What happens when regular people try to wrestle Sumo champions

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sumo wrestling is one of the oldest organized sports on Earth, appearing in the book Kojiki, the oldest extant chronicle in Japan, from 712 A.D., as a fight between two gods that originated in 660 BC. Even today, Sumo wrestlers (known as Rikishi) are like myths and heroes in Japan.

The Sumo Association promotes six major tournaments a year. It usually lasts 15 days. The fight is simple and usually lasts no more than 30 seconds and they only wear a special belt called Mawash. Slapping, pushing, tripping, and judo-style flips are all allowed. The winner is the one that makes the opponent touch the ground with any part of the body other than the soles of his feet or make the adversary exit the ring. Once this happens, the judge raises his arm with a sort of “fan” and the fight ends.

Punches, kicks, hair pulling and biting are not allowed.

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In this video, six regular people received some training in basic sumo techniques and tried to wrestling against a Japanese university sumo champion, a four-time world champion and Yamamotoyama Ryuta, a two times world champion and the biggest Japanese man who ever lived.

One man actually got lucky against Yama. At the very beginning of the match, the sumo wrestler lost his own balance after tossed his opponent to the side, and then, the participant took advantage of the situation by quickly spinning and lunging toward Yama, pushing the sumo titan out of the ring.

Sumo is the official national sport in Japan. Thousands of people are assiduous spectators of fights, respect and admire this ancient sport. What seems to be so simple and fast has a tradition that has lasted for centuries, with deep secrets, time-consuming and strenuous preparations, fantastic organization and involves astronomical amounts of money.

Source: History of Sumo

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