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    Toyozakura and Magaki incidents

    Evidently happened after meal and Toyozakura's reason was related to bad attitude of the deshi. Oyakata says Toyozakura is doing the famous reflecting one's deeds now and if there will be punishment it will both on oyakata and Toyozakura. This incident happened before Hatsu basho and the violence inspection thingie that was conducted by Kyokai's appointed team did not get any reports about this. It was only revealed when the rikishi broke his neck before Natsu basho (sure sounds heavy but that is what the article says...) at keiko and was taken to hospital where the scars from the unspesified nabe attack was found and incident became public. Oyakata hadn't known about this earlier. Apology was offered to rikishi's parents. The rikishi had continued normal life at heya after the January incident but now is kyujo evidently due to the broken bone in the neck.
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    Natsu 2008 - impressions after 5 days

    Makuuchi: 5-0: Yokozuna Hakuho has been dominating so far. In all 5 bouts he hasn't had any problems and has highlighted his genkiness by getting his favourite grip in last two bouts easily and throwing strong foes with ease. Solid sumo and leading yusho candidate so far. Ozeki Kotoohu squeezed the developing pimples out of Wakanoho on day 1, twisted Tenho masterfully on day 2, beat Miya is oshizumo on day 3, had easy on day 4 against vulnerable Kokkai and got Asasekiryu in his pliers. Awesome sumo and his joukigen shows in interviews too where no sulking face and smile prevails and he questions reporters about Akebono's max weight and all. Tomorrow an important bout against Baruto as it is reasonably probable that it will be yotsu-nnngh. Very genki ozeki. Good prospects. Toyonoshima (M5w) started his basho with 3 perfect bouts, then had couple of leaning encounters against Futeno and Takekaze. Still very sharp and everything seems to go his way. He didn't have that good record against Takekaze either so one big obstacle removed. He is amazingly short man in makuuchi. Looking forward seeing his bouts against sanyaku if he continues his strong piling up wins. He also said he heard Kitanoumi or Kitanofuji-oyakata had told on TV that Toyonoshima looks fat and that envigorated his will and so on. 4-1: Komusubi Kisenosato has now beaten Kotomitsuki three times in a row. He was one of the rikishi whose technical ability was too much for Kise earlier on. Nowadays Kise knows how to deal with Koto's morozashi pursuing and grabbed him into his hidariyotsu and hugged him away. Earlier he shocked Shoryu by threatening to get hidariyotsu which is something Shoryu can't handle against him well, and finished him in crushing fashion. He also beat KaioU with power and while lost to Ama's absolutely perfect tachi-ai, showed good resilience at the edge twisting him down. His nemesis Taikai did amazing pirouette at the tawara against him and ill-advised pull then sealed Kise's faith in only losing bout. All in all Kise looks technically more matured, physically ozeki level for sure and has flexibility, speed and poise. Very strong basho. Tomorrow Asasekiryu with whom he has often had good tussles. M8 Tochinonada has woken up more and more possibly due to young guns in his heya. Imagine the keiko atmosphere where O3, Tochinoshin, Kimurayama, Ri go at it and Nada is the only veteran leader now who can really guide these guys. Must Nada has been employing his famous left hand inside grip against Goeido and Roho and has done his powerful twist downs to Takekaze and Kasugao. Youthful sumo. Yokozuna Asashoryu was beaten on day badly but he adapts and considers life life. M15 Toyohibiki's muscles vibrate favourably but he was also flattened by the only really strong foe Tamanoshima. He was a factor in day 1 controversy concerning legs and hands and dohyo edges. Quite good start but hasn't been challenged that much yet. M13 Tamanoshima visited juryo and bounced back and has now beaten Tosanoumi, Toyohibiki, Tochinoshin and Hakuba with authority. He looks like the strong Tamanoshima that emerges at unsteady intervals. Bulging biceps and tendency to discipline newcomers. Tomorrow he faces last shinnyuumaku Kotokasuga. Tamanoshima looks like 10-5 rikishi at minimum this basho. 3-2: Ozeki Kotomitsuki at 3-2 is genki. Technically sound sumo, only lost to Tenho's migiyotsu drive and Kisenosato's superior tachi-ai. Both losses were so called "decent losses" as there were no major weaknesses or failures in those, just hard fought bouts with foes succeeding in their sumo. Kotomitsuki is genki and can have good result. His bout against Baruto was one of the finest of Natsu basho so far. Finishing uchimuso was a classic one and his uchimuso frequency keeps growing. Ozeki Chiyotaikai did his miracle stuff on day 2 against Kise and while he admitted he doesn't that as much power as Kise, he sure has the experience. Taikai is survivor and doesn't look too ungenki nor too genki. He lost 100-0 to Asasekiryu. Double digit wins would be a surprise. Sekiwake Ama is genki too. Couple of sidestepping bouts aside, he has had some great sumo against Kakuryu, Kisenosato and Tenho. Especially the tachi-ai against Kise was the ultimate tachi-ai finding its target from optimal angle and with sharp acceleration. Tomorrow's bout against Taikai is important for both. Sekiwake Kotoshogiku s sumo is good, migiyotsu handling is promising. 