Iron Belly Sumo Tournament (August 28th, 2021)

Did you think you’d have to wait two whole months for another write up? THINK AGAIN! Hello to all of you amazing sports fans and sumo wrestling supporters! This is Mak of the GSB and this is a review of the inaugural Iron Belly Sumo Tournament hosted by IronLife Athletics held on August 28th down in Orlando Florida.

Thanks to the amazing folks at Florida Sumo and IronLife Athletics, Jake and I had the distinct honor of trying our hand at both play by play and color commentating for the event. We had an absolute blast and hope everyone else enjoyed our analysis and breakdowns of the events.

But enough about us, LET’S GET TO THE GOOD STUFF!

Though the numbers did favor the Florida Sumo Club, we had 21 competitors that represented organizations from all across the United States including a few of those elusive Ronin. (M) for Male and (F) for Female competitors.

Florida Sumo Club

Aaron “Coringa” Conway (M)

Cornelius Booker (M)

Mark Jones (M)

Tyler Veinot (M)

Logan Graves (M)

Dustin Hawkins (M)

Garry Stevens (M)

Zachary Gleason (M)

Rocky Malphurs (M)

Kendrick Klett (M)

Brandon McLeod (M)

Appalachian Sumo Club

Christopher Pierce (M)

Ohayo Sumo Club

Bill Forster (M)

Jersey Sumo Club

Ryan White (M)

Colorado (The Community) Sumo

Kyler Ferriter (M)

Georgia Sumo Club

Juwaan Dowdell (M)

Christopher Houghton (M)

Kevin Gibson (M)

California Sumo Club

Angel De La Torre (M)

Gilberto De La Torre (M)

The Ronin

Zanabazar Bayarsaikhan (M)

Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov (M)

Some of these competitors showed their stuff at the U.S. Sumo Nationals earlier this year but of the 21 competing, twelve of them were new to us. Of those we had not seen before, there were two Ronin that stood out: Zanabazar and Ruslan.

After speaking with some people in the know, we found out that Zanabazar is originally from Mongolia and has been practicing Sumo since 2006. He has a few accolades to his name including a Silver Medal at the Junior World Sumo Champtionships in the Lightweight Division. Additionally, he has experience in Mongolian wrestling and has trained with Mongolian Yokozunas Hakuho and Harumafuji. We also found out Ruslan is originally from Russia and has also been a long time competitor in Sumo Wrestling. Needless to say, we were stoked to see what these guys would bring to the mat along with all the other new comers we had yet to witness.

The stream of the event can be found below and a breakdown of the event times can be seen under the video link. I highly encourage anyone with the time to check it out for themselves.

https://www.twitch.tv/floridasumo/video/1144314255

Men’s Middleweight (MW) Group Stage (8:20 – 34:30)

Men’s Heavyweight (HW) Group Stage (48:20-1:03:10)

Men’s LHW and MW Finals (01:40:20 – 02:03:30)

Men’s Heavyweight Finals (2:19:00 – 2:32:00)

Openweight Division (02:58:00 – 03:30:00)

Novice Openweight Division ( 04:01:00 – 04:12:45)

Medals Ceremony (03:43:30 – 03:52:00 AND 04:13:00 – 04:14:45)

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Disclaimer: The deciding technique (kimarite) that follow are as I saw them and interpreted them. If anyone has another opinion, please reach out and let’s discuss. Our goal is to get better at calling the kimarite and help to improve sumo knowledge and quality in the U.S.

Side note: There’s nothing more painful than listening back to your commentary and catching your own mistakes, but I digress.

Men’s Middleweight Group Stage

The Men’s Middleweight Group Stage was a combination of men from the Middleweight and Lightweight groups. Unfortunately, their weren’t enough entrants in the Men’s Lightweight division and it was decided that the two groups would combine. The intensity the lightweights and middleweights bring to the mat is always a sight to see. If you are more of a fan of poise and composure, I’d recommend you avert your eyes because these guys get the adrenaline PUMPING. Body slaps, quick jumps and stair downs, anything to get their head in the game. One of the matches that really got the blood flowing was Tyler Veinot against Zachary Gleason. As we saw at Nationals earlier this year, Tyler has intense psych ups and is not afraid to charge straight ahead at his opponent. He held is own against Zach in their bought and a winner could not be determined, forcing a discussion by the side judges (monoii). It was too close to call and the judges deemed a rematch between the two. Tyler came out again guns blazing, or arms thrusting, against Zach’s powerful belt game. Both combatants gave it their all, but Zach gained the upper hand with his grappling and defeated Tyler with with an under arm throw.

The last match of the lightweight and middleweight group stage was one that left me staring at the screen and rewinding over and over. Coringa and Zana were coming into their bought at 3-0 and both had won with powerful pushing and thrusting moves. Zana’s near unbeatable defense against Coringa’s upper body strength, WHO WOULD WIN? The match started with a bang as Zana went low for Coringa’s belt while Coringa wrapped Zana’s shoulders and arms up, keeping his hands away from his belt (mawashi). Coringa attempted a pull down which gave Zana the opening he needed to get a firm left hand outside grip on Coringa’s mawashi. Coringa maintained his right hand grip underneath Zana’s left arm, preventing him from getting any leverage and then the two began to fence with their opposite hands. Blocking and reaching and trapping all the while maintaining their balance and ring sense. Both men shuffled around the ring, attempting half throws and pull downs until Zana managed to wedge his head into Coringa’s chest. Coringa attempted pull down after pull down but Zana maintained his balance and footwork, preventing Coringa from overpowering him. It wasn’t until Coringa worked his left arm up to get Zana in a full boxing guard that he was able to get enough leverage to pull Zana down by a hand pull down (hikiotoshi).

