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Yokozuna/Ozeki preperandum - Haru 2014

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Harumafuji as planned had his dohyo-iri at Miyabiyama's intai-zumo, Kisenosato also did just that and will do again just that at the NHK Charity Ozumo on the 11th. For both it is not yet decided when they will restart keiko, but they want to show fighting spirit at the Haru basho.

Kisenosato about treatment: “Doing nothing at all is best.”

www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20140201/sum14020118420002-n1.html

www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/general/2014/02/01/0006678178.shtml

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Kisenosato about treatment: “Doing nothing at all is best.”

Please :(

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Harumafuji without taping restarted keiko at the heya today, no bouts, mainly suri-ashi.

Checking the condition of the ankle: not yet perfect.

During shiko stamping there were scenes of losing balance while standing only on the bad leg.

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140206-OHT1T00033.htm

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Giving tachi-ai instructions to Homarefuji

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/02/06/kiji/K20140206007529420.html

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Both Hakuho & Kakuryu - winner and runner-up of the Hatsu 2014 basho, lost their 1st round matchup, with Hakuho "losing" interest against Sadanofuji...

Hakuho didn't want to risk injury and lost easily to Sadanofuji: "The main basho is important."

Kakuryu also wants to concentrate on keiko, wanting to start tomorrow, for degeiko he is expected to go to Tokitsukaze-beya.

And changes in Hakuho's dohyo-iri with non-ichimon attendants may have led to a disturbed rhythm as well.

So far it were the Tomozuna-beya rikishi Kyokutenho and Kaisei, but relations between the oyakata have turned bad with the riji elections. Miyagino-oyakata was endorsing Isegehama for the ichimon (and maybe would have liked Kokonoe to go on?) and has a different opinion regarding riji – Tomozuna-oyakata, who had pushed his candidacy, won't let his 2 do it anymore. From the ichimon other than from Isegehama-beya (all for HF) there is only mage-lacking Endo (maybe Hakuho wants to have one with oicho? For Haru Endo should have a simple chon-mage top-knot). Hakuho-degeiko-friendly Tokitsukaze-beya is the next choice with Toyonoshima; but with Tokitenku about to drop next in line was Gagamaru from Kise-beya.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/02/10/kiji/K20140210007554330.html

http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2014/02/10/0006697945.shtml

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140209-1255497.html

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http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140210-1255630.html

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Kisenosato restarted keiko – with shiko and suri-ashi. He reduced his weight by 7kg with training in a gym etc. during the time he rested. Till going to Osaka on the 17th he plans to do light training on the dohyo.

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140210-1255811.html
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Hakuho received the yusho plate for last year's Haru basho from the governor of Osaka on returning the Osaka Governor's Cup. He'll go for his 5th Haru basho yusho in a row (no basho in 2011).
http://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20140225/sum14022516490003-n1.html
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He wants to give one or two keiko lessons to Endo, whom he should meet early in the basho (some news talk of having that bout delayed till around nakabi).
After the rikishi-kai:
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/140225/mrt14022517450001-n1.htm
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http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140225-OYT1T01069.htm
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Kisenosato started keiko in Osaka, doing his first bouts after the basho: 15 with Takanoyama.
http://www.jiji.com/jc/c?g=spo_30&k=2014022500752

Harumafuji wants to fight at the basho. He lent his chest to Terunofuji and repeated powerful impact and pushing movements with Homarefuji etc.
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/02/25/kiji/K20140225007663860.html

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Kisenosato started keiko in Osaka, doing his first bouts after the basho: 15 with Takanoyama.

Kisenosato won all against Takanoyama, mainly by oshidashi.

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140226-1262777.html

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more from Hakuho after the rikishi-kai

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140225-1262571.html

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"Definitely! I will be training to that end!" declared Harumafuji after being asked if he will be entering Haru. His leg is bandaged but he did some serious butsugari with newmaku Terunofuji and trained with Juryo Homarefuji and others, showing good sumo. "I'm not in bad shape and it's no use whining about the pain now . There are about 10 days till the basho starts and I will be training accordingly," he said.

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I sure hope Harumafuji is genki come next Sunday. I really enjoy his work (when his head is in the game) despite the occasional hijinx he supplies from time to time.

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HF was 16-7 yesterday, 15-5 on the 26th.
With Takarafuji:
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/02/28/kiji/K20140228007677880.html
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http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140227-1263438.html
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http://www.tokyo-np.co.jp/article/sports/news/CK2014022802000128.html
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->bigger:
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http://www.tokyo-sports.co.jp/sports/sumou/239337/

The YDC starts again to demand top results. Member Okamoto: “We want 13 wins. If he doesn't get 10 wins that means he'll be incompetent as a yokozuna.” “An ozeki can drop, a yokozuna not. If he can't bring the adequate results anymore, at that moment he has to quit.”

He is yokozuna now for more than a year, the “period of grace" is over. So far the YDC has also valued that he stayed in the basho till the end even with a bad result – he didn't last time.

