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Takayasu is returning at least as Takakeisho departs, though whether the former is in any shape to mount his usual challenge to Terunofuji remains to be seen. If not, it's basically only Hakuho that stands between Teru and the rope, and even then Teru might do enough if he takes it to a playoff.

As for Takakeisho, his reaction reminded me of a sudden injury I had just a few months ago. I somehow pulled a muscle and pinched a nerve in my neck, and more or less lost the use of my left arm for a day. It was a weird sudden semi-paralysis from the left side of my neck, all the way down along the edge of my shoulder blade. All I did was raise my arm quickly to swat away a ball while playing with my son. Takakeisho seemed to react the same way I did, so I wonder if it's something like that. Easily done if your warm-up isn't thorough enough.

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It's awkward. Even if we expect Hakuho and Terunofuji to be the top contenders, I just can't shake the thought of a random maegashira winning a yusho again.

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7 hours ago, ryafuji said:

Maybe they just didn't see it? I may be wrong but I don't think video replays can be used if none of the ringside judges call a mono-ii. I think it was harder to spot than the Terunofuji one. 

We've definitely had mono-ii in the past that were instigated by the video room crowd who relayed their concerns to the head shimpan. But they'd still have to be noticing it in real time themselves to raise an issue.

In any case, Hakuho looks like he knows what he can expect of his knee and what he can't, and he'll do his damnedest to avoid getting put into positions by his opponents where any of the latter might occur.

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1 hour ago, Eikokurai said:

Takayasu is returning at least as Takakeisho departs, though whether the former is in any shape to mount his usual challenge to Terunofuji remains to be seen. If not, it's basically only Hakuho that stands between Teru and the rope, and even then Teru might do enough if he takes it to a playoff.

As for Takakeisho, his reaction reminded me of a sudden injury I had just a few months ago. I somehow pulled a muscle and pinched a nerve in my neck, and more or less lost the use of my left arm for a day. It was a weird sudden semi-paralysis from the left side of my neck, all the way down along the edge of my shoulder blade. All I did was raise my arm quickly to swat away a ball while playing with my son. Takakeisho seemed to react the same way I did, so I wonder if it's something like that. Easily done if your warm-up isn't thorough enough.

It's said it's a cervical disc hernia pressing on nerve. Can be dangerous. 

You should have a cervical MRI to make sure nothing serious. Several months ago I had a surgery to remove discs that pressed on my cervical spinal cord.

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43 minutes ago, Dapeng said:

It's said it's a cervical disc hernia pressing on nerve. Can be dangerous. 

You should have a cervical MRI to make sure nothing serious. Several months ago I had a surgery to remove discs that pressed on my cervical spinal cord.

I am pretty sure he had MRI already, otherwise bit strange to publish information like that even though it was quite probable from the start that was the diagnosis. It can be dangerous to his career if it is bad enough. Unless my memory fails me badly he has had "neck" problems in the past so this is not the first time he has symptoms from that ailment.

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10 hours ago, hakutorizakura said:

I'm actually not sure who you're talking about here. Hakuho? Or Tokushoryu? Chiyosoma...? :-D

Come on, this is easy..

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Otsuji is 17, very young, often 17 year olds have vomiting and nausea as main reflux disease symptom. He has 180cm/130kg body and looks promising. Of all the 11 basho he finished he had 10 kachi koshi. Lost today but no worries, this bout does not dictate his future in life or oozumo. He is at his highest rank Ms18 now

 

Shishi has barutoism bodywise. Today he showed some signs of reaching level where he has more difficulties. Kotoyusho is also at his career highest rank but is not really the that formidable makushita rikishi. Shishi got his favourite left hand outside grip but lost quite decisively to Kotoyusho’s sukuinage.

 

Shiba showed some horse power today beating another injury-ridden Kokonoe man Chiyoarashi. Shiba was the one who lifted Hokuseiho in his first bout a bit.

 

Hokuseiho continued his “I am not really at all refined yet” sumo being target practice to Tochimaru’s pushing. He just kind of stood there but on the other hand was not moved at all. Then gave morozashi but had his long limbs so got sotoyotsu and pivoted oshiman around and easily won at the end. He really looks raw which is good since he has a lot to improve. This kind of sumo is rather unimpressive and shaky but also the kind he can improve well in time. Definitely needs lot of work but has all the tools.

