Showing posts with label sumo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sumo. Show all posts

February 10, 2015

Traditional Wrestling Styles

This is not it... click link below
Once again I owe a tip of the hat to Wrestling Roots for turning me onto this work in progress by Yasuyuki Fujikura who is documenting the various wrestling styles the world over.  Unfortunately the majority of it is in Japanese but the link provide pictures and video of some amazing grappling that I am sure you have never heard of.

Once again this proves how integral grappling is for cultured society (obviously not news to anyone with a couple of five year old boys).  Fascinating google map:

Click here to be redirected to the interactive map.

February 9, 2015

Sumo & Kendo Battleship Demo Early 1900's

Amazing find by Wrestling Roots of a short demo from 1914-1918 of Sumo and Kendo on a Japanese battleship:

January 31, 2015

Hakuho - 33 Tournament Titles - Quite Possibly the Best

Hakuho has taken his 33rd tournament title and simultaneously becomes the sole leader in tournament victories, surpassing the great Taio (32).  This would also be his 11th undefeated championship which proves to be another record. 

Click here to read the entire article.

Grappling fans in general and Sumo fans in general are quite possibly bearing witness to one of the greatest periods of wrestling history ever..  Hopefully you all are tuning in;)  Though my coach Tim claims his all time favorite Chiyonofuji is the best of all time, this 33rd tournament victory makes Hakuho arguably the best ever.  And the best news is he still has several more years in him!!

Congrats Hakuho!

January 11, 2015

Martial Arts DVD Sale

Once again I am cleaning out the closet so to speak of media in which I no longer need nor desire.  It is my hope that you can find a gem in this hodgepodge of titles well over 50% off.  As always shipping and handling is not included.  Email me for further information or questions: [email protected]


"Neckbreaker" vol. I & II - Erik Paulson       $25/set

"The Mount"  - Erik Paulson                          $10

"Tackles, Takedowns, Throws & Counters"   $10
                      - Erik Paulson

"Quick Kills"   - Erik Paulson                         $10

"Killer Chicken Wings"   - Erik Paulson          $10

"Sun Style Taiji - Master Lei Shi Tai's Short Form"    $10

"Muay Thai Kickboxing w/ Rob Kaman
Vol. 2 Clinching and Knee's                            $10
Vol. 7 Advanced Fighting Techniques              $10

"Xande: Instructional Series / 5 DVD Set         $50
        - Xande Ribiero

"Showdown" - Superbrawl                              $10

"ADCC 2001: Over 99kg"                              $10

"Best of ADCC vol. Two"                               $10

"7 Star Beng Bu and Applications" - Pong Lai  $10

"Beng Bu & Knock Downs" - Ray Hayward    $10

"Omopolata Game" - Four Disk Set w/Joao Crus   $25

"Defensor Method Kali"                          set  $45
 - Espada y daga pt 1
 - Knife Tapping
 - 64 Attacks
 - Stick Dumog

 Going old school now with VHS:

"Dynamic Sumo"                            $5

"2003 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"2004 US Sumo Open"                  $5

"Combat Shuai Chiao: 3 vol set       $20

September 30, 2014

Ichinojo Aki Basho Highlight

Do you know Ichinojo?  If not you should.  This kid is so new to Sumo that he can't even tie a top knot, yet look at this AMAZING Aki Basho performance!  Mongolia is the new Sumo capital.  Growing up practicing Mongolian wrestling gives these fighters a distinct advantage over even the most experienced Japanese rikishii. 

September 14, 2014

14th Annual US Sumo Open

Speaking of Sumo... next weekend marks the 14th anniversary of the US Sumo Open in Long Beach, CA. Make sure to hit the Walter Pyramid at UC Long Beach.  Check out US Sumo for more info. 

Aki Basho Day One

It's September and that means only one thing... SUMO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   The Aki Basho starts off with a bang as two Ozeki go down.  Find out who...

August 19, 2014

Martial Arts Book Sale

After much hoeing and humming I have decided that I do not absolutely NEED every damn  martial art book on the earth, therefore I am parting with a good chunk of my personal library.  All these books are in great condition (I do not write in books, nor dog ear) unless otherwise stated, and the asking price is fair but certainly negotiable especially if getting more than one.  Keep in mind many of these titles are no longer in print.  I am happy to ship so email me ([email protected]) and we can coordinate the S and H and details. First dib's go to my blog readers. 

I have a number of various Chinese manuals on Praying Mantis Boxing, and Baji Quan.  These are in Chinese, email me for more info.

