[sumo] Training news from Moti
Barbara Ann Klein
baklein at attglobal.net
Sat Aug 20 09:03:24 EDT 2011
Pictures of newly rebuilt Tamanoi-beya's Fukushima training facility:
Ozeki candidate Mongolian Kakuryuu is complaining that he has no one to
train with. His Izutsu beya are back in Tokyo, while the adjoining stables
like Kasugano and Tokitsukaze have yet to return to Tokyo. In the mean time,
weight training and stuff. "I'm taking it easy at the heya for now, moving
my body somewhat. Next week I shall go for degeiko. In the meantime I'll eat
." he said. He was asked if he has a rikishi he would like to emulate. "Not
really. I would like to learn for myself. There are some rikishi I would
like to take things from but I am me. I think there is sumo that only I can
do. I'd like to be able to take good stuff from assorted rikishi and use
them for my own good." There has been a lot of talk of his changing his
shikona to the famous "Sakahoko" name (his shisho's active days shikona) if
he gets the promotion but he has negated that. "I will retire as Kakuryuu. I
want everyone to know that a guy named Kakuryuu existed.." he said. As for
his state of mind- "I hope I don't go the Kotoshougiku way.. I just hope I
will be strong enough mentally," he summed.
Yokozuna candidate Harumafuji- yesterday, keiko at home against Takarafuji
and Makushita Homarefuji. 28 bouts, won them all. The heat is killing him.
At this rate I'm going to lose weight.. I can't eat during the day, although
I am eating as usual at night," he complained.
A day before that, after a 4 day break Harumafuji did some keiko at home as
well. 33 bouts against Takarafuji and Homarefuji- 31-2. Heatwave. "I feel
dizzy." he summed.
Brazilian Kaisei who is dreaming of sanyaku is deep into preparations for
the next basho. After KaioU's retirement, he is now the heyagashira for
Tomozuna beya. "I'd like to pull the heya forward," he said. He was spotted
running up the hill (all 180 kilos of him) outside the summer lodgings to
strengthen his lower body. He went 10-5 in his debut basho but had only 6
wins last basho, so sanyaku will have to wait. He is planning a trip home to
Brazil in December, his first since entering sumo. "I'd like to climb the
banzuke by then," he said.
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