 

 

 

Abi has 16 straight wins now showing Asanoyama his potential future. He was really out of his league in makushita and there were bouts where strength difference was quite conspicuous and almost ridiculous.

Shinjuryo Kotokuzan did some fierce and positive sumo but was quite handily then left to fall almost by himself by nimble Abi. 17 straight wins but surely soon suffers his first defeat. He will not get zensho.

 

If you follow Asakayama Instargram you see Kaisho in almost every video posted there and he basically never loses in those. Daishoho did rather feeble move to side trying to get his favourite left hand outside but to do that you shouldn¨t let burly Kaisho to charge in full force. Easy win for Kaisho. KaioU is surely pleased with his start 3-0.

 

Oho vs Daishomaru was a classic example how bout is won at the tachi-ai. He beat Daishomaru at the tachi-ai 81-19 and following flow was all his and didn’t have to put much burden on his still a bit injured ankle.

 

Kyokushuho was once back in the old days very promising rikishi who had great body, muscles, skill and future. Then something happened (probably injuries also) and he never delivered and never bloomed and just became mediocre juryo rikishi. He looked like future sanyaku for sure then but really failed to succeed.

Nishikifuji is rikishi I know so little about that it brings shame. Must reflect on this and SHIKKARI learn. Appalling.

Does anyone know what is NIshikigi*s ailment? He lost his power and sumo and has weakened a lot. Can’t remember any reports on his sumo demise reason. He is much weaker than in his makuuchi days.

 

Lovely nnnngh-yotsu between Kotoosho and Takagenji. Both have firm hidariyotsu and once Kotoosho establishes his defence stance he is able to exert all his power and get back from the edge. He is stronger than Takagenji so is able to beat him at the end. Classic sumo. Kotoosho’s sumo in general has also become strange and unstable since his injury in makuuchi. Worrysome. He was extremely good already and now a mere shadow of his best self.

Mitoryu is one the those rikishi whose career has eternal hand brake on due to lower back problem. He possesses makuuchi level physical power but is not able to utilize that fully due to that chronic back problem. Today he did nice kotenage against Azumaryu.

Takakento also pummeled Enho with same tactics as many do and worked well. Enho can’t beat rikishi like Takakento without getting close.

Hakuyozan looks bit like Unski who vomited on himself naked totally drunk and wandered to neighbour’s barbeque party by accident before he was escorted back to safety to avoid traumatic experience to neighbour’s children. He was then washed clean with the help of garden hose.  This happened in 1993 when Hakuyozan was not active rikishi.

 

Akua has beautiful kakenage and has judo background. He also does really good keiko with Meisei and Hoshoryu. Today another nice display of that. I like Akua but he also has something missing. He is also known for his agile rise from the ground without using his hands. Crowd always appreciates that and when something is appreciated it is good for mankind.

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11 minutes ago, Kaikitsune Makoto said:

once Kotoosho establishes his defence stance he is able to exert all his power and get back from the edge.

Naruto Oyakata seems happy in retirement, running his heya.  I think you mean Kotoshoho, who rocketed to M3 and has fallen down the other side of the mountain since the beginning of this year.

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Sad to see but Tochinoshin appears to be but a shell of his former self. I fear we're going to see a slow fade down to Juryo, unless he decides to retire before that happens. 

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Some random observations on day 2:

It was weird seeing rikishi throwing salt in Makushita. I really noticed it only when ShiShi did it. Made me question whether I’d been missing something all these years. Learned from Chris Sumo’s channel that they added this ceremony to slow the pace of the bouts. Didn’t know they had such leeway. Why did they need to slow things? Too many rikishi kyujo?

You know it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a tournament with a competing Yokozuna when you’ve watched three Ozeki fight and automatically start heading out the door to run errands. I actually forgot we still had Hakuho’s bout to go until I glanced back at the monitor, keys in hand. I had this nagging feeling that I hadn’t seen Endo fight that day, and it was vexing me that I’d somehow missed it despite watching all day, but I forgot about Hakuho completely.

Anyway, enjoying day 3 now.

