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1803 bouts were fought in makuuchi in 2005. 41 bouts less than in 2004 (1844). Lots of

entertaining duels and brilliant techniques but of course also nonsense sumo and pathetic

bouts. Here are the makuuchi kimarite stats for year 2005 with some extra coverage on

some particular match-ups between two rikishi.

There were many kimarite seen in 2004 but not in 2005:

amiuchi 1 (in 2004)

ipponzeoi 1

koshinage 1

kotehineri 1

okuritsuriotoshi 1

tsukihiza 1

tsuriotoshi 2

kimedashi 3 (I wonder if this was the first time "ever" that there wasn't a single

kimedashi in makuuchi)

In parenthesis are the differences compared to year 2004.

Fumidashi 1 (+1)

Takanowaka threw down Jumonji with uwatenage but made a slight step just before Jumonji

made contact with illegal bodyparts. This bout is hereby declared as the ultimate gyoji

exam bout. The gyoji in charge didn't notice the step but shinpan was alert and gyoji's

decision was reversed. It is also possible that the gyoji did notice that but thought it

was later than Jumonji's fall. We will never know the truth unless someone based in Japan

contacts the gyoji and confronts him with a straight-forward inquiry of his state of mind

in that bout and whether he acknowladged the possibility of a fumidashi at all. Please do

check the crucial moment with your own eyes.

Speaking of eyes, it came to me that long-time sumofans' eyes have witnessed a

respectable amount of scenes were the buttcheeks have played a big role. In other sports

athletes wear pants and moreover in sumo, the activity of gluteus maximus is quite

intense, so the amount of actively working gluteus maximus and big naked buttcheeks

long-term sumofans' eyes have definitely witnessed much more than a regular human.

hansoku 1 (+1)

Some say Kakizoe looks like Angelica Jolie because of lip-anatomy and some don't like his

appearance after lost bouts when he often looks like the bout in reality really should

have gone his way and the world was wrong to doom him as the loser. In Kyushu basho he

committed a rare hansoku by grabbing Kyokutenho's mage during a pull.

Excellent replay of the illegal mage-pull:

Kyokutenho was sure immediately that violation of rules had occurred but it took some

time before the mono-ii was called and both rikishi had actually bowed and descended the

dohyo before shinpan's hand started waving.

Sponichi created a play-by-play gif of the incident:


And Kakizoe looking innocent..


harimanage 1 (+1)

Kotoshogiku got a lucky win against Tochisakae in Nagoya basho with harimanage that was

mostly Tochisakae's self-destruction by way of slipping.

kimetaoshi 1 (+1)

Kimetaoshi is rarely seen or written about. There have been a couple of kimetaoshi gems

in last two years. First one was last year when Jumonji flattened Aminishiki on the edge

with kimetaoshi:

But in 2005 kimetaoshi gem came from Russia. Roho got a perfect kimetaoshi squeeze

against Kaiho on day 11 in Haru basho. Kaiho being short and Roho tall enabled the scene

but also perhaps the fact that Kaiho's morozashi wasn't on the belt and hence Roho was

able to squeeze like no tomorrow. Roho did his squeeze and moved forward, then slammed

all his weight on top of Kaiho dropping him to the ground. If there ever was a perfect

example of power kimetaoshi, this sure takes that title without a question. Don't lose

the opportunity to educate yourself with kimetaoshi-knowledge and submit to Real Player's

way of life and watch this bout:

Kubihineri 1 (same)

Extremely rare kubihineri was seen for the second year in a row. Asashoryu slapped

Kotooshu down and took a hold of his neck. Result was kubihineri.

