October Issue Contents
Hatsu Basho



Numbers game
Chris Gould
How to create fans of the future? The sumo association has lost some huge assets in the past two years, and is in danger of letting a generation of fans slip away.
Rikishi after my own heart
Dorian Marcellin
SFM's new columnist explains who catches his eye at the moment, showing observation skills that would even put some locals to shame
Kelly Gneiting
SFM catches up with a true American heavyweight legend who is also an expert marathon runner. Amateur sumo powerhouse Kelly Gneiting explains all
Aki Basho Review
Chris Gould
The end of Hakuho? Or a new beginning for the Mongolian maestro? And will Kotoshogiku become Japan's leading hopeful, or a simple no-hoper?
Ones To Watch
Alexander Herrmann
Are there some stars of the future in the second division? Alex ponders who might step up his game to unsettle the big boys in the months ahead
Kokugi Konnections
Chris Gould
Who says sumo is not exciting? These videos should allay any doubts. Check out the fights on show, and the amazing winning techniques
Menko Corner
Ryan Laughton
Ryan dishes out the menko magic again, offering valuable nuggets of wisdom that only a seasoned collector would possess
Photo bonanza
Chris Gould
Improved pictures from an improved camera. It's action from Day 5 of September 2011, up close and real from just a few metres away!
Morph corner
Olivia Nagioff
Wrestlers as you've never seen them before! Olivia makes them do / experience things that even they themselves thought impossible!

The numbers game

Chris Gould
In an ideal world, sumoís key virtue should be that as Japanís national sport officially supported by the government, it should not need to debase itself with publicity stunts and excessive commercialisation. And yet the great paradox surrounding sumo in 2011 is that if it rests too much on its national sport laurels, it will cease to be a national sport.    Read more...

Morph Corner

Olivia Nagioff
Who is battling on the plains and who is up a gum tree?
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Chris Gould
Born in Idaho in 1970, Kelly Gneiting has become a major force in American Amateur sumo, winning the US Nationals for three consecutive years. A truly iron man who has competed in marathons despite tipping the scales at 400 pounds, he makes for a great SFM interview.     Read more...

Menko Corner

Ryan Laughton
Earlier this year the latest edition of Baseball Magazine (BBM) sumo cards was released and it was the 15th year of BBMís sole dominance in the sumo card market. The BBM sumo sets are typically released at the beginning of the year and the 2011 edition was no different with the rikishiís ranks representing the November 2010 banzuke and available for sale starting at the Hatsu 2011 basho.    Read more...

Rikishi after my own


Dorian Marcellin
The Aki Basho which has just ended marks for me, somehow, the anniversary of my passion for sumo...I donít think I am going too far when I say that this year was very special for sumo, and we were able to see many things happen.     Read more...

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