site is heavily geared to the promotion of sumo and their association, and is most noteworthy for information on events, products, and demonstrations. Need a sumotori for an advertisement? How about a demonstration at your next soiree? These are the guys who want to bring sumo to you! Follow the ‘What’s New’ section, and keep up-to-date on all the latest sumo happenings in America.
International Sumo Federation
This is the homepage of the main governing body in the world of amasumo. It is packed with information on just what is sumo, its history, the rules, and the federation and people who run the show. There is a schedule of events (the most recent of which is found in the ‘What’s New?’ section), results from past regional and world tournaments, world rankings of amateur rikishi, and a smattering of photos and videos from those events. While not a particularly exciting website – the layout is quite basic, and the menu could be reorganized – it is a rich source of information for those following or participating in the sport.
|Each issue of SFM, Todd Lambert – our man online – will bring you a review of some sumo related sites to be found on the World Wide Web. Featured in October are reviews of the Komatsuryu Dojo site, coverage of USA Sumo and the International Sumo Federation and a look at Sumoudou. Enjoy.|
This is the very same club that took in SumoFanMag’s Mark Buckton and John Gunning in the middle of 2004, when they were looking to get out of the armchair and into sumo ‘for real’. There’s even a picture featured on the main page with Gunning and visiting sekitori Ishide and Daishodai standing at the rear of the club members. Both sekitori started their sumo careers in this north eastern Tokyo club, and come to the club’s practices when they have a spare moment, imparting the lessons learned in the big league.
Komatsuryu Dojo is found in Tokyo’s Taito ward – literally around the corner from the new Chiganoura-beya and a stone’s throw from Asakusa. Wandering around this website one can get a feeling of just how popular sumo still is at the grassroots
level in Tokyo and, while not the most professional of homepages, shows some of the events kids still take part in even in this age of baseball and soccer. Listings of events include the club’s spring and autumn invitational events as well as photos and records from the club’s participants in wanpaku kids’ tourneys in and around Tokyo. Full contact details are there for those wishing to follow in the footsteps of Buckton and Gunning.
The home of the California Sumo Association. This site is visually stimulating, with plenty of catchy photos and graphics, and an easy-to-navigate layout. The events section is especially generous; full of photographs and highlights of the US Sumo Open for the past five years. The