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Is the real Kotooshu back?

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Well, he suddenly looks very strong again, that's for sure. But I would wait a little longer with such a conclusion. After all, it's Kotooshu we're speaking of. (Nodding yes...)

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Is the real Kotooshu back?

No, the real Kotooshu is somewhere away - fortunately (Nodding yes...)

I haven't had the chance to watch any of his fights this basho, but this 8-0 seems to me just a fluke. No one can turn from a established (already) "kadoban/8-7" ozeki into yusho candidate in a day.

Anyway, I am glad he "dodged the bullet again" and got the KK already. Every win from now on is a bonus.

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Be a bit more patriotic, Sasho. The 8-0 isn't a fluke, it's the result of a calmer and slower Sumo, as well as perhaps the additional 3-5 kilos he gained since March.

As for the "real" Uwatenage Kotooshu, he won't be back until his knee heels. We're seeing a brand new Kotooshu who is, as he put it himself, already an older man.

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Is the real Kotooshu back?

My impression of Kotooshu,in this basho, is that he seems to have noticeably muscled up in his shoulders,chest and arms.

He seems to be able to channel unusual force from his tachiai into his harite.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vz__2sdjN0

I'm reminded of a boa constrictor,when Kotooshu restrains his opponent,as he marches them out of the ring.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CiCresmrNyE

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Best start since Aki 2005 where he went 12-0 before finishing 13-2, losing to Asa in a 'playoff' at the end to settle for jun-yusho... He hasn't been this good in between so for his sake lets hope this isn't back to Kotooshu but waaaaay back to new sekiwake Kotooshu.

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Whether is the REAL Kotooshu or an artificial one, I'm glad to see how well he is doing, so far, and how good he looks!

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I don't think it is a fluke. Watching his bouts, he has corrected a key bad habit - that is of reacting to a tachai hit by rising early. He now keeps his knees bent at all times until he has done most of his "pull in". In addition, he has not relied on sideways movement. His match on day 8 when he seemed to do a henka doesn't count in my opinion because the bungled harite by his opponent left such a lopsided opportunity it was simply instinct for him to move to the side where his opponents arm was folded up and vulnerable. Finally, he clearly has been instructed to stop thinking about the over-the-shoulder reach to go for some kind of okuri position. That has caused him to lose too many matches, because by now all his opponents know that is a great opportunity for a yorikiri win. So, I think he's solved at least two terrible vulnerabilities that have hamstrung him until recently. If he can keep rigidly to his current discipline I don't see why he can't be expected to start scoring jun-yuushos or even the big one.

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Since my first exposure to sumo was Nagoya 2005, of which Kotooshu was the star, I am still something of a fan.

Already when he was 4-0 I noticed it was, amazingly, his best start since his heroics at sekiwake nearly 3 years ago. However I refrained from posting for fear of (a) jinxing him and (b) looking stupid!

Anyway he seems to be getting the vast majority of his wins by moving forwards instead of his usual uwatenage. If he can resist the lure of uwatenage he might even be able to beat Toyonoshima if they meet up, instead of succumbing to the inevitable shitatenage counter (according to the incredible database, Kotooshu's percentage of losses by shitatenage is 3 times higher than average!)

Hakuho and Asashoryu are another matter though, so I'm hoping for 13-2 at best, realistically 12-3 or 11-4 unless something really amazing has happened.

But then never underestimate the power of cheese...!

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Would a zensho yusho be enough to make next basho a tsunatori basho after a kadoban?

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Would a zensho yusho be enough to make next basho a tsunatori basho after a kadoban?

My guess would be that any kind of yusho would be enough to make the next basho a tsunatori one....

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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.

Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto

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With yokozuna and sanyaku still to defeat I say it is too early to call the yusho, let alone with zensho yusho but Kotooshu looks very good indeed. As long as the pressure of front-runner doesn't get to him now I'd say he has a decent chance at it. Gambatte Kotooshu! Sure wish I'd picked you for a game or two...

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With yokozuna and sanyaku still to defeat I say it is too early to call the yusho,

well he gets the top dog tomorrow, that will be the highlight bout, he will get Hakuho the day after perhaps? Chiyotaikai - nope, hes got no gas left in the tank, Kaio nope - he is frail and no more dangerous than dejima or Tosanoumi at the moment> He can't fight Kotomitsuki nor Kotoshogiku. He has beaten Kisenosato and Asasekiryu already this basho. So let me see that only leaves Ama and hes 8-5 over Ama.

The way I see it, its only the two Yokozuna in his way, with perhaps an Ama curveball to dodge - If he is ever going to Yusho - this is it!

Edited by sekihiryu

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Wow, that's the second time in as many days I need to point out that Kotooshu already beat Kaio on Day 8. ;-) Can't have left much of an impression, that bout...

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Kotooshu might get Toyonoshima as opponent if he is unlucky, he has problems with small guys like him (Takekaze, Kakizoe).

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Today's win against Asashoryu sent me flying through the ceiling!!

(Sign of disapproval...)

I can't express my satisfaction - Kotooshu was able to show his new calm and patient sumo against such an opponent in such a nerve-wrecking situation (10:0). And it was by far his most convincing win against Asashoryu... Keep it up!

(In a state of confusion...)

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I admit I was skeptical about new/old Kotooshu this basho, for all his early losslessness. I fully expected him to slow down after kk. Burned once too many times, I guess. But now I saw this last bout... I'm not exactly a believer, but I'm very very glad. I just hope he can keep this up in following tournaments.

Of course, this means I will have to get away from work in time to see his bout against Hakuho tomorrow. Sweet worries... (Holiday feeling...)

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So Asa down to third place.... how did he look in that bout? Was Kotooshu just too good for him?

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Despite his partial relapse on day 10, in which he allowed himself to rise too early, he was able to keep his unbroken streak. But today's win should finally make it clear to many how he has changed some fundamentals of his game. He has finally learned to control his height above the dohyo and that has cut off one of his worst weak points. More than that he shows a cooler head now. His fans, myself included, can finally celebrate! He has an excellent chance at a jun-yuusho, possibly more!

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Was Kotooshu just too good for him?

exactly!

it's so good to see him fighting this basho (Holiday feeling...)

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