Amateur Sumo – the sport as it should be
Sakai World Sumo Champs – not all about winning
Las Vegas Koen
Our man reports from the fight capital of the world
Rikishi of Old
A look at a rikishi of yesterday with Kotozakura – our man for October
John’s early morning dash to Azumazeki-beya & report on TKOTU
Katrina Watts sits down with SFM’s Mark Buckton to discuss amateur sumo
SFM’s best yet – Aki Basho/ Las Vegas / Amateur World Champs / Azumazeki-beya visit – seen nowhere else
Aki Basho Review
Lon gives us his Aki Basho summary, along with the henka sightings results, and his take on the tournament while ‘gem’ of the basho takes a break
Lower Division Rikishi
Mikko Mattila returns to cover lower division ups and downs
Kyushu Basho Forecast
Pierre Wohlleben & Mark Buckton
Pierre predicts the Kyushu Basho banzuke while Mark previews the ones to watch next time out
Barbara Ann Klein
Discovers and explains amasumo & ozumo variations
Mikko once again walks us through his chosen kimarite
John’s unique bimonthly view of news from outside the dohyo
Zenjimoto of ‘game fame’ covers some of the very best sumo games around – his own!
Todd’s focus on 3 of the most interesting online sumo sites today
Is the limit on foreign rikishi fair? See what our debaters had to say
In the first of our cartoon bonanzas, sit back and chuckle at Benny Loh’s offerings
Let’s Hear From You
What was it that made you a sumo fan? Gernobono tells all
See what SFM readers had to say since our last issue
Answer the Qs and win yourself next basho’s banzuke.
Right from the get-go, you know this site is going to be a little different (just look at the title!). The owner of this homepage is an amateur sumo wrestler, and the president of the Czech Sumo Union. While some of the content is what you might expect - an encyclopedia of terms, the how-to's of practice - what sets it apart is the author's focus on 'sumoudou', or
the 'way of sumo'. This site goes into a lot of detail on how sumo can be seen as an analogy for life; what some see as the soul of sumo, etc. Judging from some of the online debates I’ve seen regarding the topic, it’s rather controversial, but always thought-provoking. Where do you draw the line in sumo between the sporting and the spiritual? Start your studies here...
Honourable mention – Amateur Sumo in Shizuoka
Despite its rather lackluster appearance, the schedule of kids’ and school events in Japan (titled ‘Sports’ in the menu), and the photo gallery, make this a page worth stopping by.