3 good wins and 2 losses without shame. Kachi koshi well within reach again. Komusubi Asasekiryu has beaten couple of ozeki and is defending well his komusubi spot. Genki sumo. M10 Wakanosato looks quite good with power sumo and mobility. Same with M11 Iwakiyama who had an epic bout against M9 Kasugao today. Both Iwa and Kasugao look genki too. Kasugao has been delivering his awesome throws. His shitatenage from static position against Wakanosato was particularly impressive, nice uwatenage against Dejima and now that big migiyotsu chikarakurabe against Iwa. M11 Homasho has had cholesterol medication side-effects and loss of genki but was recovered in Haru and continues his good sumo now. Still he isn't as stable as he used to be, this was shown in his stumbling loss against Tosanoumi. M13 Kakizoe looks extremely fast and aggressive this basho. Nice sumo! M9 Roho has been slapping people down and did a full scale henka against Dejima, lost to Wakanosato and Nada promptly though. So and so sumo and his back problems must be reasonably chronic. M14 Tochinoshin's debut has been dynamic. Fierce winning bouts against Kotokasuga, Yoshikaze and Hakuba and couple of one-sided losses to strong Tamanoshima and Wakanosato. He has good muscle, good cellulitis and good fat in legs and self confidence in interviews.Very versatile sumo and his defense is multi-dimensional and reactions good. M15 Hakurozan is a real champ in hataki timing. Hence 3-2. M4 Aminishiki has surprisinly lost 2 bouts despite rather good posture, especially losing from morozashi was odd against Shogun, nice throw against Kakuryu and Futeno and footwork magic against Tenku. Genki and knee looks ok. M6 Futeno started very strongly with 3-0 and had a big one against Toyonoshima too. Despite 2 consecutive losses, Futeno looks to be in shape too. M7 Goeido has had back problems but started with 3 solid wins, then drove Nada towards the edge with right hand outside but Nada countered with sukuinage, Dejima won the tachi-ai and bad pulling attempt caused a consecutive loss. Goeido has shortcomings still but goes for kachi koshi for sure. 2-3: U's mobility is not at its best this basho. Bad start. M12 Tosanoumi is his usual self, Hokutoriki lost first 3 without anything to offer, then beat struggling O3 and pulled Tenku well down with fast morote-tsuki-yank. M4 Tokitenku hasn't spent much time on the dohyo on days 4 and 5 having been henkaed and hikiotoshied after tachi-ai. He looks pretty good though. M2 Wakanoho is not bad at all with his explosive sumo, nice migiyotsu tachi-ai against Shoryu. That can't be easy to get such a strong grip against Shoryu at the tachi-ai. Today nimble footwork against Kakuryu. M10 Dejima still takes a while to get up whenever he goes down. Good deashi when it is in the groove. Very standard Dejima again. M16 Kotokasuga has been unexpectably stable. 5 bouts of which only 1 was quite bad. Good wins and good losses. M7 Sakke looks also like Sakke, nice pivot, confusion, birthday. 1-4: Kakuryu's sumo is off but Fay's report about physical problem explains. Tamakasuga does his usual sumo which sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. He has had tough foes at M12. Tenho looks better than his record at M2. Good power. Miyabiyama looks quite listless. Takekaze is now 4-16 in last 20 bouts and looks rather grey out there. M14 Yoshikaze is the best 1-4 lower ranked rikishi quality wise in Natsu basho. Big battles, sharpness, speed and excitement. He deserves more wins. 0-5: M1 Kokkai collapses and returns to be a very very non-viable ozeki hope. Unstable sumo without much effect. M1 Baruto is outsumoed daily. Power alone isn't enough when opponents are full of power too. M5 Tochiozan is having the worst basho of his career. Nothing else is wrong but horse power lacks now. Whether it is due to injuries or just stagnation is not clear yet but all those shoulder and back problems must have influence still. He does ok sumo but colourless and is beaten soundly day after day. M16 Hakuba doesn't look ready for makuuchi. In makushita Aran's 2-1 is ok result. Nothing that spectacular in his sumo. He was at the receiving end against both YMY and Tosayutaka but escaped well indeed. In his 3rd bout he was beaten by Ryuho who chased him around during Haru before Aran slapped him down. YMY looks juryo level rikishi. HUGE yank against Hokutokuni and today didn't get shaken despite Tosayutaka's morozashi. Good kotenage twists. He isn't that slow either. If all Aran, YMY and Tosayutaka get promoted to juryo after basho, it will be nice trio in juryo.
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    Ex-Kyokushuuzan to run for Mongolian Parliament