Men’s Heavyweight Group Stage

The Men’s Heavyweight Group Stage division saw many returning faces from the 2021 Nationals event. The new comers had their work cut out for them as they were facing nationals medalists and winners of tournaments past. That being said, Mr. Kendrick Klett was able to claim a victory over Gilberto De La Torre. Right from the initial charge (tachiai) Kendrick launched into Gilberto’s defense but could not budge him. The match then became a grappling contest of who could lock up the others arms and get to their belt. After a quick shove, Kendrick was able to get both of his arms underneath Gilberto’s for a double inside grip on his upper body. Maintaining his control, Kendrick continued his assault and forced Gilberto to twist away to avoid a ring out. However, Kendrick was unrelenting and seized the opportunity Gilberto presented him and began his attack from Gilberto’s side. Gilberto put up a strong defense but Kendrick maintained his position and forced Gilberto out with a rear push out. An excellent bout between a newcomer and a veteran, showing the importance of a strong tachiai and seizing on split second opportunities. In the end though, the veterans proved victorious and advanced to the finals.

Men’s Middleweight Finals

The Men’s Middleweight Finals featured one sumo newcomer, Zachary Gleason, and three seasoned veterans. Unfortunately for the rookie, he was paired up with the current middleweight champion, Coringa, right off the bat. His luck did not improve much in his second round as he faced Zana. Though Zach did not prove the winner in these matches, he stood his ground for every bout. He stared down Coringa and charged straight into his upper body. Coringa was able to block Zach’s hands from getting to his belt and brought his momentum to a stand. Then Conringa was in control as he pulled down with his left arm and forced Zach’s balance to falter, thrusting him to the ground. Then he met Zana’s defensive style sumo. Zach went high for a strong tachiai while Zana went for a low reserved charge. Right away, Zana was able to get his hands on Zach’s mawashi and force his head into Zach’s upper body. From there, Zana maintained control as Zach attempted to shake him loose. With a quick spin, Zana broke Zach’s grip and created an opening where he was on his heals. Zana then charged straight ahead and Zach could not recover as he was thrust down and out of the ring.

The three veterans were in some tough bouts with each other. Ruslan’s style of sumo for this tournament was all about balance and leverage. He worked to maintain his base and stand his opponent up before dropping his hips down to get underneath their upper body. It worked well for him in the group stage as he went 3-0, but how would it fair in the finals? Unfortunately for Zana, his defense did not work in his favor this time as he was overpowered by Ruslan and Coringa. Ruslan was then able to continue his win streak against Coringa in the following match. Though Coringa went low and got underneath Ruslan, he was able to pull off a backward pivot through (utchari) and throw Coringa from the ring. However, a monoii was called as the side judges could not agree on who won. The match was to be replayed and this time, there was no doubt that Ruslan won with an overarm throw (uwatenage) after Coringa’s failed leg grab. But the excitement didn’t end as Coringa fought his way back form the losers bracket to face off with Ruslan again. In order to claim the gold, Coringa would need to beat Ruslan twice.

I was on the edge of my seat for the first match, would Ruslan’s balance and footwork win or would Coringa’s strength and grappling prove superior? Turns out…I’d have to wait. With a move I was not expecting, Coringa hurled his upper body over Ruslan in a flash and brought his hands down over Ruslan’s upper back forcing a slap down (hatakikomi). It was so fast, Ruslan was left bewildered, we were left bewildered, and even the side judges were left bewildered. A monoii was called, the tape was replayed, and Coringa was given the victory. That just enhanced the second match all the more. Ruslan was visibly frustrated with how that match turned out and wanted to bring it for the final round. Ruslan charged high while Congrina went for a reserved defensive tachiai. Ruslan tried to get his grip over Coringa’s shoulders but Corings kept his arms locked in tight underneath Ruslan’s armpits. Ruslan attempted a right upper arm thrown but Coringa’s grip didn’t break and he was able to defeat Ruslan with a thrust down.

Men’s Light Heavyweight

The Men’s Light Heavyweight division had three competitors in a double elimination round robin. Crush outs were the theme for this group as three of the six kimarite were frontal crushouts (yoritaoshi). All of these bouts were full of energy and probably the most excited to be competing was Rocky Malphurs. He was so excited, he couldn’t wait for his name to be called for the matches and tried to sneak in on a middleweight finals match. I loved the enthusiasm. The seasoned veteran Cornelius Booker took the division though, establishing his dominance as a Light Heavyweight mainstay.

Men’s Heavyweight Finals

I would like to talk more about the Men’s Heavyweight division finals…but sadly due to some technical difficulties, we do not have the data on how three of the matches went. We do know the winners, but the kimarite will have to be left to your imaginations. I think we can all blame it on the intense De La Torre stare down for the opening match. Haki, yes that’s a One Piece reference, of that magnitude has been known to short out electrical components and that’s exactly what happened in that match. That or their power levels went well beyond 9,000 (I couldn’t help myself, DBZ rules). ANYWAY, once a back up camera was established we were able to see Mark Jones go on a tear through the heavyweight finals from the losers bracket and defeat his Openweight 2021 Nationals nemesis Kyle Ferriter. Mark had to win twice in the final rounds to claim the gold and he succeeded with those massive cannons for arms leading him to victory.

Openweight Division

And then….came my absolute favorite division of the tournament, THE OPENWEIGHT DIVISION. This endurance contest pits all weight classes against each other in a contest that pits skill against skill. There were many lift outs as heavyweights were pitted against light and middleweight division competitors along with some surprising kimarite. Cornelius Booker was able to win with a leg pick (ashitori) against Gilberto De La Torre and Ruslan pulling off another utchari against Kendrick Klett to name a few. Despite some amazing performances, it was Mark Jones who stayed strong and channeled his energy to the very end. He repeated what Kyle Ferriter had done at the 2021 Nationals and achieved a flawless record to take the gold in the open!

Novice Openweight Division

I was most happy with the addition of the Novice Openwieght division. This branch of the openweight was restricted to anyone who had been competing in sumo for less than a year and had not meddled at the U.S. Sumo Nationals earlier this year. It was a great opportunity for the rookies to get some more experience against other newcomers and build up some experience. The division opened up with a great outside leg trip (sotogake), outside leg trip, by Brandon McLeod over Zach Gleason. From there it was another pushing and thrusting slug fest. It was an excellent show from the new blood and I cannot wait to see how these guys develop in later tournaments as they figure out their fighting styles.

