Shodai takes control on sixth day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jan 17, 2020

Shodai takes control on sixth day

Rank-and-file wrestler Shodai seized the sole lead at the New Year Grand Sumo Tournament with a convincing win over former ozeki Tochinoshin on Friday. No. 4 maegashira Shodai forced out No. 6 Tochinoshin (2-4) to become the only wrestler with a perfect record after six ...

Sumo Sep 8, 2019

Sumo 101: Degeiko

by John Gunning

The vast majority of a sumo wrestler's training bouts take place at home, against his own stablemates. This works well if, like Terutsuyoshi, you join a powerful stable filled with top-class opponents of varying shapes and sizes. It allows you to go up against rikishi ...

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

Sumo Sep 5, 2019

Emperor's Cup up for grabs at Autumn Basho

by John Gunning

Since the beginning of 2018, sumo fans have been spoiled for entertainment with one dramatic event after another hitting the sport. Multiple first-time tournament winners, incredible comebacks, promotions, demotions and repromotions have made the action in the ring compulsory viewing over the past couple of ...

Title to be decided on final day

Sumo / Basho Reports Jul 20, 2019

Title to be decided on final day

Yokozuna Kakuryu reclaimed the sole lead at the Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament on Saturday as yokozuna rival Hakuho suffered a shock loss to former ozeki Kotoshogiku with one day remaining at the 15-day tournament. Kakuryu will go into the final day with a one-win lead ...

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

Sumo | INSIDE SUMO Feb 27, 2019

Terutsuyoshi adds flair to makuuchi division

by John Gunning

It's late February, which means all 650 or so wrestlers of the Japan Sumo Association have decamped to Kansai and are deep in preparation for the upcoming Spring Tournament. The Osaka Basho holds a special significance for many rikishi, as it's the meet where the ...