    What has he done so far in Mongolian politics or so? Why has he been losing scores in your eyes since intai from sumo?
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    Sakaizawa's injury and thoughts

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=KB10dfw6eUU On this day 2 Sakaizawa-Kyokunankai NHK clip there is information about Sakaizawa's injury and thoughts. Evidently he had both knees injured and an ankle injury on day 7 last basho and he was concentrating on rehab prior to basho and couldn't do real keiko. He says on day he just let his body react and move subconcsiously and it went well but he doesn't know yet how he can do in this basho when it doesn't go so automatic. He is 2-1 now and that day 2 bout was close call too so surprisingly good result so far.
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    It must be noted that Kimurayama looks very strong. It is imaginable that his rivalry with Tochinoshin bears fruit to both. They have been the most improving rikishi at Kasugano-beya and have spent much of their time around similar ranks. Also mutual keiko is abundand. There is plenty of horse power in Kimurayama's sumo. He has a great chance to follow Tochinoshin to makuuchi after 3-0 start at J2. Today he did his own sumo and pushed Kaiho out. Kasugano-beya needs new sekitori as Tochinohana and Tochisakae retired, Kasuganishiki looks weak. Of course there is also Ri who is 2-0 at high makushita now and coming up favourably.
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    Day 3 results and day 4 pairings

    I am no Doitsuyama but will try this once... Both yokozuna kept on track by beating maegashira foes quite easily although Kokkai did put some pressure on Asashoryu in the bout. Kotooshu is looking the most solid ozeki so far beating Miyabiyama without much belt work or even slapdowns. Kaio and Kotomitsuki suffered clear losses against strong Kisenosato and Kyokutenho while Chiyotaikai stumbled against Wakanoho to leave Kotooshu as the sole ozeki without losses. Sekiwake duo Ama and Kotoshogiku also dropped their first bout. Ama was given a classic henka treatment by Asasekiryu while Kotoshogiku found himself locked in Tokitenku's yotsu style and couldn't repeat his day 1 migiyotsu success. Down in the maegashira ranks Futeno, Goeido and Toyonoshima all looked sharp again and share the lead with Hakuho and Kotooshu with 3-0. Especially Toyonoshima is doing perfect sumo and really digging into the defences of his opponents. He has now beaten Tochiozan, Aminishiki and Hokutoriki - all quite different foes - with his own sumo. The 6th makuuchi rikishi with unblemished record is makuuchi debutant Tochinoshin who has had really intense bouts so far but has prevailed in the end. Other makuuchi debutants Kotokasuga (1-2) and Hakuba (0-3) are finding life tough in makuuchi but Kotokasuga in particular has shown surprisingly good and makuuchi level sumo. The most conspicuous 0-3 rikishi is Tochiozan who is revealing his definite unreadiness to compete at high makuuchi level yet. He has been quite handily beaten by strong maegashira rikishi and is not able to generate enough power to utilize his strengths after tachi-ai. There are still 8 rikishi in makuuchi without a win. Some big airborne uwatenage in makuuchi by Hakurozan, Kasugao and Aminishiki today. Rarest technique of the day was Hakuho's susoharai against Baruto. It looked like okurinage or okurigake on the stream, was first classified as kirikaeshi and finally revised to susoharai. In juryo Kimurayama is having a robust start at J2 with 3-0. Only veteran Kitazakura at J8 is also without a loss. Neither have an easy foe on day 4 so it could be possible that we have no rikishi at 4-0 after 4 days in juryo. Sakaizawa has recovered enough from his double knee injury and is 2-1 while Ichihara with evidently more serious single knee injury is looking less stable. Juryo debutant Daiyubu has recovered from his day 1 loss and is promising with 2-1 now. Wakakoyu is 1-2. Wakanoho's former keiko partner Tamawashi looks good at J2 and is 2-1 having a good chance along with Kimurayama to make makuuchi debut amidst Nagoya heat. Only Kasuganishiki and Asofuji remain winless. Tomorrow always intense Ama vs Kisenosato. Ama has been involved in sidestepping bouts twice already this basho but hopefully tomorrow we'll see very hectic and aggressive sumo by both warriors.
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    Day 2 results and day 3 pairings

