Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

Sumo Jan 24, 2020

Sentoryu embodied colorful sumo nickname

by John Gunning

Since Takamiyama first blazed a trail to Japan in 1964, 30 other Americans have followed the giant Hawaiian into professional sumo. Akebono and Musashimaru reached the pinnacle of the sport, earning promotion to yokozuna and lifting multiple Emperor's Cups, while Konishiki was a title-winning ozeki ...

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

Sumo May 15, 2019

Sumo 101: Americans in sumo

by John Gunning

There are two rikishi from the United States of America in sumo currently. They are Musashikuni (Fiamalu Penitani) and Wakaichiro (Ichiro Young). Both are in Musashigawa stable, where the stablemaster, not coincidentally, also hails from the United States. Former yokozuna Musashimaru (now known as Musashigawa) won 12 ...

Sumo 101: Winning techniques

Sumo Sep 20, 2018

Sumo 101: Winning techniques

by John Gunning

The Japan Sumo Association lists 82 different ways to win a bout. These winning techniques are called kimarite and the applicable one is announced in the arena immediately following each fight. There are also five "non techniques" covering situations such as a wrestler stepping out ...