Category: SUMO

Takanohana Kōji inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Takanohana (II) Kōji (貴乃花 光司 Takanohana Kōji, born August 12, 1972 as Kōji Hanada (花田 光司 Hanada Kōji) is a Japanese former sumo wrestler. He was the 65th man in history to reach sumo’s highest rank of yokozuna, and he won 22 tournament championships between 1992 and 2001, the sixth highest total ever. The son of a popular ōzeki ranked wrestler from the 1970s, Takanohana’s rise through the ranks alongside his elder brother Wakanohana and his rivalry with the foreign born yokozuna Akebono saw interest in sumo and attendance at tournaments soar during the early 1990s. Takanohana was the youngest ever to reach the top division at just 17, and he set a number...

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Chōjun Miyagi inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Chōjun Miyagi (宮城 長順 Miyagi Chōjun, April 25, 1888—October 8, 1953) was an Okinawan martial artist who founded the Goju-ryu school of karate by blending Okinawan and Chinese influences. Early life and training Miyagi was born in Higashimachi, Naha, Okinawa on April 25, 1888. Miyagi began his study in Karate-do at the age of nine (or fourteen). He first learned martial arts from Ryuko Aragaki, who then introduced him to Kanryo Higashionna (Higaonna Kanryō) when Miyagi was 14. Under his tutelage, Miyagi underwent a very long and arduous period of training. His training with Higaonna was interrupted for a two-year period while Miyagi completed his military service, 1910–1912, in Miyakonojo, Miyazaki. Training in China In May 1915, before...

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Futabayama Sadaji inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Futabayama Sadaji (双葉山 定次; February 9, 1912 – December 16, 1968), born as Akiyoshi Sadaji (龝吉 定次) in Oita Prefecture, Japan, was the 35th yokozuna in sumo wrestling, from 1937 until 1945. He won twelve yūshō or top division championships and had a winning streak of 69 consecutive bouts, an all-time record. Despite his dominance he was extremely popular with the public. After his retirement he was head coach of Tokitsukaze stable and chairman of the Japan Sumo Association. Career Born in Usa, he worked on fishing boats as young boy. He joined professional sumo in March 1927 at the age of 15, recruited by Tatsunami stable. He entered the top makuuchi division at the beginning of 1932. He was...

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Wajima Hiroshi inducted into the Kocosports Combat Sports Hall of Fame

Hiroshi Wajima (輪島大士) (born January 11, 1948) is a former sumo wrestler and professional wrestler from Nanao, Ishikawa, Japan. He was sumo’s 54th yokozuna. He won a total of 14 tournament championships or yūshō during his career and retired in March 1981. He was later head coach of Hanakago stable, but was forced to leave the sumo world and turned to professional wrestling. Sumo career After graduating from Nihon University where he was an amateur sumo champion he made his professional debut in January 1970 at the age of 22, joining Hanakago stable which was just a short distance from his university sumo club. He was given makushita tsukedashi status, meaning he could begin in the third...

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Harumafuji loses match but wins seventh career championship at JSA’s Kyushu Basho

Yokozuna Harumafuji ended his two-year title drought by winning the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament on Nov. 22, but he needed some help from fellow yokozuna Kakuryu. A victory on the final day of the tournament would have clinched the championship for Harumafuji, who entered Day 15 with a 13-1 record. But he faltered and was forced out of the ring by ozeki Kisenosato. Harumafuji had to await the day’s final match to see if a playoff against rival yokozuna Hakuho would be needed to decide the championship. Kakuryu came out firing from the face-off and forced out Hakuho, who...

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