Let's Hear From You!
What Made You A Fan?
by Benny Loh
|for many more years, being young and with an arsenal of kimarite at his disposal anytime, anywhere, as in so many basho.
Ama would be a great rikishi with another 50 kg or so - I wonder why he is not putting on weight now at this appropriate time. He could be a great yokozuna too. He has everything a rikishi requires now except the required weight. Still, I would place Asashoryu, Tochia and Ama in a class on their own.
Much as I enjoy watching basho, I equally have fun drawing sumo cartoons/comics here. I would love to do some animations but sadly I am way past my prime to indulge in all those flash animation creations; too rusty to learn at my age!
Pardon me if I sound brash with no practical sumo experience behind me but I am after all a sumo FAN. Like being a fan of anything, I can be ignorant of many things.
All the best
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As a kid I was into judo. I’ve always loved the throws and pinnings
(locks) so naturally watching a sumo bout was not much different
-considering the various throws, counter throws, the strengths and
weaknesses of the rikishi, the techniques and your own visualization of
the technique to be employed. In contrast, sumo has nothing to do with
pinnings (locks). I got a taste of sumo in 2003 when I accidentally
switched on to the NHK TV channel, and I am HOOKED!
Sumo is becoming globally
|appealing with the inclusion of rikishi from all over the world.
Although bigger in size, these foreigners (not including the Mongolians
- they are mostly seasoned
wrestlers) still have a long way to go at the makuuchi level. Forgive
me for saying so. Most of the current rikishi are not as consistent as
Asashoryu, Taikai, Tochia, Miya, and Hakuho (to name a few) so far.
Besides consistency, Asashoryu is the one that I envy the most. He has not been plagued by any serious injuries so far. I hope he will deservedly be a yokozuna