Kubinage 1 (-3)

Slump in kubinage. It is unusual to have only 1 kubinage in a whole year. Iwakiyama puts

in good sumo against Asashoryu. Shoryu has been too skillful to lose to Iwakiyama this

year but Iwakiyama's power is good against him and often puts a lot of pressure. That

kubinage win in Aki basho was a superb reaction as Iwakiyama was finding his way to way

too good position. All Asashoryu-Iwakiyama bouts for your viewing pleasure:

okurinage 1 (-3)

Ama dumped poor Kotoryu who was suffering from internal ailments and only won one bout

after this bout before announcing his retirement and getting admitted to hospital.

okuritsuridashi 1 (same)

Asashoryu spinned Ama around few times, got behind and carried him out.


osakate 1 (+1)

If Roho's kimetaoshi was a brilliant example of that technique, even more so was

Aminishiki's demonstration of osakate against Takamisakari. For some reason Aminishiki

dominates Takamisakari in almost all their bouts but this time he was caught into Sakke's

pliers and was forced to the edge. There he swang Sakke around with a beautiful osakate.

It was the first time ever in makuuchi this technique was executed.

Perfect slow motion replay:


Aminishiki is now 6-1 against Sakke and is very strong against Asasekiryu too (7-1, was

7-0 before Kyushu basho senshuraku). Aminishiki trains with these guys often because of

ichimon-circumstances. He also does keiko against Asashoryu and is good against him too.

Maybe he is like Kisenosato; strong against rikishi he has a lot of training experience

against. Well he can't do much against Chiyotaikai though.

sotokomata 1 (same)

Kyokushuzan was the only makuuchi rikishi who won with sotokomata also in 2004.

ushiromotare 1 (same)

Tamanoshima complained of very sore lower back after that fall.

hikkake 2 (+1)

hikka is hick-up in Finnish.

isamiashi 2 (+1)

Dejima rushed Kotooshu back with power but the Bulgarian stood on the verge long enough:

Kisenosato did everything but won. Toe touched the clay. Ai ai ai.

kakenage 2 (+2)

Kotooshu prevailed in Hatsu bout against Takamisakari despite Sakke getting his favourite

grip. Good counter kakenage:

koshikudake 2 (+2)

After a couple of years hiatus this inadvertent hip collapse-technique came back. Rather

embarrassing loss by Buyuzan:

shitatehineri 2 (-1)

Both shitatehineri of 2005 were the work of big rikishi. Kokkai beat Kotooshu with

shitatehineri in Haru basho. The most striking feature of this bout is not the

shitatehineri but Kotooshu's completely non-existent tachi-ai. If you are a good person,

you will check it:

utchari 2 (same)

Ama was involved in both utchari this year. Utchari frequency in makuuchi has been at

steady 2-3 for 4 years now.

uwatehineri 2 (-1)

Futeno beat Kokkai and Tokitsuumi beat Harunoyama in Aki basho.

tsukite 2 (+1)

Tokitsuumi was turned around at the tachi-ai and all he did after that was sliding on the

dohyo leaning backwards. Luckily Kotoshogiku slipped on his own too and even gave support

to backward leaning Tsuumi so that Tsuumi didn't fall before Shogun had touched the clay.

Weird win for sure:

ashitori 3 (+1)

Aminishiki's two ashitori were rather mundane but Tokitenku's against Ama was quite


kainahineri 3 (+3)

Last seen in 2002 and now suddenly 3 kainahineri. Nothing spectacular though and somewhat

boring anyway.

komatasukui 3 (+3)

Three neat komatasukui in 2005. Kaiho, Kyokushuzan and Asashoryu.

Kaiho dropping Tsuumi in Haru:

Kyokushuzan showing some of his old technical ability by dumping Tochiazuma with an

airborne komatasukui. Mostly Kyokushuzan is totally helpless in the hands of Azuma but if

you watch this bout, it is hard to believe:

The first ever encounter between Asashoryu and Kisenosato ended with Shoryu's komatasukui:


kirikaeshi 3 (-2)

Getting worse and worse. The lowest frequency since 1990 at least.

makiotoshi 3 (-4)

Kaiho's injury and subsequent fall to juryo caused a logical slump in makiotoshi.

