Takakeisho: Path to Glory


The 2018 Kyushu Basho is officially in the hallowed record books of sumo. Komusubi Takakeisho Mitsunobu is now our newest champion, and before we turn our attention to the upcoming winter jungyo tour, let’s reflect on the incredible path that lead Takakeisho to the Emperor’s Cup and sumo glory! Here’s to a long and successful career for this promising young rikishi! Omedeto Takakaiso!!!

11 thoughts on “Takakeisho: Path to Glory

  1. Seems the video is not playable in Japan due to the music. Here is a version that should work for viewers in Japan.

  2. Man, he is so fast, it really comes across more when you watch all the matches back to back.

    Also that song is great, what’s a good Yoshida Brothers album to start with?

  3. Over and over again Takakeisho won by shifting to the left while slapping or pushing his opponent’s right shoulder with his left hand. I’m actually a bit worried that opponents are going to start cottoning on to this move. Let’s see:

    Kisenosato: Takakeisho repeatedly circles right but then wins with the shift to the left (see vid at 0:47).
    Goeido: Takakeisho gets in a headbutt at the tachiai and finishes the job with the shift to the left (1:23).
    Ryuden: plain overwhelmed, tsukidashi.
    Shodai: plain overwhelmed, oshidashi.
    Ichinojo: Takakeisho shifts to the left (2:22) to get an advantageous position.
    Kaisei: Takakeisho shifts to the left (2:33).
    Mitakeumi: Takakeisho shifts to the left (2:42) to escape at the edge but falls to Mitakeumi’s own shift to the left.
    Myogiryu: Takakeisho uses hikiotoshi right off the tachiai.
    Tochinoshin: plain overwhelmed(!), oshitaoshi(!!).
    Hokutofuji: plain overwhelmed, oshidashi. (Takakeisho got a bit of an early jump on the tachiai…)
    Tochiozan: Takakeisho shifts to the left (4:21); timing seems a bit off but it does the job.
    Tamawashi: Takakeisho shifts to the left (4:40).
    Aoiyama: Aoiyama’s leg gives way.
    Takayasu: Takayasu is overpowered, stumbles a bit, and catches Takakeisho overextended.
    Nishikigi: Takakeisho attempts to shift to the left (6:02) but Nishikigi isn’t caught by it. Takakeisho wins the slippy-sloppy bout in the end.

    In fifteen matches Takakeisho used the shift to the left seven times, five successfully; in fact, I’m going to call three of those (Kisenosato, Ichinojo, and Tamawashi) spectacularly successful. He used a straightforward wave attack five times, four times successfully. Also, it seemed to me that his composure was shaky in the last two bouts, but really, who can blame him?

    • I thought the same during basho. Everyone falling for the same sidestep, as if they arent watching the bouts. Hokutofuji was as clear of a matta as it gets, but if it isn’t called …
      There were only 3 bouts I thought he should have lost … Aoiyama, Nishikigi (I think Nishikigi was surprised he had him, thats why no proper follow up and of course good reaction by Takakeisho) and Kisenosato, who I thought would wear him down and get a grip at some point (not tht he had a clear advantage like the other too). The rest of the bouts was very decisive and the Takayasu one of course could have gone the other way as well.
      we will see, if he adds the step to the right for next basho ;)

        • Yeah, That last day was weird. First it looked like Takakeisho wwanted to drop, but Nishikigi didn’t let him and then when everyone thought this can only be a Takayasu win, he lost patience ;) I think nerves for both of them.


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