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  1. I was at a Hawk practice recently and what Gilman and Fix were doing didn't look like cards. Chess maybe.
  2. Aka Oni is red devil or red ogre, it's the Shikona or ring name for my short-lived Sumo career.
  3. Generally, all rikishi (sumo wrestlers) belong to a stable or sumo beya. Young sumo wrestlers enter the heya and will stay there for the entirety of their careers. They have responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, and caring for the senior rikishi of the heya. Junior rikishi live in dormitory-style accomodations. I believe high ranking and married rikishi can live seperate from the sumo beya. Each sumo-beya is headed by an Oyakata who generally is a former high-ranked rikishi who now trains and cares for lower-ranked rikishi. Currently there are a couple of stables headed by non-japanese: Narutobeya headed by Bulgarian former rikishi Kotoushuu and Musashigawa-beya headed by former American Yokozuna: Musashimaru. As wrestlingnerd indicates above high ranking rikishi (Juryo level and above) receive good salaries; lower-ranked sumo wrestlers do not earn all that much, however their daily expenses are paid. As they work their way up (and possibly attain seniority) they get better stipend and better jobs in the heya.
  4. It's me posting Sumo again. I know it's slightly off-topic, but I know there are others around here who appreciate the sport. There was a great winning technique in a Sumo bout from today's Kyushu Grand Tournament. Terutsuyoshi threw his much bigger opponent with what looked like an Ipponzeoi (one-armed shoulder throw) but was later called Koshinage (equally rare hip throw). Great sumo for anyone interested. https://youtu.be/YPTYdwz3VXs?t=10s
  5. You're like school in summertime: No Class!
  6. I think most of what Hakuho does is legal, if a bit dirty. He's well know for his forearm or slap to the face at the "tachai" initial charge, however he also steps aside in a "henka" maneuver more frequently than most think a Yokozuna should. I think that many traditionalists view Hakuho's tactics as beneath a Yokozuna, however it seems to me that he's ultimately all about winning. Love or hate him, I don't think you can argue his greatness.
  7. You can watch daily digest videos of the tournament on Robert Mensing's Youtube page. Here's yesterday's
  8. We're at the mid point of the Nagoya Sumo Tournament and Hakuho is likely to break the all time win record this tournament beating former Ozeki Kaio's' mark of 1047. Hakuho already holds the record for most Grant Tournament wins at 38 and perfect 15-0 (zenshou-yushou) tournaments at 13. He's arguably the greatest Grand Champion (Yokozuna) in sumo history. The only argument against his greatness could be potentially lack of quality competition at times in his career. He's perfect this tournament and faces the entertaining up-and-comer Ura tomorrow. Baring injury he'll almost certainly make history in the coming week.
  9. Another Iowa fan here. I'm generally a "give the guy a chance" sort. People make mistakes, I believe in forgiveness and redemption and all that jazz. All that said, I don't think PD3 and Iowa are a good fit and would prefer T&T not sign him. Dude's talented but in a down year with little shot at a title the risk and reward ratio is just not all that great. I wish him the best and hope he gets his head screwed on straight, but I'd prefer not to see him in the Black and Gold, even if he wins an individual championship this coming year.
  10. Iowa Alum and fan so the Hawkeyes will always be my favorite. But I love great wrestling wherever I find it, and I'll grudgingly admit that there is some beautiful wrestling going right now at PSU. Respect!
  11. The belts or mawashi are key to many sumo techniques w/o the belts Sumo is half the sport it is now. The cheeks are really no big deal. The tourney just ended on Sunday. Kisenosato won with a 14-1 record and was promoted to Yokozuna! The first native Japanese Yokozuna since Wakanohana in 1998. Big event in Sumo and could lead to a resurgence in popularity in Japan. We'll see.
  12. The current January Sumo Tourney (Hatsu Basho) has been really fun. Another super rare winning technique (kimarite) Ipponzeoi or over shoulder arm drag. More commonly found in Judo, this technique was executed by wily veteran Takekaze. Only the 7th time since 1927 that this move has won a match.
  13. I'm an Iowa guy and I'll admit that Stoll does push on the edge sometimes,but generally his opponents aren't presenting themselves to wrestle. If a guys trying to constantly circle back in and Sam just tries to push them out sure he should be dinged. But Stoll is a pretty smart and self-interested wrestler. Once the ref dings him he generally adjusts his approach, however Stoll generates a lot of his offense from marching foward in hold whether it be throws, trips, or shot. It seems pretty counter productive to penalize the aggressive wrestler and award the passive one.
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