Posted On:6/24/2008 6:05pm
Style: Mixed Martial Arts
I was at wrestling class last night, and a fellow came up to me and asked me my weight.
"ah about 83 kgs at the the moment," I replied.
"How would you like to represent Australia as a lightweight in a Sumo championship this year?"
I was gobsmacked. Apparently it's in Lithuania, or Estonia or something. One of the bigger guys has competed in a recent tournament in New Zealand and placed third in his division. He'll be competing on the squad in Europe too.
I know absolutely nothing about Sumo, except for a rough idea of the rules (Please correct me if I'm wrong):
* You can palm strike (to the body amateur level, anywhere as a professional)
* Your objective is to push your opponent out of the ring
* You can also win a match if you force your opponent to their knees, or if they touch the ground with their hand.
* No leg attacks
That's about it.
For reference, I weigh 182.9 pounds according to Google's conversion. I've only been doing freestyle and greco wrestling for two months or so, but I've trained in shooto for about 8 years and Judo for the last two years. I took off nearly two years due to an injury before taking up judo.
Basically, as I said, I know f$%k all about Sumo, and I'm completely certain that I will get my ass handed to me, but on the plus side if I go for it, I get a trip to europe, and help the sport (THe australian federation is having trouble finding players it seems).
What do you think? Any tips/advice, humorous commentary, or info about Sumo?
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Posted On:6/24/2008 6:16pm
Style: SAMBO/BJJ/Judo and others
I would be carefull and check more into this It smells like some sort of scam to get your money/personal information. Random dude offers you a chance to be on the national sumo team (when you know nothing about sumo), sounds fishey to me.
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Posted On:6/24/2008 6:17pm
Go for it. By the time anyone realizes you don't know what the **** you're doing you'll already be in Europe and have hot sumo-loving europe chicks all over you.
Edit: After seeing, like Coffefan mentioned, it's not sponsered by some Nigerian prince.
Posted On:6/24/2008 6:23pm
Style: creonte on hiatus
Or Indonesian banker (according to the latest spam **** I'm getting.)
OTH, imagine the opportunity of gut-slapping another man in diapers out of the ring. If it happens, that's good **** worthy of youtube.
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Posted On:6/24/2008 6:24pm
Style: Kyokushin Karate / BJJ
CoffeeFan makes a very valid point, look into this more, sounds too much 'out of the blue' to be legit, but you never know.
Just don't go jumping in blind.
Posted On:6/24/2008 6:25pm
Style: San shou
seems a little suspect, you should contact the organization first
Posted On:6/24/2008 7:11pm
Yeah I requested more information. I'll have a chat with the guy after training on Thursday.
The guy who approached me is an old Japanese guy. He's one of the coaches at the club, and he's sent one of the other wrestler in my club to a sumo tournament in New Zealand not long ago. His freestyle/greco wrestling credentials are definitely legit.
There's no monetary investment or remuneration on offer - apparently the Sumo association/federation/etc would cover the airfare and accommodation through some sort of sponsorship deal.
The association is apparently struggling to find competitors (particularly in the lower weight classes) so basically, they are looking to poach amateur wrestlers.
I'll post more specifically when I get more information about it.
And yeah, definitely would be Youtube worthy. I fully expect to get my ass handed to me, but I've got no problem with that. I regularly get dumped on my ass in Judo and wrestling anyway, without minding in the slightest.
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Posted On:6/24/2008 7:19pm
Might I suggest trying the open weight class?
Posted On:6/24/2008 7:21pm
lol @ nigerian banker...
i got one of those emails
sent them all my details and now im a BILLIONAIR
Originally Posted by MrBadGuy
Might I suggest trying the open weight class?
that might not end well
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