"Mastering the Rubber Guard" - Eddie Bravo                   $30
"Mastering the Twister"            - Eddie Bravo                   $15
"Mastering Sambo for MMA"  - Scott Sonnen                 $15
"Mastering MMA: The Guard" - Antonio Nogueria          $10
"Advanced BJJ Techniques"     - Marcelo Garcia              $50
"BJJ Theory & Technique"       - Renzo and Royler Gracie $25
"Fundamentals of Shuai Chiao" - Daniel Weng                   $25
"Warriors of Stillness vol I"       - Jan Diepersloot              $20
"Tao of Yiquan: Warriors of Stillness vol II"                       $20
"Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua Throwing" - Mark Small                 $25
"Martial Arts of Ancient Greece" - Kostas Deruenis         $10
"Fighting Strategies of Muay Thai" - Villa Lobos               $10
"Muay Thai Textbook"                                                    $20
"Comprehensive Applications of Shaolin Chin Na"
                                                    - Yang Jwing Ming       $10
"Muay Thai Advanced Thai Techniques" - Delp                $10
"JuJitsu: Japans Ultimate Martial Art - Daniel Craig         $10
"Baguazhang Theory & Applications"
                           - Liang Shou Yu & Yang Jwing Ming    $15
"Healing Art of Qigong"                - Hong Liu                   $10
"Combat Techniques of Taiji, Xing Yi, Bagua"
                                                   Lu Shengli                     $15
"Essential Guide to Sumo"              - Buckingham              $5
"Father of Judo - Jigoro Kano"      - Brian Watson            $30
"Dictionary of Martial Arts"            - Frederick                 $5
"Last Samurai"                               - Marc Ravina            $5
"Gaijin Yokozuna: Biography of Chad Rowan"
                                                      - Paenek                   $10
"Root of Chinese Qigong"               - Yang Jwing Ming     $5
"Yiquan and the Nature of Energy"  - Fong Ha                 $10
"Essential Anatomy for Healing and Martial Arts"
                                                       - Tedeschi                $5
"Eight Simple Qigong Exercises for Health - YJM            $5
"Wrestling Tough"                           - Mike Chapman       $5
"Chinese Healing Arts"                    - William Berk          $2
"Dachengquan"                              - Wang Xuanjie         $20
"Nei Gong Authentic Classic"         - Tom Bisio              $10
"Chinese Medical Qigong Therapy" - Jerry Allan Johnson $250
"Zen in the Martial Arts"                 - Joe Hyams              $2 (or a beer;)
"Wushu Among Chinese Moslems" - U/K Author            $5
"A Tooth From the Tigers Mouth"   - Tom Bisio               $5
"The Way of Qigong"                      - Ken Cohen            $12
"Wu Style Taijiquan"                        - Wang Peisheng      $10
"Body Mind Mastery"                     - Dan Millman          $5
"Light of the Kensei"                       - G. Bluestone          $10
"Karate"                                         - Bruce Tegner         $5
"Seven Star Mantis: Section I & II  - Lee Kam Wing      $20 ea.
"Soft Weapons: Nine Section Whip & Rope Dart"
                                                      - Li Keqin                $10
"Chinese Weapons"                        - ETC Werner          $5
"Sword Polishers Record"              - Adam Hsu              $5
"Iron Palm in 100 Days"                 - Lee Ying Arng        $20
"Ultimate Iron Palm"                      - Wing Lam               $10
"Dynamic Strength"                        - Harry Wong           $5
"Kama"                                         - Toshishiro Obata     $30
"Chinese Gung Fu"                        - Bruce Lee               $5
"Ip Man"                                        - Ip Ching                 $5
"Jeet Kune Do: Entering to Grappling" - Hartsell              $5
"Scholar Warrior"                          - Deng Ming Dao      $10
"The Martial Way and its Virtues"   - FJ Chu                   $5
"Secrets of Iron Fist Training"         - Jamal                      $30
"Iron Fist Training in Hung Gar"      - Jamal                      $30
"Jun Fan / Jeet Kune Do Textbook" - Chris Kent             $5
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu vol. 1-5"  - Paul Eng                $10 ea
"Praying Mantis Seizing the Cicada" - Stuart Alve Olson  $20
"Praying Mantis Kung Fu"               - HB Un                   $5
"Taiji Praying Mantis Freehand Routines vol I & II"
                                                      - Lam Wing Kit        $10 ea
"Kung Fu Basics"                           - Paul Eng                 $5
"Qigong Empowerment"                - Liang Shou Yu         $10
"Still as a Mountain, Powerful as Thunder"
                                                     - YP Dong                $5
"Chi Kung Way of Power"             - Lam Kam Chuen    $5
"Creating an Abundant Practice"    - Andrea Adler         $10
"Who Can Ride the Dragon"          - Zhang Yu Huan      $10
"Taichi Health for Life"                   - BK Frantzis           $5
"Mastering Kung Fu"                     - Garrett Gee           $5
"Chinese Wrestling" Written by Dong Zhong Yi
                              Translated by Marcus Brinkman      $20
"Art of Throwing"                           - Tedeschi               $10
"The Gracie Diet"  Signed               - Rorion Gracie       $20
"Jiujitsu Vol III"                               - George Kirby      $5
"The Complete Kano JiuJitsu"         - Irving Hancock    $10
"A Discourse on the History of Praying Mantis Boxing
in China for the Last One Hundred Years"                     $15
"Jade Emperors Mind Seal Classic"  - Olson                $5
"Dynamic Jiu Jitsu"                          - Wally Jay            $10
"Kwan Dao"                                   - Leung Ting          $10
"Hsing I"                                        - Robert Smith        $5
"Illustrated Shaolin Grappling Kung Fu" - Yong Wun     $5
"Secret Chin Na Techniques of Hung Gar" - Jamal        $20
"Simplified Capture Skills"                                           $5
"Essence of Shaolin White Crane"   - Yang Jwing Ming $10
"Hsing Yi"                       - Liang Shou Yu & YJM       $10
"Wu Shu Standard Course"             - Joseph Eager     $20

