On NorthAmericanSumo.com, 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
Musashikuni Mamu Match 2 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013
Oki Kazuki (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=245&v=pk_Dsld2qEI
Musashikuni Mamu Match 3 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013
Munakata Chikara (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=151&v=xFql7i_I8o8
Musashikuni Mamu Match 4 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013
Yutakasho Toshiki (Mae-zumo ; 3-1) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=374&v=xFql7i_I8o8
Musashikuni Mamu Match 5 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013
Amanishiki Mitsugu (Mae-zumo ; 3-2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=100&v=8EfOpyuzsJE
Musashikuni Mamu Match 6 Gif – Nagoya Basho 2013
Wakasenryu Hiroya (Mae-zumo ; 3-2) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=334&v=8EfOpyuzsJE
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?