March 2017, Day 3, Hakuho v Takekaze

Should Hakuho fans be concerned with the amount of time it takes him to deal with Takekaze? I don’t think so. I think he’s being extra careful after his surprising Day 1 loss, and doesn’t want to get caught off guard again. Even though he loses the tachiai, and is pretty much on the defensive for the first twenty seconds of the bout, he’s never in any real danger. Once the Yokozuna breaks Takekaze’s left-hand grip, he can use his own left-hand overarm grip to quickly march Takekaze to the edge. Watch Hakuho’s feet during this sequence, and you’ll see he only needs three or four very sure, very solid shuffle-steps to get to the edge. Totally in control.

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