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March 14th, 2020

Musubi no ichiban:
Yokozuna Hakuho Vs.  Maegashira 2 Mitakeumi

 Today’s sumo news is about Hakuho and Mitakeumi’s wresteling bout. tachiai, Hakuho slapped Mitakeumi’s face from the left side instead of his usual right. It threw Mitakeumi off his game and broke his balance causing him to look up. In an attempt to recover, Mitakeumi continued to push Hakuho to the edge of the ring.

He then proceeded to trick Hakuho by suddenly pulling him but the #1 Wrestler Hakuho was waiting for it. Hakuho used Mitakeumi’s pulling momentum to push him out of the ring for his 7th straight win. This leaves Hakuho undefeated for the Osaka, March tournament. 

Current March Record
Hakuho 7 wins 0 Losses
Mitakeumi 6 wins, 1 loss

March 15th, 2020

Kyou No Ichiban:
Mageashira 4 Enho Vs. Maegashira 5 Ounosho

Right after the Tachiai, Enho quickly leaped to his left performing a hasso-tobi, a very rare technique that involves jumping behind your opponent. Enho was successfully able to position himself behind, but Ounousho was quick to recover and quickly pushed Enho to the edge of the ring. 

Ounosho’s used his large body to force Enhou out. Enho’s flexibility was no match for Ounosho. Enhou was then able to counter by interlocking his left hand with Ounoushos and successfully executed a katasukashi technique, throwing him to the ground with great force. 

 The normal watcher might be amazed at Enho’s high leap, but what’s even more spectacular was his balance and strength to throw someone way bigger and stronger than him. This is why Enho is loved by many. The fact that he is considered to be one of the smallest current pro wrestlers at 100kg, but still be able to wrestle with the top dogs of sumo speaks volumes to his strength and technique. 

Current March Record
Enho 3 wins | 5 losses
Ounosho 5 wins | 3 losses 

Sumo Word of the Day

Hasso-tobi – Means to jump as high as possible to try to get behind your opponent as soon as the match starts. 

March 16th, 2020

Kyou No Ichiban:
East Sekiwake Shodai Vs. West Sekiwake 5 Asanoyama

At Tachiai, both wrestlers were evenly matched in strength as they kept a perfect hold right in the middle of the dohyo. Shodai was able to gain an edge, pushing Asanoyama towards the end of the ring. Just then when all hope was lost, Asanoyama was able to position his right hand inside of Shodai. This gave Asanoyama full control of Shodai’s movement, swaying him left to right.

Shodai was able to latch on to the right side of Asaonyama’s belt and create a sort of a sandwich hold with his left hand holding on to the shoulder for a final counter but it was no match. Asanoyama already had too strong of a hold on Shodai easily pushing him out of the dohyo.

Although it may look simple, what Asanoyama was able to accomplish was no easy feat. I personally don’t think most other rikishi could do this. Asanoyama has improved so much over these past seasons. We can expect him to rise to the top and show us more exciting bouts in the near future for the rest of the Osaka tournament.

Current March Record
Asanoyama 7 wins | 2 losses
Shodai  4 wins | 5 losses 

March 16th, 2020

Kyou No Ichiban:
(E) Maegashira 1 Daiesyo vs (W) Maegashira 4 Abi

At the tachiai, Abi was slightly faster at getting an advantage and successfully make Daiesyo look up. Abi continued to push using the “tsuppari” technique. However, Daiesyo did not budge at all. Daiesyo was able to counter with the same tsuppari technique from a lower position pushing him out of the dohyo with ease.

Daiesyo and Abi both are well known as having great tsuppari techniques. Abi did tsuppari from a high position. However, Daiesyo did it from a lower position. In sumo, the saying goes that you need to do offense from low to high. Today, Daiesyo was following that basic style.

Sumo Word of the Day

Tuppari –
Using your arms and hands to push an opponent. People often confuse Tuppari with the Harite technique. Harite is aiming towards the face with a side striking motion, like slapping. Tuppari does not have to aim the face, and the hands attack to the front of the opponent.

March 17th, 2020

Kyou No Ichiban:
(W) Maegashira 11 Terutsuyoshi  vs (E) Maegashira 16 Azumaryu

At Tachiai, Azumaryu slapped Terutsuyoshi’s face from the right side and tried to step inside from left. Terutuyoshi, to guard it, pulled his chin and put both arms in. After guarding the ferocious slap, Terutsuyoshi put his head under Azumaryu’s chin and locked his arms inside his armpits. It was a simple yet extremely effective position for pushing him out of the dohyo with ease. After that, Azumaryu had no chance to win. Terutsuyoshi won by Oshidashi.

Terutsuyoshi did a perfect pushing style of sumo. The best position of pushing is to put your head under the opponent’s chin and your arms locked into the opponent’s armpit. Although this is the most basic and one of the first techniques you learn when starting to do Sumo, it can still be effective no matter what level you are in.

Current March Record
Terutsuyoshi 6 wins | 5 losses
Azumaryu  5 wins | 6 losses

March 17th, 2020

Kyou No Ichiban:
Maegashira 13 Aoiyama vs Maegashira 3 Mitakeumi

Aoiyama who is from Bulgaria won by pushing his way through Mitakeumi’s stronghold of a body. Mitakeumi was hit by such great force that he couldn’t do anything to even counter Aoiyama’s great pushing ability. Mitakeumi has been doing great during the Osaka basho so it came as quite a surprise to everyone when Aoiyama as able to plow through him.

Yokozuna Hakuho lost today as well so there is a great chance that Aoiyama can come on top of the tournament. The tournament still has three more days before a victor is decided. Do you think Aoiyama will be able to take it all?

Current March Record
Aoiyama 11 wins | 1 loss
Mitakeumi 9 wins | 3 losses

Fun Fact: Aoiyama was scouted by Naruto Oyakata (kotoosyu) at 191cm and 193kg

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