Shimotori won twice but Kaiho did perform the best makiotoshi of the year against

Tochinonada in Haru:

In Aki basho Ama lost balance but tried a full flip in order to land on his feet. You

don't see this any time soon so better refresh your memory! Ama did comment afterwards

that he indeed attempted to get back to the bout by that gimmick:

tsuridashi 3 (-6)

Tsuridashi had been fashionable for 2 years (9 times both in 2003 and 2004) but now fell

out of fashion. Shoryu won twice with tsuridashi and Kotomitsuki once. Shoryu measured

Miyabiyama's waist circumference and hoisted him out:

uchimuso 3 (+2)

Neither Aminishiki nor Kotomitsuki this year but here is one explosive one from

Kyokushuzan against Tochinonada in Haru basho:

sokubiotoshi 4 (+2)


tsukitaoshi 4 (+1)

Kotonowaka disciplined hideously young Kisenosato in Hatsu basho with a tsukitaoshi.

Kakizoe vs Kotooshu is a match-up of proportionate disharmony and variety. Kakizoe beat

Osh in Haru with tsukitaoshi:

Chiyotaikai's rare tsukitaoshi against Kaiho:

Toyozakura's timing is immaculate with the last thrust to Tsuumi's face. Very neat

tsukitaoshi. Please accord.

uchigake 4 (-5)

Tokitenku's 3 uchigake were all convincing as his leg techniques without an exception are

but equally impressive was Kasugao's uchigake against Roho in Kyushu basho. Both lock in

preferred migi-yotsu but Kasugao's perfect uchigake topples Roho right onto his back.

kawazugake 5 (+4)

I wonder if Takanonami is proud of the massive amount of kawazugake this year or is he

secretly jealous that his special move is losing its very rare reputation. Maybe he

hasn't even noticed that there was a record number of 5 kawazugake in 2005. New

kawazugake champion is clearly Asasekiryu who won twice with a beautiful kawazugake and

tried it even more. Asasekiryu has now won 3 times with kawazugake in makuuchi and at

least once in juryo. In Natsu basho he beat Kotooshu after a migi-yotsu altercation with

a superb turn the tables-kawazugake. The value of the win was highlighted by the fact

that he defended against Kotooshu's best weapon and yet truly upended him with that

perfect kawazugake. In Kyushu basho he had another nice kawazugake although a bit less

convincing. Toyonoshima seemed to have the upper hand but when opportunity came, Sekiryu

ignited his kawazugake reflex arch and consciously went for kawazugake as the last

possible attempt succeeding in it.


susoharai 5 (+1)

2004 was already a year when susoharai usage in makuuchi peaked. 2005 was even better

though with amazing 5 susoharai! Tamanoshima started the party with a clean sweep against

Kotonowaka on day 9 in Hatsu basho. Haru basho was regrettably concluded without a

susoharai but in Natsu basho Takekaze demonstrated how utterly problematic such leg sweep

can be for the foe. Hayateumi went down uncontrollably on day 2 in Natsu basho. In Nagoya

basho Chiyotaikai raised eyebrows in a good way by using a powerful kick-like susoharai

against Kotooshu on day 2. Asashoryu used susoharai in his usual technical superiority

against Miyabiyama in Aki basho and Tokitenku gave his felicitations on retirement to

Kotonowaka in the form of a bye bye-susoharai in Kyushu basho.

Asashoryu's susoharai against Miyabiyama:


watashikomi 5 (+1)

Kotooshu's three watashikomi are direct consequence of his magnificent reach. He also won

twice with watashikomi in 2004 and will most likely win many bouts with watashikomi in

2006 too. Wouldn't be surprised if he'd break watashikomi records during his career. So

natural the technique is to him. Both Roho and Tochiazuma lost twice with watashikomi

this year (both once against Kotooshu).

