June 3, 2010 vidajimenez

The first thing that popped into my head when I heard the word sumo was this t-shirt my brother used to wear that had a picture of a sumo wrestler that said” I’m big in Japan”.  How ironic that this t-shirt was spot on, yes sumo in Japan is big deal and these wrestler are like heroes. The day we went to watch Sumo I was excited to see the stadium and not surprised this wasn’t a  miniature arena.  We watched on the sidewalks behind ropes as the wrestler walked up to the stadium wearing colorful robes.  After we found our seats and sat down the rituals and fighting began. I didn’t know until I read in the program that the substance they threw in the ring was salt to purify the area. Another interesting fact was that the actually fight can not start until both of the opponents are mental ready which can take up to four minutes without any penalization.


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  • 1. Courtney A. Griffin  |  June 3, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Sumo was definitely interesting. I was although shocked that the wrestlers weren’t that big. I know that there are different size brackets like in boxing, but when I think about sumo wrestlers, I tend to think of really big guys! When we were standing behind the ropes, the guys that walked pass were tall but not wide and just simply not what I expected. Overall, the experience was great!

  • 2. Radin  |  June 11, 2010 at 8:21 am

    If one starts the fight, and the other one doesn’t move, which means he was not ready, the game could be started all over again. If we compare it with other international sports, others kind of try to use the competitor’s weakness. This level of respect is adorable.

  • 3. shastokes  |  June 11, 2010 at 8:26 am

    I was definitely shocked when we went to sumo and I saw the wrestlers as they were walking on the streets that some were not that big. I pictured in my head that these guys would be 300 lbs +. A friend at my old job from Korea mentioned that many Sumo wrestlers did not live past 40 because of health problems. I’m not sure how truthful that is though. Also, what was interesting about the match is that they had one chance to knock their opponent out the ring or down, and the many restarts some matches had because one would have to prepare themselves or was not ready! But in all, I enjoyed Sumo!!

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