Kaikitsune Makoto

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  1. Bushuyama said this basho was his "last chance" and he was desperate to get kachi koshi. Indeed his sumo looked very spirited throughout and especially the fact that he was able to win well with oshi, yotsu, kotenage and defensively he had many techniques at his disposal.

  2. Update 28.5.2008

    Bushuyama has turned 32 and just made a successful comeback into juryo. He made his first comeback since the last update of this featured rikishi-page already in Hatsu 2007 and even had 9-6 record then before sliding back to makushita with 6-9 and 6-9 and even suffered a bad makekoshi 2-5 at Ms2 in Nagoya 2007.

    Since Aki basho 2007 he has had only kachikoshi results. 5-2, 4-3, 4-3 and 4-3 in makushita and now very good basho with 9-6 at J14. Bushuyama had the best basho of his career in my opinion.

    Days 1 and were promising with good oshi attack against Katayama and very clever and dynamic tsukiotoshi from static position against Wakakoyu. On day 3 he yielded uwate to Shimotori and outpowered. On days 4 and 5 he had powerful tachi-ais against Daiyubu and Sagatsukasa and tsukiotoshied both. On day 6 he was pushed out by Kirinowaka but on day 7 he had Shirononami in kime-hold and finished with kotenage after taking all Shito's attempts. On day 8 he had no problems with Asofuji and on day 9 he had another hidariyotsu stance against Mokonami and finished him with kotenage too.

    On days 10-12 he lost three in a row but didn't have any bad bouts though. Day 10 bout against Kitazakura was intense. Bushuyama won the tachi-ai and even in migiyotsu stance was the forcer until Kita unleashed a nice sukuinage close to edge. On day 11 Bushuyama had a long exciting bout against genki Koryu putting Koryu into defensive. Both had their chances until Koryu did a surprising uwatehineri amidst Bushu's pressure. On day 12 he attacked Kimurayama well but Kimurayama's sideways movement was superb. Bushuyama looked very annoyed and disappointed after each of these losses.

    On day 13 he clinched his kachi koshi finally by having an aggressive counter with Ryuo finishing with his third kotenage of the basho. He was VERY happy to have that kachi koshi and simply oozed content and fighting spirit. On day 14 he was outpowered by Ushiomaru but sent Ichihara to makekoshi on senshuraku to get a good 9-6 results.

    Bushuyama's sumo had strong tachi-ai, good kime-squeeze, powerful hidarityotsu and always fighiting spirit high. He is also mini-Kitazakura in his inability of lack of will to suck up the content and disappointment after bouts. This was best Bushuyama ever and he is 32! Must be healthy and sumo is fun for him now. Even in the bouts he lost he was mostly rather good. Only 2-3 "bad" bouts.

    Pay attention to Bushuyama. He is strong and has spirit.

  3. Shironoyu is strong at keiko at Sakaigawa-beya and as good as Sadanoumi. He had a great basho with 6-1 result. It seems he broke his nose in his 4th bout and bled well. He got plenty of applause at his stable's senshuuraku party for his perseverance. He will turn 25 in September.


    Oyakata is really hoping to see Hochiyama get back to juryo. Hochiyama went makekoshi in makushita. I think he has quite significant back problems.

  4. I have never been a big Kotooshu-fan but his smiling face, genuine joy and all enthusiastic Bulgarian comments during yusho interview, the whole appearance of his really makes it a really nice makuuchi yusho win. A lot of ultimate post-orgasm serenity, mental truce with the world, bubbly joy and yatto hotto feelings and eruption of teeth shining and everything that is related to stable mental state with nirvanaish peace. Kotooshu is a big man, big cheese appetite, big father, big heart. He even said his hurt his kokoro during the hardship which was nice thing to say and highlights the hotto yatto motto GOOD state. His sumo was strong but it was also "lucky" but lucky means he was able to do his own sumo basically every day almost and that is skill, flow and concentration. Things won't be like that in Nagoya but now he has serenity, cheese and obstacle removed. Be well Kotooshu. Be well. Looking forward to Nagoya basho. Sumo wrestling is a very good thing and he probably agrees now fully too. Hristo Stoitskov!

