- Wanpaku Sumo promotes the mental and physical health of children. 31th National Tournament.
- Big moment for elementary school sumo wrestlers. Aiming for the Ryogoku Kokugikan, just like the professional sumo wrestlers.
- Wanpaku Sumo has its own rules for winning and losing. What is a “foul”?
- First preliminary tournament overseas, “sumo” becomes more global.
Wanpaku Sumo promotes the mental and physical health of children. 31th National Tournament.
As a sport, Wanpaku Sumo is based on the importance of fostering the necessary morals to become a good member of society. With elementary school boys from fourth grade to sixth grade participating, the national sumo tournament was held for the 31st time in 2nd August of this year. Not just for victory or defeat, the challenge of the sumo matches foster bravery in the children, while the decorum of sumo teaches them gratitude and consideration for others. The innocence of the children, and their tears in the agony of defeat, moved the hearts of the adult spectators.
Big moment for elementary school sumo wrestlers. Aiming for the Ryogoku Kokugikan, just like the professional sumo wrestlers.
In April of every year, preliminary tournaments start at about 200 locations around Japan. From there the winners advance to prefectural tournaments, and then to the finals and national tournament at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo. Around 40,000 people participate from the preliminary tournaments, but through repeated matches the boys are aiming for the same arena as professional sumo wrestlers.
In fact, Takanohana (Mr. Koji Takanohana), who was the 65th yokozuna grand champion of professional sumo, participated in Wanpaku Sumo. (At the 6th Wanpaku Sumo National Tournament, he was the yokozuna champion in the fourth grade division.)
Wanpaku Sumo has its own rules for winning and losing. What is a “foul”?
Just like professional sumo, in Wanpaku Sumo one loses “when leaving the sumo ring before an opponent,” or “if part of the body touches the sand before an opponent.” Besides these, there are rules for “fouls” (do this and it is a violation) that Wanpaku Sumo set on its own. For example, slapping (striking with an open hand or fist) , or hands around the neck, are forbidden. These rules were made to reduce the risk for children.
First preliminary tournament overseas, “sumo” becomes more global.
Last year a preliminary tournament was held in Mongolia, the first time a preliminary tournament was held overseas! Through this, sumo will spread to the children of the world, which will further deepen global recognition of Japan’s national sport.
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