The wrestling art sumo is deeply rooted in Japanese culture. Although the sport has been modernized the last few centuries, the wrestling form is said to be part of a ritual dance where a human being would wrestle a god (also known as a kami in their language).
It’s been a long part of their Shinto religion where humans and gods inhabited the same earth.
But to the modern world, most western eyes would usually imagine a very large man in ring trying to push or throw out their opponent out of a ring. For the most part, that’s exactly what it is. And just like how certain MMA fighters can become celebrities in their respected countries, the top and elite sumo wrestlers are treated even more so in Japan.
When watching a sumo match, there’s usually a chaotic, disruptive clash between the two colossal opponents. Watching practitioners that weigh over 300lbs., it would almost be impossible for the imagination to comprehend how strong they are.
But what would happen if you were to pair that strength against someone, or rather something half their size?
Well, FOX had a television show titled Man vs. Beast where they pitted a 32-year-old sumo wrestler named Kitononami who stood at 5’10” and weighed 363lbs. against a female Orangutan who only stood at 4 feet tall and weighed 180lbs in a game of tug-of-war.
You would think that the weight alone would give Kitononami the upper hand. But once it started, the orangutan was pulling with no effort whereas Kitononami began to strain the moment the contest began.
In the end, one of them ended up in a pit of cold mud. Kitononami said that “It didn’t look like she was doing much.” That’s a hint as to who won.
Clyde Erwin Barretto is an emphatic obsessed fan of mixed martial arts, combat sports and body movement. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeBarretto.