Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho

Mongolian-born Yokozuna Kakuryu has attained Japanese citizenship, a prerequisite for holding elder stock in the Japan Sumo Association. He of course has the option to continue competing, but with 15 years worth of professional level wear-and-tear, and pressure from the Yokozuna Deliberation Council to produce results or quit, it seems the main thing holding himContinue reading “Kakuryu is Japanese! | Hakuho Challenges Takakeisho”

Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return

Most sumo stables take one week of complete rest after a basho before resuming training. During the first week back, wrestlers usually work on foundational movements such as shiko, footwork, pole striking, and push ups. This first week back began with a bit more intensity than that for Komusubi Terunofuji though. “This is normal atContinue reading “Terunofuji Aims for “Double Digits” and Ozeki Return”

“I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna

Having taken only half a week of complete rest after the basho, November champion Ozeki Takakeisho has already been back at it in a newly-named Tokiwayama Stable’s training hall. On Tuesday, he worked up a sweat with some basic exercises before taking questions over the phone. “I want to see what level I can takeContinue reading ““I wanted to reach the top this way” Takakeisho’s Push for Yokozuna”

“It ended up a good experience” Shodai’s Injury and Outlook on Hatsu

Having withdrawn from the November tournament due to a left ankle injury, new Ozeki Shodai looks to escape kadoban at Hatsu Basho 2020, only his second tournament at the rank. “I think it will recover well enough by that time,” a relaxed Shodai told reporters over the phone on Monday. With taping fixed to hisContinue reading ““It ended up a good experience” Shodai’s Injury and Outlook on Hatsu”

“When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News

Starting off with the biggest story of the week… Kotoshogiku Retires Former Ozeki Kotoshogiku of Sadogatake-beya announced his retirement Friday, after losing his last professional match at the rank of Juryo #3 West. The ever popular 36 year old gave his all during this tournament and the one prior while suffering from a calf muscleContinue reading ““When in doubt, hit hard!” Kotoshogiku’s Retirement, Crazy Techniques, and Injured Stars | Nov. 8-14 News”

Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines

Favored by many for a November title, Ozeki Asanoyama submitted a medical certificate for withdrawal after Monday’s loss to Komusubi Terunofuji. The injury is stated to be a contusion of a right deltoid (shoulder) muscle which will take about 4 weeks to heal properly. Asanoyama’s day 1 match against Kiribayama is apparently where he sustainedContinue reading “Injured Asanoyama Joins Yokozuna on Sidelines”

November Banzuke

We are less than two weeks away from the last honbasho of 2020! Taking place in Tokyo instead of the usual Fukuoka Kokusai Center, spectator capacity in the Ryogoku Kokugikan will be increased to around 5000 seats, double the previous tournament. Aside from bold moves by the sumo association, the newly released rankings chart promisesContinue reading “November Banzuke”

Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November

Following Shodai’s successful Aki Basho and promotion, three Ozeki sit atop the rankings chart, just below the waning Yokozuna. It will be one year in November since three Ozeki — Takakeisho, Takayasu, and Goeido — competed together. Of those three, only the 24 year old Takakeisho remains at the rank. A little over a weekContinue reading “Takakeisho and Shodai Prepare for Three Ozeki November”

“It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss

Over a year since his first and so far only top division title, Asanoyama finished his second basho ranked at Ozeki with a record of 10-5. After a rough 3-loss start, a mid-tournament comeback (aided by two default wins) put him in the yusho race. Unfortunately though, this was not enough to put him inContinue reading ““It’s Regrettable that Shodai made Ozeki” Asanoyama Recounts Big Loss”

Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations

On the 30th, the Japan Sumo Association held their extraordinary board meeting, and a meeting of the rank-deciding committee. The hottest topic on the table was the promotion of first time champion Shodai to Ozeki. Mostly a formality as the arrangements had essentially been made beforehand, a unanimous stamp of approval was given. Between DirectorContinue reading “Shodai Official, Relief for Tamanoi-beya, Ura Returns | Early Banzuke Revelations”