Bonus Sumo: Ama's Win With Slow Motion and English Comments!
Hikosaemon here and as promised a special replay of the bout on Day 8 between Wakanoho of Russia and Ama of Mongolia, with a slow motion replay and English commentary jammed in! I was lucky enough to be at the Kokugikan with my video camera to see the moment live, and while 2008 has been a fantastic year for classic matches with the facedowns between the two Yokozuna Asashoryu and Hakuho taking center stage, for pure skill and excitement, Ama showed us one of the memorable matches of the year with his stunning reversal against Wakanoho. You would have already heard me say in my earlier vids that I like Ama and think he is a great wrestler to watch - still small in size, but the heart of a horse, with skill, speed and crazy moves to win against his bigger adversaries. Watch this space - he could still make Ozeki this year, and who knows, with a bit more weight to ground him, he could be Yokozuna material, as he showed taking out Yokozuna Hakuho on Day 10. This is a cracker of a tournament with Bulgarian Kotooshu holding the sole lead on Day 11 having taken out Asashoryu leaving the yokozuna with two losses and the Bulgarian with a clean sheet. Kotooshu faces the other yokozuna, Hakuho - with one loss to his name tomorrow on Day 12. Kotooshu will virtually guarantee the win and be the first European ever to win a sumo tournament if he can dispose of the other mongol Yokozuna. It should be great! If you want to follow the action, here are some great vlogs and web pages: myargonauts gives daily sumo coverage throughout the tournament http://jp.youtube.com/user/myargonauts The best and most entertaining English commentary on the web is at: http://www.sumotalk.com/ You can check results here: http://sumo.goo.ne.jp/eng/hon_basho/index.html http://mdn.mainichi.jp/sports/sumo/ And some fantastic YouTube Sumo vids are here: http://jp.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9C583317C69544E7 So get yourself some chanko, pull up a seat and enjoy Japan's oldest and STILL most exciting sport! Peace 今回は英語で失礼させていただきました。解説が早口で、まぁ、海外の人も興味を持つよういろんな情報を突っ込んで紹介したいと思っていました。ちょっとドラマティックな音楽とスローモーションでもう一回安馬と若ノ鵬をライブで撮った動画を見せたいと思っていました。どうぞごゆっくりご覧になって楽しんでください。 彦左衛門でした！ UPDATE: I've received some corrections to my very amateur commentary from jasonry (I'm just a fan, not an expert and I appreciate the correction), and he pointed out the following; "Morozashi is double inside-grip. That bout was the migi-yotsu form of ai-yotsu (4-hands inside/outside). Migi-yotsu vs. hidari-yotsu is determined by inside grip (migi = right)" My claim that the overhand grip is everything in sumo (as a way of being able to leverage your opponent) is thus also apparently also off the mark also. Back to the drawing board... Thanks to Jasonry for the lesson, and yes, I will try to be diligent about learning a bit more (he recommends sumo-forum.net). Ah well. Still a great match... Hope you enjoy it. Peace!