Sunday, December 23, 2012

Input on Musashimaru from Sumo World

"Yes, Musashimaru is opening his own heya. When Musashigawa reaches 65, he will acquire his kabu (he was the most successful deshi of ex-Mienoumi), and will open his own new Musashigawa Beya. In addition to his nephew from Hawaii, he is also trying to scout some Japanese deshi" - Sumo World editor

Fia opens stable, gets his 17 year old nephew into sumo!

"Ex-Musashimaru has become the second foreign-born Oyakata to have his own heya. He is re-establishing Musashigawa beya and will assume the name on February 4th upon the current Oyakata's retirement. His 17 year old nephew whom he has been schooling will join him there as well. He will attempt to recruit new deshi. The heya will be established on the current Nakamura beya premises. Nakamura has closed down as the Oyakata will retire on February 9th-all deshi will move to Azumazeki beya tomorrow. 1 gyoji-to Hakkaku. If everything goes as planned, deshi from the renewed Musashigawa will appear on the dohyo come March basho 2013." - credit to Kintamayama for this post on sumo forum.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Behind the Curtain - Jan 2013


January takes us to the first basho of the New Year, and at this time too, there are 2 first time sekitori, stepping out from behind the curtain, making their debut in the paid ranks. Accompanying these two men is one more rikishi returning to the paid ranks for the basho at Kokugikan. These three have one important thing in common, they are hail from the great country of Mongolia. These are three of the 27 Mongolians in the Sumo Association today.

Tamanoi beya's Azumaryu at Makushita 1 West notched a very impressive 6-1 record at Kyushu to earn his first trip to the paid division. He tore through these first 3 bouts of the Kyushu tourney, going 3-0, ironically beating his countryman, and one of the other 2 stepping out from behind the curtain, Kagamio, with a very strong uwatenage.

This rising star was noted by Mark Buckton back in January 8, 2011 in the Japan Times Online. Mark selected Azumaryu to as the rikishi to watch in 2011, and by reaching the Juryo rank, Azumaryu proved Mark correct, a little late, but correct none the less.

"And, of course, the up-and-comer to watch for in 2011 - Azumaryu Tsuyoshi - from Tamanoi Beya. Aged 23, ranked higher than the yokozuna at the same point in his own illustrious career, he is a Mongolian from the same town as Hakuho, and one set to benefit from the expertise of his stable master, former ozeki Tochiazuma - the last Japanese to win a yusho."

That is a pretty high bar, comparing young Azumaryu to one of the current Mongolian Yokozuna, Hakuho. And this writer is somewhat partial to the point that the last Japanese yusho was from Azumaryu oyakata, former ozeki Tochiazuma, which occurred 7 years ago at the same Hatsu basho at Kokugikan, January 2006.

Azumaryu is joining his stable's fellow sekitori, Fujiazuma and Yoshiazuma, in front the curtain this basho.

Kagamiyama beya's Kagamio at Makushita 4 West slipped into paid ranks with a 4-3 record last basho. Kagamiyama beya as a grand total of 2 rikishi, Kagamio and the oyakata's son, Ryusei. Kamagio's tsukebito will need to come from another stable. With only 2 rikishi, Kamagio will continue to perform sumotori duties at this stable, like washing clothes and cleaning the toilet.

This is Kagamio's first time in front of the curtain. Unlike Azumaryu, who is breaking Hakuho records in speed of raising up the ranks, Kagamio has been at for almost 10 years, with his debut in sumo back in July 2003!

Sakaigawa beya's Shironoryu at Makushita 3 East earn his kachikoshi with a 4-3 record in November. It was reported that Kagamio was singing Hakkeyoi the whole evening after finding out of his promotion to Juryo. He is only 179 cm tall and 115.2 kg big, so he isn't a large sekitori, but he has great technique, which as we all know, can make up for size.

This is Kagamio's first time in front of the curtain. Unlike Azumaryu, who is breaking Hakuho records in speed of raising up the ranks, Kagamio has been at for almost 10 years, with his debut in sumo back in July 2003!

Sakaigawa beya's Shironoryu at Makushita 3 East earn his kachikoshi with a 4-3 record in November. It was reported that Kagamio was singing Hakkeyoi the whole evening after finding out of his promotion to Juryo. He is only 179 cm tall and 115.2 kg big, so he isn't a large sekitori, but he has great technique, which as we all know, can make up for size.