Today’s post is a review of Musashikuni Mamu’s performance in the Kyūshū Basho 2013. I could only find video for three of the seven matches, so this post doesn’t give a full perspective of Musashikuni’s performance in this basho. Nevertheless, I still enjoy making gifs of these early matches, and thereby this post may contribute to my enjoyment more than the readers.
This basho was only Musashikuni’s second performance after his mae-zumo matches. While he was still learning, he was also able to show more of his quickly-developing skillset in the jonidan division – a division that held Musashikuni for only two basho.
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Musashikuni Mamu Match 1 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 2 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 3 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 4 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 5 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 6 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
Musashikuni Mamu Match 7 Gif – Kyūshū Basho 2013
As you can see in these gifs, Musashikuni simply overpowers his opponents. He was able to get the thrusting victories pretty easily against Sharinoumi Ryoji and Teraofuji Kenyu. These two competitors weren’t pushovers either, finishing with 4-3 and 3-4 records respectively. Even in Musashikuni’s loss above, against Komatsukasa Akira, he was able to push his opponent around throughout the match. It was a well-timed sidestep that gave Musashikuni his defeat, showing his relative inexperience in sumo during this basho.
It is interesting to see how much Musashikuni has grown, which gives him success using similar techniques in the makushita division. It seems that Musashikuni is similar to Wakaichiro (or likely the other way around), in that he has a natural technique core that has been carried throughout his career. He has certainly learned some new skills along the way, but he seems to regularly return to this core approach.
Lastly, Musashikuni went 5-2 during this basho, losing to a rikishi that also went 5-2 and another that went 6-1. Not too bad! He would continue to go 6-1, 5-2, and 5-2 in his next three basho, having an incredible start to his career. Let’s hope that Musashikuni will get another streak like that some day!