Kotooshu and watashikomi:

Against Roho in Hatsu after migi-yotsu struggle:

Against Tochiazuma after great effort not getting turned around. Also a decent example of

watashikomi as counter measure to tsukiotoshi twist at the edge:

Against Dejima in Aki basho:

sotogake 6 (-5)

After 2 years of unusually high frequency in sotogake usage, year 2005 witnessed a shift

towards the average. The biggest stir in the society was caused by Aminishiki's perfect

sotogake against the yokozuna in Aki basho. Aminishiki's stablemate Ama had less

formidable foe but entertained at high level against Wakatoba with as well timed sotogake

as Aminishiki's against Shoryu. Takanowaka used sotogake as a clever security procedure

against Hakurozan. In this bout Hakurozan's pivot was put aside with a smart sotogake. In

Kyushu basho the only sotogake was performed by Shoryu against Futeno. All these sotogake

are highly recommended for review and of educational value. Don't smoke cigarettes but

use your lungs better by gasping air in bewilderment when watching these:

Aminishiki is very good at bringing the sotogake factor into the game also in bouts that

don't get sotogake as the official record. One of the best examples you can see in his

bout against Kyokutenho on day 9 in Aki basho. When Tenho goes for kotenage Aminishiki

simply plants his foot around his leg causing a disruption of the flow and wins with ease.

Aminishiki beating Asashoryu with sotogake:


tottari 6 (+2)

abisetaoshi 8 (+4)

Most painful abisetaoshi of the year was naturally Kaiho's loss to Iwakiyama. Kaiho's

ankle breaks as can be seen in this good slow motion replay. It is not often you can

witness a bone getting bent like that so now is your chance:

Kaiho was not ready to do real sumo in Kyushu basho either so starts the year 2006 at

lower juryo.

Hayateumi's knee buckles resulting in abisetaoshi loss and probably cessation of makuuchi

caree for good:

Impressively burly abisetaoshi bout between Roho and Takamisakke. Ai-yotsu and strenuous

power exertion. Roho has full migi-yotsu and ends up winning this proud

abisetaoshi-representing bout.

Another cool abisetaoshi where Nada holds on to his left hand inside and Hakuho can't

deliver from hidari-yotsu as opposed to his usually punctual delivery from migi-yotsu:

katasukashi 9 (+1)

Toyonoshima 4. Smooth one by Tochiazuma against Dejima in Kyushu basho:

okuritaoshi 13 (+3)

Kotooshu won 3 times with okuritaoshi because he can almost be behind his foe already

when foe is still pushing the part of his body that moves away last. That body part is

usually upper body. He is such a tall octopus you know. Octobus would refer to 8 busses

which would be tough tachi-ai foe complex too.

shitatedashinage 14 (+9)

Aminishiki won 4 and Kotomitsuki 2. Some brilliant once were served this year. Cream of

the cream:

Kotomitsuki makes Kokkai look very light:

Aminishiki dominating Roho technically finishing with the neatest of standing

shitatedashinage of 2005:

Aminishiki blocking Takanowaka's grip before ending the dance with shitatedashinage:

fusensho 23 (+9)

KaioU had a difficult year but since he almost never goes zenkyujo, he joins basho even

when no chance of competing. 3 fusenpai losses. Asasekiryu had 2 fusenpai losses. Thigh

flexor muscles was this year's weak spot. Veterans KaioU, Wakanosato and Tochinonada all

suffered the first ever thigh flexor injury of their makuuchi careers.

Reasons for fusensho:

5 ankle (Hakuho, Roho, Kaiho, Futeno, Tamaasuka)

Hakuho and Roho twisted their ankle as did Futeno on shonichi loss against KaioU in

Kyushu basho. Tamaasuka broke his ankle while teetering on the dohyo edge against

Kotonowaka. Kaiho's ankle fracture was the worst.


