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Attention to Akeni
Carolyn Todd
SFM's newest addition to the writing staff takes an in-depth look at akeni, their history and production techniques
Rikishi of Old
Joe Kuroda
Joe Kuroda slides former yokozuna Minanogawa under his SFM microscope
Eric Evaluates
Eric Blair
Eric's wit scythes through the SML and makes clear his opinion of where the future lies for online sumo forums.
Eternal Banzuke Phase II
Lon Howard
Stats, equations and mathematics all lead to a list of sumo's most prolific up and downers
Matta-Henka: Another View
Lon Howard
A row that will never be fully decided but Lon gives his impressions on it all the same
Heya Peek
Mark Buckton
Mihogaseki, former home of Estonian sekitori Baruto is toured (and peeked at) by SFM's Editor-in-Chief
SFM Interview
Mark Buckton
Mark interviews shin-komusubi Kokkai
Photo Bonanza
See the Nagoya basho and Akeni photo bonanzas
Nagoya Basho Summary
Lon Howard
Lon gives us his Nagoya basho summary, along with the henka sightings results
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila
Mikko Mattila casts his watchful eye over lower division goings on in makushita and below.
Aki Ones to Watch
Carolyn Todd
Carolyn takes over the job of rikishi job performance prediction for SFM as she looks at those to keep an eye on come September
Kimarite Focus
Mikko Mattila
Our man Mikko's latest trio of kimarite get thrown about the SFM literary dohyo
Amateur Angles
Howard Gilbert
Howard returns with the second of his columns on the amateur sumo scene.
Sumo Game
SFM's very own quiz comes in for a bit of self scrutiny by our secretive man of questions. We'll call him 'X'.
Sumo in Print
Barbara Ann Klein
SFM’s Editor reviews “The Little Yokozuna”, a book for “young” (and older) adults
Kokugi Connections
Todd Lambert
Check out Todd's bimonthly focus on 3 of the WWW's best sumo sites
Fan Debate
Facilitator - Lon Howard
Keri Sibley and Eduardo de Paz  ponder the concept of ‘to pay or not to pay’ makushita salaries
SFM Cartoons
Stephen Thompson
Sit back and enjoy the offerings of one of sumo's premier artists
Lets Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? SFM’s own Todd Lambert details his path into sumofandom
Readers' Letters
See what our readers had to say since we last went out
Sumo Quiz
The Quizmaster
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.

Kimarite Focus #8
Susoharai, Chongake & Nimaigeri

by Mikko Mattila
displayed by Aminishiki against Tokitsuumi on day 6 in the 2006 Haru basho. Another descriptive example of a static sideways-stance susoharai is Tochinonada vs. Kyokushuzan on day 14 in Natsu basho 2000. Both rikishi had tried susoharai once before, but ‘Shuzan launched the decisive move from a very innocent-looking stance.

Susoharai been the winning technique in makuuchi only 26 times since 1990. Quite a number of rikishi have only one susoharai victory on their makuuchi records, but Tokitenku is the only one with three susoharai in makuuchi. Susoharai frequency has gone up in the last three years. In 2004 there were four susoharai in makuuchi and the record year came in 2005 when as many five were demonstrated on the makuuchi dohyo, to the joy of the audience. In 2005 all five winners were different rikishi. In 2006 there have been two susoharai in makuuchi so far - once by Aminishiki (his first ever makuuchi susoharai,) and then by Tokitenku the regular leg technique user in these pages.

Chongake doesn't ring a bell in an average sumo fan's mind because it hasn't been on exhibition much.


Let’s continue on the chosen path of covering rare techniques before returning to more commonly seen ones. Last time we went through some rare defensive kimarite, but now the spotlight will be on somewhat or even very rare leg techniques. Susoharai is the best known of the three covered in this issue and is also, clearly, the most commonly seen. Chongake and nimaigeri are true collector's items if there happen to be other people besides myself who collect kimarite sightings with devotion.

Susoharai is a classic sweeping technique. Anybody can easily learn the move as such but to perfect the timing is the challenge. In susoharai, the attacker sweeps his opponent's foot from behind from the lateral aspect of the foot. In order to get into a position where an opening for a susoharai sweep comes, one must either be in a sideways stance with the foe or use a

yanking move to force the opponent to take a step forward and then with good timing and coordination of upper and lower body work, sweep that moving leg, causing a complete collapse to the opponent. Excellent examples of a rough susoharai where the set-ups for the sweep are dynamic are Asashoryu's susoharai against Miyabiyama on day 3 in Aki basho 2005, and possibly the roughest susoharai of recent history in sumo - Chiyotaikai's overwhelming susoharai against Kotooshu after maneuvering him into perfect position with a kotenage carousel before kicking his right foot hard from behind, causing an utter defeat to the tall Bulgarian. That bout was seen on day 2 in the 2005 Nagoya basho and is a “must see” for any sumo fan who appreciates leg techniques.

On the other hand, a susoharai from a reasonably immobile sideways stance is brilliantly


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