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    Day 7 lower division results

    One article reports that Takateru got concussion and was wobbly and all but was checked at the arena and was seen walking on his own saying daijoubu leaviing the arena.
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    Day 7 comments

    Way to honour the chance to meet the yokozuna. Bravo Wakakoyu, very spirited attack with all out, no regrets, no visible tension. Great stuff.
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    Day 7 comments

    Kakuryu and Kisenosato: 3-3 record in last 6 encounters, tactics is clear, Kakuryu wants to get inside while Kise tries to keep him away. Today very solid pushing attack and piss off you morozashi midget-attitude kept Kakuryu away and it was quite one-sided win. One of the best wins for Kise this basho. Kakuryu is great in general when he gets into his own form. 5-2 and strong wins over two ozeki. Shogun is very strong this basho, day 1 loss brought some "choking already" comments from a prominent musician but police is investigating the matter now. Naturally it all depends on how he does against ozeki and Hakuho but so far he has dominated Kisenosato, Goeido, Tochinoshin which is already a lot. Not much chance for Yoshikaze. Shogun was just too strong Harumafuji had some scare for the first time this basho but solved the problem of letting Goeido in by launching an explosive throw. 7-0 and yusho favourite for sure. Almost perfect sumo all basho and sharpness at its best.
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    Takanoyama's training and diet

    Naruto oyakata is known to favour weight training as part of training regime. All sekitori (in all stables) are muscular, Takanoyama is much less muscular than Kisenosato or Wakanosato who are both very beefy (also Takayasu is very muscular) but Takanoyama just doesn't have the fat. Why? Probably due to training habits of lot of keiko and natural aversion to eating huge amounts of food + body type. Czech amateur sumoman Shiroikuma said back in the mediocre old days that he brought Takanoyama protein drinks etc and encouraged him to gain weight without much success. Takanoyama has gained weight slowly over the years and basically only muscle. Takanoyama is one of the greatest stories of oozumo and unique career in many ways.
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    Day 3 results and day 4 pairings

    Some observations: Kotoshogiku looked very powerful and thick today against Tochinoshin. Thick is a way that he looks like a rikishi with all possible organs thick from toe to eye fat. Tochinoshin got his left hand outside but Kotoshogiku broke the grip and then simply outpowered Tochinoshin. He may or may not be ozeki material but he is for sure stronger physically than year ago. He was tarzan in his early sandanme/makushita days and nowadays a muscular hippo. Kisenosato managed to get in a bad bout on day 2 but looked sharp and also showed a lot of horse power in his moves. Goeido didn't have his best day but very one-sided win. Okinoumi is dangerous with left hand inside but wasn't able to beat Wakanosato with that today. Still Okinoumi is also a rikishi with elevated strength level as was well witnessed in his day 2 burly win against right hand outside Kaisei. Contrary to what the Man wrote on another thread, Kotooshu didn't have much to do with Tosayutaka's injury. Tosayutaka tried his trademark on the edge bending action and his leg got straightened and twisted. Looked more like hamstring injury based on the replay but I suppose knee it is then. Kotooshu did slam him but Tosayutaka's put himself there with his own respectable to the bitter end-fight. Harumafuji looks flawless, just beautiful control in small details. Confident and sharp, if things stay like this, he will beat everyone. Tokitenku vs Aran was a good one too, Aran doing his usual moves with tsuri, pivots and overall migiyotsu power play while Tenku has his ability to withstand quite a lot of power in that position and then has his perfect timing for one of the best uchigake of the year. Brilliant. Tochinowaka looks like a absent-minded and a bit soft giant who can generate but who looks as if he was always a bit of a sloth. Still 3-0. He needs some more sharpness and more sushi. It must feel good to beat Gagamaru since Gagamaru always comes forward and throws around his stomach and all, he is a simple rikishi and you know what you get. Homasho used his typical leaning posture and tenacity, got a grip and had a good power win. Plenty of good sumo so far it seems.
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    Meet the new juryo

    Tremendous effort, best way to introduce new juryo and returnees, big service to sumoforum. Hopefully members appreciate this a lot. Thanks a lot. <bow>
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    Okinoumi for Sanyaku ?

