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Mark Buckton
Sakai World Sumo Champs – not all about winning

Las Vegas Koen
Joe Kuroda
Our man reports from the fight capital of the world

Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
A look at a rikishi of yesterday with Kotozakura – our man for October

Heya Peek
John Gunning
John’s early morning dash to Azumazeki-beya & report on TKOTU

SFM Interview
Katrina Watts sits down with SFM’s Mark Buckton to discuss amateur sumo

Photo Bonanza
SFM’s best yet – Aki Basho/ Las Vegas / Amateur World Champs / Azumazeki-beya visit – seen nowhere else

Aki Basho Review
Lon Howard
Lon gives us his Aki Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results, and his take on the tournament while ‘gem’ of the basho takes a break

Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
Mikko Mattila returns to cover lower division ups and downs

Kyushu Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Kyushu Basho banzuke while Mark previews the ones to watch next time out

Sumo 101
Barbara Ann Klein
Discovers and explains amasumo & ozumo variations

Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Mikko once again walks us through his chosen kimarite

John McTague
John’s unique bimonthly view of news from outside the dohyo

Online Gaming
Zenjimoto of ‘game fame’ covers some of the very best sumo games around – his own!

Kokugi Connections
Todd Lambert
Todd’s focus on 3 of the most interesting online sumo sites today

Fan Debate
Is the limit on foreign rikishi fair? See what our debaters had to say

SFM Cartoons
Benny Loh
In the first of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and chuckle at Benny Loh’s offerings

Let’s Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? Gernobono tells all

Readers’ Letters
See what SFM readers had to say since our last issue

Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.


by John Gunning
country – he had his nose broken on the street one night by a teenage thug. Perhaps it was that experience that awoke the warrior in him as not long afterwards, he made the decision to come to Japan, arriving in the country in the winter of 2002 and taking up sumo almost immediately.

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I wanted to be able to write an article about Petr Matous without mentioning the phrase. But it's impossible. Every single thing that has been written about him recently in the Japanese media has included it. You cannot avoid it. So I might as well just go ahead and get it out of the way:
“The Kotooshu of Tokyo University”
There! I said it! Now I won’t have to write it again. Apparently this de facto moniker was coined by geographically challenged Japanese reporters wanting to cash in on the Bulgarian sekiwake’s popularity. They jumped on the fact that the Czech Republic is “a country near Bulgaria” (not my quotes) and that Petr, like Kotooshu, is tall and fair haired, to create TKOTU.

Well on his way to becoming a celebrity in his adopted country, Petr’s decidedly unsumo-like physique and easy going manner, as well as his quick mastering of the Japanese language, could see him become the next BOBBY or Bob Sapp. A
native of Prelouc (click here to get an idea where this is), Petr had already studied abroad (in Ireland) before coming to Tokyo University. You could say he had his first combat training in that

  Petr Matous – “The Kotooshu of Tokyo University”
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