It would be easy to assume from their famously substantial girth that wrestlers live a life of excess outside their training schedule. Sumo is a religious ritual Compared with most sports in the world today, sumo originated a heck of a long time ago. Like the wrestlers, they enter the world of sumo at a young age about sixteen and remain in their profession until they retire. Perhaps most interestingly, the gyoji also carries a sword, or tantoof about six to twelve inches in length. She was repeatedly turned down until she eventually stepped down from office. This rather poetic epithet echoes the words of 14thth century playwright Zeami Motokiyo, and is meant to convey the excitement of the decisive bouts and the celebration of the victor — who receives all kinds of elaborate prizes for his success.
Sumo is a fascinating sport with an uncertain futureas the harsh lifestyle makes it more and more difficult to attract new recruits.
11 Amazing things you probably never knew about sumo wrestling
Then, after one stable recruited six Mongolians at once, there was a mass gaijin -induced panic, and today stables are only allowed to have one foreign wrestler defined as somebody born outside Japan at any one time. A match ends when one of the wrestlers is either thrown out of the ring, or if any part of his body apart from the soles of his feet touches the ground. Akebono Taro, born Chad Haaheo Rowan, became the first ever foreign-born sumo grand champion in It would be easy to assume from their famously substantial girth that wrestlers live a life of excess outside their training schedule. Sumo stables were once allowed to recruited as many foreign wrestlers as they like. Here are a few of the amazing things I learnt about sumo — I hope they will encourage you to go to go and see a tournament for yourself!