The Results

Middleweight Division

Zanabayar Bayarsaikhan
Ruslan Mukhamadiyarov
Aaron “Coringa” Conway

Light Heavyweight Division

Rocky Malphurs
Ryan White
Cornelius Booker

Heavyweight Division

Gilberto De La Torre
Kyle Ferriter
Mark Jones

Openweight Division

Cornelius Booker
Angel De La Torre
Mark Jones

Novice Openweight Division

Brandon McLeod
Garry Stevens
Kevin Gibson

The Iron Belly Sumo tournament was an absolute blast! It was a great watch and an even greater pleasure to commentate and provide the play by play. The highlights for me were seeing Coringa and Cornelius solidifying themselves as middleweight and light heavyweight mainstays along with watching Mark Jones take gold in both the heavyweight and openweight divisions.

The Florida Sumo Club is definitely a force to be reckoned with and I look forward to budding competitive rivalries within the U.S.A Sumo Clubs.

If you’d like to know more about the Starting Sumo or learning more about the clubs who participated in the event, please see the list below. A big thank you to Iron Life Athletics and the Florida Sumo Club for hosting the event and letting us be a part of it. SEE YOU ALL FOR THE NEXT TOURNAMENT!

United States Sumo Federation Starting your own Sumo Club: https://www.ussumo.org/startingsumo

Iron Life Athletics: http://ironlifeathletics.com/

Florida Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/FLSumo/

Appalachian Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/appalachiansumo/

Georgia Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaSumoClub/

California Sumo Club: https://www.usasumo.com/learn/yamamoto-sumo-dojo/

Ohayo Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/Ohayosumo/

United States Sumo Nationals (June 19th, 2021)

Hello to all of you amazing people out there and welcome to another edition of Grand Sumo Breakdown’s United States Sumo Federation (U.S.S.F) event write up. This is Mak of the GSB crew. Jake and I had the distinct pleasure of checking out the United States Sumo Nationals down in Dripping Springs Texas this past June. The event was held at Dreamland Entertainment Complex and was hosted by The U.S.S.F and Dark Circle Sumo.

For those who need a refresher on the weight classes and divisions for the competitors they are as follows:

Men’s Lightweight:   187 lbs

Men’s Middleweight: 187 – 220 lbs

Men’s Light Heavyweight: 220-254 lbs

Men’s Heavyweight: ≥ 254 lbs

Women’s Lightweight:   143 lbs

Women’s Middleweight: 143 – 161 lbs

Women’s Light Heavyweight: 161 – 176 lbs

Women’s Heavyweight: ≥ 176 lbs

The rules of are very similar to sumo on the Japanese circuit with a few exceptions:

  1. The Gyoji starts the match when both sumotori place their fists on the shikirisen.
  2. Harite, open hand slaps to the face, are not permitted.
  3. Chokeholds and successive Nodowas are not permitted

The Gyoji for the event were a mixed group of veterans of the sport with many years of experience between them. This included Andrew Freund of the LA Sumo Club, Jessica Hopper of Mighty Eagle Sumo, Josh Clements of Georgia Sumo, 2020 Nationals Team Openweight Champion Helen Delpopolo, Sensei Tom Zabel and several others.

With some of those basics in mind, let’s get an idea of the clubs participating in the event. If a sumotori does not have a club affiliation, they are classified as Ronin until they find a club to represent. That’s not an official U.S.S.F rule, it’s one I made up and I am sticking with it. If your name is listed under the Ronin category by mistake, please reach out to us via Gmail or Twitter and we will get it corrected for our records.

U.S.S.F

Ed Suczewski (M)

Dark Circle Sumo Club

Justin Kizzart (M)

Eros Armstrong (F)

Alex Hearn (M)

Chad Neu (M)

Dallas Sumo Club

Corey Morrison (M)

Jared Tadlock (M)

Jonathan Flowers (M)

Jesse Hernandez (M)

Mighty Eagle Sumo

Caleb Baccus (M)

Nicole Burgess (F)

Ketzel Jefferson (F)

Simone Longe (F)

Lone Star Sumo Club

King Warren (M)

Honu BJJ

Justin Jones (M)

Christina Griffin-Jones (F)

Mengkin Ragan (M)

Ohayo Sumo Association

Jake Book (M)

Darius Cambell (M)

Dayne Bogard (M)

Florida Sumo Club

Cornelius Booker (M)

Aaron “Coringa” Conway (M)

Tyler Veinot (M)

Jordan Sikes (M)

Mark Jones (M)

California Sumo Association

Andrew Freund (M)

Jose Galindo (M)

Yaleidy Galindo (M)

Joseph Ponsetto (M)

Kellyann Ball (F)

Angel De La Torre (M)

Gilberto De La Torre (M)

Jimmy Doyle (M)

Josh Crook (M)

Georgia Sumo Club

Josh Clements (M)

Jacob Gill (M)

Juwaan Dowdell (M)

Christopher Houghton (M)

OC Sumo Club

Patrick Chavis (M)

Grand Rapids Sumo Club

Micah Hepler (M)

Gabe Unick (M)

Appalachian Sumo Club

Marky Nass (M)

Theodore Mitchell (M)

Bear Paw Sumo

Frank Wierich (M)
Jade Tiger Sumo Club

William Graves (M)

Jonathan Graves (M)
The Ronin

Wade Allison (M)

Katrina Carter (F)

Andrew Roden (M)

Michael Ross (M)

Mike Diaz (M)

Pedro Trevino (M)

Kristopher Resas (M)

Garett Beard (M)

Brandon Alexander (M)

Diana Betanzo (M)

Eric Huynh (M)

Roberto Fuimaono (M)

Nicolas Nguyen (M)

Ryan White (M)

Trent Sabo (M)

Americus Abesamis (M)

Kyle Ferriter (M)

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With over 62 competitors from clubs all across the United States, any fan of sumo would be in for a treat today. We took our seats near the announcers booth and had an excellent view of the matches. The event was nearly eight hours full of fantastic sumo matches and amazing Japanese cultural entertainment. It was no wonder it was a sold out show. There even was several rows of people who were without tickets crowded around the fence just to watch the tournament. But don’t take my word for it, if you’ve got the time, check out the link below and settle in for a great show.

