu 2017. I'm very excited to get back up, but I'm not impatient. Today was fun! I am grateful and happy. I only have positive feelings.' Meanwhile, Hakuho had a more gloomy outlook, 'I was able to push Onosho and gain good practice. However, my sumo wrestling is still dull, I can't seem to escape or put pressure where I want to. That's my failure. By the way, I think it's wonderful that Onosho responded well today. I laughed bitterly [during the practice] for myself. I initially didn't think I could practice. I changed the atmosphere and environment of the special combo practice and enjoyed it. My body was warming up and I decided to do a few bouts. I'm glad I came.' However, Onosho cannot be the happiest man in the Kokugikan, or sumo in general, as the title goes to Yutakayama today, who welcomed his first child. The Google Translate there is a bit of a puzzle, so I leave @Kintamayama to it.
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    It’s very sad to see someone so jaded that they can’t take care of such a prestigious heya properly.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Bonus Video, video, we want video! Here are some of Hakuho's matches against Wakatakakage, posted on an Instagram page. A further gem in the feed is a picture of all of Hakuho's notebooks. Your Half Blood Prince moment is here, sirs/madams...
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Apologies for the sporadic posting - I am rather busy with uni work but now have some time to do the digest, so here it is: Wakatakakage unfortunately was the victim of a Hakuho yobimodoshi today, as reported by @Kintamayama. The Yokozuna seemed to take the young Wakatakakage by surprised, as he looks a little flustered by Hakuho's attempt to establish a grip. He looked even more tired and resigned when the Yokozuna forced him out of the ring. However, he was not defeated in spirit and gave the Yokozuna his all in butsugari. In other news, Onosho locks up the arm of Kiribayama, in an attempt to subvert his belt game and push him forward. Kiribayama was brave and faced the king of keiko so far, Takayasu, whilst others watch on. No more Mr Nice Guy as Takayasu dispenses a harite at his aite. And in a twist of fate, Kiribayama locks up his opponent's arm - looks like Wakatakakage, but not sure. I'm sorry Sport Hochi, but this is not a smiling face. This is a smiling face. Of a positively buoyant Hakuho. Let's see if he holds up to stronger opposition... The following is a better example of a rikishi not smiling, especially after being beaten 30 times in a row.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    I can't read Japanese, and it always seemed to be that the one lender the chest is the giver as he gives the opportunity to do so. Thank you and I fixed it.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    I did find the accompanying photo to the Nikkan article and his comments very hilarious: He also seemed to enjoy torturing poor Onosho:
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Couldn't be Ishii, he's almost 2m tall and would be much taller than Takemaru or the similarly named Tokimaru. And also, although I do not think he has a topknot just yet, Ishii's hair should be a lot longer than that. Mysterious new deshi is probably 180cm at most.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    He did this in the heya. Here is some news that isn't yet on this forum, like Hakuho's first interview since he was discharged from the hospital, according to Nikkan Sports: 'To prepare for Hatsu, I intended to do at least 20 bouts a day. However, after 10, I was winded, and I thought, 'This is quite weird.'. Then, during the chanko, Enho, who dislikes white rice, said, 'Today's rice smells off.' and I asked, 'What, this?'. I sniffed the rice and smelled nothing at all, and that's when it hit me.' The Yokozuna spent 9 days in isolation at the hospital, spending most of his time reading, but said, 'If I had to stay any longer I would have gone insane. It got to the point where if I had trash to throw away I was happy.' He was released mid-Hatsu basho, but did not start training until only last week, saying, 'Not practicing for a long time means my old injuries are starting to bug me again as the muscles I've build to prevent this has loosened.'. He is still unsure about combination practice, noting, 'If my body and mind will sync up, I will enter the practice. I want to practice with sekitori as well.' Finally, Hakuho notes that this is the first time he spent his birthday in Tokyo for over 10 years - the last time being the Great Tohoku Earthquake. Butsugari with Enho, but who is the new guy at the back?
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    Sumo articles by journalists who are Forum members/or not

