Congrats on competing mate. Cant wait to see some pics and vids!
Congrats to you and your team man, even made the Australian news with this one! Good stuff!
Do Australian Sumo guys do that Ausie Ausie Ausie OIY OIY OIY thing to like that guy from your island who won that poker tourny a few years back?
I wanted to get a citizenship in Australia just so I could have the cred to shout that ALL THE FUCKIGN TIME.
Oh we say that **** anywhere on an international event. Don't even ask me why we say / do it.
You'll just be watching something and someone in the crowd goes "AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE" ... you feel oblieged at that point :)
It works in the buffet line.
Originally Posted by Vorpal
Congrats on your competition. You missed a bunch of stuff here on YMAS. It's all in Trollshido if you want to read it.
HiThere as in Happeh? Is that still going on? From what I understood, he generally does that for a few months at any given forum and moves on.
Originally Posted by CoffeeFan
Thanks mate. That's actually a really good question. Honestly, Sumo helped my judo but not in the way I expected. Initially I'd thought that with there being so many kimarite it would help me with my throwing techniques, but I found that actually competing in Sumo was far different to training for it in that throws became largely irrelevant in the actual bouts, and posture, balance, and aggression were the real key.
Originally Posted by CoffeeFan
My judo nagewaza didn't improve, but my posture and balance did, along with my leg strength, and flexibility. Shiko (sumo squats) are badass.
Realistically, the three things I've taken from Sumo and intend to keep:
1. Shiko - awesome for your balance and strength
2. Tsugiashi - you do it in Judo anyway, but not with the same degree of focus and intensity that you do in Sumo. I've become much more aware of how important your weight distribution, and placement of your feet actually is, and I thought I'd understood it before
3. An increase in aggresion when grappling. I've been told so many times when rolling that defending is losing, but have always found it hard to dictate the pace. I always play too softly softly, and try to capitalise on any mistake my opponent makes rather than attacking from the outset. In sumo, since the average bout only goes for like 5 seconds, the point was really driven home that you have to set the pace, and control it, because the better players won't make a mistake for you to capitalise on.
A famous Professional Sumo name Baruto came from Estonia, and generally they are quite successful as a nation in Amateur Sumo.
Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra
Next year, the world championships are in Egypt, I believe.
Well played, sir. Well played.
Originally Posted by Rivington
Anyway, I haven't met with the rest of the team since I returned to Australia, so I don't have any video footage or many pictures yet, but here's a couple. I'll post more when I get them.
The Bull, which the town of Rakvere got it's name from wearing it's mawashi
Arriving at the venue for the tournament
My first glimpse of the Dohyo
Putting on my Mawashi
Stepping up to the Dohyo