January 2018, Day 13, Abi v Kaisei

Abi catches Kaisei off guard with a sudden move to the belt, when Kaisei is expecting Abi to continue his full-throttle flailing at his head. This lets Abi get behind him, and usher him out for a most excellent ninth win.


January 2018, Day 11, Terunofuji v Ishiura

After an eight day hiatus, Terunofuji returns to the dohyo only to lose immediately to lil’ Ishiura. Ishiura gets around to the backside, no small feat considering Terunofuji’s considerable circumference. Ishiura (6-5) is two wins away from his kachikoshi, and Terunofuji (0-4-7) can only hope to stem the bleeding in the last few days of the tournament.

January 2018, Day 10, Kakuryu v Okinoumi

Okinoumi’s wondering why he even got out of bed this morning. Yokozuna Kakuryu has his way with the hapless wrestler, slinging him around with a right-side belt grip and showing him the exit in short order. Winning technique is okuridashi (rear push out). Kakuryu stays perfect at 10-0, the sole leader of the tournament in front of Tochinoshin (9-1), Daieisho (8-2), and Takayasu, Mitakeumi, and Takarafuji (7-3).

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 5 Tamawashi v Takayasu

Ozeki Takayasu drops to 4-1 and out of the tie for the tournament lead thanks to a spirited performance by Tamawashi. After a strong tachiai Takayasu gets too close to Tamawashi, who keeps his hips low and gets the positional advantage on the Ozeki. Good footwork from Tamawashi sends Takayasu sliding across the dohyo and out the other side.

November 2017, Day 2, Tamawashi v Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho must have watched the tape of Tamawashi’s great performance against Yokozuna Kisenosato yesterday, and wastes no time completely negating the potential aggression. Leading with a classic left-handed slap to set up a right forearm to the chin, Hakuho pushes Tamawashi back at the tachiai and the two men pause for a moment to consider the next course of action. It happens fast, but Hakuho feints with his right arm before lunging forward and grabbing onto Tamawashi’s belt with his left hand. Tamawashi goes for the throat, but Hakuho yanks hard with his left hand and turns Tamawashi completely around. And just like that, the danger is averted. Hakuho takes a stroll and Tamawashi finds himself on the wrong side of the straw bales.