Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Where the bigger men fly - Stuff.co.nz

Where the bigger men fly - New Zealand's source for travel news on Stuff.co.nz: "Think of sumo and you probably think of a bunch of overweight guys grappling each other in oversized G-strings. But delve a little deeper into the folds, so to speak, and you'll find there's a lot more to Japan's most revered sport. A sumo tournament can make for a fascinating day's entertainment in Japan and once you learn the basic rules you'll find it's easy to get caught up in the action."

I have been a fan of Sumo for many years but it wasn't until Spring of 2003 that I was actually able to follow, watch and truly enjoy the world that is Sumo. That is when I discovered the Sumo Mailing List [previous archives]. This led to the discovery of many web sites and the introduction of many extremely knowledgeable people. One thing that really surprises people is when they learn Sumo is a Martial Art. But Sumo is much more than just a sport or Martial Art. It's a culture. A way of life. Once you become a Rikishi (pronounced "Rik'she") you are one 24-7. It's probably the closest thing to being a samurai, from the perspective of western society,that is left today. All you need to do is actually see a few bouts to get an appreciation of the strength and agility these men have. It can truly be amazing.

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