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    Ishiura keiko violence - the next scandal

    Get ready for the next scandal about Hakuho taking a sneaky trip to Sydney for New Years Eve. At least he gave me a calendar and a tegata date 2nd January 2020
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    Kindai sumo club coach Ito in memoriam

    Very sad news. He as a really nice guy. I think I saw a bout yesterday of him doing a beautiful izori on Dr Saito who was the first World Openweight Champion and the first to have the displeasure of tying my first proper mawashi.
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    Sumo World Championships 2018

    Thanks Akinomaki. If there is wifi at the stadium I will try to post videos as they happen to Facebook. I'll either make a page or put it in my Kimarite Central Sumo techniques page.
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    Preparations of the masses- May 2018

    It will be Sleepless in Sumida for Ishiura. He sent me a message at 3.30am Japan time to tell me that his wife gave birth. He didn't say if the baby is the gender that is allowed on the dohyo or the gender that has to stay out. (or according to Tumblr it could be one of 112 genders) Congratulations to him and his lovely wife. They are both brilliant with kids. He read bedtime stories to my kids who just adore their Uncle Masa. IT'S A BOY.
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    Towels-Who likes what color?

    I assume that the towels match the bathmats for all rikishi now that Baruto has retired. Do they usually stick with the same colours? I might have to try this on my Sumo for dummies torikumi if it helps identify the rikishi easily. Each basho a local Japanese restaurant feeds myself and my family. In return I get to walk around with a dai joki, give out fabulous prizes (my kids rig the lucky door tickets if they don't like the look of people) and answer questions from diners about sumo whilst they watch NHK. I make a torikumi with shikona, height weight, country of origin and head to head stats but when it comes to something simple like the colour of the shimekomi and kesho mawashi it can be hard when they change them so often (soiling perhaps?) Profile photos are too small if I want to keep the sheet at one or two pages and everyone looks so alike to the initiated.
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    Another Sekitori Marriage

    Ishiura's wedding was awesome. His bride was very charming and stunningly beautiful. Some of the kids from her nursery came and sang to us. My seat was right next to Hakuho and his lovely wife Sayoko. On the next table there was Kyokutenho, Miyabiyama, and Kaio. There were also about 20 rikishi including Kaisei, Ichinojo, Satoyama just to name a few. Lots of Nichidai amasumo. The after party was fun and got a little rowdy with some slightly camp sumo parody entertainment. The food was delicious with many courses by one of the Iron Chefs. I ate Hakuho's dessert to see if it will give me super human strength. It seems to be working as I don't have the hangover that I deserve.
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    Sumo in the World Games

    The security here makes as much sense as Ewoks living with Wookies. Luckily I have a 200 square metre penthouse at Sky Tower but the athletes at the Gulag University accommodation aren't allowed wifi because of "Manchester"??? At the Opening Ceremony we had to check in our bags and they had two searches but nothing for the general public. Even at the Sumo stadium they were trying to insist that all gear had to be backstage but we told them to bugger off.
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    Sumo in the World Games

    I've given up looking for any footage online. The websites are absolutely useless and hard to navigate or simply a hoax. It's impressive how quickly they can edit the bouts to reply the highlights straight afterwards. I have a lot of footage but I probably should check for expletives before I share them because it's frustrating whenever someone gets in my way. I have access all areas as VP of the IFS so I can sit down at a table and then turn around and get the replay. The Women's Lightweight bouts were all so long and there was even a mizu iri after 3 minutes. One girl got disqualified when her mawashi fell off. Not too many serious injuries but we will see who can back it up in the Openweight today. As usual the Ukrainians, Egyptians and Polish deliberately try to disrupt the play and stuff around at the start. They get warnings but just ignore them so I am going to recommend that the make an example of the someone early to stop this bad sportsmanship. One Egyptian came right over to the other side of the dohyo when he was facing my Middleweight and picked up a handful of sand before they told him to go back and wipe it off. It was quite bizarre behaviour. I haven't seen the Ukrainians try to put sand in the eyes of their competitors like in the past. Byamba was out ignominiously after a poor performance. Trent Sabo was brilliant in making the finals but Batyr is a class above. As I expected my good friend Otgon Alphabet soup surname was undefeated in the Women's Middleweight. They trained with us in Sydney for a few months and it was like fighting against the Mongolian Yokozunae. She had a counter to everything and is so technically superior. Lots more stories but I've got to get the team ready soon and get out to the pressure cooker stadium. I posted all the finals on my Facebook but I'll try to share them in another way so more people can enjoy them. Kanpai
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    Sumo in the World Games

