May 2017, Day 6, Ichinojo v Ura

Not to take anything away from Ura, ’cause it’s no small feat to stand up to someone 150lbs heavier than you, but this loss is as much due to Ichinojo’s lumbering mediocrity as it is to Ura’s dexterity. Ura opens the bout with less frantic movement than usual, and he does a surprisingly good job of halting the giant Ichinojo in his tracks. From there Ura simply puts one hand under Ichinojo’s right shoulder and the other hand on the back of his head, and Ichinojo plods forward obligingly right where Ura wants him. Winning technique is katasukashi, or under-shoulder swing down.


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