May 2017, Day 15, Takekaze v Ishiura

Ishiura can sleep well tonight, having earned his all-important eighth win on the final day of the tournament. Takekaze grabs Ishiura by the face to try and stop his forward charge, but Ishiura cannot be denied. Takekaze finishes with a disappointing 4-11 record.

May 2017, Day 11, Takekaze v Arawashi

Arawashi pulls off a nifty trick, utilizing a rare technique called ketaguri (pulling inside ankle sweep). It happens really fast, but at the tachiai Arawashi reaches out to pull down on Takekaze’s head, while simultaneously sweeping forward with his left foot. The left foot connects with Takekaze’s left knee, knocking his leg out from under him. Takekaze now has eight losses, and Arawashi is 4-7.

May 2017, Day 8, Takekaze v Ichinojo

Takekaze survives the steady plodding attack of Ichinojo for the first half of the match, doing a good job of fighting off the larger wrestler’s arms and keeping him from getting a good grip. Pulling Ichinojo’s arms to the side, Takekaze gets some breathing room for a moment before surprising Ichinojo with a left hand to the face that opens him up for the final charge. Both men finish the day at a disappointing 2-6, but Takekaze should be happy with his performance.

March 2017, Kisenosato Yusho compilation

Yokozuna Kisenosato wins the March 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Osaka, earning his second-straight top-division championship with a record of 13-2, defeating Ozeki Terunofuji on the last day in a playoff. Over the course of thirteen wins (plus one playoff win) he used six different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (6), oshidashi (3), tsukiotoshi (2), kotehineri (1), okuridashi (1), and kotenage (1).

March 2017, Day 7, Takekaze v Terunofuji

Well, that’s one way to do it. Ozeki Terunofuji stays one loss behind the leaders with a record of 6-1, lifting poor Takekaze completely off the ground and setting him down outside the ring like a 315lb basket of laundry.

March 2017, Day 4, Harumafuji v Takekaze

Man, Harumafuji can’t catch a break. Even when he wins he has bad luck. Totally dominates Takekaze from start to finish, and pushes him out easily, but catches a finger in the eye in the process. Hope it’s not too bad.

March 2017, Day 3, Hakuho v Takekaze

Should Hakuho fans be concerned with the amount of time it takes him to deal with Takekaze? I don’t think so. I think he’s being extra careful after his surprising Day 1 loss, and doesn’t want to get caught off guard again. Even though he loses the tachiai, and is pretty much on the defensive for the first twenty seconds of the bout, he’s never in any real danger. Once the Yokozuna breaks Takekaze’s left-hand grip, he can use his own left-hand overarm grip to quickly march Takekaze to the edge. Watch Hakuho’s feet during this sequence, and you’ll see he only needs three or four very sure, very solid shuffle-steps to get to the edge. Totally in control.