Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

Sumo Jan 15, 2020

Tochiazuma's bloody rivalry with Asashoryu a spectacle

by John Gunning

In terms of sumo's vintage years, 1976 was one of the best. The bumper crop included three-time champion Chiyotaikai, fellow ozeki Kotomitsuki (also a title winner), long time sanyaku (the three ranks below yokozuna) occupant Wakanosato and several other top-division stalwarts. A third ozeki, Tochiazuma, was ...

Kisenosato is gone, but his impact lives on

Sumo Jan 14, 2020

Kisenosato is gone, but his impact lives on

by John Gunning

The current boom in sumo popularity is a product of many factors. Increased exposure through various media channels is one reason, as is the fact that a host of camera-friendly up-and-coming wrestlers rose to prominence at roughly the same time. The No. 1 cause of the ...

Technical acumen couldn't get Kotomitsuki over hump

Sumo Jan 13, 2020

Technical acumen couldn't get Kotomitsuki over hump

by John Gunning

The three pillars of sumo are shin-gi-tai, which translate as heart-technique-physique. Heart is the most important as a strong fighting spirit can make up for deficiencies in the other areas. Sheer size or wide-ranging technical abilities on their own can get you pretty far in sumo, ...

American-born Akebono blazed path to pinnacle of sumo

Sumo Jan 12, 2020

American-born Akebono blazed path to pinnacle of sumo

by John Gunning

Rowan, an anglicization of the Irish O Ruadhain, isn't a name widely found in sport. Indeed, apart from a South African cricketer active from the 1930s to 1950s, you'd be hard pressed to find any noteworthy athletes with the name. A few journeymen soccer and baseball ...