In what has become a tradition, the Nishinoseki Ichimon gathered on the 6th and 7th of November for a joint practice, held at Tagonoura’s practice hall in Fukuoka.
In addition to the Ichimon rikishi, other rikishi visited for degeiko, including, most notably, Goeido.
The first day was undoubtably Kisenosato’s day. He practiced with Yoshikaze, and beat him 8:2.
On the other hand, Takayasu faced Goeido. He managed to scrape one win, but the Aki yusho finalist overwhelmed him.
The second day looked less bright for Kisenosato, who took up the very very genki Goeido this time.
Out of 7 bouts, Goeido won 4 and Kisenosato merely 3. Furthermore, after adding two more bouts with Takayasu, the Yokozuna then left the dohyo and did not participate even in lighter practices. His stablemaster admitted that he was “exhausted”.
Goeido continued to practice with Takayasu, and again, had the clear upper hand with 9 wins and 3 losses.
I believe Takayasu would be the perfect candidate for Kosho-seido if it was reinstated. You can see that he can do his Tachiai well enough, meaning that his muscle is on the mend. But he hasn’t been practicing enough and doesn’t have the stamina. He would clearly benefit from a rest and some gradual practice.
If Goeido boots up in the correct mode, he’s definitely in the yusho-arasoi for this basho. I’ve seldom seen a genkier rikishi. He also repeated his intention to redeem his honor in the basho.
I strongly recommend setting up a Japanese proxy (or using a VPN service like TunnelBear) and watching the following Sports Navi videos (unless you’re in Japan, in which case I still recommend watching them, but you’re off the hook regarding the VPN). They contain much longer practice sessions than the above Youtube shorts.
- First day, Kisenosato vs. Yoshikaze
- First day, Takayasu vs. Goeido
- First day, various sekitori practice. Good day for Ryuden!
- Second day, Kisenosato-Goeido, Takayasu-Goeido