    Alluding to something?
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Here is the photo digest today: Mitakeumi continued struggling against Kakuryu today, with a 29 renpai against the Yokozuna. Nevertheless, he was not disheartened and responded very well to Kakuryu's butsugari. Mitakeumi also struggled against Asanoyama today, with no wins against the Ozeki. Asanoyama has the right grip here, but not his favoured left. The bandages on the hands are also quite concerning. Kakuryu took the time to give Hoshoryu some advice about gripping the mawashi. It does seem like they are having class in heaven. Nodowas are the name of the game here for Onosho and Kiribayama. Unfortunately, Ichinojo could not look less phased. Onosho did not experience substantial success today, perhaps better luck tomorrow. Mitakeumi and Kiribayama, "That doesn't look good." Ichinojo, "How interesting..." Ishiura, "Are you guys done yet?!" Speaking of Ishiura, this news article talks about changing his secondary name to Shiganosuke to reframe his mindset and start anew in Haru. Of course, folks already knew that - but the Japanese don't seemed to take it very well as they felt it was inauspicious. Shiganosuke, the military commander, was betrayed by Nobunaga and executed, though he left behind extensive and influential literature. Perhaps foreshadowing something? Anyways, he stated, "I've originally like the commander. He said something I find very profound, "Give me seven hardships." At 31, the people around me are starting to talk [about intai]. I want to continue doing what I want to do. I can confirm that the Yokozuna Hakuho will be present. Enho seemed to have hurt his back, and I came to the practice." Takayasu continued giving his feared butsugari to a Makushita rikishi - I'm sure they responded as best they could. And speaking of butsugari... Bonus Terunofuji responded extremely well to butsugari today as Aminishiki complained, "Ah! My chest...". It's not often you see the butsugari receiver injured. But let it be known that Isegahama does (kawaii]gari.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Hoshoryu and the Makushita guy crashed into the Makushita crowd, who subsequently all asked Hoshoryu to pick them. It was very close and I couldn't see who stepped out first. Hoshoryu continued, so I assumed he was the one who won. The video quality went potato, and it hasn't made things easier.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Ah, as stated in my last breakdown, (+1) means I am not sure who won the bout, but I think it's Hoshoryu. They crashed into the surrounding Makushita crowd, so I couldn't make a definite decision.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Here are the results for today's special practice: Additional Note: Hokuseiho v. Makushita (12 - 9), Hokuseiho v. Hoshoryu (1 - 2). Total bouts for combination practice: 218. General Comments There might be some minor errors to this data as the stream quality drops out and I struggle to identify the rikishi. Hokuseiho performed adequately against the Makushita, but I think Jokoryu's record is staying and he'll have to wait a few more basho for sekitori promotion. Despite Hanakago's teaching, Hokuseiho's tachiai and centre of gravity in general is just way too high, even accounting for his height. Thus he struggles a lot, especially against pusher-thrusters. There was an excellent pusher-thruster that caught my eye too, but I don't recognise him. I suspect that he is attempting to use his long reach and grab his aite's mawashi before the impact, but it has given him moderate success. Hakuho has one of the best tachiai in the business, but even if Hokuseiho masters Kotooshu's technique, he'll do extremely well. Hokuseiho also has a penchant for wardrobe malfunctions. Wonder why is that? My special mentions amongst the sekitori were Meisei, who demonstrated great fighting spirit and thrusting ability, as well as mawashi tactics. He and Hoshoryu fought the most bouts today, but Meisei fought harder opponents and had a better winning percentage. Ichinojo leveraged his size, bulk and strength excellently today, managing to force or crush out most of his opponents. Takayasu looked immovable today, but might end up the next Goeido as he is often unable to translate this sucess in honbasho. Lastly, I would really like to commend Asanoyama. He is right in saying he struggles to get a grip - he did not seem to have a grip, or a firm one in many of the matches, but is showing greater diversity and skill in his bouts, and one can definitely see it in his winning percentage. Strugglers, as you can see, are Onosho, who seemed to lose his balance or run out of steam in his thusts. Worst performer today for me was Mitakeumi, but he is very well-known for not doing well in keiko, so we'll just have to see in Haru. Kakuryu didn't fight anyone by Mitakeumi yesterday, and he did so again today. I feel like he should definitely expand his choice of opponents, even though there are fewer palatable ones this round than the last. I don't really know what to make of his comment last degeiko. Perhaps he is just trying to regain his confidence before taking on higher ranked and skilled opponents, or perhaps even Hakuho on Day 4...
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Fellow sumo enthusiasts, I bring fantastic news. Tomorrow's degeiko will be streamed on Youtube here: https://t.co/Fe4RB1Ljab?amp=1 I will probably be uploading a win/loss matrix like the last time but will play it by ear. Enjoy.
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    Special Kyokai training before Haru

