September 2017, Day 15, Chiyoshoma v Yutakayama

Newbie Yutakayama gets rag-dolled by the speedy Chiyoshoma, who leaps forward for the deep, deep belt grip on the right side. Using Yutakayama’s momentum off the initial charge against him, Chiyoshoma cranks hard with his right hand and Yutakayama leaves the ground, floating through the air like an autumn leaf before hitting the ground not at all like an autumn leaf. Uwatenage (overarm throw) win for Chiyoshoma, who is happy to get his eighth win. Yutakayama, finishing the tournament at 4-11, will almost certainly drop back down to Juryo next tournament to regroup and hopefully get some more experience.


September 2017, Day 13, Chiyoshoma v Okinoumi

Chiyoshoma slams his right hand home low on the front of Okinoumi’s belt (nice aim, by the way, a little lower and it would have been a disaster) and uses it to attach himself low against Okinoumi’s chest. From there it’s academic as Chiyoshoma ushers Okinoumi out in a hurry, and the two go crashing to the clay. Both men finish the day at 6-7, needing to win out to avoid demotion.

September 2017, Day 6, Chiyoshoma v Takarafuji

Chiyoshoma bounces off Takarafuji at the tachiai but manages to grab a left-handed underarm belt grip and fight back from the edge of the ring. Withering under Takarafuji’s relentless pressure, he tries a last-gasp underarm throw from the left side. But Takarafuji doesn’t budge and Chiyoshoma’s torso is tilted over from his own efforts, so Takarafuji says “thank you very much” and completes an overarm throw from the same side.

September 2017, Day 2, Chiyoshoma v Takanoiwa

Keeping hold of Chiyoshoma is like trying to wrangle an armload of eels, if eels also occasionally tried to trip you. But Takanoiwa manages nicely, staying centered on his opponent’s midsection and working patiently for the win.

July 2017, Hakuho Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the July 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya, earning his thirty-ninth top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Along the way he surpassed former Ozeki Kaio to set the all-time wins record with a mark of 1050. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (5), tsukiotoshi (2), okuridashi (2), hatakikomi (2), sukuinage (1), oshitaoshi (1), yoritaoshi (1), kotenage (1).