    Did anyone else flinch at that second? For a brief moment I was wondering if Bart had just corkscrewed his knee into some undefinable shape... Yes it looked wild for a moment, but from what I can see Asashoryu did all the work on the mawashi and executed a clean lift. It sure looked like he did. I looked for an uchimuso on the slo-mo replay & didn't see one. I'm starting to wonder if Bart can finish the basho. On shonichi he could only resist with his right leg when Kaio pushed him out. The strong guys at the top will put a lot more pressure on that injured knee than he's had so far. Baruto's knee looks fine to me or as fine as it can be. He himself has said it is quite good. I wonder if Baruto still does a lot of keiko with Kakuryu and Homasho as he did a while ago.
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    Day 1 results and day 2 pairings

    Tochinonada showed great resistance against Takekaze. Upper body, leg and hip power in full use in that defense. He sure looks young and strong. All that keiko with Shoryu prior to basho pays off and he seems genuinely genki. Good to see his veteran sumo being so dynamic. KaioU is too heavy caliber and heavy weight rikishi for Baruto to spin around. Not much contest when U got right uwate so well. Baruto seems genki though with good footstep and should cause problems to many sanyaku. Goeido defended well against Sakke's favourite grip, got his preferred maemitsu stance and finished struggling Sakke with a neat dashinage yank. Good start and always promising when defeating Sakke who had full migiyotsu on. Amuru looked strong like a bow in his bout against fat Kazafuzan. Simply powerful and sharp sumo and easy morozashi crush. Futeno didn't let Hokutoriki shock him in yotsu second basho in a row and ousted the enigma. Toyonoshima did perfect sumo. Solid tachi-ai, 100% morozashi success, gabburiyori and O3 couldn't do anything. 100 points to Toyo. Perfect sumo from the start to finish. Nothing can be said about O3's condition based on this bout. Aminishiki struggled after Tenku's couple of side slaps and ottsuke puppets and inashi muppets. Yet he held his ground on the tawara using the healthy knee as leverage and slapped Tenku down. Tenku messed it up too by extending his arm as a reaction to Ami's pull. Shogun beat Kakuryu with migiyotsu! Not often seen that Shogun does that. Good sign indeed. Strong gabburi and solid yorikiri start. Ama slipped behind Miya at the tachi-ai and escorted him out. Kotooshu beat Wakanoho in full aiyotsu. Good tachi-ai, good follow-up and his trademark pull up and drive out move worked well. Wakanoho wasn't a match despite his favourite grip. Bird poo indeed. Unchi ga tsuita ga un mo tsuita you da. Taikai has usually good target practise with Tenho or can hone his pulldown skills. Today good elbow-healthy pushing sumo. Nice start. Kotomitsuki did what he often does to Kokkai. Spins him around and dumps violently. Good start for Mickey too. Kokkai was outmaneuvered. Lot of good stuff at juryo and Tosayutaka at Ms1 looked as good as keiko reports hinted. Kisenosato had a good tachi-ai and survived Shoryu's kotenage well. Then just used his horse power and SHoryu's failed kotenage impetus to crush the yokozuna. Kisenosato has many wins over Shoryu now and they are all totally strong wins where Shoryu was simply outpowered. That is good for future. Hope he will continue working on his weakness of letting his upper body float at times. Crucial bouts will be against genki Mickey (can he block the morozashi?). Cool to see his oozumou. Cool to have sumoU again.
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    Day 1 pairings

    I have never been so excited about a coming basho! Don't know what has happened but it is really strong feeling. Soon Natsu basho! What a cooooool fact!!!! Think of shonichi! Many bouts again. Usually many bouts per day but shonichi now and Natsu basho. Wow. And nobody kyujo. Kisenosato vs Shoryu on shonichi..unbelievable stuff. Life is life and Natsu basho comes without any impediments.
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    Help! I'm going to Japan for 6 months!

