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Kaikitsune Makoto

Day 1 comments - Natsu 2009

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Tosayutaka looked good against Kimurayama who did his pushing attack without inashi or avoidance of any kind.

Kokkai got into hidariyotsu first and outpowered Bushuyama.

Kakizoe did 5 matta before tachi-ai worked. Hokutoriki's two-handed push looked good but then Kakizoe just slipped away and Hoku fell down.

Shotenro was caught in yotsu immediately and Tochinoshin just pivoted him around and out with left hand shitate grip.

Takamisakari had no problems getting left hand outside and easily dominated Dejima after that.

Miyabiyama says he has become weak and can't compete with power anymore. No repromotion to ozeki. Nice slap fest with more powerful Toyohibiki before Miyabayama sort of collapses while Hibiki pulls a bit.

Futeno isn't really that good anymore.

YMY has grown big. Gout he has, power he has, pimples he has, hunger too but nowife. He squats a bit to the left side so possibly gout hampers the right side especially since no knee braces. Or the heal injury is the problem. Bit shaky stuff but doesn't really lose the balance with Tenku and pummels him out after some delecate moments. Good start. Insufficient preparation for the basho.

Tamawashi has incredible surges of forward power at times. He just blows his foes away like nothing when that momentum is there. He tried such against Iwakiyama and it did look beefy. Iwakiyama defended though with an extra lean back stance. Then a little slip and pat and Tamawashi ate dirt.

Great Chiyohakuho's sumo with strong yotsu. Myth is that Chiyohakuho is bad at yotsu. Good win over Asasekiryu. Chiyohakuho works dynamically from right hand outside stance.

Uuuu..Yoshikaze started with a cool inside attack from below, then went for katasukashi which backfired and Shogun got into attack mode. Shogun gave a look after win and radiated fire from his round belly where visceral fat does damage.

Aran was 0-3 against Nada before the bout. Nada got left hand inside but Ran kept him at bay. Then a neat move changing his left hand to do some armpit sweat testing and this kept Nada even higher. A slip of a kind occurred and Aran got to side, had left hand outside for a monet while Nada was going forward. Nice first win over Nada. Compact body.

Kisenosato got right hand outside and the tachi-ai was strong. Toyonoshima did his classic shitate move which is actually very strong and from nice angle. Kise defended and bulldozed him back where again Toyo held on while Kise kind of threw him back to center. Toyonoshima fled back against Kise, pivoted and once again tried to hang on but too much was too much and after a great duel, Toyonoshima succumed to Kise's final pushes. Excellen bout.

Tamanoshima beat Baruto but didn't see the bout.

Diabetic Chiyotaikai still generated power well enough to defeat one of the easiest foes for him, Tenho, quite perfect sumo and everything went like a dream for Taikai. Upright Tenho and perfect target practice. No idea yet what Taikai's power level is and whether he can truly compete in this basho as well as needed.

Takekaze isn't the least dangerous foe to Mickey (beat him twice this year already). Businesslike routine bout from Koto and no worrysome signs. Looks genki. When Koto looks genki, it is good for the world.

Good enough keiko before the basho for U. Today hit + pull. Easy win and usual head shake after hatakikomi move.

Nice display of offence and defence. Harumafuji did his fast tachi-ai and attacked with vigour. Homasho did his own sumo fully with solid defence and good power. Harumafuji's tottari move disintegrated Homasho's stance and then had the flow better finally pushing him out. Good bout and both look genki.

Quite unconventional bout. Goeido got left hand outside at the tachi-ai, tehn lost it but had a kind of a kime-hold but from very low stance, just turned around and around dragging Osh around and down. Quite neat win and nice way to debut at sekiwake.

Some great action also in Shoryu-Kakuryu bout. Migiyotsu where not much difference in strength. Shoryu went for a quite dumb tsuriotoshi which came back to haunt him as Kakuryu landed, got the better grip, forced Shoryu to the edge where Shoryu came back from a very difficult situation with a classic throw. Kotenage with a dose of kakenage. Brilliant. Shoryu had hi right hand useless even before getting it more into play and Kakuryu had very dominant position. Kakuryu should have won this though no matter how brilliant Shoryu's throw was. By just squeezing Shoryu calmly would have done it but who can expect in a flow that foe can really still come back like that.

Now Mr Dohyo Arrogance and sekinin-mantra. He beat O3 the same way he beats him at keiko. Immediate left hand outside not giving similar one to O3.

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Takamisakari had no problems getting left hand outside and easily dominated Dejima after that.

Dejima made no effort to use his left arm. He is probably still suffering from his Hatsu 09 injury.

