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Preparations of the masses- Haru 2022

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Meisei is training and aiming for a sanyaku return. "The virus and my dropping from sanyaku-I see them as a plus," he said. He had a 40 degree fever for two days and then was in isolation for 10 days at his home and had difficulty moving his body.  Still, his appetite was good and his loss of weight was kept to a minimum. "I had a back injury as well so I took advantage of the down time to heal. I wasn't nervous at all and planned to slowly let my body rest and heal," he said. Last basho he did beat the three top rankers but ended with a dismal 5-10 record which dropped him to M3. He isn't even the top ranked rikishi from his heya any more, as Houshouryuu has overtaken him at Komusubi. "I need to concentrate on keeping my body low. My ability was poor last basho. Still, no use thinking about that now. I've been studying my body well lately. In the past i have been i injured right before the basho so i need to reflect on the way that I prepare. I was able to beat the Yokozuna and Ozeki last basho so i need to build on that. I am aware that Houshouryuu is ranked above me and it's pretty annoying," he said."Dropping down the ranks makes you want to go up again, beat those top rankers and add to the excitement," he added. His current record against the Y/O is 8-11, and he is regarded as a top-ranker killer. "When i first made it to Komusubi I was sure I would make it to Ozeki, but then reality hit me.. It's really difficult to get double-digit wins at these ranks. Just getting a kachikoshi at this stage isn't easy for me. Still, i will be adding power and aiming for those double digit wins. I'll be working on my balance and the sharpness of my tachiai and will try  not to be upset at the edge of the dohyo when I have the advantage. I guess my career hasn't gone as planned so far, but maybe these detours are my way of achieving my goals. It is what it is. I'm learning a lot of stuff and I think that's good.. I will be advancing step by step.." he summed. 

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New Komusubi Houshouryuu has been training diligently at his heya with the sekitori and the lower ranked guys. Today; he had 25 bouts. "I'm training while listening to my body and doing the number of bouts I want to do. I am not thinking of having become the heyagashira at all..Everything is as usual. Of course I want to get a yusho," he added. He has been watching old videos of the likes of Chiyonofuji, checking out the techniques.. "Just watching those is very educating," he said. He received a message lately from his uncle, ex- Asashouryuu. "Please gambarize. You have already faced all the joi guys so you should be familiar with their styles by now. The rest is up to you!" he wrote. "I was very happy with that," said Houshouryuu. "Getting double-digit wins at sanyaku draws you closer to Ozeki, but in any case i will be aiming for a kachikoshi," he summed. 

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On 09/03/2022 at 18:31, Kintamayama said:

He received a message lately from his uncle, ex- Asashouryuu. "Please gambarize. You have already faced all the joi guys so you should be familiar with their styles by now. The rest is up to you!" he wrote. "

Wow, either "uncle" is mellowing with age, or we got the sanitized version (I'm guessing the latter)   :-P

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