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Preparations of the Y/O Kyushu 2019

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I don't see the topic yet so I'm starting it with this piece on Ozeki Takayasu who was back in training this morning after announcing his engagement yesterday.

Takayasu took part to the Nishonoseki training session ( rikishi from other ichimon were also there, namely : Goeido, Tomokaze, Onosho) and had the most bout of all sekitori present, 25 in total.

"It was a good session. I could move my body well and I did forward sumo"  he analyzed

A lot of fans who were there to watch the training congratulated him on his recent engagement to the Enka singer Mori Konomi (they look beautiful together btw so if you didn't see the pictures of videos go watch them). "I received a lot of support, I want to turn it into strength and up my motivation ahead of the basho" commented Takayasu.

While the fans and the media are rooting for him to finally start a Yokozuna run, not all voices are this positive. Oguruma Oyakata who watched over the session is a bit worried about Takayasu injured arm. The injured arm was tapped and although Takayasu fought 25 bouts the results were not great: 1-9 against Goeido, 4-2 against Tomokaze, and 3-6 against Onosho ( so 8-17 in total) and in between the bouts Takayasu looked worried about his arm a few times. "Takayasu is still in pain" commented Oguruma, "I'm worried about Takayasu, he is way too preoccupied by his his arm" added Shibatayama Oyakata.

Even Takayasu himself admits his elbow isn't perfectly healed yet, "I can put some strength in my left arm but my power is down compared to before the injury. There's still some time, I'll do my best to improve my condition"

The Basho starts in 9 days, Takayasu is Kadoban.

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911010000376.html

 

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二所ノ関一門の連合稽古で琴ノ若(手前)に稽古をつける貴景勝(撮影・佐藤礼征)

Ozeki Takakeisho fought against sekitori opposition for the first time since his pectoral injury happened (just 40 days ago...). He had 10 bouts against Takanosho, Kagayaki and Onosho and won 8. 

"I didn't really know what to expect at first but my body moved well. I don't feel any pain" he commented.

"He didn't seem to feel too much disconfort" analyzed his oyakata after the practice.

Oguruma Oyakata had also his take on Takakeisho "There's still some way to go, he was fighting against lower maegashira opposition. There's only a few days left already so it's the preparation he'll do from now that'll matter"

And Shibatayama Oyakata had something to say too " His sumo doesn't seem affected by the injury,  he is doing similar sumo as last basho so I'm not worried"

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911010000633.html

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More articles on Takakeisho and Takayasu from yesterday (2nd).

二所ノ関一門の連合稽古で相撲を取らず、基礎運動で汗を流す貴景勝

The speedy recovery was too good to be true for Takakeisho who complained  of disfonfort in his injured left pectoral muscle. He attended a training session but didn't enter the dohyo staying on the side doing foundamental training in silence from start to end.

"He came this morning with feeling some disconfort and it seems like he is feeling a bit of pain as well. I won't let him push himself too hard, we have to be careful" commented his Oyakata.

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911020000724.html

二所ノ関一門の連合稽古で輝(手前左)に敗れ、顔をしかめて左肘を気にする高安(同右)

As for Takayasu he is continuing intense preparation despite his injured arm. He had 27 bouts this time against the likes of Ryuden and was 13-14. He still looks worried about his injured arm and was seen grimacing several times.

Shibatayama had some things to say today as well " In this kind of shape he needs to train or he won't be ready for the basho. Now is not the time to be scared about his elbow"

"There's still no power yet, it's because of the left arm... I need to train more" analysed Takayasu.

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911020000681.html

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13 minutes ago, Rainoyama said:

" In this kind of shape he needs to train or he won't be ready for the basho. Now is not the time to be scared about his elbow"

Shibatayama obviously comes from the little-known Japanese branch of the Bourbon family: he has "forgotten nothing and learned nothing".

And this barely sane advice comes from a man who sat out 4 consecutive basho in his yokozuna days.

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土俵上での稽古を再開した貴景勝は時折、左胸を気にするしぐさを見せた(撮影・高田文太)

More news on Takakeisho, from today this time. He was feeling better after yesterday and was back on the dohyo, only tachi ai checks and lent his chest to young guys though.

"He felt better today, good enough to do sumo" explained Chiganoura Oyakata

Still Takakeisho left without saying anything to the press after the session and that picture is not really reassuring...

https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/

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Hakuho trained against hokutofuji and tomokaze yesterday going 15-3 in the keiko.

The reason he isn't losing against the young guys: Hakuho claims his circulatory system is 25 years old.