August 6, 2014

Goeido Promoted to Ozeki

Goeido was promoted to the rank of Ozeki following one of his most dominant performances at the Nagoya basho (12-3)!  Goeido was one of the most promising wrestlers just a few years ago, but ran into consistent performance issues and fell to the rank of Juryo.  This is promising news as he has given the Yokozuna a run for their money as of late.  Congrats to the new Ozeki and we look forward to the next basho.

Enson Inoue would be proud of this quote:
Why did you choose the phrase "Yamato-damashi" (Japanese spirit) in your acceptance statement?
"I chose these words because they reflect the strong endurance and graciousness of the Japanese people, and they convey my feelings in a simple manner."

August 4, 2014

29 Sumo on a Plane

Ever wonder how Sumo wrestlers travel from Basho to Basho?  Well thanks to the Telegraph we get a flies  perspective on this tiny propeller plane just prior to lift off...

On average your typical Sumo wrestler weighs about 150 kilos, meaning 29 of them brings us in at around 4.3 tons!!  These wrestlers from the Hakkaku stable had a good sense of humor about it at least.  Click here to see the entire article.

July 30, 2014

Byamba's 10,000 Calorie Workout Meal

At 6'1" and 360 pounds, Byamba Ulambayar is one of the most dominant Sumo wrestlers in the world.  A former professional Sumo, Byamba is an ambassador for the sport and art of Sumo and here is a great video on Byamba's diet.  Comprised of a specific stew called chankonabe, wrestlers purposefully pack on the weight in an effort to become heavier and harder to move. 

Byamba is a world class champ with a great sense of humor.  Hope to bring him to Seattle some day for a seminar.

June 29, 2014

Asashoryu... The Best

Asashoryu was and will always be the best sumo wrestler ever to step into the dohyo.  Here are a couple of random videos I found online.  Enjoy

June 25, 2014

Fredson Paixao - Master of the Locking of the Wrist

Known as the wristlock master, Fredson Paixao was recently interviewed by the cats at BJJ Hacks on his small joint manipulation skills.  This is a great video showcasing a rarely respected submission which is essential in self defense!  Think about it... you ain't grabbing a weapon, my arm, my clothing, or anything for that matter,
with a broken wrist.

May 12, 2014

Natsu Basho 2014

I am bummed I cannot make this weekends ground breaking, (or shall I say shaking), seminar in LA with Byamba, but Kintamayama and his Youtube channel has provided me my Sumo fix for the month of May.  Check out the first two days of action and then subscribe to Kintamayama's channel:

May 2, 2014

Izori - Rare Sumo Technique

Happy Sumo Friday kids.  Just a friendly reminder that the Natsu Basho starts in 9 days.  This will be the first time in 13 years that three Yokozuna grace the highest of ranks.  Can't wait!  So here is a rare Sumo toss that is just perfect; Izori:

April 15, 2014

Sumo Seminar w/ Byamba

Bum's me out to no end that I cannot make this landmark seminar with world champ Byamba.  If you can make Southern California next month do not miss this amazing opportunity to train Sumo with an amazing champion!

Couprie Martial Arts
    14559 Erwin St
    Van Nuys, California 91411

Park in the back (north) parking lot, and enter from that north side.

When:    The training and lectures will be for three days . . .

Friday, May 16, 7 pm - 9 pm
Saturday, May 17, 1 pm - 4 pm
Sunday, May 18, 1 pm - 4 pm

We may even go a little longer, depending on the group that shows up.

