Sign in to follow this  
Kaikitsune Makoto

Kisenosato-Asashoryu and O3

Recommended Posts

Kisenosato has been morozashied in every bout he lost this basho and he won strongly every bout he didn't give morozashi. Well he did shake Harumafuji off and then lost due to vanishing Mongolian but in general it is even more apparent and conspicuous that Kisenosato's biggest problem is that morozashi. There was a time when he developed clearly his skill in blocking that. But again he looks extremely vulnerable against it. Goeido even said before the bout that his goal is to get morozashi and after the bout that the plan worked perfectly. So today Kisenosato faces Asashoryu and I am pretty sure Shoryu goes for morozashi and if successful the bout offers nothing much.

O3 on the other hand has honed his skill in attacking inside and morozashi is in his reach often. He already beat 3 ozeki by doing that inside attack and today Kakuryu. Guess what kind of plot there will be in Kise vs O3 bout? Indeed.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ja ja. Very much so. This is a big problem for Kisenosato now. 4th time in Haru basho now. Very disturbing, truly an area to work on day and night. Such is life. There is a lot of energy and erupting power getting lost there when he gets himself in that morozashi positiion. If he'd at least do that right nodowa - left ottsuke combo more now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Go master and board a flight for Osaka today and take over the training of Kisenosato!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Interesting question honestly is whether there has been emphasis at Naruto to get rid of this problem. It is THE problem with Kise. His opponents try to take advantage of that all the time. Only pushers and rikishi who almost never go for morozashi don't go for that with Kise. Naruto-oyakata uses weight training as part of the whole picture so it is kind of odd if he doesn't also put Kise to work on various ways to avoid that morozashi. I know in sumo a principle of just doing your own sumo at keiko and so is very prevalent and as such, probably good principle. Still, when there is a clear problem area, it would be definitely beneficial to pay special attention to that. It is impossible for him to reach the needed consistency to advance further if this area stays so vulnerable. None of the ozeki/yokozuna have had such a major single weakness when they were promoted to ozeki.

I sense the evident irony in your comment but there are surely ways to refine a weakness with special traning and not screw up the mind and other aspects of sumo techniques at the same time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sorry about the facetious tone. Actually, my main response on reading your post was that you had it spot on.

To become an ozeki, Kisenosato needs to get rid of any obviously exploitable weaknesses. It would seem surprising that his oyakata would not be trying to target this weakness, but sometimes it is easier for an outsider with technical skill to see the obvious.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this