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Chiyoo failed compeletly in front of his shisho giving Daiamami his left hand outside grip which is his strong weapon. Before him Chiyonokuni went to his rampage mode or rather awkward mode not looking stylish but did his oddly erratic sumo. Stiil even that is entertaining and was able to beat Ishiura rather easily. Chiyomaru continues to cause gloomy thoughts in moto CHiyotaikai's mind as he let Ura inside and lost easily.  His brother Chiyootori has CPAP during naps too.

Tochinoshin rarely loses to Kagayaki but today didn¨t have much content and continued his bad bad basho.

Kotonowaka is more aggressive than his notoriously sluggish father was and easily beat Terutsuyoshi right after tachi-ai. Terutsuyoshi of today is rikishi one must beat. Loss to him is always failure. He is clearly off. Kotonowaka's chest is just like his father's. Kintamayama has met Kotonnowaka junior but did not do sumo against him in Israel because Kintamayama does not do sumo daily.

KaioU had some great bouts against Musashimaru. Nagoya 2001 he beat him with his trademark uwatenage. That bout brought him his 3rd yusho.

Takarafuji couldn't do much keiko before the basho as was reported when Terunofuji¨s preparation was analyzed. Today Takarafuji was good at persevering Aoyiyama usual attack, got left hand inside, stopped Aoiyama and twisted him down. Best sumo by Takarafuji in ages.

What is common with moto Tochiazuma and Miyogiryu? Both have suffered "Internal bleeding" as injury which is kind of strange. Miyogiryu had lowest fat percentage in makuuchi some years ago and is still is good muscular shape. In my opinion he has been quite undervalued rikishi. He is also good swimmer. Swimming doesn't help much in sumo.Today very even tachi-ai with Chiyosoma, then got inside and managed to drive him out. Knee felt bad. Such are knees. They sometimes feel bad. I wonder if gorillas have knee injuries. No clear twish there but quite intense pressure landing on one foot putting great pressure on his knee which is not 100% healthy.

There is no Kotoosho in sumo. 2nd failure already. Degeneration.

 

 

 

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Takayasu looked good on his return. No obvious sign of discomfort. Hopefully this means he's at a level where he can still impact the yusho race.

Disappointing end for Takanosho there after a promising start to the bout. I guess he just lost focus for a moment. 

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Kyokutenho had colonoscopy and some polyps were removed. Oosunarashi also had colonoscopy but Okinoumi had perianal abscess some years ago. Today no signs on perianal abscess as he faced Hoshoryu who has very nice blue towel. Live feed froze so all I can say that Hoshoryu was on the ground moving his knee gingerly around testing it after a loss.

Takayasu showed quite solid sumo today. He has also had lower back problems for years now but today it didn¨t show. Power generation was good but Ichinojo is easy foe in this sense since he is this big tree trunk you can just outpower if you can and Takayasu can overpower anyone including Terunofuji. Bigger test is when he has to stumble and regain posture.

Takanosho is specialized in last ditch face on the dohyo losses. He has very good strength but is somehow out of rhytm often. If he can find peace and balance and Mr Miyagi mode he will become better and do less this frustrating sumo he often does. More tools than results so far. Today he has good chance to exert all his power and show that against Terunofuji. Just hope he doesn't go uncontrollably forward ending up easily twisted/pulled down by Teru.

Not bad at all. Good power sumo matching Terunofuji well but again this weakness of his being prone to pulls and such. Terunofuji¨s kainahineri was clever though but this is Takanosho's weakness.

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Lovely reading of the bout by Terunofuji, exploiting Takanosho's unfamiliarity with a yotsu-style leaning battle. The hips tell the tale; Terunofuji has the superior balance and centre of gravity throughout, and all it takes is a little yank and a slight backwards shift and Takanosho's lack of balance does the rest.

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Great Sumo by the GOAT today, ring rust seems to be gone by now.

 

14-0 Hakuho vs 14-0 Terunofuji showdown on senshuraku? (Dribbling...)

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17 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

And mine: this is brutal.

 

Thanks for posting, there must be at least 30 thrusts and slaps there, but they are all pretty much textbook form, didn't see anything there that looked like the  uppercut Takagenji threw. 

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2 hours ago, Seiyashi said:

Lovely reading of the bout by Terunofuji, exploiting Takanosho's unfamiliarity with a yotsu-style leaning battle. The hips tell the tale; Terunofuji has the superior balance and centre of gravity throughout, and all it takes is a little yank and a slight backwards shift and Takanosho's lack of balance does the rest.

