Juryo Acrobatics Continue To Amaze
Day 13 at the Kokugikan, and once again Ura unleashed a rarely seen winning move (Kimarate) during his bout with Amakaze. This specific kimarate is Tasukizori which involves ducking under your opponent’s arm, grabbing a leg, and using your back to lift and up-end him. According to the amazing Sumo DB, the last time it was seen was 1951.
Ura is currently tied for the lead in Juryo (10-3), and may finally have punched his ticket to Makuuchi for the Osaka basho in March. Since beginning his run in Juryo, he decided to add additional bulk to help him take on the bigger rikishi. With his style being fast and nimble, the added weight restrained his sumo at first, but it seems he is now working well with his bulkier form.
Day 14 he will be taking on Sadanoumi in the first Makuuchi bout, so US viewers may get a chance to see him on the NHK highlight segment. Video below of the gymnastics