Bruce Kyujo From Nagoya Basho

The Tegata of Iain Henderson – July 8th 2022

Hello dear readers, it’s time for me to take a break from Tachiai. I apologise for straying from the theme of this blog, and into personal news.

Just before the start of the tournament, a horrible disaster befell my family. Our second child, who was to be born by July 22nd, died in utero without warning. It came as a shock to all, as the baby was healthy, good sized and developing well. Multiple examinations, scans, ultrasounds and all of that showed zero abnormalities.

With the paperwork finally done, the body of my second child has been released to us for burial. He will be laid to rest next to his grandparents in rural Illinois.

During this time when I attend to my family, the rest of Team Tachiai will be providing daily coverage, and I thank them for stepping in. I will return to writing prior to the Aki basho in September.

Thank you all for your well wishes and support


38 thoughts on “Bruce Kyujo From Nagoya Basho

  1. You and your family have my utmost condolences, Bruce. Having experienced multiple miscarriages, the pain you’re going through is truly indescribable to those who haven’t experienced similar loss. I wish you and your family the time and space to heal from this tragedy. May you find that time and space and be surrounded by love.

  2. I am so sorry Bruce for you and your family. I hope your partner is managing as best she can. Our family experienced two miscarriages, one at a similarly late stage. I am very grateful you decided to share your experience, even as hard as it may be to do so.

  3. So sorry to hear this Bruce. My condolences. That’s a truly tough one. Please take good care of yourself and your family. You will be missed and I look forward to your return to our sumo family.

  4. Thank you for sharing your experience in this incomprehensible event. Getting through each day and taking care of your family and yourself is the most important thing. From a small corner of the internet, sharing all the love I just have.

  5. This must have been the most difficult post you ever had to write.

    Please accept my family’s condolences and prayers for both you and your wife. I believe your little one is now carefully wrapped in the arms of our Father.

  6. My deepest condolences to you and your family, Bruce. My wife and I had two miscarriages. First trimester and second trimester. Those were some of the hardest times of our lives. People don’t really speak about them and I didn’t feel like I had anyone to talk to. Both of us fell into some pretty bad depression for a while. Thank you for being so open about your situation. I’m sure it will help others who may go through similar situations. My thoughts are with you and yours.

  7. dear bruce and family,

    our deepest condolences and the best wishes possible for your family.

    sometimes the worst pain you feel comes right before the beginning of something wonderful. that was our experience before the birth of our daughter in our 40’s.

    you will get through this and you are among loving friends who you can count upon. lean on them if you need to.

    best regards,
    ben and nikki

  8. I’m so sorry.
    Please take all the time you need and don’t push yourself too fast. If it’s not aki, then a later basho.

  9. So sorry to hear that, my sympathy to you and your family. Many thanks for your coverage of this Basho, especially in such heart breaking circumstances. Take care, all sumo fans will welcome you back when you’re ready.

  10. Just know that there are so many people here that have never met you but truly care about you, and I concur with everyone who said take your time to make it back. I will pray for you and your family.


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