January 2018, Day 3, Chiyoshoma v Endo

Chiyoshoma also pays homage to the recently-retired Harumafuji with a slick move at the tachiai against Endo. That’s not a disparaging comment, either – there are those who deem this kind of quick sideways maneuver on the way to a deep belt grip a form of henka, but I don’t see it that way. You have to be fast and strong to pull this off, and Chiyoshoma makes Endo look like an amateur, rolling him on the dirt like a shrimp through panko. (Too much?)


January 2018, Day 1, Takarafuji v Endo

Endo gets our hopes up again with a great performance on the first day. But Endo’s secret ability is finding a way to lose shockingly against any given opponent, so don’t see this as portending a successful tournament. I’m a fan, don’t get me wrong. I’ve just been burned too many times. Anyway, yay Endo! (for now)

November 2017, Hakuho Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Hakuho wins the November 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Kyushi, earning his fortieth(!) top-division championship with a record of 14-1. Over the course of the tournament he used eight different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (3), uwatenage (3), uwatedashinage (2), oshidashi (2), hatakikomi (1), okuridashi (1), tsukiotoshi (1), and yoritaoshi (1).

November 2017, Day 6, Endo v Okinoumi

Good persistence by Okinoumi today against Endo. He grabs onto Endo’s left arm, mostly to defend against Endo’s underarm grip, but also threatening a kotenage (armlock throw). When Endo switches to the right-handed overarm grip, Okinoumi loses his hold on Endo’s left arm for a moment, but clamps down again when Endo regains the underarm grip on that side. Now at the ring’s edge, Okinoumi sets his hips and cranks hard on Endo’s upper arm, twisting him into the clay. Endo falls to 3-3, while Okinoumi has quietly amassed five wins against only one loss.