May 2017, Day 1, Shohozan v Takakeisho

Shohozan leads with a light right-handed slap to Takakeisho’s face at the tachiai, more of a distraction than a power move, but it doesn’t faze Takakeisho. Takakeisho gets in two strong shoves before Shohozan can even respond, and this sets the tone for the rest of the bout – Shohozan takes some big swings without really connecting, and Takakeisho has better luck attacking Shohozan’s chest and neck. Takakeisho pulls the matador move, sidestepping while pulling down on Shohozan, who reacts instantly and spins to deflect the expected charge from behind. It’s a fine move, but Shohozan just misses the straw with his left foot and steps out before Takakeisho.


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