Sometimes experience and skill isn’t against someone who is bigger and stronger than you. There’s also a saying in boxing that goes something like “a good big man always beats a good little man.” In this case, we get an interesting contrast in this sumo wrestling event. Instead of a smaller sumo wrestler going up against a bigger sumo wrestler, we get to see a strongman compete against a sumo wrestler that looks comparable in size. But as they say, muscle weighs more than fat.
If you’re unaware, Sumo is a wrestling art that originated in Japan. The rules are fairly easy to understand. The two competitors once given the signal to begin will try to force each other outside of the ring that they stand inside of or have their opponent touch the ground with anything other than t their feet.
What makes Sumo a fascinating form of combat is all of the traditional Japanese Shinto religion and rituals infused into it. On top of that, the sport was most likely done by the revered Samurai centuries ago in order to attain another form of income.
But sometimes tradition, skills and experience takes a seat to the bigger more powerful man. In this case, the strongman in the video wearing full-on mawashi (the heavy loincloth around a rikishi’s privates) was able to use his strength to push his opponent out of the ring.
The moment they engaged, it did not look for a second that the strongman was out of his element. The sumo wrestler tried to clasp his hands around the strongman’s neck to control him. But eventually, the strongman was use numerous palm strikes to push him out.
It was a great display of strength in a short burst by the two competitors.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.