What:  This seminar will not just be "regular" practices, but will include in-depth teaching of the principles of sumo, fundamental exercises, proper technique, and more.  Even people who have competed for years will learn aspects that they were not aware of, and will improve and refine their technique.

Who:  The training will be led by 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba (  Byamba spent 5 years in Japanese professional sumo, where he trained for hours every day.  I will provide support Byamba with the seminar.

    ***** NOTE:  We can not give a 100% guarantee that Byamba will be there at all times during the training.  It is his sincere intention to be there throughout the seminar.  He currently has no personal or business obligations for that time period.  However, if he is booked on a large-scale appearance, he might have to take it.  This is actually extremely unlikely, on a weekend, only about a month in advance, so we are virtually certain that Byamba will lead all aspects of the seminar.  Nevertheless, there is a very small chance that he might miss part or all of the session.  We doubt that this will happen, but we have to inform everyone of the slight risk, just to be safe.  *****

Cost:  This three-day seminar is only $40!  Normal martial arts seminars from world champions often cost $500+, but we are donating our time to help sumo enthusiasts develop in this country.  The $40 per participant will cover the cost of the dojo rental space, if we can get at least 5 or 6 participants.

    So, in fact, if there are fewer than 6 people, we will lose money putting on the seminar.

    (Of course, if everyone paid a lot more, then we could GUARANTEE Byamba's presence 100%, but I think 99% he will be there the entire time, anyway!!)

    Please RSVP, so we know how many people to expect.  In the future, this kind of training with Byamba may cost more, so take advantage of this opportunity now, if you are able to.

What to bring:  If you are completely new to sumo, just wear athletic shorts (and tops for women).  You can either purchase a mawashi, and/or we should have some (sub-standard) mawashis, that can be borrowed if you choose not to buy one.

    For experienced sumo wrestlers, please just bring your own mawashi.

Lodging:  Please search online for nearby lodging options.  For those who want to share lodging costs, I will be happy to put you in touch with each other -- just let me know if you want to share rooms with others.

Other Notes:

** We may also hang out for a while before or after the training.  Byamba might enjoy having a meal with everyone at some point, too.

** Feel free to bring specific questions and areas of your sumo that you want to focus on.  We might not get to everything, but we'll do our best to help each individual with specifics that he or she needs to work on most.

** Once again, PLEASE RSVP if you plan to participate.

Thank you.


April 13, 2014

Kawazu Gake (Leg Entangled Throw) - Another Illegal Judo Throw

Here is a beautiful example of Kawazu gake (Leg Entangled Throw) which is classified as a side sacrifice throw and categorized as one of the four Kinshi waza (illegal techniques).  Keen eyed observers will notice the similarities of Kawazu gake with Shuai Chiao's (Chinese wrestling) "Leg Twist" technique.  Many teachers hold this as a "secret" technique in Chinese martial arts for no good reason. 

Techniques such as this fascinate me as they span the martial spectrum with no regard to "styles" nor "systems."  Riding high purely on principle.  Shame on Judo for making it illegal!  

I guess this is an illegal throw because to make it effective one must drive the opponents head into the ground.  As with many "illegal" techniques I find it silly.  We cannot continue to make techniques illegal simply because our opponent refuses to accept a fall!  Imagine if we made Uchi-mata illegal because of the propensity of destroyed knees.  Is the throw intrinsically dangerous?  No.  Not at all.  But when your opponent/partner resists... well... the knee loses.  Cause for a ban?  No.  Not at all.  

Also found in Sumo under the same moniker:

Leg Twist from Shuai Chiao as demonstrated by John Wang's students:

March 25, 2014

Haru Basho 2014 Final Day

I recently found a GREAT Sumo channel on under the moniker of Kintamayama, and he does an amazing editing job on each day's bouts showcasing the actual fights as well as records and signifigant notes.  Here is his video of the final day of the Haru Basho where Kakuryuu earns his first title!

March 21, 2014

Kotooshu Retires

One of my favorite Sumo wrestlers, Bulgarian born Kotooshu has announced his retirement from professional Sumo.  The first European ever to win the Emperors Cup, Kotooshu's 12 year career has been plagued with injuries which seem to have become too much to handle.  I just wanted to say thank you for the past decade of amazing fights in the art of Sumo. 

Here is video of day 12 of the Haru Basho which includes the announcement of Kotooshu as well as a great match at 11:19 between Hakuho and Kisenosato.  Kisenosato attempts to be "cute" and play a bit of a mind game with the yokozuna which in general is typically not a good idea.  Lessons were learned:

An interview from 8 years ago:

Arguably his greatest match defeating Asashoryu on his way to winning the Emperors Cup in 2008:

March 19, 2014

Sumo... Old School MMA

Just a gentle reminder from day 11 at the Osaka basho... Sumo is a full contact sport that allows open palm striking: