Sunday, February 05, 2017

When it comes to the martial art of Sumo Wrestling we mostly think of two 500lb men vying to push each other out of the arena in often short but tense matches. But what you may not know is that Sumo is also the home of some brutal knockouts as well.

In the following video we see just that, as Musashikuni Mamu (on the left) delivers a devastating KO via slamming his forearm in the face of his opponent Tomisakae Ryutaro.

Surprisingly a forearm technique is a legal move known as Kachiage which is the following per Wikipedia:

“A technique where the wrestler folds his arms and rushes forward to hit opponent’s chest or chin to make his posture upright. Literally translates as striking upward can also result in stunning the opponent.”

Check out the knockout below.

Sumo wrestling is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a rikishi (wrestler) attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring (dohyō) or into touching the ground with anything other than the soles of his feet. The characters 相撲 literally mean “striking one another”.

The sport originated in Japan, the only country where it is practiced professionally. It is generally considered a gendai budō (a modern Japanese martial art), but this definition is misleading, as the sport has a history spanning many centuries. Many ancient traditions have been preserved in sumo, and even today the sport includes many ritual elements, such as the use of salt purification, from the days when sumo was used in the Shinto religion. Life as a wrestler is highly regimented, with rules regulated by the Japan Sumo Association. Most sumo wrestlers are required to live in communal sumo training stables, known in Japanese as heya, where all aspects of their daily lives—from meals to their manner of dress—are dictated by strict tradition. [Source: Wiki]