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Kindai sumo club coach Ito in memoriam

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The chief coach of the Kindai sumo club, ex-amateur yokozuna Katsuhito Ito has suddenly died 0:30a.m. today at age 55. He was the coach of Takarafuji, Tokushoryu, Asanoyama, Asagyokusei, Shimanoumi, Motobayashi - ex-Asanowaka, ex-Homarefuji -  and of last month's zennihon champion Tanioka. To Kindai from Goshogawara high in Aomori, like Isegahama-oyakata.

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yusho in  the open-weight category at the 1985 national weight category student championships

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Mainichi reports him as having been a model for a character in the film shiko funjatta

amateur yokozuna 1991 as Kindai coach - win by izori after tori-naoshi

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as Kindai coach - in 1995

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chief coach since 2001

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with Motobayashi, as he entered Naruto-beya

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celebrating the yusho of Asanoyama (on the right of his waving arm)

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at the zennihon Dec.2019, with Tanioka and with the club

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Rather shocking! I noticed him in the background at most of the college events, and he was always smiling, even when his guys lost. He had a good rivalry with Nittaidai's Dr. Saito, with them facing off in back-to-back All Japan yusho matches and each winning once. In the mid-80s he was also thorn in the side of the biggest amateur star of the time, Kushima/Kushimaumi. Some of his matches are on YouTube but I can't search at the moment...a small but very skillful competitor. 

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A now very sad scene in the press today - Ito holding the photo of Asanoyama's late high school mentor Urayama at Asanoyama's first yusho. He also coached Urayama at Kindai, but before he  became main coach (kantoku). o

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Ura's fond memory of Ito: Ito as fuku-shin made a mono-ii (igi-moushi-tate) at a 2013 world combat games light weight semi-final bout, and because of that Ura won it by izori and went on to win the title. http://hochi.news/articles/20200119-OHT1T50039.html

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Very sad news. He as a really nice guy. I think I saw a bout yesterday of him doing a beautiful izori on Dr Saito who was the first World Openweight Champion and the first to have the displeasure of tying my first proper mawashi.  

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Just seen episode 5 of James May: Our Man in Japan documentary. In this episode, he visited Kinki University sumo club, watching his translator mate got lifted by students. Saw a bit of Ito-san in this part, James was introduced by the translator to Ito-san.

Quite a tribute for me

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