March 2017, Day 3, Tochinoshin v Sadanoumi

The energy expended in this one short bout could probably power a small mountain village for a year. Sadanoumi and Tochinoshin lock up with equal migi-yotsu (right-hand under, left-hand over) grips, and then it’s a contest of strength. Sadanoumi has a slightly lower position and works Tochinoshin back towards the edge of the ring. But Tochinoshin has a crushing overarm grip on the left side, and starts to swing Sadanoumi around in a reversal. Sadanoumi defends by wrapping his right leg around Tochinoshin’s left, trying to get some leverage to keep his position towards the center of the ring. But Tochinoshin digs deep and muscles Sadanoumi around, finishing the bout with a mighty shove. Exhausting.

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