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    Sumo Championships

    Hello, guys.

    So, I'm starting this thread because I couldn't find a similar one. Just wanted to discuss more about Sumo and draw attention to the championships that happen throughout the year - not restricting it to the Japanese ones, of course. Anyways, the Nihon Sumo Kyokai autumn Basho started a few days ago and will continue until September 23, so there's plenty of opportunities to talk about the matches.

    If you're not familiar with Sumo, I suggest you check it out. I believe there's a lot we can learn from the way rikishi fight, even though I don't train Sumo myself.

    And if you are actually familiar with it, how do you check on the fights? I usually watch NHK's replays or Kintamayama's reviews on YouTube. There used to be an official live stream available online but it's been taken down a couple of years ago.

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    I think sumo seems like a cool sport, but I've never been into it. Where would you suggest a new fan start becoming a spectator?

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    When I lived in Hawaii, like 25 years ago, late at night they used to air all of the Sumo championships on TV. Me and my brother would stay up at night and watch it. Then we moved to Okinawa and as you can imagine, it was huge over there. We would watch it all the time. The only problem was that it was in Japanese and neither of us had any idea what was going on for the longest time. But we loved watching the matches either way. It wasn't till years later that I actually was about to read about it and know what all the symbolism was.

    I wish they aired it so we could watch it. I'd love for my kids to get to watch it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Permalost View Post
    I think sumo seems like a cool sport, but I've never been into it. Where would you suggest a new fan start becoming a spectator?
    I believe the best way to start becoming a spectator is to check on the Japanese championships. Unfortunately I don't have a "stable" source to watch the current basho. I just search for it on Google. Yesterday I was lucky enough to find a live stream on YouTube, but it's not always available. In any case, I always watch Kintamayama's review the next day. Check his video on the Aki Basho Day 2 matches. The second match in the video, between Enhou and Hakuyouzan, is pretty long (for Sumo, of course) and very interesting from a technical point of view. Enhou manages to avoid Hakuyouzan's yorikiri and finishes with a shitatenage, which is kind of a hip throw. It reminded me of old Judo videos of Kyuzo Mifune demonstrating his control of balance and kuzushi.


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