March 2018, Day 13, Aoiyama v Yutakayama

Aoiyama tries a Hakuho-like forearm shiv at the tachiai, but Yutakayama is having none of it. Yutakayama gets his hips low-ish and bulls Aoiyama back the other way, where Aoiyama plants his heels at the tawara before circling around out of immediate danger. A pull-down attempt gives him a bit of space, but Yutakayama stays close and the two men trade shoves to the face. Now it’s Aoiyama’s turn to drive Yutakayama near the edge, but Yutakayama gets the left underhook and sneaks out, finally closing off the ring and walking Aoiyama over the edge.


September 2017, Harumafuji Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Harumafuji wins the September 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his ninth top-division championship. He beat front-runner Ozeki Goeido on the last day to tie things up at 11-4, and then beat Goeido again in a single playoff bout to claim the title. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), uwatedashinage (2), uwatenage (1) and shitatenage (1).

September 2017, Day 12, Kagayaki v Aoiyama

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Aoiyama, dude, that’s totally unnecessary. After Hakuho was chided last year for an extra shove that sent Yoshikaze crashing onto the ring judge (breaking his leg), I’m pretty sure everyone took notice that this kind of behavior won’t be tolerated. This late push by Aoiyama is egregious and unacceptable, and I expect he’ll earn a stern rebuke from the elders.

September 2017, Day 9, Aoiyama v Goeido

With Onosho and Daishomaru both losing earlier in the afternoon, Goeido can take sole possession of the tournament lead with a win over Aoiyama. And he does just that. Aoiyama puts up little resistance after a strong tachiai, falling victim to Goeido’s simple sidestep.

September 2017, Day 8, Aoiyama v Harumafuji

Aoiyama was runner-up last tournament, posting a personal-best 13-2 record, but injury kept him out of the first week of this tournament. Apparently feeling better, he returns on Day 8 to the warm welcome of Yokozuna Harumafuji. Harumafuji secures the left-handed overarm grip right off the tachiai and yanks hard, using his right hand to pull down on Aoiyama’s head and roll him for the uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). Harumafuji is two losses off the leaders at 5-3.

May 2017, Hakuho Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the May 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his 38th top-division championship with a perfect record of 15-0. Over the course of fifteen wins he used seven different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), hatakikomi (2), uwatenage (2), uwatedashinage (2), yoritaoshi (2), uwatehineri, and oshidashi. Congrats to the champ!