March 2017, Day 11, Kyokushuho v Ura

Ura dives low at the tachiai reaching for Kyokushuho’s leg, so Kyokushuho gets a headlock and a left-handed overarm grip on Ura and looks to be in the better position. But Ura has weird strength from weird angles, and turns sideways to push with the back of his shoulders, taking Kyokushuho out of the ring moments before falling himself. Kyokushuho loses for the eighth time, and Ura improves to 6-5.

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March 2017, Day 4, Takakeisho v Kyokushuho

These two get in an old-fashioned brawl, Kyokushuho even a throws in a head fake for good measure. But Takakeisho tires of trading blows and bull-rushes his taller opponent, ending the bout by oshidashi.

March 2017, Day 2, Chiyoo v Kyokushuho

Kyokushuho immediately secures the left-handed overarm grip on Chiyoo’s belt, and then he shows us how to finish. The throw is uwatenage, or “overarm throw,” but Kyokushuho’s excellent technique reveals a subtlety that might otherwise go unnoticed. Sure, he’s throwing with his arm, but what makes the throw so flawless is how he contracts his left arm, pulling Chiyoo’s center of gravity towards him and attaching it to his own hips. The actual throw is initiated with Kyokushuho rotating his hips to his right, and this is what starts moving Chiyoo off-balance. The arm is just a conduit for a much stronger force emanating from Kyokushuho’s core.

November 2016, Day 12, Sadanoumi v Kyokushuho

With a total of three wins between them, Sadanoumi and Kyokushuho are pretty much fighting for pride. Kyokushuho quickly secures the left-hand overarm grip, and Sadanoumi tries to defend against the throw by wrapping his right leg around Kyokushuho’s left. But Kyokushuho keeps cranking on that throw and powers Sadanoumi around and down. Uwatenage (overarm throw) for Kyokushuho’s second win.

November 2016, Day 8, Kyokushuho v Ishiura

Ishiura looks embarrassed at how easily he beats Kyokushuho. Not exactly meeting head-on at the tachiai, Ishiura gets his left hand on the belt and his right arm hooked around Kyokushuho’s upper right arm, swinging him forward and down for an excellent record of 7-1 after eight days. I don’t know if he’s following the tradition of U.S. baseball players superstitiously letting their beard grow throughout a tournament, but Ishiura’s got a nice ‘stache coming in, too. Maybe I’ll call him Scruff & Tough.

March 2016, Day 14, Kyokushuho v Takarafuji

I’ve watched this several times now, and I can’t figure out what it is about Takarafuji’s sukuinage (beltless arm throw) technique today that makes it look so effortless. One moment he’s locked in a grappling battle with Kyokushuho, the next moment, with a tiny shift of his weight, Kyokushuho is spinning down to the dirt.