    For me there has been sudden thresholds that I have crossed. First threshold was when normal Japanese started to sound like "oh I pick up some words". Then after more exposure and studying full sentences became clear at times. The biggest threshold came when consecutive sentences could be understood. I am sure Mane-san will have similar threshold occasions and more rapidly too since you seem linquistically very talented. Written Japanese is just hard core work, just takes hours and hours of exposure, repetition and studying I guess. It IS fun though when one can understand Japanese well and not feel all the time that "soon I will drop off the wagon" when someone talks. Then when too proud feeling just tune in for some news clip about some special stuff about legislation of so and humbleness comes back soon. I am verrrry jealous of such possibility to spend millions of years in JApan without a break and expose, expose and expose. I mean be exposed exposed exposed. Physical naked self exposing in Japan is not good as it is not good in most countries. Make sure to visit chanko place at sumo school every day. Not so big meal but nice anyway AND you can see one of the trillions of interesting Japanese working tasks when the guard/official guides people to the tail end of the queue with SAIKOUBI....SAIKOUBI. Well that task was actually in a way sensible but I have never seen such eerily job as I saw at Tokyo Disneyland where a young woman said to all guests entering some thingie that "ashimoto wo chuui kudasai" and when the face looked foreign she says "Please watch your step" and she did CONSTANTLY as it was such device that the flow was constant and there were no breaks. If formerly common kaisatsu ekiin (ie. those clipper men at stations where they clicked the ticket before automatic stuff has largely taken over) were joked making the click movement with their fingers at sleep too, I am sure this young woman must have had some extra ashimoto wo chuui kudasai-action in her life asleep or not. In Osaka there are guards in front of Korean embassy. It was on the way from Osaka sumo venus to my hotel last time and every day the same guy stood there for at least 7 hours. If he does that for living, it surely is a job where inner life must be rich in order to not bore to death. Well I am sure they rotate the tasks and it is not all he does all days long.
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    Asashouryuu injured-keiko news Natsu 2008

    Asashoryu says he is SATAN. Ok, well he did kind of say that yes but there is now talk about Asashoryu becoming less satanic and turning into an angel. He has had bad manners, bad attitude, selfish arrogance but is it changing? Is he becoming an angel? Stay tuned for Kintamayama's report later on. He wil undoubtedly report about this revelation. But aren't dohyo demons satan's troops in a way? If he turns his back on satanic behaviour and the devil's advocates, will they attack him on the dohyo despite all shiko and will be get badly injured at Natsu basho???
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    Kasugano beya - 7th May 2008

    He also lost mentally already when he saw Asashoryu entering the training session. It was by accident that they were at same keiko session today but Asashoryu targeted him and Sakke went into a panic mode. Shoryu only had 1 bout against Sakke out of the 18 he had overall but even in that he tackled Sakke hard with shoulder resulting in nastu kachiage and sent Sakke far away. Then at butsukarigeiko Sakke was on the dohyo borrowing Nada's chest while Shoryu yelled menacingly that Sakke should do butsukari with him! Sakke pretended he didn't hear that and went all out on the dohyo borrowing Nada's gentle chest. Shoryu was pleased with the keiko and it went as well as he planned. Keiko bouts were much like honbasho bouts and Shoryu looks genki. He used some throws against Tochinoshin and Tochiozan on the way. Sakke had eyeball moisture and he was in general stiff and stressed over Shoryu's visit. His expression radiated "Oh why why why why did he come here..I didn't think he'd come here..." anquish. There is no report of Sakke marrying a woman yet.
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    Asashouryuu injured-keiko news Natsu 2008

    I don't know what he does but I find the reporting about rikishi's weight training bizarre at times and there are totally silly comments like "Hokutoriki got a lot stronger as he bench pressed 140kg at the beginning and soon went up to 200kg!". Kisenosato did squats with 150kg couple of years ago while Wakanosato did bench presses and squats with 100kg. Small weights but rikishi don't do really heavy weights as there is not much sense in that. Then again Shiroikuma who knew Wakanosato well, said once Wakanosato did an easy 300kg deadlift after keiko without much prior training in deadlift and that is quite very impressive. Back in 2000 or so KaioU was introduced weight training. He was totally lost with leg curls at first and couldn't lift much. That wasn't due to lack of power in thigh flexors but just innervation confusion. He soon got used to it. At the same time he did a very easy 200kg squat by just trying how it feels without prior training as squatting doesn't need much tuning up the innervation after sumo background. Hokutoriki's bench press was a beautiful example of how refining the power happens. Hokutoriki surely didn't get MUCH stronger with the bench press keiko as compared with sumo keiko but his muscles just learned to generate power in bench press fast. 200kg is much more closer to "normal" level for strong rikishi without techical prowess in bench press. Konishiki who was always keen on lifting weights had 225-230kg bench press maximum if I remember correctly, Akebono lifted 220kg. Shoryu lifted 180kg 2-3 years ago after keiko and now he has done 200kg evidently. Many rikishi do basic stuff with weights but don't risk their bodies with that and toning up the body like Sentoryu did is not exactly the best way to avoid injuries. Sentoryu was probably 800kg+ powerlifter too but was still easily handled by strong makuuchi rikishi in power sumo. The beauty of sumo is that the power is uqiquitous due to heavy foes and the strain yotsuzumo puts on all parts of the body. The beauty of Ama is that he is exemplary in generating all his power in most positions. He has total harmony between muscle cells, CNS and spinal cord in particular and his cerebellum is among the best in sumo.
  14. Hakuho did the famous peesu appu thing rikishi tend to do at some point and then went 29-2 against Ryuo during a 1 hour sanbangeiko session. "I wasn't planning to do this much but it was totally ok" and his oyakata also was relieved: "He didn't get out of breath either" as there has been some voices (well reported by Itchyman) about Hakuho's lack of keiko amount and preparation slowness. Degeiko to come soon after an ex-Taiho-related event on 6th. He hasn't had the tooth replaced I think but has had some stuffing there for protection. Now he takes it off and also says that he has only been drinking sake lately "I don't get enough calcium" he says and drinks 1 litre of milk per day to counter that bad fact. In general is mood is good and smiling prevalent even without the missing tooth.
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    Chuck in the salt and Fujisan and join the fray Mr Timid (that is what your name means here). Be very well, don't be afraid.
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    Kotomitsuki preparations - Natsu 2008

