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Featured rikishi - Kotomitsuki

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woo! my favorite rikishi! his yorikiri is unstoppablely awesome. too bad he lost today, but I like Kaio, so there's some consolation.

also.... eyebrows = intimidation

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Kotomitsuki was overwhelming superstar as an amateur and has become an ozeki later than thought. As an ozeki he has been pretty good. The sumo technique mentor of Kotooshu, the uchimuso king, the technical wizard in beating huge rikishi, the engaged man with a big smile. He has very good power level and can do both dashinage well.

The interesting detail about Kotomitsuki is the following observation which is so far not so robust reflection of actual truth. He is Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ronnie the snooker champ changed his uwate grip and played many games with his weaker hand. He was even critisized about this when players said he shows disrespect to his foes by doing that. Ronnie himself said at least once that he gets confidence a lot when he changes the grip to his natural one when really difficult shot ahead or his game gets worse. Then again he sometimes continued using his "weaker grip" even at times of extremely difficult and vital shot. Now, my snooker knowledge is not good and details may be wrong but the overall picture is that Kotomitsuki may be O'Sullivan.

It is definitely so that his favorite grip is left hand outside and his preferred stance has been migi-yotsu (after morozashi of course). However, I remember him using right hand outside grip against genki Musashimaru effectively and in general he has had success from hidariyotsu too, like against Baruto in an epic bout this basho. What is interesting is that he seemed to GO for right hand outside grip in many bouts. Without checking I wonder if he had any left hand outside grip bouts this basho. Is he really oriented towards hidariyotsu now rather than migiyotsu? Does he have elbow problem balance tilted so that hidariyotsu gives him better tools now? In any case, he works very well from right hand outside grip and has done that before but he even commented after one bout that he was able to get "his right hand outside grip well". Yes he did but what if he got his left hand outside grip then? That *should* be his best stance in normal yotsu. Tomorrow on senshuuraku, he will face Hakuho and definitely migiyotsu is the probably stance if both get their way. Also he beat Hakuho with that grip not long ago.

This ability to do such a good sumo from both sides is important. Both Hakuho and Kotooshu do very well from each side despite their favourite grip being left hand outside. Asashoryu was stronger from right hand outside grip and KaioU has only 1-2 uwatenage wins from left hand outside (and way over 100 from right hand outside). Kyokutenho, Goeido, Baruto are some other rikishi who seem good from both sides too. In Goeido's case this ability was matured in recent years.

Kotomitsuki has quite a package. Yotsu in any way, dashinage, uchimuso abilities and also good pushing attacks and strong tachi-ai. Wreckless at times yes but good sumo. He is also amazingly same sized as he was just before joining oozumo.

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And he is a rikishi, when he appears I can't stop making pics (Blinking...) (Alien stuff...)

Kotomitsuki

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I can understand your problem. Sometimes when I see him, I feel obliged to do a Morph

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And he is a rikishi, when he appears I can't stop making pics (Showing respect...) :-O

Kotomitsuki

(Eh?) Nice page :-P

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I really like Kotomitsuki. He's not having a great basho this time. I was listening to the English commentary during the Makuuchi bouts today (Day 12), and Murray mentioned that Kotomitsuki has been in the news recently for something negative. What happened? I haven't heard anything because I don't read through all the sports news out there.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I really like Kotomitsuki. He's not having a great basho this time. I was listening to the English commentary during the Makuuchi bouts today (Day 12), and Murray mentioned that Kotomitsuki has been in the news recently for something negative. What happened? I haven't heard anything because I don't read through all the sports news out there.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I really like Kotomitsuki. He's not having a great basho this time. I was listening to the English commentary during the Makuuchi bouts today (Day 12), and Murray mentioned that Kotomitsuki has been in the news recently for something negative. What happened? I haven't heard anything because I don't read through all the sports news out there.

Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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