    Okinoumi is powerful, has good height (190cm), evidently does good keiko and is now healthier. He had lower back problems and shoulder problems. He has beefed up quite a lot in the last year or so (definitely over 150kg clearly now) and resembles Tokusegawa in many ways. He can generate a lot of power which has been shown well this basho also in bouts he lost (like the one against Baruto) and also has good sumo senses and skills. Ex-Chiyotaikai commented today he looks forward to seeing how strong he will become eventually. He has all the ingredients at least and is only 25 years old. He doesn't have striking weaknesses as far as I can see. Room for refinement and further development for sure.
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    Rikishi/Oyakata/YDC reactions to yaocho affair

    Kisenosato's name has come up before in fleeting yaocho topics like the weird one about Asashoryu and yaocho back in the days and always as an example of a rikishi who does not engage in such. I doubt Wakanoho had some kind of extra warm relations with Kisenosato and wouldn't have any motivation to single him out in a positive light without a reason. In any case, whatever the scope of yaocho is in professional sumo, whatever the cultural way of Japan may be (yaocho is embedded in the culture etc), these "lone" warriors who go their own way not succumbing to a "dirty" system (even if it was not considered dirty in the actual society itself) are the real pearls in my opinion. Kisenosato is my number one favourite rikishi so the naturally the more than 50-50 chance that he actually represents the ideal way (in my world) is comforting. In general, regardless of who may be clean or not, the type of rikishi who would stick to going for a win in every single bout is the ideal rikishi in my world. If the system is riddled with yaocho and yaocho is considered quite normal and yet a rikishi X never changes his way always going for a win, he gets my full respect. Damn statue should be erected for individuals like that. In my sumo world senpais are respected by trying to rip their hearts out sumowise whenever meeting them on the dohyo, no matter what situation, all bouts are approached with only a single thought "This is the only moment that matters, this very bout, this very sumo bout, there is no yesterday, tomorrow or 2018, only a chance to go all out regardless of anything". If only the world of sumo, Japan and individual minds were as simple as that.
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    Mitoizumi yusho

    Big salt, big character, big man. Nowadays Nishikido-oyakata winning his maegashira yusho in Nagoya 1992 as M1. Some of his bouts are shown in that clip including less obese Musashimaru, Takanonami, Wakanohana, Takatoriki, Kotonishiki. Also some dynamic Terao sumo against Musashimaru. And found this one too, utchari-party and 3 torinaoshi.
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    Tosanoumi intai

    Tosanoumi was Tosanoumi. He had thinnest calves in relation to size and thighs. His grunting was loudest in makuuchi. His bouts against Musoyama were often very intense and true bison style bing bangs repeatedly, His stumbling became a bit tragicomic at one point. He often took direct eye contact right after the moment his foe stepped out, lifted his head and looked straight into the eyes of his foe in rather unique way. He almost always rejected the helping hand of his foe when down on the dohyo or off the dohyo by forming an international stop-gesture with his palm facing toward the foe, sometimes combined that with particular lip rounding move. He had one of the oddest losses against Musoyama where Musoyama had just given up on the edge when Tosa turned the nnnnghhh into a throw/pivoting move enabling Musoyama to continue to his (Musoyama's great surprise) and Muso ended up winning after that. It was a really funny moment in life. Naturally he just didn't see Musoyama just gave up 0.2 seconds before his unnecessary pivot. He had strong left hand outside grip which he used to launch some spectacular throws.
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    Sumo blog list

    It is odd rikishi stop updating without any notice. After all there are many readers/fans who like those. Especially rikishi who have no major disasters like Kotoshogiku who just vanished. Strange. Futeno on the other hand is obviously annihilated. Illness, gambling whatever stuff must have happened. He even was the main blogger in makuuchi and his blog was known well. Then, nothing all of a sudden. No explanation, not even a laconic comment like "This blog won't be updated anymore", just silence. I believe Futeno has some non-healing debilitating injury which destroyed him. Nobody gets that weak considering his former horse power.
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    Buyuuuuuzan danpatsushiki

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    Day 9 results and day 10 pairings

    His sumo style is based on power and since his power level is going up little by little, his sumo gets stronger too. He has skillful technique but quite simple too. Reports from keiko indicate he is strong enough now to also do well in basic yotsu against strong foes, something that was not the case when his power level was less. Maturity sure but most important is the step by step power increase. As he goes forward mostly, the comments by some of his keiko opponents that "he has gotten stronger" is easily understood as that strength is felt immediately by the opponents. Not really surprising he is doing this well.
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    Day 9 lower division results

    Ms14w Ikioi (4-1) oshidashi Ms17w Kyokushuho (3-2) Ikioi the "great frame talent" is going strong getting his best ever 3 basho streak in makushita since his makushita debut in May 2006! And he got kachi koshi already at his career high rank. 191cm/131kg lazy looking talent may well become a sekitori soon or fade back into mid makushita. He is still only 23 years old. And he did this by beating another talent who has not been advancing as well as predicted by many. Both there rikishi have what many Japanese rikishi in particular lack: height and reach in a slender package. Way too many tall Japanese rikishi are big fat men who have no real substance in their sumo nor good athletism.
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    Day 2 results and day 3 pairings