    Yes. It's messier than the platform pizzas left behind by drunken salarymen at Shinjuku station. All athletes had to qualify for their divisions at national and "continental" level so they had to work within the quotas given but replacements were allowed. The extra spots for some countries came about when the quotas couldn't be filled or if someone had to pull out or declined. For example one of the kiwi girls buggered her knee in training and had to pull out so the IFS offered her spot to another country to get a better representation. Considering its meant to be the World Games it wouldn't be as fun if the big four would have too many athletes. I had a judo champion who was also Oceania Sumo champion who would have been brilliant but she got proposed to and others got pregnant or are seeing the world. As you and Mikawa have noticed there have been quite a few marriages in the amasumo world. I thought that Asano had married a sumotori but I could be mixing her up with another in her team who did. I'm sad that Miku can't make it. She is like a female Ura . Anna Jiggleallover is a tough emotionless competitor with a lot of experience. It's 4 years old but here are the stats I did on her for the IFS Ganzohnesushi - I agree. Julia is a legend and lots of fun to party with. You wouldn't know it to look at her but she is also kicking oshiri in MMA at world level - Julia MMA
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    Sumo in the World Games

    I suppose you could put it that way . As someone said "it's the Olympics for the dud sports" .. with the exception of sumo of course. Everyone tries to get in to watch the sumo. In Taiwan , security was so bad .They let so many athletes in from other sports that they were even taking seats in the marshalling area from those about to compete. This year accreditation is as hard to get as a masu zeki on senshuraku. I am Vice President of the IFS and even I had to pay 60 Euros a day just to get a card to be able to get my team ready. I'll help you out as much as I can Kintamayama as I will be taking a team from Oz. It was meant to be a combined Oceania team but all the kiwis pulled out for various reasons. ISL (International Sumo League ) put spanner in the works .They have been sleazing around behind the backs of each Federation trying to poach individual athletes with contracts for their re-incarnation of the failed World Sumo League. Some took the bait but it looks like it probably won't get off the ground as proposed in August. I don't have a problem with Athletes taking the rare opportunities to earn money (although it changes their amateur status) but ISL could at least have the common courtesy to go through the proper channels when they deliberately plan to clash with other events. Here is what we were sent in January .It explains how the quotas were decided and who gained IFS pre-selection. Any additional spots that weren't filled were re-allocated to other countries. "Based on IFS board of director meeting in year 2016, IFS will select top 3 athletes per each weight category. 2 Tops athletes per category from each continent and 1 athlete per category from hosting country (Poland). Open weight will be included in Heavyweight. All 96 athletes will compete as oneself weight class (Light/Middle/Heavy) and compete as Openweight on 2nd day of competition Quota breakdown as below; IFS Qualiification procedure World Games; Each continental select 2 athletes for each category Lightweight(軽) 2 Athlete Middleweight(中) 2 Athlete Heavyweight(重) 2 Athlete 2 Athlete x 6 Continentals x 3 Catagories = 36 Athlete (2選手×6大陸×3階級=36選手) Hosting country has right to despatch 1 athletes each category = 3 athletes (国から各階級1名づつ=3選手) IFS will recommend 3 athletes per category = 9 athletes So pleased to make official announcement of top athletes that IFS sport director has selected from past year championships results; Lightweight Men – Mr. ALTYEV, Batyr (RUS Mr. MAIL ABOU EL ROKB, Fathy Mohamed (EGY) Mr. BAASANDORJ, Badral (MGL) Middleweight Men – Mr. MIWA, Hayato (JPN) Mr. LUTO, Michal (POL) Mr. KAZIEV, Atsamaz (RUS) Heavyweight (Open) - Mr. BAASANSUREN, Turbold (MGL) * withdraw - Mr. MARGIEV, Vasilii (RUS) - Mr. KUROKAWA, Kojiro (JPN) - Mr. KUDZOEV, Eduard (RUS) * replace the vacancy from Mr. Baasansuren (MGL) Lightweight (Women) – Ms. BOYKOVA, Alina (UKR) - Ms. YAMANAKA, Miku (JPN) - Ms. KOVAL, Vera (RUS) Middleweight (Women) – Ms. MAKSYMENKO, Maryna (UKR) - OTGON, Munkhtsetseg (MGL) - ALEXANDROVA, Anna (RUS) Heavyweight (Open) – Ms. POLIAKOVA, Anna (RUS) - Ms. KHISHIGDORJ, Sunjidmaa (MGL) - Ms. DRBOIAN, Mariia (UKR)
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    BASHO TALK -- Natsu 2017 -- SPOILERS

    It's the tofu,quinoa,lentil and kale chanko without enough protein that puts his deshi in a bad mood.
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    Basho Talk - Kyushu Basho 2016 ** (SPOILERS)