    Kotomitsuki is genki. He has been doing diligent degeiko since 28th of April. At Tatsunami ichimon keiko session he blasted Hakuho out with strong sumo and looked strong in general. He also kept smiling incessantly and did a nice Azuma move to avoid yusho arasoi inquiries by saying "first gotta see until 3rd day of Natsu". Seems that ALL ozeki and yokozuna do good keiko in their own way and are genki. One week of hard keiko left. Hopefully no injuries happen.
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    KaioU NaiyoU-preparations for Natsu 2008

    Fukuoka-ben for 'even though I'm' I guess? I think this depends a lot of how you see it. It is true that U hasn't had double digits in last basho but he still has very good sumo and power in him when he has a decent tachi-ai. The best examples are his bouts against yokozuna. They are really good bouts and U can defend. He has worn out body but he is a master of adapting and nursing it. Evidently that gym training is one big part of his conditioning. The greatness of KaioU is evident if you think that he can still have very solid bouts against a very young yokozuna who hadn't even joined sumo when U was throwing Musashimaru and the likes around. It is funny how at the same time guys like Baruto get this "Oh he would be almost yokozuna if not the KNEE!" while you have guys like U and Taikai who have multiple chronic injuries that would keep Barutos way below forever. The question whether KaioU should retire already is another thing. In any case it is good to hear he is doing good keiko and showed endurance in aggressive bout against Tenho.
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    Natsu 2008 - pre

    Natsu basho is once again in May. It usually is. Fay is often there in May. We never know in advance. It is very very fun to have Natsu basho coming our way. Think about it. It is SUMOU and it is exciting! Kisenosato is stronger than ever and 170kg and eats well. Many other rikishi are good too. There is not much boo. I really like sumou boom and Fay's picture zoom. We shall all do shiko a lot to make dohyo safe for rikishi. Demons away, except Kogure. Be well. I like Natsu basho. YMY sweats a lot in Natsu basho but probably much more during Nagoya basho. Sweat is good. What do you think about Natsu 2008? Or do you think at all? Down with the henka, on with the bashow! Tachi-ai is the core of May!
  19. It is good that Aminishiki has a KNEE functional enough for good keiko. Good addition.
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    He injured his knee at Haru basho and naturally was sent to juryo as he couldn't pile up wins by staying home. Kind of like when someone has a heart attack and is sent to hospital for by-pass surgery, he/she loses rank and becomes a rank and filer and often depressed.
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    Kasugano keiko / manners missing

    When I visited Sakaigawa-keiko in January, the fact that Sakaigawa-oyakata came in with his pyjamas on and before that I rang the doorbell of the actual residence door at Sakaigawa-beya and asked a permission to watch asageiko gave strong impression that I was actually entering their home. The first 1 hour I was the only guest there and rikishi even replied to my mornings and so. Tokoyama brought me zabuton and I naturally had the best seat as I was the only one there. I can't imagine anyone visiting someone's home at 6am and not respecting it by watching the keiko without fussing around and so. Maybe the atmophere is different when there are plenty of spectators as that sort of makes it more "public" event despite the fact that that it still is their home. I was serene, quiet, focused and wrote on my notebook and took some pictures and videos and stayed 4 hours there. Nobody goes to anyone's home and act like it is their own home. Or if they do, they are idiots and must be destroyed immediately or gently guided. Dotombori is a better place for less restrained behaviour! There are also pimps around and millions of non-pimp humans.
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    Soken YDC stuff

    Some reporter has had his facts all over the place again. Kisenosato did have nice bouts against Shoryu and was 1-3 but Shoryu also had bouts with Toyonoshima, Kotooshu according to Nishinoshima's videos. and not just Kise, Goeido and Tochinoshin.
  23. Kaikitsune Makoto

