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It wasn't until I looked Takanoyama up just now, having been put in mind of him by a mention in another thread, that I learned he's been in sumo for 6 years. I'd been assuming he hadn't been around all that long. To my relatively inexperienced eye his sumo seems at least as competent as more successful rikishi, as one might expect of a talented Western-style wrestler attracted to sumo. And he's still built like a Western-style wrestler, (who typically try to keep their weight down, not up) which means that regardless of technique he's so lightweight that he gets thrown all over the dohyo. How can someone live on a diet of chankonabe for 6 years and still be so small?

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It wasn't until I looked Takanoyama up just now, having been put in mind of him by a mention in another thread, that I learned he's been in sumo for 6 years. I'd been assuming he hadn't been around all that long. To my relatively inexperienced eye his sumo seems at least as competent as more successful rikishi, as one might expect of a talented Western-style wrestler attracted to sumo. And he's still built like a Western-style wrestler, (who typically try to keep their weight down, not up) which means that regardless of technique he's so lightweight that he gets thrown all over the dohyo. How can someone live on a diet of chankonabe for 6 years and still be so small?

There has been discussion about his weight gain before... see HERE for just one example. I agree that he does fine, technical sumo and is a hard worker, but unless he does gain something, I don't think he will rise above where he is.

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