5 knee (Sekiryu 2, Hayateumi, Takanowaka, Kasuganishiki)

Asasekiryu's knee injury was not healed so hence two fusensho. Hayateumi's knee

collapsed. Takanowaka has chronic knee injury which forced him to withdraw. Kasuganishiki

messed up his meniscus if I recall correctly.

3 thigh flexor tear (KaioU, Tochinonada, Wakanosato)

2 intai (Kotoryu, Kotonowaka)

2 shoulder (KaioU, Iwakiyama)

1 oblique abdominal tear (Tochiazuma)

1 elbow (Shimotori, he also has now lower back intermediate disc prolapse but went

zenkyujo for that so no fusensho)

1 pelvic muscle injury (KaioU)

1 neck (Tamakasuga)

1 tailbone (Ama)

1 multiple (Chiyotaikai)

uwatedashinage 24 (+2)

Hakuho is the main uwatedashinage rikishi in makuuchi thanks to his pulling throwing

style from uwate grip often. This year 4 uwatedashinage. Roho also won 4 times with

uwatedashinage. Tochiazuma is also a rikishi who can do beautiful uwatedashinage. Here is

one from 2002 against Asashoryu:

Couple of Hakuho uwatedashinage with style. There are no excuses:

Against Kokkai in Natsu:

Against Kyokutenho in Natsu:

oshitaoshi 38 (-20)

Tosanoumi is losing muscle and power but still topped the list of oshitaoshi winners in

2005. In general oshitaoshi suffered a severe depression compared to 2004. Probably the

meanest oshitaoshi of the year:

kotenage 39 (+13)

Kotenage frequency also increased significantly and could have been risen to new heights

if kotenage guys Kasugao and KaioU would have had more makuuchi bouts. Kasugao won 7

bouts with kotenage which was 27% of all his wins whereas KaioU had 5 kotenage wins of

which two identical ones against Roho. Wakanosato has dominated against Hakuho and won

twice with kotenage against him in 2005.

I wrote about this in Japanese sumo discussions but since not many obviously read those,

a repeat mass here is in order. Roho is a rikishi who has not been thrown down much at

all. Only 4 losses with throws and two of those were dashinage. The other 2 were clear

kotenage losses to KaioU. Nothing so remarkable in that but the fact that Roho lost twice

in the same manner and looked so pissed after both bouts (especially the second) makes it

slighly amusing. In Haru basho KaioU beat Roho with a kotenage when he had only right arm

healthily on duty. In Nagoya basho KaioU threw Roho down again in virtually identical

way. The only difference was the slightly more fluent tangent of the throw in Nagoya. Why

explain more since the videos will illuminate everything. Pay attention to Roho's highly

annoyed status after Nagoya bout:


Good example of a defensive kotenage by KaioU against Dejima in Nagoya 2005. Nice

planting of left foot accompanied with two kotenage yanks:

shitatenage 39 (+4)

Tochinonada was injured in 2005 and starts 2006 in juryo. Personally I don't think this

is the end for him at all. The relative weakness of his sumo after the injury was largely

due to lack of keiko and full recovery. If his injury is healed fully so that he has been

able to do good keiko before Hatsu basho, he should be the favourite to win juryo yusho.

Nada was still the main shitatenage winner in makuuchi with his 7 shitatenage wins. Nada

and left hand shitatenage is a pair that warrants a special feature so here are all

shitatenage by Nada that are available in video-format. Grading of shitatenage goes like


1=accidental/foe's self destruction sloppy shitatenage with no dynamic component

2=relatively weak shitatenage which doesn't appear to be a strong win

3=mediocre shitatenage with clear attack and some dynamic component visible

4=dynamic shitatenage with explosive and/or substantial power factor in it

5=superb shitatenage with complete ippon-win after an overwhelming launch of the


Haru day 5 against Chiyotaikai - grade 4

Haru day 7 against Hokutoriki - grade 3.5

Haru day 8 against Tamanoshima - grade 4

Natsu day 3 against Wakanosato - grade 5 (complete ippon!)

