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Gaijingai

Standing Tachiai?

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3 hours ago, Gaijingai said:

Not a debate, but can one of the sumo elders enlighten us novices as to when "hands down" became mandatory?

In sumo clips from the past, they did start from a standing position. But as long as I've been watching it (mid 90s), it's been hands down.

When and why did it change?

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I find the old school tachiai more beautiful and had less head to head impact.

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