Absolutely lovely finish, he really got the swing through with the arm....

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On 05/07/2021 at 10:59, Seiyashi said:

And just as we were talking about Takagenji using brutality in the ring, Hakuho is not that much better. Multiple slaps to the face - not as bad as his previous kachiage and not as bad as Takagenji, but I'd say there was clearly intent to disorientate.

A bit of a late response, but Hakuho was taking on Endo as everybody should. He always struggles against oshi sumo. Smart tactics by Hakuho.

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13 minutes ago, Gospodin said:
On 05/07/2021 at 16:59, Seiyashi said:

And just as we were talking about Takagenji using brutality in the ring, Hakuho is not that much better. Multiple slaps to the face - not as bad as his previous kachiage and not as bad as Takagenji, but I'd say there was clearly intent to disorientate.

A bit of a late response, but Hakuho was taking on Endo as everybody should. He always struggles against oshi sumo. Smart tactics by Hakuho.

Which actually makes the parallel very interesting, because the exact same can be said about Enho - he struggles against a wall of thrusts to his face. 

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That was a beautiful kainahineri from Terunofuji today. It was very clear and easy to see, and he made it look so effortless!

I appreciated Endo following up with a textbook hikiotoshi against Shodai.

It was almost like they'd planned to demonstrate the difference between the two kimarite...

Hakuho is calmly working around his ailments it would seem.

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12 minutes ago, Seiyashi said:

Which actually makes the parallel very interesting, because the exact same can be said about Enho - he struggles against a wall of thrusts to his face. 

It´s a bit different. Endo is below average at oshi sumo in general, and Hakuho exploited that weakness by denying him a grip. Enho (to state the obvious) is vulnerable against brute force, which Takagenji managed to take advantage of. I don´t like it, but I was wondering for some time why there aren´t more rikishi who just used their strength and weight against him in that manner.

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6 hours ago, Kaikitsune Makoto said:

... 

Kyokushuho was once back in the old days very promising rikishi who had great body, muscles, skill and future. Then something happened (probably injuries also) and he never delivered and never bloomed and just became mediocre juryo rikishi. He looked like future sanyaku for sure then but really failed to succeed.

... 

I always enjoyed his style (occasional dame-oshi/dame-tsuppari notwithstanding). My recollection is that there were a bunch of injuries, including a detached retina, but I can't seem to find anything there so might just be making that up. 

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9 hours ago, Kintamayama said:

Come on, this is easy..

Ok, Hakuho then? (Sigh...)

8 hours ago, since_94 said:

 

You know it’s been a long time since you’ve seen a tournament with a competing Yokozuna when you’ve watched three Ozeki fight and automatically start heading out the door to run errands. I actually forgot we still had Hakuho’s bout to go until I glanced back at the monitor, keys in hand. 

Exactly! Even Terunofuji seemed to forget he's there on day 1. He immediately sat down after his bout, then got up again to hand chikaramizu to the Goat.

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Maybe related to Teru's beautiful kainahineri (or not), is it allowed in sumo to twist/attack your opponent's wrist? Such technique like in aikido AFAIK can easily bring down even a big strong guy. No matter how muscular you are, your wrist stays more less the same size (and strength).

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11 minutes ago, hakutorizakura said:

Maybe related to Teru's beautiful kainahineri (or not), is it allowed in sumo to twist/attack your opponent's wrist? Such technique like in aikido AFAIK can easily bring down even a big strong guy. No matter how muscular you are, your wrist stays more less the same size (and strength).

Wikipedia has it as a "two-handed arm twist down", which kind of implies it's perfectly okay.

The clincher for me, though, is that it was very easy to see what Terunofuji did, yet none of the shimpan put their hand up.

There are quite a few techniques used in ozumo that share common ground with other martial arts; ipponzeoi springs immediately to mind, but kotonage, tottari, etc. share that leverage principle. Uwatenage and shitatenage are usually accompanied by levering over the hip in a very judo-ish manner. And then there are the trips...

What was remarkable about today's bout was seeing Terunofuji, whose game is usually all about bringing his brute strength to bear, use an almost delicate technique that didn't rely on strength at all.

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