Men’s Lightweight: 4:30 – 57:45

Women’s Middleweight 1:17:30 – 1:21:30

Men’s Middleweight: 1:21:30 – 1:50:30

Men’s Light Heavyweight: 2:29:00 – 3:01:45

Women’s Heavyweight: 3:24:30 – 3:42:30

Men’s Heavyweight: 3:43:00 – 4:52:45

Women’s Openweight: 5:07:00 – 5:36:30

Men’s Openweight: 5:37:15 – 7:19:30

As always, I highly encourage everyone to check out the recorded livestream of the event and have provided timestamps to the match blocks above. Otherwise, it’s time for the breakdown!

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The Men’s Lightweight did not disappoint at all. The speed and intensity these men bring right off the shikirisen kept us all at the edge of our seats. From the intense match between Chad Neu and Mengkin Ragan which resulted in a torinaoshi. To Alex Hearn taking a full on body slam from Tyler Veinot. These men put it all on the line and gave a great performance. Culminating in the final match between Justin Jones and Joseph Ponsetto where Joseph pulled a fantastic reversal uwatenage at the edge of the tawara for the win. Fantastic from start to finish.

With the two ladies in the Middleweight division, it came down to a best of three match. Katrina was able to stay low and keep her balance, forcing Simone to attempt throw after throw to make her falter. However, Katrina stayed square and when Simone was off balance she capitalized on that.

The Men’s Middleweight division was another fantastic example of speed and skill on the dohyo. All of the gents who squared off at the shikirisen brought their “A” game and it was evident in their performances. Micah Hepler pulled a crushing Yoritaoshi against Ryan White only for victory to be snatched away by a reversed call from the side judges. Christopher Houghton and Garret Beard provided an excellent tawara ballet that compelled the crowed to cheer with excitement (that one had me on my feet for the second time as I reviewed it). Finally, the division came down to the climactic best of two battle for gold between Jimmy Doyle and Coringa Conway . I think my hands hurt after clapping so much for all these guys, bravo!

The Men’s Light Heavyweights were some of the most intense matches we saw that day. Patrick Chavis and Cornelius Booker had some of the most intense pregame rituals before placing their fists on the shikirisen and it got my heart thumping every time. Jacob Gill performed a particularly good reversal at the edge of the tawara against “The Viking” Brandon Alexander for the win. And later, Brandon held on against Jared Tadlock’s yoritaoshi to win by hikiotoshi in a monoii. Andrew Roden came out on top with clean sweep from the top bracket to take the gold. Excellent Sumo all around.

The ladies of the Heavyweight division displayed an excellent level of skill and power. I particularly enjoyed Christina Griffin-Jones and Nicole Burgess’s match. Christina was on the offensive right form the tachiai and had Nicole right up on the edge of the tawara. Some quick thinking on Nicole’s part allowed her to maneuver herself into a shitatenage for the win. I also have to admit, I got chills the first time I heard Eros’s warrior shout when she entered the ring. All of the women in this division gave and excellent performance and I cannot wait to see what they do in tournaments to come.

The Men’s Heavyweight did not disappoint in terms of excitement. The big boys came to play and there were many bouts that got you on the edge of your seat. Jesse Hernandez versus Eric Huynh, Kyle Ferriter versus Jesse Hernandez, Gilberto De La Torre versus Jordan Sikes and many more. Of particular note, the sixteen year old Jordan Sikes gave many of the seasoned veterans a run for their money. From an uchigake leg trig against Gilberto De La Torre to a powerful Oshitaoshi against Jose Galindo, he will be one to watch from the Florida Sumo club. Once again, it came down a a best of two between two sumotori, Robertero Fuimaono and Jose Galindo. Jose needed two wins coming off of his win over Jordan to take the gold and he pulled through in the clinch to take it. Fantastic showing from all of the heavyweights!

The Women’s Openweight was definitely a blast! Full of excellent throws and crush-outs, as well a nicely done Sabaori from Kellyann Ball. It was a shame Yaleidy Galindo was still injured from her bouts in the heavyweight division. She displayed some excellent sumo until then and I am glad she took the time to heal. The one to watch in these bouts was Katrina Carter. She had a tough opening match against Eros Armstrong sending her down to the losers bracket. From there, she fought all the way to the finals using her arms and excellent balance to her advantage. She made it back for a second round against Eros for the gold. Though her balance helped her throughout all her matches, Eros was able to square her self up and use her powerful arms to full effect. Exciting from start to finish!

And then came the slug fest. It was time for the Men’s Openwieght division. As purest a form as you can get to the Japanese Circuit in terms of skill on skill. As if 88 matches was not enough to appease them, the sumo gods also saw fit to crank up the heat and humidity for an extra challenge to the sumotori. Many of the competitors opted out due to the state of the ring and injuries. The ones that stayed however, endured those grueling conditions for over an hour and a half. Each man put up an exhilarating performance and were clearly exhausted after each round. However, Mark Jones had the toughest row to hoe in that regard. Hats off to this gentleman, he clashed with other sumotori for eleven bouts. He started from the winners bracket and then had to slog his way to the finals from the losers bracket after a defeat from Justin Kizzart. In the end though, the undefeated Kyle Ferriter was able to pull off the win despite Mark’s tenacity. Excellent showing from everyone!

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Women’s Lightweight Division Results

No Contest

No Contest

Ketzel Jefferson

Men’s Lightweight Division Results

Justin Kizzart
Justin Jones
Joseph Ponsetto

Women’s Middleweight Division Results

No Contest

Simone Longe
Katrina Carter

Men’s Middleweight Division Results

Ryan White
Jimmy Doyle
Aaron “Coringa” Conway

Women’s Light Heavyweight Division Results

No Contest

No Contest

No Contest

Men’s Light Heavyweight Division Results

Jacob Gill
Cornelius Booker
Andrew Roden

Women’s Heavyweight Division Results

Yaleidy Galindo
Kellyann Ball
Eros Armstrong

Men’s Heavyweight Division Results

Jordan Sikes
Robert Fuimaono
Jose Galindo

Women’s Openweight Results

Kellyann Ball
Katrina Carter
Eros Armstrong

Men’s Openweight Results

Patrick Chavis
Mark Jones
Kyle Ferriter

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We absolutely had a blast at the United States Sumo Nationals. It was entertaining from start to finish and the 8 hour event flew by with fantastic sumo bouts. The Ronin are powerful, there is no questioning that, but it appears the clubs to watch are those from Texas, Florida, and California. I cannot wait for more tournaments and events in the future so we can see how each sumotori develops within their respective clubs.

