March 2018, Day 9, Ishiura v Nishikigi

After a fluffy tachiai (no real charge, no real avoidance either), Ishiura gets a deep, deep underarm belt grip with his left hand and complements it with a right-handed grip on the front of Nishikigi’s belt. Nishikigi is content to wrap up Ishiura’s arm and squeeze for all he’s worth. Ishiura goes for the underarm throw but can’t turn Nishikigi’s body over, leaving Nishikigi with a slightly higher position and good leverage on Ishiura’s arm. Both men go down, but Ishiura’s top knot touches the dirt first, giving the win by kotenage (arm lock throw) to Nishikigi.

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March 2018, Day 6, Endo v Tochinoshin

The throw of the tournament so far, in my opinion. Endo gets a belt grip with his right hand and uses it to hang on while Tochinoshin pushes him around the ring. The two men end up back in the center, and Endo tries to get the advantage with a deep underarm grip on the left side. But Tochinoshin clamps down with his right arm and turns Endo’s attack into his downfall. Torquing his body suddenly, all the pressure of Tochinoshin’s weight is applied to Endo’s arm and Endo goes upside down. Beautiful kotenage (arm lock throw) to improve to 4-2. Endo falls to 3-3.

March 2018, Day 4, Kyokushuho v Myogiryu

Myogiryu fights through Kyokushuho’s initial barrage to get the deep underarm grip on the right side, but Kyokushuho clamps down with an arm lock to defend. After a little hand fighting on Kyokushuho’s right side, he takes a big step back and twists his hips, cranking hard on that arm lock and muscling Myogiryu all the way over for the kotenage (arm lock throw) win.

January 2018, Day 15, Yoshikaze v Ikioi

Ikioi drops Yoshikaze with a nice kotenage (arm lock throw) on the last day. Both men finish the tournament a disappointing 4-11, and will meet again next tournament down in the lower end of the top division.

January 2018, Day 11, Goeido v Arawashi

Oh, Goeido, maybe someday you’ll grow up to be a real Ozeki. Gone is the stable footing and good posture of the first half of the tournament, and now you’ve fallen back into the bad habit of either letting your opponent get inside or leaning too far forward on the attack. Or both, one often leads to the other. Arawashi got you today with nice kotenage (arm lock throw) while going backwards, but it didn’t have to be that way. Both men finish at 6-5.

January 2018, Day 9, Ichinojo v Onosho

Ichinojo once again shows us his power, which seems to come out of some hidden place deep behind his baby face with no warning. Just a small shift of his hips and he applies all his bulk to the arm lock on Onosho’s left arm, sending Onosho crashing off the dohyo. A crushing kotenage (arm lock throw). Ichinojo finishes the day at 5-4, and Onosho falls to 4-5.

January 2018, Day 7, Kotoshogiku v Onosho

Kotoshogiku digs deep to hang on at the edge, determination showing on his face as he crushes Onosho to the clay with a kotenage (armlock) throw. Less of a throw, more of a slow squishing, but it works fine. Kotoshogiku and Onosho both finish the day at 3-4.