    No sumou. Were there many good moments on the dohyo, enticing mobility, outstanding efforts and sharp killer moves? Did Kasugao exhibit as tremendous power sumo as on day 1? Did Sokokurai beat Nada with right hand outside uwatenage and underline Nada's decline? Was Asasekiryu vs Tosa a solid yotsu where Tosa tried utchari and was crushed? Was Takamisakari's tsukiotoshi offensive in nature? Was it as evident as is the image of Shogun vs Aran meaning stomach driven continuos drive by Shogun or morozashi? Was O3 now strong from the start as opposed to weak day 1? Was the susotori a reaction to movement or planned attack from calmer situation? Did Kisenosato own Baruto? Didn't Kakuryu cause Kotooshu problems with his eloquent movements? Was Hakuho tightening his lips arrogantly when standing up from the kensho receiving squat? Well, it is Aki basho.
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    YDC Soken Aki 2010

    Okushima sleeping most of soken was quite tragicomic considering his status in this reform thing. Arrogant and impolite to greatest degree. Then again I doubt rikishi put much effort in soken this time either. No news about such dynamic soken stuff at least. Odd world.
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    Takatoriki sumo

    1990 Nagoya basho bout against Daishoyama resulting in violent slapfest and suborbital fracture. Takatoriki was at J1 back then. Takatoriki vs Akebono bouts, some of them. Takatoriki had some great ones against Akebono. Life was life back then in the 1990s for Takatoriki and Akebono. Still is. Takatoriki's yusho at M14 in Haru 2000. Good clip, interesting stuff and his own thoughts.
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    Rikishi set to pad their resumes

    6000 yen a month? Not very cheap there in Japan unless the connection is very fast then. http://www.hs.fi/urheilu/artikkeli/Japanin...e/1135259578689
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    Who will pay some of sumoforum's expenses?

    Thank you for all the donations. I have contacted each donator personally and informed about the success of the money transfer so hopefully there are no members who have made a donation via Paypal or international bank transfer and have not heard from me after the donation. 12 donations altogether and pretty much 1 year sumoforum fees covered with the total sum. <bow>
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    Sad things - sumo Nagoya

    Nichonage by Takekaze on day 12 was very impressive. Tokusegawa was squashed but the sad part was Takekaze's knee hitting down first and no dead body rule or any other loophole in such events. Still, such an effort and massive throw getting unrewarded is a bit sad I think. Tokusegawa probably has never won by getting so totally thrown onto his back. Damn that was a cool throw though. This was even better than the one Miyabiyama did against Takanohana and injuring his shoulder in the process (rematch was ordered and Taka won that). Takekaze wasn't sad on day 13 when performing another cool technique susoharai against Tamaasuka whose current taping brings to mind surgery wound hernia patient that had over 30cm hernia in her stomach so that one could press with one's hand all the way to the spine as her vertical midline incision sutures at the fascia were ruptured and the whole stomach opened up underneath the skin and one could nicely feel the bowels and spine even without the abds or fascia on the way. When holding breath and generating tension, she looked to be pregnant with big twins on 38th week since the abdominal contents bulged out of the abdominal cavity. Tamaasuka's taping just brings that to mind. Aran makes me sad. He is very strong and also has skill (not that getting morozashi against Kisenosato is necessary so difficult...frustrated fan's comment dake) but he does those henka moves and pulling fests still a lot. I am sure he can't help it as it comes automatically at times but he should definitely be a rikishi who actually does according to that boring mantra of "I want to do forward going sumo" when ganbarimasu and ichiban ichiban or jibun no sumo kind of prerecorded mantras are used. Nobody wants to see strong rikishi doing such moves. Of course the fact that he is good at henka and pulldowns make his foes worry about those and makes it more likely that they are more cautious and hence Aran gets advantage getting into good positions and winning tachi-ais. Aminishiki's knee injury and withdrawal is sad. He really is a positive asset with his beautiful and dynamic sumo. The saddest fact that Kisenosato is showing more and more than despite being fast and very strong, he will probably never get rid of his shortcomings which simply prevent him from getting higher.
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    Who will pay some of sumoforum's expenses?