  5. Homarefuji vs Fukao had a beautiful "o-ou...."-process featuring a very big rikishi (198kg) losing balance and then everything collapsing including knee, legs, hips, breasts and all in a series of separate phases. It is very massive fall out of control and must not be shown as the first glimpse of sumo to fatsos all-believers of non-sumofan civilians.

  6. Those scar lesions Iwakiyama carries must be ecthyma scars. Usually children, neglected elderly or immunosuppressed individuals get these but can come othewise too. Streps are most common pathogens. I saw one lady once with many crater like ecthymas but I didn't know what was wrong with her. All inflammation markers were high too and high fever without other focus. Probably systemic echtyma it was!!! Treatment was kick-ass i.v antibiotics but only Iwakiyama brought the impetus to do research later about the craters and indeed she must have had rare systemic echtyma. Very cool (not for patient...). Wondered about what are those craters on Iwakiyama-zeki! Now there may be sound diagnosis. How lovely is that on scale 1 to 10? 9. Please witness images of ecthyma. I can't find a picture of Iwakiyama's clear ecthymas on his skin but I have seen his knee area from close range and admired the ecthyma scar then. It has also been visible in some pictures. He has more than one too. Maybe the gross size of his causes his skin to be more prone to bacterial infection complications like that.

    Here are some non-gross images of ecthymas. You can find gross images too by trying google search with "ecthyma". You can also find sheep and goats with ecthyma.






    A bit gross one perhaps:


  7. Aran is basically pulling in EVERY bout. He is totally chronic in that. I find that quite peculiar and much more so since he does so much keiko and is strong, solid and all. As if it is so badly embedded in his spinal cord that he just has to do that. He is good at that yes but still his sumo is very unpleasant while effective to a degree. Hope he brings more solid sumo to juryo or that he will be totally destroyed there to tiny Ossetian granules. Could someone really tell him to stop screwing around there and start doing sumo that he can be proud of and results come then too? His sumo is more annoying that Goeido's total self-destruction sumo in makuuchi. Weird. Where the hell is the Ossetian pride, the "manly pimples are good for rough men"-attitude, the desire to win by squeezing the air out of foes and do good sound sumo? I whistle to Aran and not the way some women do, I want to see more manly sumo from him. Shame on him. Lets see if there is a real rikishi there or is he just another puller? Ossetian Yokozuna, use your authority and make Aran do good sumo and not cut corners and do unappealing sumo. Come on...

  8. Yashiki was quite outspoken in his yusho interview. He also said he played badminton as an infant, got injured so stopped doing that, got fat and his mother told him to join sumo since he became fat. Such was sumo career start.

    Tamaasuka thanked profusely Tamakasuga's support throughout the years and so. BTW, Tamawashi is close to makuuchi while Tamaasuka may go to juryo now. Good basho for Kataonami-beya and Tamanoshima stopped Hokutoriki making him look helpless again.

  9. In my host family in Matsumoto I asked about Asashoryu's Japanese from the head of the family while we were listening to his long talk. He pointed out that Shoryu's Japanese is very fluent but it is also clear foreigner's Japanese with grammar errors and ways to say some stuff. Perhaps Japanese who say his Japanese is like native refer to the fluency and maybe even pronounciation but at least my host family members were firmly saying that no Japanese native would speak like he does in some grammatical ways and ways to say things. It would actually be very strange if he could sound like a total native. I have never seen any foreigner who didn't move to Finland as a child that could speak Finnish that would fool me into thinking it is native Finnish, no matter how fluent. There are always some differences that are clear.

    I suppose it is a big factor how much foreigners spend time with natives and interact. It is said that Hakurozan has been much more integrated in his heya than Roho in his own. Maybe that was the reason he is better in Japanese and he is said to be more open too.