If you’d like to learn more about the sumo clubs who participated in the tournament or learn more about forming your own club, please see the links below! See you all at the next event!

Starting Sumo, United States Sumo Federationhttps://www.ussumo.org/startingsumo

Appalachian Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/groups/appalachiansumo/

Bear Paw Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/BearPawSumo/

California Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/USASUMO/

Dallas Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/DallasSumoClub/

Dark Circle Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/darkcirclesumo/

Florida Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/FLSumo/

Georgia Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaSumoClub/

Honu BJJ Club: https://www.honubjj.com/

Houston Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Amateur-Sports-Team/Texas-Sumo-Lone-Star-Sumo-Association-475952212579064/

Jade Tiger Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/JadeTigerSumo/?ref=py_c

Michigan Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/GRSumo/

Mighty Eagle Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports-Team/Mighty-Eagle-Sumo-112948177091948/

Ohayo Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/Ohayosumo/

Orange County Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/OCSUMOCLUB/

15th Texas Sumo Classic Tournament (April 10th 2021)

Hey all of you amazing people and welcome to another review of Sumo on the homefront, i.e., the United States. With the completion of the Haru Basho and baring witness to one of the, IF NOT THE, greatest Sumotori comeback stories in history, I was pumped to turn my attention to the Men and Women here in the states competing for Sumo glory. This is Mak of the GSB Crue and today we are reviewing the 15th Texas Sumo Classic that was held on Saturday April 10th down in San Antonio Texas. The event took place at the Kung Jung Mu Sul facility and hosted by Mighty Eagle Sumo Club.

The Gyoji of the event was none other than the Texas Sumo Master himself, Tom Zabel. Still hope to eventually see a gunbai in his hand one day as he calls the matches but I’ll have to settle for that commanding presence instead. But I digress. It was fantastic turnout to the event and had some new as well as returning faces which leads me to the inevitable conclusion that Sumo popularity is growing! It’s a fantastic sport with so much history and skill that many are not aware of until they try to throw their weight around…see what I did there?…….ANYWAY

The official count of competitors stood at 24 from 10 clubs and 1 “Ronin” (I am coining a new term for un-affiliated competing Sumotori because I think it sounds cool):

California Sumo Club: Angel Delatorre, Gilberto Delatorre, and Joseph Ponsetto

Dallas Sumo Club: Corey Morrison, Connor Phalon, and Jared Tadlock

Dark Circle Sumo Club: Sam Kempka and Justin Kizzart

Florida Sumo Club: Cornelious Booker

Houston Sumo Club: Will Robinson, Nicolas Ton, and King Warren

Michigan Sumo Club: Micah Hepler

Mighty Eagle Sumo Club: Caleb Baccus, Nicole Burgess, Jessica Hopper, and Ketzel Jefferson

New York City Sumo Club (Egypt): Fathy Abouelrokb, Moataz Elkotb, and Kamal Sayed

North Carolina Sumo Club: Eric Huynh

Ohiyo Sumo Club: Dillon Biggs and Jacob Book

“Ronin”: Chad Neu

The Breakdowns for the Divisons came in as:

Women’s Openweight

Nicole Burgess (H)

Jessica Hopper (M)

Ketzel Jefferson (L)

Men’s Lightweight

Justin Kizzart

Jacob Book

Dillon Biggs

Joseph Ponsetto

Chad Neu

Nicholas Ton

Men’s Middleweight

Fathy Abouelrokb

Corey Morrison

King Warren

Micah Hepler

Men’s Light Heavyweight

Moataz Elkotb

Connor Phalon

Cornelious Booker

Sam Kempka

Men’s Heavyweight

Kamal Sayed

Caleb Baccus

Jared Tadlock

Eric Huynh

Angel Delatoree

Gilberto Delatorre

Will Robinson

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Men’s Openweight

Jacob Book (L)

Dillon Biggs (L)

Caleb Baccus (H)

Corey Morrison (M)

Jared Tadlock (H)

Connor Phalon (LH)

Eric Huynh (H)

King Warren (M)

Angel Delatorre (H)

Gilberto Delatorre (H)

Micah Hepler (M)

Cornelious Booker (LH)

Will Robinson (H)

Joseph Ponsetto (L)

Sam Kempka (LH)

Chad Neu (L)

Nicholas Ton (L)

With the brackets made, and the divisions set, it was time to break into the sumo action! As always, I highly encourage you to check out the events on your own by clicking the link below.

Women’s Open and Men’s Lightweight: 52:00,
Men’s Middleweight and Men’s Light Heavyweight: 1:24:00
Men’s Heavyweight: 1:58:25
Men’s Openweight: 2:52:35


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Women’s Openweight

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The ladies put up a heck of a fight! Ketzel, a yellow belt in Sumo, had her work cut out for her going against her Black Belt Stablemate Jessica and her heavyweight stablemate Nicole. If she can keep up that training she will be able to channel her inner Enho and pull out some showstopping wins. Jessica and Nicole were both on point today, utilizing their strength and experience to pull of some amazing uwatenage, yorikiri and…dare I say an okurihikiotoshi. (I had to look that one up and rewatch the match a couple times but i’m confident in my choice of kimarite.) Well done!!!

Men’s Lightweight

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The Men’s Lightweight division is always fun to watch and these guys did not disappoint. Jake and Dillon of Ohiyo Sumo had a rough go this time around but it’s the first tournament of the season. Do not count these guys out, they’ve been competing for years and are just shaking off some of the rust. Nick Ton, a new comer last year, was one I was excited to see back in the ring. He’s getting smarter and still bringing that awesome intensity. Keep it up! Justin’s speed is amazing off the shikirisen. Blink and he’s got you! Too bad about his thumb. Hopefully it heals up soon. As to Chad and Joseph, excellent showing gents. Chad’s ring sense was great, and Joseph’s belt game was on point! The culminating playoff between these two ended with Joseph pulling a kirikaeshi right at the edge of the tawara. Bravo Chaps!

