Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

Sumo Jan 18, 2019

Sumo 101: A wrestler's typical tournament day

by John Gunning

The six annual honbasho (tournaments) are the fulcrum around which the sumo world turns. Ninety days a year sumo wrestlers participate in events whose outcome determines not only how high or low they will be ranked but also what clothes they can wear, whether or ...

Sumo 101: Sekitori

Sumo Sep 16, 2018

Sumo 101: Sekitori

by John Gunning

The number of sumo wrestlers rises and falls as the popularity of the sport waxes and wanes. Right now it's just shy of 700 men, but only those in the top two divisions are considered true professionals. They are known as sekitori and account for just ...