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Sumo 101: Joining sumo

Sumo Jul 13, 2019

Sumo 101: Joining sumo

by John Gunning

Virtually every athlete on teams like Real Madrid or the Chicago Bears came up through a youth system or showed promise while playing in high school or college, with many of them already well versed in their sport of choice by the time their ...

Sumo Jul 12, 2019

Sumo 101: Wakanohana-Tochinishiki rivalry

by John Gunning

As with boxing, wrestling, MMA or any other activity where two contestants face off in a ring, great rivalries are the lifeblood of Japan's national sport. While it's true that sumo is a lifestyle more than a sport, and its day-to-day practices and rituals are ...

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 12, 2019

Title chase down to two unbeatens

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu continued their unbeaten march at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Friday, improving to 6-0 with victories over rank-and-file opponents. The two yokozuna are in a two-way tie for the lead at Dolphins Arena after the last two undefeated maegashira were ...

Yokozuna rivals remain unbeaten after fifth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 11, 2019

Yokozuna rivals remain unbeaten after fifth day

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho stayed unbeaten on Thursday to keep their share of the lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolians are tied at 5-0 with No. 7 maegashira Tomokaze and No. 16 Terutsuyoshi following five days of the 15-day tournament at ...

Sumo 101: Teahouses

Sumo Jul 11, 2019

Sumo 101: Teahouses

by John Gunning

There are many ways to purchase sumo tickets. As with other sports, phone or online sales, as well as specialized ticket agents account for a large proportion of seats sold. The best seats in the house at five of the six yearly Grand Sumo tournaments, however, ...

Sumo 101: Kokugikan

Sumo Jul 10, 2019

Sumo 101: Kokugikan

by John Gunning

Three of the six yearly Grand Sumo tournaments are held in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The large structure, located next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Sumida Ward, opened in 1985. It also houses a sumo museum as well as the offices of the Japan Sumo Association. The ...

Yokozuna remain perfect on Day 4

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 10, 2019

Yokozuna remain perfect on Day 4

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu maintained their share of the lead by staying unbeaten Wednesday at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament. The two Mongolians improved to 4-0 with victories over komusubi opponents on the fourth day of the 15-day tournament at Dolphins Arena. In the closing bout, ...

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 9, 2019

Kakuryu, Hakuho remain unbeaten

Yokozuna Kakuryu and Hakuho each earned their third straight wins at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Tuesday to maintain their share of the lead. In the final bout of the day at Dolphins Arena, Kakuryu easily dispatched top-ranked maegashira Asanoyama (1-2) in their first ...

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

Sumo Jul 9, 2019

Sumo 101: Non-Tokyo tournaments

by John Gunning

There are six honbasho (official tournaments) every year. They take place in the odd-numbered months, with half being hosted in Tokyo's Ryogoku Kokugikan. The remaining three are the spring tournament in Osaka in March, the July tournament in Nagoya and the November meet in Fukuoka. While ...

Sumo 101: Charismatic rikishi

Sumo Jul 8, 2019

Sumo 101: Charismatic rikishi

by John Gunning

One of sumo's most defining features is the stoicism of its wrestlers. Win or lose, rikishi are expected to remain composed. Sometimes after a particularly hard fought or meaningful bout, emotion slips through, but that's the exception rather than the rule. Overt celebrations after wins quickly receive ...

Sumo's top guns brush aside rivals

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 8, 2019

Sumo's top guns brush aside rivals

Yokozuna Hakuho and Kakuryu led the charge at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament after each claiming second straight wins on Monday, while the mixed results continued for the rest of the sport's elite. Hakuho prevailed in his first top-division match-up with May's champion, No. 1 ...

Sumo Jul 7, 2019

Sumo 101: Tied bouts

by John Gunning

Every sumo bout ends with a winner declared. Even if the gyōji (referee) thinks both men crashed to the ground at the same instant, he is obliged to point his gunbai (war fan) toward either the west or east to signal that the wrestler from ...