Men’s Middleweight

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The Men’s Middleweight division was a series of throws, crush outs, and slap downs. Everyone in this division was new to me and I was absorbed into their bouts and varying styles. All four gents duked it out in fine fashion and I look forward to seeing them compete in the tournaments to come.

Men’s Light Heavyweight

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The Light Heavyweights are, in my opinion, right at that sweet spot between speed and brawn. Returning veterans Sam Kempka and Cornelious Booker showed their skills with Oshi style and Yotsu style. But they had their work cut out for them with Connor and Moataz. Connor might be the best contender for the Tochinoshin look alike contest, both in style and power. Moataz brought the pain almost too fast off of the shikirisen, forcing Sensei Tom to declare a matta or two. However, that didn’t do anything to diminish his resolve. Very exciting matches gents!

Men’s Heavyweight

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And then it was time for the big boys to play. The Heavyweights use their size to their advantage and outmaneuver their opponents. Of the seven, I was most familiar with Will, Caleb, and Jared and all three had to face some tough losses. Watching their tachiai and grappling affirmed that these three know what they are doing in the ring, but they haven’t figured out their new opponents just yet. Kamal, like his middleweight stablemate Moataz, fires off the shikirisen and uses that speed to catch his opponents off guard. When Eric squares his shoulders and plants his feet, his arms are about to blast forward. If you are one wrong end of his palms you are going to go flying, excellent Oshi style. As for Angel and Gilberto, I think you both are forces to be reckoned with in the ring. I cannot wait to see all of these guys battle it out again!

Men’s Openweight

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My absolute favorite division is the Openweight! This is as close to the Japanese circuit as you can get and anything can happen. There were some great matches and tough losses on all sides along with mono-iis and a torinaoshi. This division culminated in an interesting scenario for Eric, Gil, and Angel. Gil had to face Angel, the loser taking the bronze medal for the division. It was a great match with a powerful tachiai and ended with what looked like an ashitori leg pick by Angel. BUT THEN CAME THE MONO-II. Sensei Tom and the ring judges met briefly and the gyojii verdict did not stand. Gilberto was declared the winner by hatakikomi.

Then it came down to Eric and Gil. Eric had clean swept the top division and was ranking first. Gilberto had to go to the underdog bracket and fight his way back to the top. In order for Gil to take the gold, he had to beat Eric twice. The first match was tough fought for both sumotori, starting off with tsuppari and transitioning to a belt match. Eric appeared to be in the power position until Gil got a hold of his mawashi and executed a sukuinage. As both men got ready for round two, I was on the edge of my seat. Gil had just beat Sam, Angel, and now Eric once out of two times, could he pull it off? They lined up on the tachiai and fired off the line. Eric came in low and went high, slamming into Gil’s chest. All his momentum stopped dead and Gil was able to pull a hikiotoshi and take the gold!

Can you tell I was excited? Maybe just a little?

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Summary

Women’s Openweight: Bronze: Ketzel Jefferson, Silver: Nicole Burgess, Gold: Jessica Hopper

Men’s Lightweight: Bronze: Justin Kizzart, Silver: Chad Neu, Gold: Joseph Ponsetto

Men’s Middleweight: Bronze: Corey Morrison, Silver: Micah Hepler, Gold: Fathy Abouelrokb

Men’s Light Heavyweight: Bronze: Sam Kempka, Silver: Moataz Elkotb, Gold: Cornelious Booker

Men’s Heavyweight: Bronze: Eric Huynh, Silver: Kamal Sayed, Gold: Angel Delatorre

Men’s Openweight: Bronze: Angel Delatorre, Silver: Eric Huynh, Gold: Gilberto Delatorre

Shoutout to the Dallas Sumo Club for their first tournament in the books and taking home some hardware to decorate the dohyo! This club is relatively new on the scene which again, leads me to believe, momentum for the sport is building. I cannot wait to see what the future holds! Hakkiyoi!

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If you’d like to learn more about the sumo clubs who participated in the tournament or learn about forming your own club, please see the links below! That’s all for me! Catch you all for the National Sumo Championships in June!

Starting Sumo, United States Sumo Federationhttps://www.ussumo.org/startingsumo

California Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/USASUMO/

Dallas Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/DallasSumoClub/

Dark Circle Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/darkcirclesumo/

Florida Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/FLSumo/

Houston Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Amateur-Sports-Team/Texas-Sumo-Lone-Star-Sumo-Association-475952212579064/

Michigan Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/GRSumo/

Mighty Eagle Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Sports-Team/Mighty-Eagle-Sumo-112948177091948/

Ohiyo Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/Ohayosumo/

2020 Lonestar Sumo Tournament (San Antonio, Texas)

Hello again all you wonderful people and welcome to Grand Sumo Breakdown. Mak is back with another review of sumo tournaments here on the home front. This time, we are reviewing the Lonestar Sumo Tournament that happened back on September 12, in San Antonio Texas.

This event was put on by Tom Zabel and Mighty Eagle Sumo and held at Kung Jung Mu Sul of Texas. Tom is the founder of Mighty Eagle Sumo Club and has over thirty years of experience with sumo wrestling. He also wrote the book “Sumo Skills: Instructional Guide for Competitive Sumo.” If you haven’t had the chance to read it yet, I highly recommend it. It will get you started on some Sumo basics as well as familiarize you with the winning moves / kimarite. The book is a GSB favorite and served as a guide for our sumo journey. It seemed only fitting that a man of Tom’s prestige and expertise should serve as the referee/gyoji for this event. While I would have loved to have seen a gunbai in Tom’s hand, maybe that can be added to the wishlist for 2021.

Anyway, the tournament was scored using the Texas State Champion Scoring system. Not knowing much about this method of point tracking, I was intrigued to learn more. Points are awarded to competitors throughout the state of Texas over the course of a year. Points are earned according to the following: Competing: 5 points, Wins: 1 point, Bronze: 1 point, Silver: 2 points, and Gold: 3 points.

The breakdown of the divisions for this tournament were:
Women’s Openweight
Men’s Lightweight (187 lbs. and under)
Men’s Light Heavyweight (220 lbs. – 253lbs.)
Men’s Heavyweight (254 lbs. and up)
and Openweight.

