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Not only he has won 5 bouts straight and it was his second start with 2 wins or more in the past 2,5 years, but also he has displayed some good sumo in Osaka, keeping a solid grip on the ground, even in a well disputed bout against Toyonoshima. His foot of clay, the weak balance when in motion has not showed up thus far. Perhaps it is too soon to tell an above average basho from a breakthrough and predict he won't level off too much from now on in the mid-makuuchi ranks. Good sumo anyway.

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Tochinoshin lost, so Kokkai decided he could let one go as well ? :-O

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Kokkai really looks like a new rikishi now. He has relinquished the tsuki, oshi sumo for good. It was not bad for itself, but the way Kokkai would do it, handily geeting out of balance, made he lose so many bouts plus it costed an injured right knee. Currently his mawashi grip has been so good and the footwork so solid that I look forward to seeing him against Sanyuaku, maybe as one of them. It was a strong win against Tochiozan and even while things looked bad for him he had enough power to counter attack effectively. 193 w and 193 l in Makuuchi now so for the first time since a long period his record is even. It can be a good bout and a win with Goeido tomorrow if Kokkai is able to preclude him from geeting the favourite grip as he did today with Tochiozan.

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Yes, Kokkai looks like a new man this basho. None of the flailing arms and slippery feet of the past. Also, he looks really genki. Nice to see he's changed tactics. He used to be pretty embarrasing to watch sometimes with all his flailing and belly flopping. ;-)

194-193 today. I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares from here on out. :-O

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Yes, Kokkai looks like a new man this basho. None of the flailing arms and slippery feet of the past. Also, he looks really genki. Nice to see he's changed tactics. He used to be pretty embarrasing to watch sometimes with all his flailing and belly flopping. ;-)

194-193 today. I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares from here on out. :-O

He was limping on his way out the hanamichi after the win.

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He was limping on his way out the hanamichi after the win.

Like he did every day...

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He was limping on his way out the hanamichi after the win.

Like he did every day...

Maybe Kokkai's newfound yotsu skills are due to merging his personality with Takamisakari...

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He was limping on his way out the hanamichi after the win.

Like he did every day...

Maybe Kokkai's newfound yotsu skills are due to merging his personality with Takamisakari...

They meet tomorrow. There can be only one Robo!

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They meet tomorrow. There can be only one Robo!

Fortunately, yes, but there are multiple Kokkais. (Showing respect...)

Edit: ...and don't forget the army of Hokutoriki Robots!

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Yes, Kokkai looks like a new man this basho. None of the flailing arms and slippery feet of the past. Also, he looks really genki. Nice to see he's changed tactics. He used to be pretty embarrasing to watch sometimes with all his flailing and belly flopping. (Bye, bye...)

194-193 today. I'm looking forward to seeing how he fares from here on out. :-)

He was limping on his way out the hanamichi after the win.

Yeah, he limped all the way to a Kanto-sho.

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