As Midwesterners, there’s no place GSB would rather be in February than Southern California, and though we can’t make it there in person, Honu Sumo’s Justin “JJ” Jones and Mengkin Ragan give us the next best thing: a US sumo tournament! The SoCal Open takes place February 25th in San Diego, so find Honu Sumo on Instagram or go to bit.ly/socalopensd for more info! Streaming will be on the Maximum Effort Studios YouTube channel.
Tom Zabel and Caleb Baccus join us to talk about the next US sumo event: February 11th’s Mighty Eagle Team Tournament in San Antonio. Go to mightyeaglesumo.com for more info and make sure to watch the stream at noon central on the Lonestar Sumo YouTube channel!
With 2022 coming to a close, all of us US sumo enthusiasts should look back with pride on one of the biggest growth years our sport has ever seen. Mak and Jake are joined by Caleb Baccus – sumo black belt and Sake & Sumo podcast host – as well as the SUMO PUNX! Congratulations to all our award winners and thank you to everybody who helped make 2022 a great year for sumo!
Sometimes an event feels cursed, like the whole universe is conspiring to keep a good thing from happening. The Houston Open was one such event, but the sumo way is to keep moving forward! Nick Ton and Shogeki Sumo powered through to make the tournament a great one no matter what. First-time competitor Nate Hudson joins us to talk about how it went.
Also, since Jake fumbled it so bad, here are the special prize winners he was trying to remember:
Mak recaps the 2022 Beer City Sumo Open with sumo wrestlers Gabe Unick of Grand Rapids, Matt Shields of Chicago, and…. Jake of Iowa? If you’d like to try wrestling with these folks, make sure to come to Davenport IA on 10/15 for a training seminar! More details on Facebook under the event “Quad Cities Sumo Training.” Feel free to reach out to any of us with questions!