The announcers Cal and David served as the ring side commentators and provided excellent insights on the wrestlers histories. They took the time to highlight each participant and give a brief record history as well as some great play by play reactions.

I was happy to see some familiar names among the list of competitors and very excited to see what they could do this time around.

CLUBS AND SUMOTORI:

Dark Circle Sumo Club: (M) Justin Kizzart [Founder], (M) Sam Kempka, and (M) William Ward

Houston Sumo Club: (M) Nicholas Ton

Mighty Eagle Sumo Club: (F) Nicole Burgess, (M) Brandon Alexander, (M) Joshua Blackburn, and (M) Caleb Baccus

Oni Sumo Club: (F) Gabriela Posadas and (M) Brandon Page [Founder]

Pasadena Sumo Club: (M) Will Robinson

No Club Affiliation Mentioned: (M) Andrew Roden from Alabama

The video of the event can be found in the link below and as I said in my Consulate’s Cup review, I strongly urge you to check it out if you have the time.

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Women’s Openweight Division:
This came down to an amazing playoff. At 2 and 2 both ladies fought to the bitter end to claim the gold. They were excellent bouts, showcasing Nicole’s powerful throws and mawashi grips against Gabriela’s balance and footwork. In the end though, footwork and ring sense hailed Gabriela as the victor.
MEDALISTS: (GOLD) Gabriela Posadas, (SILVER) Nicole Burgess

Men’s Lightweight Division:
Some of the most explosive tachiais belong to the lightweight division, and the same was true for Nicholas, Justin, and William. These guys hit fast, locked up, and took each other to the ground. Smack downs, pull downs, throws, and trips it was great to see these guys using a plethora of techniques to take each other down. While Nicholas’s tachiais were fierce, it all came down to master and student for the top spot. Will brought the intensity with every match but Justin’s prowess was on point.
MEDALISTS: (GOLD) Justin Kizzart, (SILVER) William Ward, (BRONZE) Nicholas Ton

Men’s Light Heavyweight Division:
The light heavyweights combine their speed and size for an awesome display of power. Fast off of the shikiri-sen, Sam Kempka keeps his feet square and his base low while using his long arms to force his opponents back. Brandon Page with his chest to chest belt grappling, standing his opponents up and forcing them off balance. Brandon Alexander absorbing the blows of every tachiai while keeping a smile on his face, stopping the charges cold and attempting to pull his opponents down. However, the powerful tachiais and piston arms that were Sam Kempka, prevailed.
MEDALISTS: (GOLD) Sam Kempka, (SILVER) Brandon Page, (BRONZE) Brandon Alexander

Men’s Heavyweight Division:
The heavyweight division are always ones I love to watch. While Will Robinson displayed his explosive arms and legs with powerful tsuppari, Joshua Blackburn charged his opponents in an attempt to secure a commanding grip on the mawashi. Meanwhile, Caleb Baccus plants his feet and keeps his base low, halting the charges and forcing his opponents to grapple. However, Andrew Roden was able to combine a defensive tachiai, blocking his opponents hands from reaching his mawashi and maneuvering them to the edge of the tawara for the win.
MEDALISTS: (GOLD) Andrew Roden, (SILVER) Caleb Baccus, (Bronze) Joshua Blackburn

Openweight Division:
By far, the openweight is my absolute favorite. This division is as close to the Japanese circuit of sumo competition. And by that, I mean it skill on skill, no weight divisions, no classes, just who can put who to the floor or out of the ring first. It all came down to experience in this division. Justin Kizzart using his fast and low tachiai combined with his ring sense, Sam Kempka with his square base and powerful tsuppari, and Andrew Roden with his defensive tachiai and belt deflections.
MEDALISTS: (GOLD) Andrew Roden, (SILVER) Sam Kempka, (Bronze) Justin Kizzart

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It was a fantastic showing from all of the participants and the sense of camaraderie and fun blended well with the seriousness and competitive attitudes of each sumotori. Some of the big takeaways I got from watching this tournament were each person brings their own experience from different backgrounds and expresses it through their sumo:
Will Ward with his intense tachiais and using his BJJ grappling experience to get a hold of the mawashi and take down his opponents.
Nicholas Ton’s energetic bouts, taking the punishment and getting back up for another round as befitting of a never say die boxer.
Caleb Baccus using experience as a sumo heavyweight to maneuver his opponents for the yorikiri or the hatakikomi
Andrew Roden with his wrestling background, keeping his opponents at arms length, clinching, and forcing the takedown.
Sam Kempka and his oshi style sumo, keeping his opponents on their heals showing what the number one light heavyweight in the U.S. can do.
Justin Kizzart with his ring sense and poise, showing the years of experience as a U.S. Sumo Champion.

Cannot wait for Lonestar Sumo Tournament 2021! Hakkeyoi!

If you’d like to know more about a specific club or organization, check out the links below!

United States Sumo Federation: https://www.ussumo.org/startingsumo

Dark Circle Sumo: https://www.darkcirclesumo.com/about

Mighty Eagle Sumo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Mighty-Eagle-Sumo-112948177091948/posts/

Pasadena Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/PasadenaSumo/

The Consulate’s Cup (October 10th 2020)

Hello all you wonderful people and welcome to the first page I have written in a very long time. How long has it been? Well…check the lyrics to Yusho Race. This time, I have something that has gotten me up off of the couch and made me put down my notebook of sumo matches. U.S.A SUMO! That’s right! We’ve got rikishi on the home front ready for the spotlight.

On the show we have talked with Ed Suczewski of the United States Sumo Federation (U.S.S.F) and his career with sumo wrestling in the U.S. One of the big takeaways he has stressed is that there are many clubs and organizations that make up the U.S.S.F with a lot of amazing competitors. While that had definitely gotten my attention, after some digging, I found out there are three events held each year for sumotori here in the U.S. The U.S. Sumo Open, Fitcon, and U.S. Sumo Nationals. And now, thanks to two ladies with a podcast down in Texas, we found a fourth tournament.

