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A very brief update on Baruto and a few pictures. He has 70 head of cattle on his farm in Laane-Viru County, and has started (or plans to start) a travel agency with the aim of bringing more Japanese tourists to Estonia.

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Meeting some children from a youth club or something.

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A very brief update on Baruto and a few pictures. He has 70 head of cattle on his farm in Laane-Viru County, and has started (or plans to start) a travel agency with the aim of bringing more Japanese tourists to Estonia.

Baruto01.jpgBaruto02.jpg201406_c.jpgMeeting some children from a youth club or something.201406_d.jpg

Freaking awesome!

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He seems happy and doing good (miss him anyway)

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He has been saying this is his dream for years, never any plans to stick around Japan for long. He certainly didn't hesitate to get started on his dreams. Good for him, I hope he is content.

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A very brief update on Baruto and a few pictures. He has 70 head of cattle on his farm in Laane-Viru County, and has started (or plans to start) a travel agency with the aim of bringing more Japanese tourists to Estonia.

Ex-Baruto is on a visit to Fukushima to study how to safely (about 850km away from Chernobyl) produce delicious meat.

Edit: I see that this time Masumasumasu has posted the same video before me instead of after, but as often his post wasn't shown as new post at my place.

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Ex-Baruto is on a visit to Fukushima to study how to safely (about 850km away from Chernobyl) produce delicious meat.

He visited Fukushima-city on the 6th, talking to the mayor. He expressed his wish to support Fukushima. with help from wife and friends, especially aid in building up the children's strength.

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Now ex-Baruto (30) will join the professional fighting circuit. Not standard pro-wrestling but mixed martial arts RIZIN (former PRIDE): "I love martial arts. I want to aim to become the world's strongest fighter." He plans to have his debut fight on New Year's Eve (where there used to be the K-1 top event in the past). His ring name will be decided later. After intai he had continued to train and lost about 30kg from a peak of 189kg.
He plans to train with K-1 legend Peter Aerts (soon 45) in November - Akebono had failed miserably in K-1.
http://www.sponichi.co.jp/battle/news/2015/10/22/kiji/K20151022011367700.html
http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/ring/2015/10/22/0008503231.shtml
full interview
http://www.daily.co.jp/newsflash/ring/2015/10/22/0008503653.shtml
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With the RIZIN general headquarters top
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Hm, initially I thought that he's run into some financial trouble that would drive him to do this since I didn't think that he'd have the inclination to do something like this. Especially cause he doesn't have much training in martial arts other than sumo and that doesn't really cut it in mma. But reading the interview I really get the impression that he's just bored and genuinely interested in doing some martial arts again, and the money is a bonus. I hope that's true.

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I believe he came to sumo from a background in judo, and there are judoka who have done quite well in MMA.

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Well that is some sad news. :-(

Yes, yes.

I truly miss him as an Ozeki. Ozekihood needs him.

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I wonder if he's going to keep his farm. I thought he is/was really into sustainable farming in Estonia.

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Now ex-Baruto (30) will join the professional fighting circuit....

...Akebono had failed miserably in K-1.

I have to admit that my heart kind of sank when reading this news. Although it is great that he is interested and motivated for new endeavors, I hope that he is more successful in MMA than Akebono's K-1 debacle. The former yokozuna's attempts was just a sad and shameful spectacle. No question that I highly respect him as the 64th yokozuna in history, but although then he is no longer affiliated with sumo, he was still using Akebono as his ring name, doing a pre dohyo iri before his K1 bouts...or was that puroresu? An absolute disappointment for former yokozuna holding on to the past with a losing record.

MMA is that really martial arts?? It lacks purity and true art in a sense that really it is only a disordered blend of fighting. If Baruto sees this through I seriously am hoping he does not mirror the many rikishi who have moved onto flashy forms of insanely overproduced sports entertainment.

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http://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Rizin-FF-Signs-Former-Sumo-Wrestler-Baruto-94515

This is an article on Sherdog, which is a major MMA website in the United States. Not really any new information but I thought it was interesting anyway. Also, if anyone remembers Pride FC from the 90's, the guys that headed that organization are also leading this new Rizin Fighting Federation.

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I don't see this ending well for him, at least from a competitive perspective.

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MMA is that really martial arts?? It lacks purity and true art

I have never heard that some kind of ideological purity was required for a martial art to be that.

If martial arts are to be thought of as systems for effective hand-to-hand combat, then of course MMA is really martial arts. It's more than a little snobbish to insist otherwise.

As far as comparisons with Akebono go, I think Baruto has much more sound fundamentals. I'd be primarily worried that his joints may not be quite up to par after the stress of sumo, but perhaps he's allowed himself enough time to heal.

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If martial arts are to be thought of as systems for effective hand-to-hand combat, then of course MMA is really martial arts. It's more than a little snobbish to insist otherwise.

Especially coming from fans of a martial art that regularly gets disparaged as "fat guys in diapers". Glasshouses, and all that. Edited by Asashosakari
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Being aware of MMA fans on this forum I knew that I was in for a pummeling ;-), but points well made.

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Martial 'arts' are not art. Not in the slightest. I detest the mis-use of language. Words have meaning.

Beethoven was an artist. Cage-fighters are crude entertainers at best. Art must express that which makes us human. One tattooed muscle-head beating another (wo)man to a pulp doesn't qualify.

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Being aware of MMA fans on this forum I knew that I was in for a pummeling ;-), but points well made.

There are many pummelers on this forum. Don't sweat it.

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Being aware of MMA fans on this forum I knew that I was in for a pummeling ;-), but points well made.

I'm not an MMA fan; I just think that being a purist about fighting styles is a bit pointless. And that was not a pummeling. If you want to see a conversation like that, go to the comments section of any YouTube video where practitioners of different martial arts are sparring with each other. Believe me, I spoke most gently.

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