Aki day 4 against Takanowaka - grade 4

Aki day 15 against Tamaasuka - grade 3

Nada saved his makuuchi rank with that win.

Kyushu day 3 against Tamaasuka - grade 3

Asashoryu and Ama were the only rikishi with 4 shitatenage wins. Tokitsuumi spent two

basho in juryo so only had 3 shitatenage wins this year in makuuchi. Also Kotooshu and

Hakuho had 3 shitatenage wins. Tochinonada excluded, Japanese rikishi in makuuchi are not

using shitatenage much now. Both Tokitsuumi and Kaiho have been in trouble this year due

to injuries and in Tokitsuumi's case, maybe just general loss of power and only

Toyonoshima is using shitate-grip as main weapon.

Couple of nice shitatenage-bout involving Kotooshu:

Hakuho beats Kotooshu:

tsukidashi 40 (+5)

Bizarre year with a lot of rikishi having either 3 or 4 tsukidashi. Only Asashoryu had 5.

Quite equal tsukidashi society this year. Not funny but worthwhile an exclamation: !

Chiyotaikai honoured traditions and beat Shuzan twice with tsukidashi (50% of his

tsukidashi. Math assignment: How many tsukidashi did Taikai have altogether in 2005?)

sukuinage 46 (+1)

Normal sukuinage year again without any unusual occurences. Wakanosato's sukuinage

against Chiyotaikai and Futeno were powerful as usual:

Kotooshu lost 6 bouts with sukuinage.

Tamanoshima beating Kotooshu with sukuinage in Kyushu basho:


okuridashi 62 (+3)

Shuzan 6, KaioU 5.

yoritaoshi 71 (+11)

Asashoryu lost 3 times with yoritaoshi in 2005 and was handily dominated in each bout.

Shoryu sure puts up a fight to the bitter end. Jumonji was the only rikishi with 6

yoritaoshi wins in 2005. Kotooshu had 5 and then a big bunch with 4.

Asashoryu's yoritaoshi losses:

Futeno's hidari-yotsu is immensely strong. I am not sure when was the last time he lost

when having a solid hidari-yotsu. Here is another good example of that hidari-yotsu

prowess against Hakuho:

Lately it has reported how Kotomitsuki whoops Kotooshu's high positioned butt with

morozashi in keiko. He has used that morozashi attack in honbasho too as that is where

money is earned, fame is formed and gluteus evaluated by women and men. Here are couple

of morozashi-yoritaoshi by Mickey:

Asashoryu's yoritaoshi-payback to Azuma came on senshuraku in Nagoya basho when Shoryu

sealed his 5 consecutive yusho.

tsukiotoshi 103 (+15)

Last year there were 13 more tsukiotoshi than in 2003 so the trend is definitely up

again. Miyabiyama won 8 bouts with tsukiotoshi and Hokutoriki+Chiyotaikai come second

with 6 each. Kisenosato lost 7 bouts with tsukiotoshi.

Tsukiotoshi special: Tamanoshima-Kisenosato

They had three bouts in 2005 and although the bouts had differences too in terms of

length and usage of dohyo, all three encounters had exactly the same finishing move. Both

are hidari-yotsu rikishi and it looks like Kisenosato is more skillful in getting the

upper hand it the yotsu-struggle. Despite ai-yotsu, Tamanoshima has yet to get a right

hand outside grip while Kisenosato got it twice in their three bouts. Their reach is

about same too so mildly surprising. In Haru basho Kisenosato walked forward after a good

tachi-ai, then as he grasped for right hand outside grip, Tamanoshima shifted aside and

dumped Kisenosato with a businesslike tsukiotoshi. In Aki basho Kisenosato won the

tachi-ai again and youthfully maintained pressure forcing Tamanoshima into defense. He

got the right hand outside grip and drove Tamanoshima to the edge but again Tamanoshima

moved his body aside a bit twisting Kisenosato down with tsukiotoshi! In Kyushu basho it

was again time for ass shaking at the tachi-ai followed by left hand inside for both.