    Here's all the participants for today's degeiko, including the Makushita-level folks since it was asked for the last time: Row 1 (L to R): Hoshoryu, Meisei, Onosho, Oho, Ishiura, Nishikigi, Kakuryu, Asanoyama, Takayasu, Ichinojo, Kiribayama, Hokuseiho Row 2 (L to R): Narutaki, Roga, Kaisejio, Kirinofuji, Mitakeumi, Yuki (the mysterious flexer), Oshoryu, Wakayama, Tsukahara, Tochikodai, Mudoho Here are some photos showing how degeiko went down: Takayasu gives his very tough butsukari to Oho: Takayasu also did well against Meisei, thrusting and making him lose his balance on the dohyo: Oho seemed to have a hard time in degeiko, as Hoshoryu managed to twist him right off his feet: However, it wasn't all bad for Oho - he seemed to have better success against his Makushita competitors, whom he may face next basho: Ishiura continued practicing against the Makushita rikishi, as he had done in the previous degeiko. However, he continued to struggle too, like the last time. Speaking of Miyagino-beya rikishi, Hokuseiho also participated today, but seemed to allow his aite to get the double inside grip. He definitely needs to work on his technique. The Kyokai seems enamoured by the young phenom, saying, '192cm Ichinojo looks small compared to 200cm Hokuseiho."
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    Harumafuji activities

    Source: https://hochi.news/articles/20210215-OHT1T50203.html Harumafuji is scheduled to complete his Masters degree at the Josai International University Graduate school this spring. As long-time followers will know, he opened and is the chairman of his school in Mongolia. It is highly unusual for a former yokozuna to complete graduate school, and his thesis is highly evaluated. In this interview, he talks about his dream developing human resources who can contribute to society both in Mongolia and Japan. Since April 2019, he has been attending the Graduate School of International Administration and deepened his insight as a business manager and educator. 'I liked studying originally. I was studying law via correspondence with the National Law University of Mongolia. I couldn't do [much studying] because I was busy as an active rikishi, but I wanted to retire and start studying again in earnest.' His master's thesis is about 70 000 Japanese characters and concerns the school he set up. He conducted a questionnaire to about 2000 students, parents, faculty and staff, and it seems they were satisfied with the Japanese training and education, such as valuing uniforms and demonstrating gratitude to others. He has also incorporated the lesson he has learnt in sumo to his curriculum, such as respecting etiquette. Did you know that the school uniform and the logo with the sun and Mt Fuji in the background was designed by Harumafuji too? His mentor, Professor Sone Shika (58) commends Harumafuji, stating, 'A master's thesis is usually around 30 000 characters, and he has more than doubled that. It is based on empirical research not everyone can imitate, and its highly complete. I appreciate it.' When asked about what he could bring back from sumo, Harumafuji replied, 'By receiving advice from various teachings and writing the paper, I was able to organise what I had already had in my mind. It is the courtesy, etiquette and moral education that I learned from sumo.' He had spent days coming and going between Japan and Mongolia to further enhance his education. However, he is currently stuck in Japan due to COVID, but is holding meetings on time. By June, he hopes to be able to send off high school graduates for the first time. 'I am who I am now because of sumo wrestling. I want to give back. I was able to realise the Japanese dream and want to help students have this wonderful relationship. When I graduate, I want students to contribute to societies all around the world, including Mongolia and Japan.' When asked about the current state of sumo, he replied, 'I am paying attention to Asanoyama and Takakeisho as they are the next expected generation. Terunofuji also fell to Jonidan due to his serious injury, but he returned well. He worked hard and supported himself. I think he has a strong desire to give back to it. I wish him the best for his Ozeki run this Haru.'
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    Who Is This Woman?

    So none of you are concerned by the fact that there is a spy amongst us...
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2021

    You don't want to be doing keiko improperly, do you? I feel that the font colour should be red though...
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    Araiso activities

    Fuji TV ran a "Sumo Greatest Hits" kind of programme just yesterday featuring Kisenosato and Toyonoshima. https://www.bilibili.com/video/BV1uT4y1N7eY?from=seopage There are full of hidden gems I'm sure all of you will love, such as Daieisho's ukelele playing, rikishi doing clay pottery and, most importantly, Terao's boy band. It is essential viewing for all sumo fans, especially in this slow news period. Enjoy.
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    Preparations of the Y/O- Haru 2021

    Source: https://this.kiji.is/729272497220681728 Miyagino Oyakata revealed Hakuho started training on January 24th after being diagnosed with COVID-19 on January 5 and extended convalescence at home. He is currently doing shiko and strength training and exercises alone, just in case.
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    Tokitsukaze under house arrest

    I don't know, I feel like his statement is a little fishy. Why risk your career to deliver mail, especially when you've already been warned once and when all other heya send tickets online or by mail? And if you were to choose a place to meet, why the mahjong parlour? And besides, if you were there to just send the letter, why stop at the kombini ATM? Perhaps he isn't aware of the pictures people took of him (which I shan't post here). Initially, I was pretty incensed because the Tokitsukaze heya, name and deshi (i.e. Shodai, etc.) deserve a better teacher and leader. But now, I feel a little sad too - another rikishi falls prey to vices like gambling and ruins their careers and reputation - unfortunately not an uncommon occurrence (at least to me).