Musashikuni Mamu in the Nagoya Basho 2013 – Mae-Zumo Matches

On, we have a page dedicated to Musashikuni Mamu’s match history with video links  I recently noticed that some of these videos have already been taken down due to YouTube accounts being deleted.  For this reason, I feel it is a good idea that I periodically backup some of these videos in gif form.  In this post, I provide gifs of Musashikuni’s matches in the Nagoya Basho 2013.  In this basho, Musashikuni was brand new to Japanese professional sumo, and he competed in his mae-zumo matches.  Afterwords, I provide some brief comments on the matches.

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Musashikuni Mamu Match 1 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

This match was against Amanishiki Mitsugu (Mae-zumo; 3-2); however, I cannot locate it anywhere.  If you find it, please email me at

Musashikuni Mamu Match 2 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

Oki Kazuki (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) –

Musashikuni Nagoya Basho 2013 Match 2

Musashikuni Mamu Match 3 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

Munakata Chikara (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) –

Musashikuni Nagoya Basho 2013 Match 3

Musashikuni Mamu Match 4 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

Yutakasho Toshiki (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) –

Musashikuni Nagoya Basho 2013 Match 4

Musashikuni Mamu Match 5 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

Amanishiki Mitsugu (Mae-zumo ; 3-2) –

Musashikuni Nagoya Basho 2013 Match 5

Musashikuni Mamu Match 6 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013

Wakasenryu Hiroya (Mae-zumo ; 3-2) –

Musashikuni Nagoya Basho 2013 Match 6

Personally, I find it extremely fun to watch these matches.  Musashikuni has improved so much since these early days, and I am sure he watches these videos and laughs.  He seemed to have been completely unprepared to guard against the pull-down, which, speaking of, I was a little surprised to see performed so effectively in mae-zumo matches.  In the occasions that I watch mae-zumo, I feel that every match has the same progression: slow start, grab the belt, then push until someone wins.  Maybe I need to watch with a closer eye!

Also, it is fun to see how quickly Musashikuni improved.  He went 2-4 in his mae-zumo matches.  He would then go 5-2, 5-2, 6-1, 5-2, and 5-2 in his next five bashos.  Quite the turnaround!  Maybe one day I’ll write an analysis of his dramatic improvements. . .perhaps when he reaches the juryo division?

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