Cal Martin

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  1. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    Jessie and I were not in the same stable, we did some U.S. Base functions together, but yes he did live his dream, and he was totally fine with all the Japanese customs, and like I said I wasn't.
  2. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    It did make a huge impact on my work ethics, it did in everything I took on, I was the opposite from Jessi(Takamiyama), he took to all their customs and had always planned on staying in Japan, I had a lot of things I could see in the future, and they were important to me, if I stayed, that would have interrupted them immensely. Are you anywhere near Lake Conroe? I really like that place, but they didn't have any boat racing like at Lake Marble Falls, i did that for about 15 years.
  3. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    Hey just noticed you are from San Diego area, my daughter lives in Santee, I'm guessing that the answer to your question is yes, not sure what a doten-yusho is?
  4. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    Hey Sumojoann, do you ever get to the hillcountry? I have a place in Buchanan Dam, it's right by Lake Buchanan, I used to go to Houston area a lot for work, but with all this stuff going on, I haven't been back t9 Texas since March.
  5. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    Actually I think each division could receive one, mine were in two different divisions.
  6. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    I was glad that I did open the door for other Foreigner's who followed, but as to why I left when I did, it was my going to make sekitori-hood, that had a lot to do with it. I know, the real hard part was over. It gets real complicated, and author (Dave Chodack) was writing a book, and then a screen play, and then he passed away, so i am currently trying to finish it as we speak. I am no writer, but trying, if nothing else just for my own family. Sumo was never my first priority, in fact a lot of people who know me today only know i raced cars and boats, how ever they ask, what are those plaques in that foreign language, there with all your trophies? I did receive Fighting Spirit award twice, while i was fighting over there. To answer your question about any regrets, not a one, and Oyakata was good with-it, or it never would have happened. Just a little hint, Wajima does end up taking over Hanakago stable, but only because I wasn't there. Cal
  7. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    One of the hardest things for me, was their lifestyle, and I have to thank Kaiketsu, for setting me straight on it, if you want it bad enough you just do it. I could go along with most of it, but there were times I just couldn't, and I guess the American just came out of me, however the lower ranks just loved it. Had I been a typical Japanese, I would have been kicked out way early, but Oyakata, I think lived his rebellious side through me. He knew then Sumo needed a change, all the good athletes were going to soccer, baseball, and pro wrestling. Why? Money, you get no sign up bonus when you decide you want to play in this world, in fact you give up what you may have already had. I cod not believe how young some of the new recruits were, some come from orphanages as young as 12 years old, they may spend 5-7 years in those lower ranks. Their lifestyle was a great motivator through. I have had one guy who was writing a book,( Dave Chodack), but he passed away, so I am trying to put together a lot of my thoughts, and someday maybe get it into book form. I never thought of myself as the "Pioneer" that paved the way for other foreigner's, but I guess I was, I had never even heard the word Sumo till I got off the plane for the first time in Tokyo. This forum is great, wish I had known about it sooner, and yes Sumojoann is a real enthusiast. Got to love her. Cal
  8. Cal Martin

    Best Way to Get Into Sumo?

    I think this was very well put, but you have to have Heart, you have to have a drive, and passion, not where you give 100%, but150%. Way back when I did it, i never thought that lifestyle could exist.
  9. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    That is Wakachichibu, and Hanakago, typical training day.
  10. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    Sure, that is Jessi, or Takamiyama, I don't remember why we stopped for this pose, but i think it was at one of the Base events.
  11. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

  12. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    As far as I know, I was, but I did drink a lot back then. Cal
  13. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    I think my nephew, put a lot of them on face book, i don't even know how to get to them, something about, Back in the Day? I know if you go to YouTube and put in Cal Martin/Sumo, sports illustrated put some on. I have several in my computer, but the file is to big to send.
  14. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    It was the tournament where i won the nine man play off, was celebrating with one of the camera men from ABC (I think), we were in my truck and leaving a bar, the ally was blocked by a bunch of guys playing Majon, or some kind of gambling game in it. I asked them to move, I got a lot of cuss words back at me, gave them to the count of three, and then proceeded to run right through them. To make a long story short, after we got out and had a little brawl, my boss had to come get us out of jail, about 3 in the morning. I didn't know till the next day when he explained, those guys were all Yakuza. I wanted my passport, I was going to catch the next plane out of there, well the Godfather wanted a sit down meeting, Hanakago agreed, he was very cool, said it sounds like they had it coming, I offered to pay all hospital bills etc., he said not necessary, he just wanted to know how i felt about the next tournament, seems he bet very heavily, you could bet per fight or are you going to win 4 out of 7.I had been promoted to the next division and the odds were I wouldn't make the 4 out of 7. I even gave him some money to put down on myself. From then on we got along great, never did he ask to throw a fight or cheat in any way. He paid Hanakago a lot of money just to come and watch practice, and i would accompany him, if he had a special someone to impress, he would always give me a envelope full of cash at the end of the night. And that is how that all came about my friend. Cal
  15. Cal Martin

    Araiwa

    It's really funny, you hit the nail right on the head, as I was coming up through the ranks, it was our little joke, If i catch you, i am going to have my way with you. He always said that because of me, it pushed him harder and if you notice, when I hit his rank, he pushed into Juryo. Nothing changed when He got his sekitori status, in fact i think we worked out harder. Yes there were a lot of their rules I didn't like, if anyone was a higher rank than you, you were at their mercy, you had to do what ever they said, it is a incentive for you to move up, and then you could tell them what to do. I did witness plenty of the abuse, I personally would get in trouble for not participating, I really got it once when I stood up and got into a real fight with a higher ranking wrestler, actually two of them, they came in drunk at 4:30 in the morning, got most of us lower ranking ones up, ( we got up at 5:30 anyway), but when they started beating them real bad, I found a 2x4 and got both of them. There were 58 in our stable, most were pretty good, but there is always some bad apples in the barrel. It is hard to compare this sport to football, any sport you are in, and if you want to be successful, you have to push yourself to the brink. When practice was over, Hanakago's daughter would get her Toyota out, and i would push it for a hour, through the back streets, i wore shoes that weighed 20lbs a piece, for my everyday wear. I do have plenty of pictures, but don't know how to post them, not a good tech savvy guy. Cal