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Kakuryu and Endo today both were on degeiko to Tokitsukaze-beya, Kakuryu was 19-1 with Toyonoshima, Tokitenku, Sotairyu, Asasekiryu etc., 8-1 of that with Endo, who was 7-2 with the others.

http://mainichi.jp/sports/news/20140301k0000m050036000c.html

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140228-1263811.html

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Hakuho on the next day again enjoyed to mingle with kids, 5 and under: “When you can see this vitality, power, smiling faces, it blows away your fatigue.” His answer to kids asking how to become strong: “Training, studying, sleeping after eating a lot and you grow big. In the past I ate 8 bowls of rice.”

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140228-1263643.html

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140227-1263385.html

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Damn...Harumafuji has both knees and both ankles taped up?

Starting to look a bit like Aminishiki! :-S

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I'm afraid Harumafuji's last perf at Fukuoka was his swan song.

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Hakuho at the first Osaka degeiko was 17-0 at Asahiyama-beya with Toyonoshima, Ichinojo etc.

He trained there before entering Miyagino-beya when he was at 62kg.
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/03/03/kiji/K20140303007703820.html

An advance cake for Hakuho (birthday on the 11th) at an event from his Tokushima (home of his wife) koenkai with 350 supporters
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140302-1264953.html
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Kakuryuu went for degeiko to Tokitsukaze beya. Harumafuji was there as well. Kakuryuu trained with him and walloped him 8-2 (6 straight wins), beating him both in quantity and quality. He came in low at the tachiai and managed to outsmart the Yokozuna. "I caught the front of his mawashi, managed to get inside and it's good that I could do the sumo I imagined I would do. I plan not to think too much about unnecessary stuff during the basho so as not to get all worked up.. I want to concentrate on a day to day basis on the match at hand," said Kakuryuu later. "I'm a bit tired as I haven't been resting lately but I'd like to give my body a rest and face the coming basho," said a restless Harumafuji. Regarding Kakuryuu: "I haven't faced him in a while but he was strong.."

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Kakuryu on the 5th at degeiko to the big meeting place Tokitsukaze-beya was 18-1 with Aminishiki, Terunofuji etc. and happy about how well his preparations are going on.
He wanted to train not only offensive oshi- but also defensive sumo and was pushed back out one time by Aminishiki, otherwise winning by pulling or dashi-nage techniques. He plans to make the final preparations for the basho at Izutsu-beya, degeiko is over.

Harumafuji did 8 with Sotairyu and then lent his chest to a new recruit and students at a training camp there. He showed some signs of pain at the always sore left ankle, but commented “Fit as a fiddle!” and is showing no weakness.
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/f-sp-tp3-20140305-1266186.html
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Kisenosato on the 4th was 21-2 with Takayasu at the heya without losing stamina and moving well – another ozeki being content with his form.
http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140305-1265945.html

That leaves only Kotoshogiku as the one without good/keiko news.

zenyasai on the 4th with about 800 fans
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/140304/mrt14030422080005-n1.htm
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Kakuryu did want he wanted to do and try and rested on the 7th.

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASG35538NG35PTQP007.html
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HF on the 5th was 7-1 on degeiko at Tokitsukaze-beya, but none with Kakuryu there: moushi-ai with juryo Sotairyu, looking feeble in the one he lost. After the following win he favoured his left ankle and let out an “ouch!”.

On the 6th he did 11 bouts with Toyonoshima there, after losing the last two he stopped. He has to cover the lack of power and physical condition with fighting spirit: “It's ki-ai, ki-ai. I'll do my best with ki-ai”. Toyo.: “The yokozuna said he wasn't in good form.”

older ones of HF with Kakuryu
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/03/07/kiji/K20140307007727810.html
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http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/03/06/kiji/K20140306007717510.html
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http://www.daily.co.jp/sumo/2014/03/07/0006759650.shtml
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Kisenosato on the 5th was 18-4 with Takayasu, his injured right big toe has recovered well: “Not perfect, but the condition is improving.”

Tagonoura-oyakata: “His body has come to move well, completely different from when arriving here.”

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140305-OHT1T00098.htm

On the 6th with Takanoyama

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/sports/news/140306/mrt14030620480006-n1.htm
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Hakuho on the 5th was busy visiting the city hall and schools etc. in Sakai, where the heya is staying.

http://hochi.yomiuri.co.jp/sports/sumo/news/20140305-OHT1T00225.htm
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On the 6th he finished basho preparations with a degeiko to Oguruma-beya, overwhelming Takekaze and Yoshikaze in 18 bouts, trying out this and that – e. g slap and grab or the famous “go no sen” counter of waiting for the other at tachi-ai.

http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/03/06/kiji/K20140306007721140.html
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2014/03/07/kiji/K20140307007723410.html
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“the famous “go no sen” counter of waiting for the other at tachi-ai.”

What’s that?

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Kakuryu on the 3rd went for degeiko to Tokitsukaze-beya and was 16-1 with Endo and 2-0 with others - on 4 days he is 63-3 with Endo. He is superbly prepared for his tsuna-tori basho.

http://www.nikkansports.com/sports/sumo/news/p-sp-tp3-20140304-1265510.html

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Kakuryu is shaking Endo up rather well with his new move. But I suspect it's not allowed... :-S

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