Some grip grasping ensued and Kisenosato managed to seize the right hand outside grip,

went forward and again Tamanoshima went for that tsukiotoshi in the exact same way as in

Aki basho. Only this time Kisenosato was too close and had too robust stance rendering

the tsukiotoshi attempt useless. I want all of you to drop inhibitions and reservations.

Enryo naku please do screen out tsukiotoshi's soul from the following:

Haru basho day 12 bout:

Aki basho day 11 bout:

Kyushu basho day 6 bout:

uwatenage 116 (+31)

Tremendous increase in uwatenage usage although it must be admitted that year 2004 was an

absolute disaster in this sense. First time since 1998 when more than 100 uwatenage was

seen in makuuchi. Kotooshu won 13 times with uwatenage of which about half were more like

stepping aside and using those far reaching arms of his to guide the foe down with an

uwate-grip. But the other half was more traditional uwatenage including his rare right

handed uwatenage against Asashoryu in Nagoya basho. Notable detail is definitely his

three uwatenage-wins over Chiyotaikai. Not many rikishi manage to seize uwate-grip

against Taikai but Kotooshu is able to do this. In all 4 bouts Kotooshu won, he had his

left hand grip firmly on the belt and Taikai had nothing to offer from that position. The

2 bouts Taikai won, Kotooshu was kept at distance or in constant motion.

Kotooshu beating Chiyotaikai with big uwatenage three times:

Other uwatenage winners are also familiar ones. Kotonowaka 9, Hakuho 9 Asashoyu 8,

Kyokutenho 8, KaioU 6. Tochinonada lost 10 and Jumonji 8 times with uwatenage.

Aminishiki made Kisenosato's life difficult with three uwatenage against him.

Learn learn..

In year 2005 uwatenage was executed:

62 times from right hand outside grip: Shoryu 8, Tenho 7, KaioU 6, Aminishiki 6..

52 times from left hand outside grip: Kotooshu 11, Hakuho 9, Kotonowaka 8

Shoryu was 8-0 in favour of migi-uwate and Hakuho was 9-0 in favour of hidari-uwate.

hikiotoshi 124 (+11)

Toyozakura 9, Miyabiyama 8, Tamakasuga 7, Hokutoriki 7.

hatakikomi 143 (-7)

Another massive hatakikomi year. Chiyotaikai was the king again with 13 hatakikomi wins.

This equals his 2004 hatakikomi frequency. Roho 9, Kokkai 8, Miyabiyama 8, Tamanoshima 7,

Hakuho 7 were other active slap down-rikishi. Tosanoumi and Buyuzan both lost 11 times

with hatakikomi. Kokkai and Miyabiyama can win well with hatakikomi but lose even more

both suffering 10 hatakikomi losses.

The special edition of this hatakikomi-report is this time Kotooshu-Miyabiyama match-ups.

They certainly had an interesting henka/bull fighting rivalry. Only two hatakikomi though

but since hatakikomi is a sort of a symbol for evasive sumo, this little presentation

fits here well.

Hatsu henka by Miyabiyama!

Haru payback by Osh. Can't touch this...

Nagoya henka by Osh wasn't enough to win but he pushed out Miya nevertheless:

In Aki basho a miraculous non-side step tachi-ai occurred between them but Osh slapped

Miya down soon after.

In Kyushu basho tachi-ai was wary by Miya and Osh didn't meet head on. Bout was messy and

unsuitable for kids. Kotooshu won at the end of the sloppy bout:

oshidashi 350 (-64)

Both oshidashi and oshitaoshi lost ground to other techniques. Miyabiyama and Buyuzan had

much less oshidashi this year and new leaders took over. Kakizoe won over 50% of his

bouts with oshidashi (21) and Tochiazuma (20) was the other rikishi who had 20 or more

wins with oshidashi. Oshidashi hasn't been this rare in at least 15 years in makuuchi.

yorikiri 453 (-59)

The usual suspects Kyokutenho, Shimotori and Futeno had high yorikiri winning ration.

