🌐 Location: Takayama
Today the Jungyo arrived at Takayama after a day’s hiatus the rikishi spent quietly in Nagoya. So quietly, that there was nothing in the news yesterday, and barely anything today…
Musubi of the day
So far there seemed to be a gentlemen’s agreement between the Yokozuna. Kakuryu and Kisenosato, while they were at it, basically split the spoils between them. But with Hakuho back, the excited Kisenosato informed the press that he is going to take the bouts seriously now until the end of the tournament.
I kind of raised an eyebrow, and wondered whether Hakuho will decide, in return, to just wipe Kisenosato off the Dohyo, or still let him have 50/50. But after Hakuho’s win on the 14th, Kisenosato actually won the next two bouts. BTW, if you have missed it, I edited in the musubi for the 15th.
While that one could be interpreted as Hakuho letting Kisenosato have one on the house, today’s musubi was quite a protracted affair:
— ギズモワークス (@gizmoworkscojp) October 17, 2017
So it seems that Kisenosato really is taking this seriously. But what’s up with Hakuho?
Earlier in the day he was practicing his Tachiai. Take a look at this. Is he favoring a leg?
— 日本相撲協会公式 (@sumokyokai) October 17, 2017
In the penultimate bout, Kakuryu beat Goeido again.
Here is a video from Nagoya TV, with a summary of the day, including some wanpaku keiko (practice with kids), some Shokkiri, and a bit of the musubi from a different angle:
This just in: Goeido vows to clear his honor in Kyushu
“If I forget what happened, it will all come to nothing. I have to use the painful feeling as a springboard for a comeback”, said the Ozeki who let the yusho slip between his fingers in the Aki basho.
Today he took up his high-school kohai (lower class student) Yago for a round of butsukari-geiko. “He uses only his upper body, so I told him to use his knees”, said the Ozeki.
More things you only see in the Jungyo
And today, let’s discuss workouts. Specifically, strength training. Back home, the rikishi have access to proper gyms with all kinds of weight machines. But when you go on the road, you can’t take a gym with you. So we get to see a lot of rubber tubes, rubber bands and hand weights.
And then, of course, there is the water bag:
But what if you want to pump something that weighs more than 20kg? Something more in the area of 100kg and above? Turns out that there are plenty of weights to lift around the shitaku-beya:
Yep, that’s Kotoshogiku doing squats shouldering 113kg Kotodairyu.
It’s better that my speculations as to how he practices his hip-pumps remain unwritten.
Kyushu schedule published
This is not really Jungyo-related, but there’s a shortage of sumo news… so…
|October 29th||Rikishi arrive in Fukuoka|
|October 30th||Banzuke announcement|
|October 31st||Rikishi convention|
|November 1st||Medical exams of new rikishi|
|November 2nd||Yokozuna dohyo-iri at Sumiyoshi shrine|
|November 10th||Torikumi meeting|
|November 11th||Dedication of the dohyo|
|November 12th||Shonichi (Tournament Day 1)|
|November 26th||Senshuraku (Tournament Day 15)|
|November 29th||Banzuke meeting for Hatsu|