ENTER SUMO KABOOM and the Consulate’s Cup

For those of you who have not given them a listen yet, I recommend you check them out! They have good banter, interesting segments, and are fun to listen to. On one of their most recent episodes, which I listed below, they spoke with Justin Kizzart and Derrick Garza regarding a brand new event dubbed called the Consulate’s Cup down in Austin Texas. Justin is the founder of Dark Circle Sumo and he and his organization created the tournament. He has been competing in Sumo since 2018, having been a medalist and participant in Nationals and the U.S. Sumo Open multiple times. The event was scheduled to be at the Asian American Resource Center but complications arose due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Luckily, Derrick is the owner of Dark Clan Fight Lab and offered to host the event at his facility. I would be doing Laurie and Leslie of Sumo Kaboom a disservice in just giving a brief summary of the interview nor could I fully capture the energy of Justin and Derrick. The whole episode is below and if you have the time, listen to the whole thing, but if you want to skip to the interview segment, it begins around 18:25.

Sumo Kaboom Interview with Justin Kizzart and Derrick Garza.
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6Dk3ShfZLSDyHyTdabr8zg?fbclid=IwAR1rSF-IbnDsyiqZlPv5rFkrm1UZxZM_ywU50FtoIhxKW9zR2uhmWwngizU

After I listened to their episode, I was stoked! I couldn’t wait for October 10th. When it finally arrived, I was treated to great commentary by Justin as he and Derrick announced the rikishi and their weight divisions. I was fascinated by the sheer number of participants, their clubs, and the amount of skill each rikishi displayed. Below is a list of those sumotori who competed in the event.

Black Widow MMA: Jorge Castaneda (M)

Brasa Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Austin: Will Ward (M)

Dark Circle Sumo: Sam Kempka (M), Eros Armstrong (F), and Jevon Armagh (M)

Dark Clan Fight Lab: Wesley Laird (M) and Derrick Garza (m)

Florida Sumo Association: Cornelius Booker (M)

Georgia Sumo Club: Jacob Gill (M)

Houston Sumo Club: Nicholas Ton (M)

Jackson Wink MMA: Kayla Yontef (F)

Lone Star / Mighty Eagle Sumo: Caleb Baccus (M), David Murray (M), Joshua Blackburn (M), Brandon Alexander (M), and Nicole Burgess (F).

Ohayo Sumo Association: Nick Biggs (M) and Dillon Biggs (M)

Red Devil Sumo Club: Billy Mitchell (M)

Sumo Club LA: Jose Galindo (M)

The Community Sumo Club: Kyle Ferritar (M) and Nate Pastorello (M)

Titan Sumo Club: Americus Abesamis (M)

Check out the how each competitor did by watching the livestream of the event, here: https://youtu.be/KPAYYLw83oM

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A summary of the match results and medalists is shown below. But again, I highly encourage you to watch the event.

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Men’s Lightweight Medalists: Gold: Derrick Garza, Silver: Dillon Biggs, Bronze: Weslie Laird

Men’s Middleweight Medalists: Gold: Cornelius Booker, Silver: David Murray, Bronze: Nate Pastorello

Women’s Openweight Medalists: Gold: Eros Armstrong, Silver: Kayla Yantef, Bronze: Nicole Burgess

Men’s Light Heavyweight Medalists: Gold: Jacob Gill, Silver: Nate Pastorello, Bronze: Sam Kempka

Men’s Heavyweight Medalists: Gold: Jose Galindo, Silver: Caleb Baccus, Bronze: Kyle Ferritar

Coed Openweight Medalists: Gold: Jose Galindo, Silver: Jacob Gill, Bronze: Cornelius Booker

These are the men and women here in the U.S. that are passionate about sumo wrestling and working to hone their craft. The Consulate’s Cup was a great way to introduce a new event onto the U.S. Circuit and I cannot wait for next year to see both new faces and old faces battling it out on the Dohyo. Hakkeyoi!!!

If you would like to know more about a particular club or starting your own, check out the links below!

United States Sumo Federation:https://www.ussumo.org/startingsumo

Black Widow MMA: https://blackwidowmma.com/

Brasa Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu – Austin: http://www.mebjj.com/

Dark Circle Sumo: https://www.darkcirclesumo.com/about

Dark Clan Fight Lab: https://darkclanfightlab.com/

Florida Sumo Association: https://www.facebook.com/FLSumo/

Georgia Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/GeorgiaSumoClub/

Jackson Wink MMA: https://www.jacksonwink.com/

Lone Star / Mighty Eagle Sumo: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Mighty-Eagle-Sumo-112948177091948/posts/

Ohayo Sumo Association: https://www.facebook.com/Ohayosumo/

Red Devil Sumo Club: https://www.facebook.com/rdsumoclub/?ref=py_c

Yusho Race (A Poker Face Parody)

As some of you may recall, I have not had the best luck when it comes to the prediction series. Though I did win Natsu, I had previously lost Aki, Kyushu, and Hatsu. My Kyushu punishment was to transform a verse or two of a popular song and make it sumo based. Additionally, I had to sing said lyrics over the podcast. For those of you who tuned in, you know I went a little overboard and decided to transform the whole song instead. Below are the verses for Yusho Race! (A Poker Face Parody)

Original Song is Poker Face by Lady Gaga.

Next time you Karaoke to Poker Face just remember… Matta Matta!

~Mak
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Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta
Matta Matta

I wanna hold’em ’till the gyoji takes is place
Star’em, snare’em, flare’em hit that tachiai with grace (I love it)
Honbasho matches, badass rikishi from the start
But fall behind your betters as your yusho falls apart

Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start
Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta

I hit the clay with an Okurinage
Okuridashi’s lot more fun without me (don’t love it)
Hatakikome use the shoulder, back, and arm
But Fumidashi’s got to be the worst move of the art

Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start
Oh noooo Oh nooo Oh noooo oh nooooooo
Don’t have the heart, bad move from the start

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta

Can’t do Izori or Tottari
Sabaori or Ashitori
Got no lovin, so I’m bummin
I keep trying, won’t be lyin, showin sick skills at this rhyming
But that basho, is the hot show
Grab your chusin and don’t be pushin
Soldout shows be watching dohyos
Rankin’ Makuuchi or the Juryos

Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi
Can’t get by, can’t reach my, no I fall in the yusho race
He’s not a badass rikishi

Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta
Yu yu yu yusho race, yu yu yusho race
Matta Matta