    Speaking of Bushido- I'm not sure if this bout on day 14 has already been mentioned but this is pure bastardry from Sato with this nasty dame oshi on our little mate Ura. Shockingly bad sportsmanship and arrogance from someone so young. I hope Takanohana gives him more than a talking to for this. Ura Vs Sato Day 14 Kyushu basho
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    Sumo World Championships 2016

    I've got the results as a jpeg but I'm buggered if I can work out how to post it.Unless I'm doing something wrong, all I seem to be able to do is post old photos that I posted years ago otherwise they have to come from somewhere with a url. I took a lot of video but some of it was shaky. The stadium was so packed it was hard to get somewhere stable to rest on. Normally I would sit in the VIP area as it's usually not busy but there were many guests. It was too hot to wear my suit in the stadium so I didn't like sitting next to the dignitaries whilst looking scruffy. I sat with Katrina's sister next to the camera for the good bouts. I believe that someone must have damaged the upstream usb link as I was told that they were frantically trying to repair it. This tournament probably had the best coverage in recent times so it will be disappointing if another year goes by without sharing any official footage simply because the IFS never get around to doing it. I'll let you know when I put some videos on YouTube or my Facebook page - Kimarite Central Sumo Techniques.
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    Featured Club / Dojo - Komatsuryu Dojo

    Yes it's him. As much as I envy his mateship with all the colourful sumo identities and his sumo experiences - I am not John Gunning. We have done tachi-ai on palm trees in Thailand, tsuppari on the Bruce Lee statue in Hong Kong and been nipple crippled by Baruto in Osaka but I have never been to the Komatsuryu dojo. I hear the kids are too ferocious and like crushing bones.
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    Sumo program announcements (pics and vids)

    I'll agree with you that Miku Yamanaka does bear a remote resemblance to Ura - before he bulked up .They also both have similar personalities. Off the dohyo they are very humble, sweet, polite and look like nama choco wouldn't melt in their mouths. On the dohyo they are both absolute demons. Here is a video I took of one of Miku's bouts at the last Sumo World Championships in Osaka. She didn't seem too phased by a bit of mage-nage. I have also seen some other ferocious eastern Europeans smash her in the face and give her a bloody nose however she still somehow manages to maintain her composure.
  16. This will answer your question. Since then I think there was someone who may have dropped off the banzuke for health reasons and maybe returned
  17. From memory the only World Championships he won was as a junior Heavyweight in Poland in 2002. He may have been part of the Japanese teams who won the teams event in 2004 and 2005 but I'd have to dig out the archives. It looks like his skin has improved a little. I know it's mean but his team mates used to say if you joined the dots you would get a detailed map of the Tokyo subway system. As for him being the heaviest ever Japanese person I would prefer to see some plausible evidence before believing the internet because I can't find anything to back up that claim. It's entirely possible he is but I have a vague recollection of reading about a much bigger kid some time ago. With the unusual and sad phenomenon of the hikikomori kids in Japan lets hope there aren't some undiscovered chubby hermits sitting at their gaming consoles.
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    Forum Meet & Greets?

    There are a few groups in the US on but that seems to be it. They are based in Chicago, Boston and San Antonio. I used to be on it over a decade ago but it was a bit creepy. It would set up meetings and locations automatically even though no-one was administering it and no-one ever went. With the proliferation of social media it should be a bit easier to organise them now but the problem is that all the sumo groups on things like Facebook are a bit fragmented or people just want to stay anonymous. It would be great to put a face to some of the names but anonymity is a good policy for some of the more grotesque members of this forum. Nishinoshima - I guess you were traumatised after that memberless member who stayed a month and you stopped offering Sumo B&B after 2007? I know its off topic but whilst searching for old emails I did find some great posts from the Sumo Mailing list back when people were civil to each other - before trolls had tanties over how many vowels in a shikona and before the flame wars and misogynistic comments that are more suited to twitter. There was a post about obesity studies in Sumo with proper references to real university studies (saying they eat about 5000 calories not the 20,000 per meal that idiots copy off the net) There was also another great post on longevity. Doreen put things in perspective with a great post explaining why you can't add up the ages of deceased sumotori and divide by the number. She said most of the studies failed to notice that life expectancy for all japanese men didn't reach 50 until after WWII and that "a whole lot of inactive or retired sumo-san died on the same day in the 1945 fire bombing -- Ryogoku was particularly badly hit"
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    Rikishi Who Died While Active