    And after lot of problems and lack of decent response from Paypal, I have finally managed to get back there so Paypal is also an option now and should be the best option for people outside EU (where IBAN bank transfers should be free of charge and the easiest way). I will contact people privately about this. I am not collecting more money than the annual fee is so since more volunteers have now written to me, the expense p er person will be quite small.
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    Day 11 second half comments

    Good bout between Kisenosato and Baruto. Kisenosato seems to be losing his good bouts now with small margin. Interesting approach by Baruto not wanting to get the mawashi even, just kept pushing before some yotsu and again separation. Dynamic bout with good solid sumo by both. Underlining again the small margins Kisenosato loses with when not getting totally beaten at the tachi-ai. Anyways, this is the kind of sumo that is all out sumo. Kitataiki goes against yokozuna tomorrow with 3 bout winning streak. Nifty move after Hakuba turned him around, pivoted fast and outpowered Hakuba. Aran and Tochinoshin had a classic migiyotsu duel which is both rikishi's best sumo. Aran had more power today and threw Tochinoshin down with a beautiful power uwatenage when Tochinoshin was attacking. 7-4 and sanyaku beckons. Tochinoshin goes 3-8 and loses his sanyaku spot. Tenho and Shimotori also had migiyotsu and this bout highlighted the difference of class as Tenho is a class higher that Shimotori and showed that by not having much problems despite Shimotori's favourite sumo. O3 was able to handle Aminishiki's early trickery before launching his drive getting his 6th win and getting read for sanyaku return. Sometimes it would be nice to get some insight why rikishi do odd things at times. Yoshikaze is in bad form and Asasekiryu has had his 2 wins in a row now and then goes for henka losing like an idiot. Oh well, such is life. Tokitenku was impatient and stood up twice while Kotooshu just stayed in crouched position waiting for the ultimate syncronization of breathing, thoughts about Rijicho's blood pressire burnout and eye contact with Tokitenku. Tokitenku then crouched down fast and tachi-ai was speedy, Kotooshu was late and was pulled down. Curses in Bulgarian (or Japanese..who knows whether he thinks in Japanese on the dohyo) for sure in his mind. Shogun now makekoshi after an expected loss to Hakuho. Sanyaku spots are opening up. Only Kisenosato probably stay at sanyaku.
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    KaioU injured

    He can barely use the left arm. It was even said an operation would be an option but KaioU says no as there is not enough time before Aki basho. Evidently a bad enough muscle tear at the shoulder area. That silly "2 weeks to total recovery" statement is there as usual but naturally 2 months is closer to truth and if it is bad rotator cuff tear, the arm will be quite weak for a long time and given the earlier injuries, it certainly doesn't look promising when it comes to Aki basho and career continuation. "Somehow I want to make it to Aki basho" says KaioU and doesn't seem that convinced himself.
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    Day 10 results and day 11 pairings

    Credit goes to Aran for being able to beat strong opponents 2 days in a row by getting morozashi. First he used Kisenosato's weakness on day 9 and today he totally extinguished lacklustre Shogun by easily getting morozashi and having quite an easy day at the office. Good stuff now after lot of slapdown sumo on early part of the basho. 6-4 at M2 is very good. Kotoshogiku looks oddly erratic and hasn't been able to produce much in his last 3 bouts. He is bound to lose sekiwake rank and probably also sanyaku. Good call that rematch in Shimo-Tamawashi. Mokonami vs Tokusegawa was great power bout where you could sense the horse power. Tokusegawa's finishing move was well timed while Mokonami centre of balance was more on the right side due to leg position. Tokusegawa's sumo is solid an quite clean. Good human rikishi. 6-4 at M7 is good. Mokonami has lost 4 out of his 5 last bouts but isn't weak. Mongolians often have that extra something that is hard to specify. Asasekiryu's win over Tochinoshin was awesome. Blocked Tochinoshin's right hand inside use by learning with his head while having a strong grip, got even better grip step by step during advance attempts and finally had Tochinoshin in impossible squeeze and escorted him out with the help of some kirikaeshi aid. Tochinoshin had nothing to work on in this bout from the start. Tochinoshin most likely gets demoted from sanyaku too with his 3-7 Oh how much that little difference does! Perfect example of Kisenosato today too, he was very close to losing feebly by morozashi but had just enough movement today blocking Hakuho from getting that, then he was very strong. In this kind of sumo Kisenosato is hard to beat and he was able to give Hakuho lot of powerful pushes. The robustness of Kise shows well here, yet at the end Hakuho did launch a great kakenage but it was a good bout and great finish. It would have 3 second morozashi bout if Hakuho got just an inch closer at the start when Kise opened up too much again. Homasho handled Gagamaru without problems and Gagamaru's tachi-ai was slow today.
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    Who will pay some of sumoforum's expenses?

    5-6 volunteers so far has sent me a message. Nobody else willing to take part?