January 2018, Day 8, Kakuryu v Shodai

Shodai sees daylight for half a second, as he gets Yokozuna Kakuryu moving backward. But Kakuryu slams the door, using Shodai’s momentum and a strong overarm grip to crush Shodai’s dreams. Winning technique is uwatedashinage, or pulling overarm throw. Kakuryu sits alone atop the leaderboard at 8-0, followed by a group at 7-1 consisting of Mitakeumi, Tochinoshin, and Daieisho. The Ozeki duo of Goeido and Takayasu are both in a large group farther behind at 5-3.

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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 1, Kotoshogiku v Hakuho

Yokozuna Hakuho is back after missing all of last tournament due to injury, and it looks already on Day 1 like he’ll be the man to beat. Which, to be honest, is the usual situation in pretty much every tournament. Today he takes on a feisty Kotoshogiku, maneuvering for an early overhand grip on the left side and executing a quick pulling overarm throw (uwatedashinage) that rolls ‘Giku like a bale of hay. No sign of slowing down for the Yokozuna.

September 2017, Harumafuji Yusho Compilation

Yokozuna Harumafuji wins the September 2017 Grand Sumo Tournament in Tokyo, earning his ninth top-division championship. He beat front-runner Ozeki Goeido on the last day to tie things up at 11-4, and then beat Goeido again in a single playoff bout to claim the title. Over the course of the tournament he used four different kimarite (winning techniques): yorikiri (8), uwatedashinage (2), uwatenage (1) and shitatenage (1).

September 2017, Day 11, Ichinojo v Harumafuji

Ichinojo is tremendously powerful, but once you get him moving he can’t stop himself. It looks like his knees aren’t strong enough to handle his bulk, and Harumafuji takes advantage of that today. The Yokozuna clamps on with a tight left-handed overarm grip, and uses it to sling Ichinojo in a circle. Once he gets going, he’s like a dump truck with no brakes, and Harumafuji only has to pick the direction of his rumbling mass. Harumafuji wisely picks a direction that points outside the ring, and Ichinojo falls to his fifth loss. The Yokozuna improves to 7-4.