Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Mar 27, 2019

Dominant Hakuho continues to redefine greatness

by John Gunning

Sumo columnist James Hardy once bemoaned the difficulty of doing daily tournament reports, saying, "There are only so many ways to write A pushed out B." With yokozuna Hakuho wrapping up his 42nd championship last Sunday, I'm beginning to feel the same way about describing ...

Sumo 101: Nicknames

Sumo Mar 17, 2019

Sumo 101: Nicknames

by John Gunning

All sumo wrestlers have a shikona (ring name). A few, like Endo or Takayasu, use their family name. Most, however, have ring names with elements referring to their stable or place of origin. Anyone with the prefix 琴 (Koto), for example, belongs to Sadogatake Stable or its ...

Sumo 101: Akeni

Sumo Jan 20, 2019

Sumo 101: Akeni

by John Gunning

Sekitori (wrestlers in the top two divisions) have a lot of accouterments. There are kesho-mawashi (ceremonial aprons), kimono, sandals, cushions and items like knee braces and tape that must be transported from the stables to the arena and brought on regional tours. While athletes in team ...

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Oct 31, 2018

Sumo dominance down to heart over matter

by John Gunning

The newly-released banzuke (rankings) for the upcoming Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament see Hakuho back in his old familiar 'Yokozuna 1 East' position. It is the 48th time that the Mongolian veteran has occupied the top slot — a sumo record. Indeed at this stage in his ...

Hakuho calls Nagoya Basho 'unforgettable'

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 24, 2017

Hakuho calls Nagoya Basho 'unforgettable'

Yokozuna Hakuho, who captured a record 39th career title at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament, said Monday the reality of having won the championship and made multiple record-breaking feats along the way has finally sunk in. Speaking at the traditional day-after press conference following his ...