    May 2008 Banzuke

    It is important to comment makushita indeed. Hokutokuni 1 Tosayutaka Hokutokuni is very strong and was 6-9 in his juryo debut. Still powerful wins, good sumo and solid age. He should have good chance to get back in juryo although his foes will be very tough indeed. Tosayutaka has his brilliance but also lacks size and something. Yet, his talent is indisputable and he should become solid sekitori too. Quality Ms1. Yamamotoyama 2 Aran This pair has risen up together and both bring in unique physiques. Aran's top level power athlete's physique is impressive but he had to do his best sumo to get kachi koshi in Haru. Some rather weak wins and was also dominated couple of times during the basho. YMY looked invincible in his 5 wins but I have no idea how he was in his 2 losses. Kintamayama just commented "YMY looked confused in his bout against Kotoyutaka" but that doesn't say much. In any case both Aran and YMV move well and have good horse power and are interesting rikishi so rapid ascension to juryo is recommendable. Kotoyutaka 3 Ryuuhou Kotoyutaka beat YMY and looks physically strong. He isn't that young anymore but has good chance to become Sado's next sekitori. Ryuuhou is also physically strong and a nice test for the surrounding rikishi. Mori 4 Houchiyama Mori creeped up. He was good college rikishi but doesn't really look so stellar in any way. A good basic sumo package without much special points. Would be interesting to see how he could cope with juryo. Houchiyama has had bad back problems and can't generate power. If he was recovered suddenly, it would be yet another solid juryo level rikishi competing at high makushita. Kanbayashi 5 Takakoyama Kanbayashi tries to get it done the easy way and I don't like his sumo one bit. Takakoyama is a classic working horse with heavy body and has done more keiko with Kisenosato than any active rikishi Wakanosato excluded. It is cool to see him approaching the top of makushita. Like Mori he is a real basic sumo package but with more body weight and more oshi. Wakatenrou 6 Shoutenrou Wakatenrou messed up his chance to get promoted to juryo after a long while but finished Haru with two losses ending up at 3-4 at Ms2 so he went down to Ms6 and outside promotion zone. Shoutenrou has been around the neighbourhood for a while. Multifaceted but fujuubun. Yamasaki 7 Hoshikaze I have no idea who is Yamasaki and how he is. No recollections of seeing any of his bouts ever. Hoshikaze is sometimes very angry on the dohyo and has versatile skills. He is close to his all time career high and speaks good Mongolian. Minami 8 Satoyama Minami has had the blessing of curse to fly under the shadows of YMY, Aran and even Ri. He is fat, solid but a bit unproven yet. A rikishi his size and style often hits walls very hard and has limited means to evolve much, especially since he is college rikishi and MBO signs in his mid section. Satoyama is either carrying more than one serious injury or has illness. He has lost his sumo, his power and his brilliance. I don't know what has happened to him. Yoshiazuma 9 Dairaidou Yoshiazuma took a peak into juryo and plummeted back, had shoulder problems and steepened his decline with 1-6 in Hatsu. He bounced back with good 6-1 in Haru and is back is business. He is taller than 99.5% of Japanese men (rough estimation out of the blue sky). Dairaidou the roidbull had his honeymoon in sumo and then became a shadow land wanderer. Started Haru with 4-0 only to fall into 3 bout losing streak. Dairaidou is like the angrier version of Toyohibiki but not quite as strong though. Tokusegawa 10 Kaounishiki Lanky Mongolian is good but so far hasn't bee strong enough for juryo challenge. Kaounishiki is already an entity in makushita and not going anywhere fast. Shimoda 11 Senshou Kokkai and Mori has excellent basho and their heyamate Shimoda had one too. 6-1 took him closer to sensible ranks. 1 year ago or so I made a bet of 100 units of currency with Kintamayama that Shimoda will never get into juryo. I win. Senshou is an unknown Mongolian. Sugita 12 Tamaasuka Sugita has risen back with consecutive kk. He is small, agile and cool. Many women would like to have an encounter with him. Not all rikishi would as he is tremendously slippery when wet. Tamaasuka is a <sigggggh> rikishi who was future sanyaku but ended up as listless makushita. Good Haru basho though... Nakano 13 Ri Ri is improving but has too ready body for his sumo soul. He needs to hone his sumo soul to match his body and he will be formidable. Tools tools and tools but also certain immaturity in his sumo and kind of "oooops...yeah i made a new kind of mistake again" rikishi but that is GOOD. He will improve and utilize. Nakano is not discussed in his preview due to constraints. Daishouyama 14 Soukokurai Daishoyama no more salaried ranks for him. Soukokurai has good tendons and can excel in sumo. Kasugakuni 15 Nakanokuni Kasugakuni has been thrown around by Kasugao undoubtedly hundreds of times. Nakanokuni may watch Olympics on TV. Juumonji 16 Kirinoumi Juumonji retires soon. Kirinoumi does what Kirinoumi does. Kotokuni 17 Matsutani Fukuoka 18 Hayasegawa Daimanazuru 19 Shiratsuka Asahisakari 20 Tamarikidou I have to go to run errands and return books to library. Also soon I must install MICROSOFT FLIGHT SIMULATOR and fly to NARITA and other airports with a jumbojet. Last comments: Daimanazuru no more juryo, Shiratsuka not so impressive in the bouts I have seen from him. Tamarikido soon SUIT for real and not just in imaginary world. Be well
  24. Kaikitsune Makoto

