History How are they
Sumo began long time ago in Japan about
2000years ago, but it never became famous until
the Edo period in the early 1600s.
The first time is was mentioned was in the oldest
Japanese document ( kojiki: book of ancient
The first sumo wrestler was named Kajin Sumo.
“The first sumo exhibition given to a outsider of
Japan was in 1854.”
There are 6 main tournaments
Dohyo = Ring
Rikishi = fighter
How are theylikethat?
Training: warming up
Shiko: leg stomping 500 times a day
Teppo: pushing against a wooden pole.
Suriashi: crouching position with hands in the
Matawari: stretching exercise on the floor were the
legs are far apart bellies to the ground
Like the normal fights. Low rank vs. high rank
Two of them fight a couple of times
One runs over the other one and to practice the
There are three main rules in Sumo Wrestling
1. Stepping out side of the circle, makes you lose.
1. Always touch the ring with your feet.
1. The use of illegal techniques such as pulling hair,
kicking above the knee, strike a closed fist punch,
are not permitted, witch leads to disqualification.
Is a belt that the rikishi wears during the
competition and in training sessions.
It is made out of silk and can come in an awesome
amount of colors.
The seize of it is approximately 30 ft when it is
unwrapped, and when it is wrapped it is about 2 ft
wide and eleven pounds.
It is wrapped several times around the rikishi and at
the last part with a pretty big knot