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Takanonami-A formless muscle-man whos power is fading.

Has had a good run.

These days is less exciting than a good henka.

JUST holding on for his new master-Takanohana Oyakata.

By the way,does anybody know if 'nonami has paid for his matta?If so,then how much?In my humble opinion,should have been a small furtune.A BMW a least, or a Louie Vitton bag.Whats going on there?

As far as I understand all penalty fees for matta and false starts were abolished a few years ago, and changed to the current system, where a matta leads to instant disqualification. (You are going off-topic...)

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Takanonami is apparently holder of a unique record! First to fight twice on the same day of a honbasho:

Day 4 against Tochiazuma:

http://www.banzuke.com/~movies/kyushu2002/...azu_takanami.rm

Tochiazuma must be satisfied with a tachiai where he can get that kind of grip. Takanonami is very upright and the bout seems to be over. Nami in good form defends well against Tochiazuma's force-out attempts, but it sure looks like Tochiazuma's bout.

Suddenly Nami locks Tochiazuma's arm from above and swings him down and out with kotenage!

Day 4 against Musashimaru:

(You are going off-topic...) Just kidding, of course.

Who's the guy in the background on the left side of the Nami kotenage picture above?

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[As far as I understand all penalty fees for matta and false starts were abolished a few years ago, and changed to the current system, where a matta leads to instant disqualification.  :-D

Is that right?Well there you go...

So why hasn't 'nonami been disqualified, at least once.

Rules ha?-It appears that nobody watching the action really cares!

Thx for the reply Yubi'.

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Great link Higashimori-san !!!!!

very nice pics.

and welcome aboard by the way....... B-)

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As far as I understand all penalty fees for matta and false starts were abolished a few years ago, and changed to the current system, where a matta leads to instant disqualification. :-)

Akebono, in a TV interview said as much a few months back. (no penalty etc) Did mention it here - don't know if anyone mentioned it though.

He never mentioned disqualification.

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I may be a bit late replying to this thread but it just came to my attention now.

I began following sumo in 1997. The first basho that I really watched and followed each day was the Kyushu basho of that year when 'Nami went 14-1.

I was living in Hachinohe just 30 minutes south of 'Nami's hometown of Misawa at the time. I naturally wanted to like Aomori born rikishi and he was the closest and the best of them. I was truly impressed by his unbeatable two handed kime hold.

Musashimaru may have dominated Taka over his career but at the time, 'Nami had a very successful streak going against him. I waited for years to see 'Nami re-establish some degree of dominance over 'Maru only to eventually realize that he was becoming limited in what he could do.

Even after 'Nami lost his Ozeki rank, he has resurfaced on occaision to play a bit of a spoiler role. I appreciate that he still tries to entertian in his way.

He has never appeared enthusiastic but I have come to appreciate his senere demeanour.

It has been a long time since he has been my favorite rikishi but I'd like to see him stick around as long as he is enjoying the sport And I hope that when he retires it is because he is ready to move on and not because he is forced to in shame.

I'm running out of old guys to root for! All my old favorites are either retired or unable to compete effectively. How old is Tochinonada? I always liked him and he's still pretty good.

Itachi

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I think Tochinonada is around 30.

I read Takanonami is tying Konishiki's record of staying in Sumo after demotion from the Ozeki rank(41 basho or something) at this tournament.

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Update 19.3.2006

Takanonami has worked as Otowayama-oyakata but suffered a serious health crisis in February 2006, went into critical condition and has evidently been incapacitated to a degree for now with after effects of whatever caused his long unconsciousness. In brief, he suffered a some kind of heart problem supposedly induced by a atrial fibrillation, underwent emergency heart surgery, fell into unconsciousness and has been hospitalized for over a month now with limited functional abilities.

The matter is reported and discussed in this thread:

http://www.sumoforum.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=8597

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In Hatsu 1996 basho Takanonami won yusho after a play-off win over Takanohana. In this basho Takanohana was dumped by KaioU's uwatenage on day 14 but Nami casted the wrath of kime upon KaioU on day 15 and squeezed him out while Takanohana beat Musashimaru. Then in play-off Takanohana drove Nami forward after some break and lifted Nami up but Nami landed just on tawara and started a neat kawazugake resulting in narrow win. Lip tightening and overall emotion suppressing ensued. Nami's basho was very strong and he did a lot of kime torture and carrying. He had been very very bad in previous basho and had studied sumo on tapes. It was fruitful and Nami won his 1st yusho then. None of the current rikishi do kimedashi really, just very occasionally. More Namis and Mitoizumis needed to revive kime-pain!

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Update 19.3.2006

Takanonami has worked as Otowayama-oyakata but suffered a serious health crisis in February 2006, went into critical condition and has evidently been incapacitated to a degree for now with after effects of whatever caused his long unconsciousness. In brief, he suffered a some kind of heart problem supposedly induced by a atrial fibrillation, underwent emergency heart surgery, fell into unconsciousness and has been hospitalized for over a month now with limited functional abilities.

After being released from hospital, he made one of his first public appearances at Hakuho's Ozeki Promotion Party in June of that year. I didn't get a chance to meet him, but you can see him in the background of this photo. He looked fine at the time:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jracine/17884...57594183166899/

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He was back doing his commentator/analysis job on NHK's sumo broadcast last basho. When I saw him (at Hakuho's first yusho time, several months after he was out of hospital), he looked much thinner but he looked like he gained back quite a few kilos now.

Not sure if that's a good sign or not.

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Here are two pics from last Aki basho.

I met him in May in the heya and after one basho day on the street. I was very glad to see that he looked fit and well and he said that he is doing fine and that he recovered very well from his illness.

Takanonami1.jpg

Takanonami2.jpg

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Here are two pics from last Aki basho.

I met him in May in the heya and after one basho day on the street. I was very glad to see that he looked fit and well and he said that he is doing fine and that he recovered very well from his illness.

Takanonami1.jpg

Takanonami2.jpg

I can not see the pictures (Sign of approval...)

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Looks like they are gone, here are some from former Takanonami again.

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Takanonami!

Stage is yours. I'll chuck in my salt later myself.

I followed the entire career of former ozeki Takanonami. He was often criticized for being too passive, moving backwards and using defensive sumo, but I liked him. His sumo was clean and was based on skill, power, leverage and timing. If he was too defensive it was due in part to his lack of quickness. He seemed like a genuinely good person, good natured like Baruto and Takamisakari. He was tall, 6' 5" and preferred belt techniques, specializing in yorikiri, uwatenage, tsuridashi and kimedashi. In style he was a bit like former sekiwake Mitoizumi, another large, slow yotsu-zumo specialist.

During his prime, Takanonami often scored 11 or 12 wins per basho, quite good for an ozeki. He had a lot of trouble with Akebono and Musashimaru who could overpower him with a tsuki/oshi attack.

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