The Joy of Sumo

One of my new karate students recently shared his love of sumo wrestling with me. I’ve always admired the wrestlers and their special mix of enormous size and explosive athleticism. Here are some excellent examples of bouts and techniques that show just how amazing sumo can be!

Kimarite Winning Techniques Highlights

Many of these throws are straight out of judo. But to see such large men executing them? Wow! And how about the first winner who slid into an effortless split!

A Normal Life: Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler

This is a really neat documentary that sheds insight into the everyday life of a novice sumo wrestler. He eventually leaves the stable because it is too regimented and demanding; training–and eating!–is no joke. The tournaments are extremely challenging as well. If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a sumo wrestler, definitely check out this video.

Bob Sapp vs. Butterbean Sumo Match!

Well, this last one ain’t traditional sumo, but I couldn’t resist including two of my old favorites!

About moaimartialarts

Lucky enough to grow up with the martial arts, I have felt their positive influence throughout my life and am especially interested in sharing these experiences with others. I enjoy working with youth and adults to give back some of what I've received. If you would like to learn more about Uechi-Ryu/Shohei-Ryu Karate, or if you want to find people to train with, please contact me. I am the head karate instructor for the Meriden Martial Arts Club.
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