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  1. atomicpoet is offline

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    Quote Originally Posted by MorningLemon View Post
    Sounds like a great time, i tried looking up Sumo comps here after I read that. Apparently it's not very popular here.
    You ought to find out if there are any Japanese cultural festivals in Melbourne. This tournament wasn't heavily advertised by itself -- it just happened to be part and parcel of the festival.

    The other great thing about Japanese festivals is the sheer number of martial arts demos they have. While there, I saw Aikido, Shotokan, and Kempo demos galore. If you go, you'll have a guaranteed great time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba_The_SHY View Post
    Oh man, back in school, there was a kid who's dad was an amateur sumo player. He taught that boy some serious moves. Plus the kid was freakishly heavy too. (Actually overweight, and no cardio. But still some massive strength)

    Every say second week, we did a couple of rounds during luchbreaks. Just on the grass. I was being tossed like a rag. Fun as hell thou.


    Anyway, good job on the tournament.
    The winner of the tournament was also on the heavy side, but he also had a lot of power and flexibility.

    Flexibility is hugely important in sumo because you start kneeling down with your fists touching the ground. If you can quickly charge from the position, you got a competitive advantage.

    Looks can definitely be deceiving. But that's also the fun of Sumo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lindz View Post
    A friend wants to know if they allow female competitors.
    The Japs are real uptight about females. At the Osaka Sumo Championships, it is usually the governor of Osaka who gives out the trophy to the champ. However, the only female governor of Osaka to date, Fusae Ohta, was forbidden to do so by the Nihon Sumo Renmei (sumo's GB in Japan). From 2000. to 2008. during her 2 back-to-back terms, she was repeatedly forbidden to do so. However, professional female sumo did exist and was a big part of the Shinto religion. Amateur women's sumo still exists, though, and I am told that the competitions are quite a spectacle.
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    Don't be cruel. I could not fight the urge to post this.

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    Apes are some seriously strong motherfuckers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evergrey View Post
    Apes are some seriously strong motherfuckers.
    They are our true ancestors, they've been fighting longer than we have.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atomicpoet View Post
    You ought to find out if there are any Japanese cultural festivals in Melbourne. This tournament wasn't heavily advertised by itself -- it just happened to be part and parcel of the festival.

    The other great thing about Japanese festivals is the sheer number of martial arts demos they have. While there, I saw Aikido, Shotokan, and Kempo demos galore. If you go, you'll have a guaranteed great time.
    This is what I looked at, but they were all earlier in the year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by judoist View Post
    The Japs are real uptight about females. At the Osaka Sumo Championships, it is usually the governor of Osaka who gives out the trophy to the champ. However, the only female governor of Osaka to date, Fusae Ohta, was forbidden to do so by the Nihon Sumo Renmei (sumo's GB in Japan). From 2000. to 2008. during her 2 back-to-back terms, she was repeatedly forbidden to do so. However, professional female sumo did exist and was a big part of the Shinto religion. Amateur women's sumo still exists, though, and I am told that the competitions are quite a spectacle.
    This is true. In fact, amateur sumo almost became completely divorced from Pro Sumo when the Amateur guys got together with the IOC and agreed to let women participate in ammy sumo (this in addition to allowing compression shorts under the mawashi and adding weight classes in addition to an open-weight division). The traditionalists in the pro world almost lost it since the traditional dohyo is a sacred space that women are not supposed to enter. Still, amateur competition continues on and there are women competitors, although not nearly as many as the men.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evergrey View Post
    Apes are some seriously strong motherfuckers.
    Imagine if someone trained a monkey to fight! give him wieght lifting programs and great monkey diet :D. Those guys would be amazing challengers lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tsukyomi View Post
    Imagine if someone trained a monkey to fight! give him wieght lifting programs and great monkey diet :D. Those guys would be amazing challengers lol
    Think of an Ape with BJJ skills! With their natural affinity for 4 legged movement and their long arms, it would be amazing!
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