Shimotori won 14 out of his 23 makuuchi bouts with yorikiri. There is one new rikishi who

is very straight-forward and had yorikiri as the winning technique in every other bout.

Can you guess? Same guy also almost never loses by hatakikomi (0) or hikiotoshi (1) but

gets exposed to tsukiotoshi (7)...well Kisenosato! He won 22/43 with yorikiri and was the

only rikishi in makuuchi with more than 21 wins with yorikiri. Asashoryu had only 19

yorikiri wins and KaioU only 5! Kotoshogiku won 47% of his victorious bouts with yorikiri

and is bound to continue that way unless his style changes abruptly.

See you in 2006.


Hei hei

Edited by Kaikitsune Makoto

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Woo! I love this post and wait for it every year. Thanks for the hard work. An FYI, the osakate slow replay is just the bout again.

Edited by Mattjila

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Amazing work !!! (Applauding...) (Sigh...) (Blushing...) (Sign of approval) (Eh?) (and so on smileys like those)

It took me lots of minutes to read it carefully, it's so interesting (and amazing -did I have say it was amazing work ? :-P-)

Thank you !

Edited by Sakana

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Though I am not a kimarite buff myself and can't tell an izori from a flying nun, I salute this incredible piece of work.

Even I managed to get engrossed.

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Thank you all for the kind words. It was fun though to write that as it really sums up the whole year in many different ways and now table is clean for year 2006 so to speak!

n FYI, the osakate slow replay is just the bout again.

Yes. Dale's site seems to have wrong address for the slow motion replay but just by adding the number "2" to the file name did the trick. This slow motion is such a good one that it is worthwhile checking:

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..... the osakate slow replay ....

The amazing thing to me is that he pulled that off using his bum right knee for the leverage and the twist. Every time I watch it, I cringe and wait for the dislocation. :-P

Edited by Asojima

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The amazing thing to me is that he pulled that off using his bum right knee for the leverage and the twist. Every time I watch it, I cringe and wait for the dislocation

His right knee has meniscus damage and he did express some discomfort in the knee after the bout limping a bit and flexing it to check the level of the misery of the meniscus.

I don't have full juryo kimarite stats but maybe iin the future. In the meantime, it is essential to remind members of this particular gem in 2005. Kasugao's nichonage is very beautiful and would have been full ippon in judo. People familiar with judo know this technique as haraigoshi as it is very common in judo and one of the basic techniques. In sumo it is very rare which is understandable considering the lack of judogi. Hence this nichonage by Kasugao should automatically evoke a desire to download this bout to hard drive in an important sumo folder:

Kasugao takes his usual kotenage stance but switches to kubinage grip and sweeps Ushiomary's leg to perform that nichonage.

KaioU has won once with nichonage in makuuchi but tried it at least couple of times more. Takatoriki had nichonage skill too.

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Wow! (Cheers...)

I wasn't aware of this annual feature -- and this is the kind of statistics I'm really most interested in. Thanks a lot for your efforts!

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Wow! (Cheers...)

I wasn't aware of this annual feature -- and this is the kind of statistics I'm really most interested in.

Just in case...


2003 mid-year



All courtesy of Kaikitsune, of course. (Help me...)

Edited by Asashosakari

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i made an Excel file with the kimarite stats that i could put together.

You can find it here

(you just select the "free" download and wait a few secs ... then you type the 3 letters/numbers they give you and you can download it.)

making the index i found out i disagree with Kaikitsune in three kimarite for the year 2005.

i have oshidashi 351, uwatenage 115 and hatakikomi 144. I am probably wrong cause i enter the stats manually but i am not in the mood to double check right now. So plese take these with a pinch of salt ... (I am not worthy...)

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