Undervalued Gagamaru has had solid career in raised ring

Sumo Mar 9, 2020

Undervalued Gagamaru has had solid career in raised ring

by John Gunning

To date, four men from the country of Georgia have become sumo wrestlers in Japan. One (Tochinoshin) has been an ozeki, two (Kokkai and Gagamaru) reached komusubi and the fourth (Tsukasaumi — the younger brother of Kokkai) left the professional ranks while still in the ...

Kokkai helped European rikishi arrive in sumo world

Sumo | Rikishi Files Jan 19, 2020

Kokkai helped European rikishi arrive in sumo world

by John Gunning

The first rikishi whose place of origin was listed as somewhere outside Japan was Hiraga, who joined professional sumo in 1934. Three decades later, Jesse Kuhaulua became the first wrestler of non-Japanese descent in ōzumō (professional sumo). It took almost another half-century for the first European ...