Kitanoumi - a legend in sumo circles has seen it all. A man who has been to the top in so many ways, the former yokozuna and six-year Rijicho is no-longer the power house he once was, but what took him from his perch? CG investigates.
Who else? Mienoumi, new Rijicho of the Ozumo parish and himself a former yokozuna falls into the headlights of SFM's historian Joe Kuroda. What made the man at the top of the game tick when he was a younger rikishi?. What lies behind his rule changes so far as Rijicho? JK reveals all.
Thinking outside the box has always been one of Lon's specialties and his work on - the Ozeki - his analysis and the angles he comes up with are unequalled on the WWW in terms of applying new methodology to viewing sumo. Enter and enjoy.
Success in sumo requires dogged determination and iron strength to withstand the
disillusionment, tribulations and pains from injuries and illnesses. Most recruits
fail to make sekitori level, and many of the few who do wait between five and ten
years to get there. But for all recruits still toiling long after joining ozumo,
Mienoumi is a shining example to follow, having finally ascended to sumo’s highest
grade of yokozuna after 16 years of graft. Read more...
In January of 2002, the Japan Sumo Association (NSK) elected a Chairman under
the age of 50 for the first time in half a century. The 48-year-old Kitanoumi Oyakata
seemed a formidable combination of tradition and modernity, old enough so that his career
evoked sumo’s glory days of the 1970s, and young enough to represent a force for change
in a stultifying organisation. Read more...
- Kaio intimidates his opponent with his pre-bout exercises.
- Where did Roho hide the evidence and is it all going to come out?
- Will Musashigawa have to be present in person to check every
tachi-ai? (And who did the worst tachi-ai, hands down?) See more...
On the eve of the 2008 Aki Basho, new Sumo Association Chairman Musashigawa decided,
against all expectation, that the most important issue facing him was the quality of his
wrestlers' initial charges. 'We must be thorough on the issue of both hands needing to
touch down before a bout' Musashigawa declared. Read more...
The OTW in 2008 have involuntarily reflected a rikishi's life cycle to some extent.
For January we had the shin-juryo batch, for March some makuuchi talents and for September
the heavyweights. We will close the life cycle motif and the year 2008 by looking at those
rikishi who own a toshiyori-kabu already and will sooner or later retire from active Sumo
and become trainers of a new generation. Read more...
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