September 2017, Day 13, Kaisei v Ikioi

Great recovery and reversal by Kaisei, who first falls victim to a pull-down/sideswipe before stopping his momentum and turning in time to greet the hard-charging Ikioi. Ikioi hits him square, but Kaisei is able to grab Ikioi’s left arm and turn his hips to execute the opportunistic kotenage (arm lock throw). Kaisei earns his eighth win, while Ikioi falls to seven losses.


September 2017, Day 6, Ikioi v Takakeisho

Ikioi’s mistake is trying to pull down on a charging Takakeisho when Takakeisho is neither off-balance nor overextended. Basically Ikioi is standing at the edge of the ring with a bullseye on his chest, and he needs to get off the direct line of Takakeisho’s attack. Takakeisho hits Ikioi hard enough to knock him off the dohyo, while staying in perfect control of his momentum, coming to a gentle stop at the tawara.

September 2017, Day 5, Ichinojo v Ikioi

Ichinojo isn’t known for his throws, but he shows off his strength today against Ikioi. After locking up in the middle of the dohyo for what appears to be the start of another of Ichinojo’s patented protracted grappling stalemates, Ichinojo surprises everyone (but no one more than Ikioi) by twisting his hips and lifting Ikioi completely off the ground with a clean uwatenage (overarm throw).

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).