Sumo is commonly perceived as the battle of big men. To an extent, the perception is correct as well. However, what if a smaller man battles a bigger man in Sumo?
Imagine a Lightweight taking on a Heavyweight? If you think the size alone can be a deciding factor for the result, think again. You can see the complete matchup below.
What is Sumo?
Sumo is a type of full-contact, competitive wrestling in which the rikishi (wrestler) tries to push his opponent out of the dohy (circular ring) or force him to use any part of his body other than his feet to touch the ground (usually by throwing, shoving or pushing him down).
Japan is where the sport originated from and where it is regarded as a national sport.
It is regarded as a gendai bud, which alludes to contemporary Japanese martial arts, but the sport has a long history. Sumo is a sport that has many historical traditions still present, and even now, it incorporates many Shinto ritual components, such as the usage of salt cleansing.
Who is a Sumo Wrestler?
As noted earlier, a Sumo Wrestler is called a RIKISHI. The Japan Sumo Association has established strict regulations for the life of a sumo wrestler. The majority of sumo wrestlers are expected to live in communal sumo training stables, or "heya," where every element of their daily lives—from meals to how they should dress—is governed by rigid tradition.
Numerous high-profile incidents and scandals shook the sumo world from 2008 to 2016, which had an impact on its reputation and ticket sales.
These have impacted the sport's capacity to draw new players as well. Despite this setback, sumo's popularity and general attendance have recovered because, for the first time in a few of years, there are many yokozuna (or grand champions), and other well-known wrestlers are attracting the public's attention.
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Lightweight (187 pounds) vs Heavyweight (370 pounds) in Sumo, this is so wild pic.twitter.com/qCABNxvabs— Dom (@Frittenpate) July 26, 2022