    Butsukarigeiko without a human

    Sumo is a dear sport to me and it triggers positive response in my nucleus accumbens whenever I get a good dose of sumoU. Hence it is also fun and divine to create simulations of various sumo training methods. Shiko is self explanatory and naturally can be done without any problems. It can also be done with the addition of extra weights in form of weigh vests for example. Suriashi follows similar logic and a New Yorker could easily go for suriashi on Manhattan and police wouldn't interfere. I have never been to New York by the way. It is very famous city. It has Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, Manhattan steaks, central park, N.Y.P.D. Blue, foreign cab drivers and white teeth ex-mayor Rudy-san and naturally it was the platform of the huge terrorist attack in 2001. But regardless, suriashi can be done anywhere with dignity, power and dynamic nature. BUT then we have butsukarigeiko... Butsukarigeiko is form of traning where the attacker pushes the receiver with all his might exerting maximum power from thighs and hips. Shiroikuma was a famous amateur rikishi with passion, sumodou and overwhelming devotion to sumo at least couple of years ago still. He vanished from forum and deleted most of his messages on his way but he was a huge source of wonderful information and sumo training stuff. One of his equipments was butsukari-machine he had built. It was a big rack/sledge kind of thing with possibility to add weights and hence adjust the resistence. But if we exclude that, what would be the best butsukarigeiko in hitorizumo way? I don't know but am currently conducting experiments to find out. My first scetch was leg press with very small movements and passive resistance. It is much more effective that it sounds. Admittedly it pretty much dismisses the use of hips but it targets the thighs tremendously well. The idea is not to do normal leg presses but to do 2-3 minute set of small movements combined with occasional negative set ie. resisting while lowering the heavy weight towards your chest like in true leg press. The key points to make the effect as close to butsukari as possible are the following: 1. It is essential that the weight is so heavy that it feels on your leg muscles already after 30 seconds. 2. You should do a negative set many times during the exercise so that the loweiring takes a lot of time and doesn't come too low (so that you can lift it up with the help of your hands pressing the knees). BEST would be if you can do bounce back moves in the middle of the lowering!!!! TOUGH!!! 3. Keep pumping the muscles when at almost upmost position so that the muscles get the resistance also with dynamic element. 4. Go all out. This is not a "90% is ok" exercise. You must go all out so that the final lowering is so difficult that the weight crushes you to death. Well use supporters on the leg press rack to save you from that. Also you can really feel the pain in this move, but you must always keep in mind that muscles don't develop well with only isometric tension. So pump well. I don't know if this works at all with those not so convient horisontal leg presses. In butsukarigeiko the bending of the knees is never very deep except at the beginning of the surge perhaps and when the receiver does that neck pressing thing. Bending the knees isn't vital to get good keiko also for the thighs. Admittedly hips are worked out at least as much as thighs in true butsukarigeiko but in this leg press experiment, the role of hips will not be big due to kinesiological facts. If done in the aforementioned way, leg press adaptation mimmicks many of the physiological moments in butsukarigeiko or at least that is my theory now. I have done such keiko twice now. Both times I have done regular heavy leg press sets, even 8 of them so my legs have been exhausted already at that time. But then I have followed it with 5 sets of "butsukarimimicry". It seems to really kill the thighs. I think one big benefit of doing it after heavy regular presses is that heavy regular press is so tough exercise that normally the other leg training exercises feel a bit clumsy or unsatisfying but the nature of this mimmicry exercise enables all-out training very well. Next time I will try to combine each set of mimmicry with immediate suriashi with 20-30kg weight in lap. That should really be tough. Of course in real butsukari also upper body works but that is not so important as this butsukarimimmicry is for lower body workout only. Do you have ideas?
  25. Kaikitsune Makoto

    Butsukarigeiko without a human

    My first scetch was leg press with very small movements and passive resistance Not so efficient actually. Tried it few times now. Maybe good for final exhaustive process for legs after hard training but otherwise doesn't feel that extraordinary.