    Akebono mastered even some advanced grammar well in his Japanese flow at the end of his sumo career. I have many old tapes from that time and now when I understand the language, looking at those tapes again is great fun.

    Big question is always how to define fluency or language skills. It doesn't say anything about real language skills if rikishi can talk fluently about sumo. Put a rikishi in a bank to open an account and discuss possible investment possibilities or make him go alone to buy a house from real estate agent who explains the details of the house and so on. But for a rikishi it is enough to know the sumo stuff well and then be able to communicate enough to survive in every day trivialities in Japan. Still it doesn't mean they are "fluent".

    Good question to evaluate true Japanese skills would be to have rikishi listen to 20 minute news clip in Japanese about various topics including politics, sports, whatever crime stuff etc. and see how well he can follow that. And if news language is "too katai", then even some discussion panel where topic isn't sumo or something familiar to them.

    It is annoying when people list "I speak English, Swedish, German, Japanese, Russian" and then when questioned more, they can understand just some of 2 of those languages and speak basic stuff and be at maximum moderate level in other 2 and fluent in only one". To be able to say "he speaks 4 languages" should require REAL skill in those languages. Someone said Baruto speaks English. Then in some interview revealed his English is very shallow and quite rudimentary. That is not equivalent of "CAN SPEAK ENGLISH". It is "understands some English and can speak it a bit".

    Nobody says "I can bake well" when they have done buns twice and some apple pie once without major disasters.

  10. The body was moving so after it was just more concentrated.


    That dake there is just the same stuff as shika nai...so the sentence is more like:

    The body is moving (well) so now (from now on...ato =>) I just have to concentrate more (go there more concentrated).

    I suppose he meant that since body is moving well and no problem there, he just needs to stay more focused to not let the poor body get into impossible situations or difficult situations at the tachi-ai or so.

  11. A good tachiai was possible but due to my aite's inashi (duck, dodge and retreat) response, I couldn't do the rest.


    I was able to do good tachi-ai but I couldn't really react/respond to aite's inashi.

    Effin chancy is what exactly??

  12. I respect your analysis, KM, but this henka had everything to do with the outcome. It was this henka that allowed Ama to keep Hakuho away from the mawashi. Of course, there are other ways Hakuho could have won this fight, but the henka did affect the outcome. And even if it hadn't, I still don't have to like it, do I?

    P.S. I never said Ama wasn't a good wrestler, he is an AWESOME wrestler.

    I'll rephrase. The henka didn't bring Ama any advantage as neither had left hand outside grip after tachi-ai and Ama beat Hakuho from totally equal stance. In this way henka didn't effect the outcome. If you assume that Hakuho would have been better at tachi-ai than Ama automatically, then I disagree as Ama is also very skillful getting a good position at the tachi-ai. In overall Hakuho was outskilled in this bout. The only way one could say henka had an effect in the outcome is to assume that a normal tachi-ai would have put Ama in inferior position automatically which I don't believe.

    You don't have to like henka. Never have I said that and I dislike henka very much too. I don't have to like Wakanoho one bit. My number one dislike rikishi for sure. Wakanoho did henka today too btw. Oh I was so happy to see him eat dirt after that uwatehineri. Maybe he smashed his own dishes now.

  13. He is simply doing his best sumo in most bouts getting close and tight and not letting his foes to establish their position. It doesn't matter which way he does yotsu when his foe doesn't have a mirror grip. Kotooshu hikitsuke strength is immense and has always been. It is due to his strong grip, height and slender physique. In this basho he has been getting confidence more and more and at those times one's own sumo tends to become easy and flow is good. In all his difficult foe-bouts he has totally managed to smother the counter attacks. He got Asasekiryu immediately into a very tight pin and same with Tokitenku. He blocked KaioU's right hand totally while having extremely strong stance. He does great and is happy and confident and already 10-0. It is easy to go up there in such state and let the flow come. Still difficult days ahead with Shoryu, Hakuho, Ama and probably Toyonoshima to come. He doesn't HAVE to go for uwatenage when he gets such strong yotsu stances. Usually his uwatenage comes when he can't do yori so easily. When he has full yotsu and foe doesn't, he just generates his power in pulling the foe up and escortin him out. Nobody can block that if they don't have a two-handed grip themselves.

