Musashigawa Enoshima Beach Clean Up


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The rikishi of Musashigawa heya spent a portion of their weekend on a great community outreach project, cleaning the beach on Enoshima, a small but beautiful island in Kanagawa Prefecture. In addition to a squad of rikishi, a number of people from the community and fans of Musashigawa joined in, and they made quick work of the trash.

Following the clean up, the Musashigawa crew held an outdoor / on the beach practice and exercise session, with their supporters free to join in. This included giant rikishi sparring against children and generally having a good time all around.

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Full details on the Musashigawa web site. Clean up pictures here, and community practice session here

Wakaichiro (若一郎) Kachi-Koshi!


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Wins Day 13 Match

During the morning Jonidan matches, Wakaichiro (若一郎) prevailed over veteran rikishi Gagyusan, improving his record to 4-3 for Natsu. By finishing out the tournament with a winning record, Wakaichiro will appear in the July basho at a higher rank, though he will probably remain in Jonidan for now.

Tachiai congratulates American sumotori Wakaichro, and wish him excellent practice sessions with the staff (Including coach Konishiki) at Mushashigawa Beya, and we look forward to following his matches in Nagoya.

We will post a video of his match as soon as one is found.

Wakaichiro Sparring Video


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More Great Footage From John Gunning

Apparently the remarkable John Gunning was at Musashigawa this morning to film practice and training for the upcoming basho.  John, as a professional photographer, is fantastic behind the lens.  He captured many talented young men this morning, but of special interest is the video linked here of Wakaichiro looking rather Genki.

More of Johns prolific work at Inside Sports Japan. You can follow him on twitter @InsideSportJP

Hatsu Recap 6 – Wakaichiro’s Debut


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American Sumotori’s First Tournament

During the Kyushu basho, we noted with some excitement that a young man from Texas, Ichiro Young, had been training with the Mushashigawa stable in Japan, and had applied to join the ranks of professional sumo. He had been accepted during Kyushu after passing the the Maezumo competition successfully, winning all 3 of his bouts. We were eager to see what he could do in Jonokuchi.

Following the acceptance ceremony, Ichiro Young took the ring name “Wakaichiro” (若一郎), which literally means Young Ichirio. Jonokuchi ranked wrestlers only fight for 7 of a tournament’s 15 days. Wakaichiro faced a variety of opponents in is debut tournament, and fought well. But in spite of his efforts, he came away with a losing (3-4) record.

The Jonokuchi rank encompasses rikishi just starting their sumo careers, as well as more experienced rikishi who are re-entering sumo after medical treatment or some absence. Wakaichiro won decisively against opponents that were starting their careers, but had difficulty with opponents that had re-joined sumo from higher ranks.

Wakaichiro is 5′ 10″ 250 pounds, and played a fair share of American football during his youth in Texas, and is clearly very comfortable blasting off the line and using his strength to move his opponents. But in his first tournament, he was clearly new to the sport, and had much to learn. Tachiai thinks that even though he had a slight losing record, he shows a great deal of promise, and we are looking for significant improvements in Osaka.

7th Annual Hakuho Cup


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Weekend Youth Sumo Tournament.

Over the past weekend, the 7th annual youth sumo tournament known as the “Hakuho Cup” took place at the Kokugikan in Tokyo. The tournament brought together young sumo enthusiasts from around the world to compete in individual and team competition. This included teams from Japan, China, Korea, Mongolia and the United States.

As can be expected when the leading man of Sumo holds an event, many well known sumotori showed up to work with the young wrestlers, help out running the event, or simply encourage participants and families. This includes one of my favorites, Yoshikaze, who not only worked the event, but also hosted a group of youngsters from Japan at the Oguruma beya. A group of children from Hawaii competed as well, hosted by the Musashigawa beya, keeping the spirit of Hawaiian sumo alive.

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In team competition, the Mongolian team took first prize. as well as a strong showing throughout the various classes.

Video of Wakaichiro – American Sumo Disciple


Thanks to the wonders of the internet, we now have video of Ichiro Young, now known by his shikona – Wakaichiro, in his first three bouts prior to acceptance as a rikishi. For all American sumo fans, it’s going to be fun to watch this young man from Texas work his way into the world of Sumo.

Wakaichiro played football in High School, and that is quite evident from his matches. He is comfortable charging his opponents strongly, and I predict for the first few tournaments, he will do pretty well, and likely have a lot of fun.

Wakaichiro is part of the Musashigawa stable

More Wakaichirio coverage here

 

Ichiro Young – Wakaichiro


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American Sumotori Takes a Shikona

Congratulations to Mr Ichiro Young, who has successfully entered the world of sumo! He will appear in the January tournament at the lowest division, Jonokuchi, and we look forward to following his progress over the years. His ring name is “Wakaichiro” (若一郎), or literally Young Ichiro.

More information from the Musashigawa Beya web site.