Bonus Episode 20: Intro to Sumo, Take 2

*Not April Fool’s this time, we promise*

So a year and a half in, we thought it was time to re-do our very first episode, a guide for newcomers to the world of sumo. It’s a bit of an info dump in the first half, but we hope it’s something you can use as a resource if you are struggling with the rules or traditions of the sport. If that’s too boring, try skipping to 29:08 where we embarrass some very special guests with a sumo game show! Feel free to leave us a berating voice mail at 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on social media (now including Instagram!)

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Bonus Episode 19: Futahaguro, the 60th Yokozuna

The world lost another yokozuna this year, again at far too young. Join us to explore and celebrate the life of one of sumo’s most controversial characters: Kitao Koji, a.k.a. the 60th yokozuna Futahaguro. We apologize for some slight audio hiccups, we are working off of some backup equipment that we haven’t perfected yet. Leave us your verbal abuse at 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on social media.

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Bonus Episode 18: Intro to Sumo, Take 2

*Sorry if we got you with this one, this was our 2019 April Fool’s gag. Check out our ACTUAL new intro to sumo episode in May*

We at GSB are a nostalgic bunch, so we thought it would be cool to edit and re-release our first episode, an introduction for newcomers to the world of sumo. Through the magic of editing, we got rid of a few errors we made and we hope you’ll enjoy!

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Natsu 2019 Banzuke Prediction

Ryan realizes his life long dream as he finally gets to talk about his banzuke predictions for a half hour straight as Jake gets caught in his wake. We go over every rank on the banzuke and give our reasons for why we think rikishi will land where they do. Complaints can be addressed to 805-613-SUMO (7866). Check out Ryan’s full banzuke below:

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Live Juryo Coverage: Haru 2019 Day 1

For those of you somehow sick of GSB taking themselves too seriously, check out our live coverage of Juryo on day 1 of the Haru basho. Mak couldn’t make it all the way to “Osaka” with us, so we brought along Jake’s wife/returning GSB guest star, Katie! Join us for a thoroughly irreverent and silly hangout and direct all complaints to 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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Bonus Episode 17: Wajima, the 54th Yokozuna

In light of his recent passing in October 2018, we are covering the career and life of the 54th yokozuna: Wajima Hiroshi. Join us for a short historical bonus episode where we discuss his rise and fall through the ranks of sumo through his death last year at age 70, and all his wacky hi-jinx in between. As we mention in the episode, there is a fun thread on the Sumo Forums website with an insane amount of pictures of Wajima. We’ve linked it below with some of the ones we mention in the episode. As always, give us a call at 805-613-SUMO (7816) or find us on Twitter/Facebook!

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Bonus Episode 16: 2018 Year-End Award Show

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays, but now that December is almost over, it’s time to get back to the very serious business of giving out fake awards for sumo wrestling. Join us for an hour or so of reviewing 2018 before the January basho kicks off in 2 weeks. Find us on social media or leave us a message with any questions at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

As with a previous episode, we ran into a couple audio hiccups in this one, but they are rare after the first couple minutes. We apologize and our New Year’s resolution will be to recommit ourselves to flogging those responsible.

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Bonus Episode 15: Ask GSB

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Enough serious analysis, let’s get some screwing around in. We ran out of time to answer all the Twitter questions we got from our fans last month, so we got together again to make sure we covered everybody. Find us on social media or leave us a message at 805-613-SUMO (7866) if you have more questions you’d like us to look into.

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Bonus Episode 14: Harumafuji

From being recruited as a teenager in Mongolia, to retiring in scandal from the peak of his sport, Harumafuji has had about as up-and-down of a career as anyone could. In honor of his recent retirement ceremony last month at the Kokugikan, we take a look at the career of the 3rd Mongolian yokozuna, in and outside the ring. As always, give a call to 805-613-SUMO (7866) or find us on Twitter.

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Bonus Episode 13: GSB’s 1 Year Anniversary

It’s been a full year since we started our podcast and we thought we should celebrate the occasion. For our last bonus episode of this off-season, we reminisce about our favorite  segments and the hurdles we’ve come across. Also, in a GSB first, we have a real live actual advertisement (no, seriously)! You can head over to the Tachiai.org merch store and use code “GrandSumoBreakdown” for a 10% discount all this week! As always, feel free to call us at 805-613-SUMO (7866).

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