  14. That was a henka, though.

    The henka had no bearing on the outcome. If anything, Ama was at a disadvantage after doing it. And he still won.

    Props where it's due.

    Yes and Ama also did very well to keep Hakuho off the belt while getting his own left uwate. After Hakuho's shitatenage attempt Ama showed his athletic ability by still keeping Hakuho off while circling away to do the throw. Awesome sumo.

  15. Is sumo the only sport in the world where it is very common to slap one's own buttocks? Some rikishi do that regularly in addition to beating their mawashi. Is there a reason for this? I will speculate because Oslo burned to ashes, Russia beat Canada in hockey and one sumoforum member showed arrogance at Kokugikan today.


    1. Desensitization of the skin of the buttocks in order to maintain numb tachi-ai.

    2. It feels good to slap one's naked buttock (it does, try it when going to showed naked)

    3. It is just a habit like mawashi beating and bamboo cane

    4. It is important and tranquilizing to slap one's own naked skin in many ways like in sauna with vihta thing. In sumo it prepares the skin for all sorts of contacts during a bout

    5. Rikishi test the tone of the gluteus maximum prior to bout

    In any case it is a good part of sumo, this buttock slapping. I have yet to witness a rikishi butt pinch one's own butt. No wonder Wakanoho for instance is keen to try butt pinching targeting a woman later on if he doesn't get 7 year ban for acting like a Wakanoho.

  16. Hope tomorrow is a better day. Too bad for those who were watching sumo at Kokugikan today. Such crap on the second half of makuuchi. Sure, Kotomitsuki self-destructed with exaggerated tachi-ai madness but big anticlimax in Kotooshu vs Kise, MIyabiayama couldn't stay on his feet at all either and Shoryu faced somehow ill Kakuryu. Taikai was dropped in a second and Kokkai offers nothing. Then Wakanoho's backward pull tachi-ai and all. U's fierce sumo against Ama was good and Baruto vs Tenho good yotsu. Otherwise a BAD day to introduce shinsumofanbakubaku to sumoU. Well Tochinoshin and Hakurozan had a neat one and first half was much better.

  17. Wonder why but Wakanoho has become my number one dislike-rikishi. Ranking rikishi based on like or dislike is a bit childlish but Wakanoho just annoys me greatly. There is something irritating in the mix of attitude, Kakizoe-tachi-ai and jumping pulldowns and his overall stuff. Granted, he is also strong and has good stuff but the bad stuff is sooo annoying.

    Also I think it is quite a shame to do Kakizoe tachi-ai and be over 190cm tall and yet use that leaning leverage to commit jumping pulldowns. Should be banned. At least Kakizoe never does those, not that he actually could easily due to short stature but Wakanoho gets good advantage of the waiting tachi-ai leaning posture to do his irritating sumo.

    It is extremely rare I favour Shoryu in any bout but against Wakanoho I certainly did and probably will. Wakanoho doesn't need my support, he has his solid fan base.

  18. 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.

  19. Makuuchi:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

  20. I wouldn't vote for him. He is better of being a president or a member of Mongolian Sumo Association or whatever. Our parliament already has enough unqualified legislators. He has been losing scores with me ever since he had left the sumo world.

    What has he done so far in Mongolian politics or so? Why has he been losing scores in your eyes since intai from sumo?

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. I also wondered if he utilized something akin to uchimuso on Bart's right thigh to give the appearance of a full lift, when in fact he had induced Bart to hop? Thus making easy work of the the inside throw?

    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.