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Shoryu went for a quite dumb tsuriotoshi which came back to haunt him as Kakuryu landed,

you know, if that had come off, Kakuryu would have been haunted for a long time by it, just like when Asa did it all those years ago to Kotomitsuki...after dumping mickey in the middle of the ring like a schoolboy his confidence was shot for years against Asashoryu who has racked up an extremely one sided record against him.

If his tsuriotoshi had failed that day we would have said it was stupid, I guess its only stupid it you can't pull it off...its genius if you do....Asashoryu of 5 years ago would have nailed that throw and Kakaryu would be a once bitten twice shy for a very long time..

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Well... Tamanoshima had a low and precise tachi-ai, with head and left arm on Baruto's chest and right arm speculating for an outside grip; the Estonian swerved to left, which was a decent defence try, however, Tamanoshima kept the forward momentum all the time, with good deashi, just to have finished it off while eventually reaching for the right-hand outside grip... yorikiri

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Shoryu went for a quite dumb tsuriotoshi which came back to haunt him as Kakuryu landed,

you know, if that had come off, Kakuryu would have been haunted for a long time by it, just like when Asa did it all those years ago to Kotomitsuki...after dumping mickey in the middle of the ring like a schoolboy his confidence was shot for years against Asashoryu who has racked up an extremely one sided record against him.

If his tsuriotoshi had failed that day we would have said it was stupid, I guess its only stupid it you can't pull it off...its genius if you do....Asashoryu of 5 years ago would have nailed that throw

More than likely, Asa of 2 years ago would have nailed it. The first time I recall it failed (tsuri in the middle of the dohyo) was in his return from suspension on senshuraku of 2008 Hatsu. Tried it against Hakuho...a desperation move in that match, and it sapped his power for the rest of the match. I also think it was a desperation move today as well. Doesn't look good for him right now.

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Thanks a lot for this! (Showing respect...)

I'm a huge fan a Kakuryu, does anybody know where I can see his bout against Asashoryu? I can't seem to find a video on-line.

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Shoryu went for a quite dumb tsuriotoshi which came back to haunt him as Kakuryu landed,

you know, if that had come off, Kakuryu would have been haunted for a long time by it, just like when Asa did it all those years ago to Kotomitsuki...after dumping mickey in the middle of the ring like a schoolboy his confidence was shot for years against Asashoryu who has racked up an extremely one sided record against him.

If his tsuriotoshi had failed that day we would have said it was stupid, I guess its only stupid it you can't pull it off...its genius if you do....Asashoryu of 5 years ago would have nailed that throw

More than likely, Asa of 2 years ago would have nailed it. The first time I recall it failed (tsuri in the middle of the dohyo) was in his return from suspension on senshuraku of 2008 Hatsu. Tried it against Hakuho...a desperation move in that match, and it sapped his power for the rest of the match. I also think it was a desperation move today as well. Doesn't look good for him right now.

All of which means that the most exciting and important man in Sumo today must do something he is quite capable of doing: Morphing and evolving his approach using his speed, strength, resiliency and intelligence. In other words, avoid the stupid moves and react to the opponent. Or end up looking like a fool...

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Shoryu went for a quite dumb tsuriotoshi which came back to haunt him as Kakuryu landed,

you know, if that had come off, Kakuryu would have been haunted for a long time by it, just like when Asa did it all those years ago to Kotomitsuki...after dumping mickey in the middle of the ring like a schoolboy his confidence was shot for years against Asashoryu who has racked up an extremely one sided record against him.

If his tsuriotoshi had failed that day we would have said it was stupid, I guess its only stupid it you can't pull it off...its genius if you do....Asashoryu of 5 years ago would have nailed that throw and Kakaryu would be a once bitten twice shy for a very long time..

I can't remember even one makuuchi bout where that tsuriotoshi would have worked actually in such even position. Both had migiyotsu and it was face to face. Shoryu's tsuriotoshis against Kotomitsuki or Hokutoriki were just showing off from totally dominant position. There is no comparison between those and this tsuriotoshi move. It is comparable to badly timed throwing attempts where it only gives the foe a chance to get the momentum and so.

But I agree totally that if Shoryu had pulled it off, it would have been quite a blow to Kakuryu's confidence. You just can NOT lose by tsuriotoshi from such frontal position.

It is still a mystery for me why those show-off tsuriotoshi are so highly valued anyway and I mean the ones from 100-0 position where there is no doubt of the outcome of the bout. It is like escorting someone to the edge from behind in full okuridashi position and then deciding to trip the loser on the tawara while giving a big push causing the loser to fall face first off the dohyo.

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