As mentioned in my last few posts, some YouTube accounts that upload sumo videos are being taken down due to these accounts being deleted. I periodically download videos of Musashikuni and Wakaichiro to ensure that I have copies, but I do not do it near enough. So, to help motivate myself, I like to make review posts of their performances in early basho. In this post, I provide gifs of Musashikuni Mamu’s performance in the Aki Basho 2013. This was Musashikuni’s first basho after his mae-zumo matches, so he was still very green in the sport. It is really neat to compare his performances in this basho to his current skillset – of course, it is quite the stark comparison!
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Musashikuni Mamu Match 1 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 2 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 3 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 4 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 5 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 6 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 7 Gif – Aki Basho 2013
As seen in these gifs, Musashikuni has always had the physical abilities to succeed, but he did not have the sumo training that many other competitors possess when entering the sport. This caused Musashikuni to find himself in some bad positions during his matches. It should be noted, though, that he only lost against rikishi that went 6-1 during this basho. Nothing to be ashamed about!
Musashikuni’s record in this basho was 5-2. He would then go 5-2, 6-1, 5-2, and 5-2 in his next four basho. Quite the start to his sumo career! As I continue this series, I hope to catalog his improvements and stylistic changes. While his physical capabilities were great in these early basho, it certainly took improvements to his skills to continue rising up the ranks.