    A morbid but interesting topic. Some of them on that list seem to have almost been candidates for a Darwin award. A long time ago I read about the rikishi who died after passing out in a convertible in 1914 so I suppose that list confirms it. Komagatake drank to much doburoku (unrefined sake) and died from complications after it fermented in his tummy in the sun.By the way how much is 6 bushels of sake? Any stats on how many Gyoji had to commit seppuku after a bad call before they removed the blades or is that a bit of a romantic urban myth as I suspect?
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    We can throw salt in amasumo . I didn't always as the first time I got the gyoji and myself on the head and another time it was humid so the salt was sticky .I tried licking it for good luck/purification like the old Tochinowaka but it's not good and then I tried to wipe it off and it all stuck to the mawashi and my hands. This year in Osaka there were so many bouts to get through so they cut out the salt and chiri chosu rituals after the initial bow in and went straight to the squat in the middle. It was meant to save time but it didn't when these show ponies selfishly ponce around , waste time and repeatedly ignore the judges and gyoji. It's great to watch them get smashed because none of the antics are winning techniques. I'm sure they practice them. Baruto's brother said the European Championships are a nightmare and take forever without much sumo getting done. Not like Hakuho. He is more like that to absorb the power of his opponent and suck the life out of them when they try to push.It's also so he can hit them with his big forearm like a big shield. I am talking about starting with one leg way behind the other and its often with both fists inside the legs rather than to the front. It looks awkward and doesn't give them any advantage. Some amasumo are just too arrogant to think they can ever learn from thousands of years of experience. If it was such a marvelous technique then why don't any of the top guys do it all the time?
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    I have always been told that the gyoji doesn't start them in Ozumo because they are meant to synchronize their breathing and both of them should know exactly when to go once they are set.There is an innate trust between ozumo opponents that does not exist in amasumo - so that is supposed to be why the gyoji has to start us. At the first tachiai briefing I went to at the Kokugikan in 1997 they actually said the ref can start the bout if one fist is on the ground but only after the other elbow comes off the thighs before both fist touch. The tachiai's in amasumo are generally pretty appalling and there is too much bad sportsmanship .Just when you think they have started to improve along come some less experienced people bringing their bad habits from wrestling or other sports.Some athletes are just too fat or inflexible to do a proper tachiai with some of the super heavyweights barely able to touch the ring. The Ukranians are the worst with their antics at the shikiriri naoshi. They all scratch their bums and then sniff their fingers and scratch again and then sniff again for up to 5 minutes despite several warnings. I have a great video to prove it I never understand why some people do the staggered start tachi ai because it doesn't make sense to have one foot further back which means you will be one step off the charge and you offer your opponent a weak side which would make you vulnerable. I have seen the odd staggered start including one crucial bout at the top level (Yok vs Ozeki) but I forget who it was.
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    Hakuho's son at the Hakuho cup

    Yes his old man was a Mongolian Yokozuna. I always though the rank translated as something like Elephant? From Wiki: "Like many of his countrymen in professional sumo, Hakuhō belongs to a family in the Mongolian wrestling tradition. His father Jigjidiin Mönkhbat won a silver medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1968 Summer Olympics,[2] and held the highest ranking in Mongolian wrestling, "Darkhan Avarga" (meaning "Invincible Champion"), which is the Mongolian equivalent of yokozuna. Davaajargal did not however have any formal training in Mongolian wrestling himself, as his father wished him to try other sports, and he concentrated on basketball as a child instead.[2] Kasutera; Yes he married Sayako Wada a "glamour model". Wiki says in 2007 but I am sure the ceremony wasn't until early 2010 -after they had kids ?
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    Hakuho's son at the Hakuho cup

    Thanks for that. We sent a team for the first time this year. They all had to be older for the 5 boy team competition but Hakuho kindly also allowed my son to make his debut with in the youngest division as a 7 year old. They were so cute and some of them found it a little overwhelming. It was a good cue for me to decide to retire from amasumo after seeing my son fight on the same dohyo as I did 17 years earlier. It is an amazing event that takes about 12 hours to get through. There are over 800 kids competing on 3 dohyos throughout the day. There were many rikishi that dropped in during the day not to mention some fairly spectacular sumo especially in the finals. The highlight was chanko afterwards with the big man himself at Hananomai the restaurant with a dohyo. Ishiura was a gentleman as usual and helped us look after the kids for the weekend.
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    Sumo program announcements (pics and vids)

    NHK World Sports Japan documentary on the recent 2015 Sumo World Championships in Osaka featuring guest star Nishinoshima who did a fantastic job as announcer -especially with the difficult pronunciation of all the alphabet soup. names. Also featuring is another true gentlemen of sumo- Kena Heffernan from Hawaii training under the watchful eyes of Musashimaru and of course the always entertaining Baruto who is also a brilliant coach and great fun to party with. Kanpai on a great job in focusing on amasumo which can be very exciting with all the different shapes, sizes, personalities (or lack of), range of martial arts backgrounds and unbridled passion.