About all the records he got during Heisei: Now that it's reiwa, there's nothing left to set, so there's no shame in just ganbarizing into the Kyushu basho.

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Oh, man. Wouldn't it be cool if Hakuho set all those records again in the reiwa era? With the current mix of jo-i folks, I think it's do-able. 

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How old is the rest of him, though?

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5 hours ago, Benevolance said:

Oh, man. Wouldn't it be cool if Hakuho set all those records again in the reiwa era? With the current mix of jo-i folks, I think it's do-able. 

I think the Reiwa era might just outlast Hakuho long enough for any records he sets to be surpassed easily enough. Hakuho has maybe a year or two left at most. The current emperor might be on the throne for another 20-30.

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Ozeki Takakeisho was able to use his left side 25 times (in keiko). Although he avoided doing any serious matches with same-heya sekitori guys, he dominated his unnamed makushita opponent(s) without showing concern for his left pec that he injured last basho. Chiganoura Oyakata put his stamp of approval 'I think its great he could go completely to the end so many times'. The old injuries in his right side seemed stable. 'Of course the aim is to enter' added Chiganoura Oyakata.

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5 hours ago, Eikokurai said:

I think the Reiwa era might just outlast Hakuho long enough for any records he sets to be surpassed easily enough. Hakuho has maybe a year or two left at most. The current emperor might be on the throne for another 20-30.

The advantage the emperor has over Hakuho is that he doesn't get smashed into by very strong  people for fifteen consecutive days six times a year. Such events have a profound effect on the length of one's career. 

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追手風部屋への出稽古で大栄翔を突き落とす貴景勝(右)(撮影・佐藤礼征)

More on Takakeisho from this Nikkan article, he trained with a joi opponent for the first time today, going 10-3 against M1 Daieisho and looked good.

NHK analyst Mainoumi was there to observe "I thought he'd be in worse shape, he's hitting and moving well. I reckon he should be alright for this basho. He should be able to win 8" he commented after the session.

Mainoumi was way more worried about Takayasu. " I watched him yesterday he can't use any power in his left arm

"https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911060000444.html

 

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Kakuryu was one of those at degeiko to Tokitzukaze-beya today - 15-0 with Yutakayama. "(The injured left knee,) It's not perfect", but "of course (I'll enter the basho)". https://www.sanspo.com/sports/news/20191106/sum19110616020002-n1.html

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afterwards with Terunofuji, whose heya was there for degeiko as well

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Hakuho yesterday was 7-2 with Hokutofuji at degeiko to Oguruma-beya, and 8-1 with the heya's Tomokaze. This year he had a zensho yusho, but only completed 2 basho. Still, he is now longest reigning yokozuna in history with 12 years and 5 months. "I want to make it a Kyushu basho not to feel ashamed for with that." https://www.sponichi.co.jp/sports/news/2019/11/06/kiji/20191105s00005000482000c.html

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Today's the day to hand in the kyujo notice - tomorrow morning the torikumi for the first 2 days will be compiled. Hakuho has already finished preparations yesterday, Takakeisho and Takayasu were still in full training today.

Takakeisho has declared he'll enter. After 2 hours of training he told the reporters about the injured part: "In perfect condition and it has fully healed. No problems of insufficient  power or difficulty in pushing either, and my tension has disappeared." https://www3.nhk.or.jp/lnews/kobe/20191107/2020005414.html

Takayasu trained with Araiso today - firsts 3 wins in a row, but then a face of pain and the next bout an easy loss without power  - he finished keiko at once.

Araiso sees getting out of kadoban as no problem for Takayasu: "It was no sumo that leads to injury. Not acting unreasonable and such, he has a lot in mind, I guess. He trained the whole time and I think it (his condition) is fairly  good." "I think he'll certainly enter". https://www.nikkansports.com/battle/sumo/news/201911070000309.html

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Hakuho finished preparations yesterday at the heya with his ex-attendant Kaisei who came for degeiko and others - 14-1: "Yesterday (at Oguruma-beya) oshizumo, today yotsuzumo. I could do good keiko." http://hochi.news/articles/20191106-OHT1T50170.html

Kakuryu was kyujo the last 2 Kyushu-basho: "After 3 years again, I want to go fully concentrated." http://www.daily.co.jp/general/2019/11/07/0012857609.shtml

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Takakeisho did same heya keiko against Takanosho today. Basically, just doing single thrusts to Takanosho, without pushing, or sometimes just slowly pushing. Takakeisho went 7-3.

Asked if he worried about the ailment, Chiganoura oyakata said 'Its OK', smiling. 'He considered doing sumo without pushing, and did it by that thinking. I though it was good keiko' he summed.

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