Musashikuni Mamu in the Natsu Basho 2014

While there have been some sumo events in North America recently, including one in California and one in New Orleans, I am waiting to get a little more footage before I make posts about either.  I am hoping that I can make a post about the New Orleans events next weekend.  We will see!

In the meantime, here is a recap of Musashikuni Mamu’s performance in the Natsu Basho 2014.  During this basho, Musashikuni was ranked at sandanme 32 east.  Believe it or not, Musashikuni was ranked higher during this basho than he is currently ranked – although it was only his fifth basho after his mae zumo bouts.  So, I thought it would be fun to look back at Musashikuni’s performance in this basho and compare it to his more recent performances.

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Musashikuni Mamu Match 1 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Aoi Seisho (32 West ; 6-1) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 1

Musashikuni Mamu Match 2 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Ryuseio Masataka (34 West ; 3-4) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 2

Musashikuni Mamu Match 3 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Asakoki Yuki (31 West ; 4-3) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 3

Musashikuni Mamu Match 4 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Manazuru Hisashi (33 West ; 1-6) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 4

Musashikuni Mamu Match 5 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Daishowaka Kintaro (31 East ; 3-4) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 5

Musashikuni Mamu Match 6 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Kotokuzan Taro (35 East ; 4-3) – (Cannot Locate ; email if found)

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Musashikuni Mamu Match 7 Gif – Natsu Basho 2014

Fukamiyama Tetsuya (29 East ; 4-3) –

Musashikuni Natsu Basho 2014 - Match 7

There you have it!  Musashikuni finished with a 5-2 record in this basho.  It also included one of his very rare henkas.  You don’t see that too often from Musashikuni.

In these matches, Musashikuni seems to be more active and lively.  Sometimes this would allow himself to get pushed around and off balanced during this period, but it is interesting to compare Musashikuni’s more active style against his more plodding approach today.  I’m not saying one is better than the other, but just that they are different.

Also, Musashikuni didn’t seem as strong back then as he appears today, so I am sure that he was trying to compensate with agility and technique.  I am curious to see whether he goes back to these initial instincts.  Maybe if he drops any further?  Either way, I will be rooting for him this basho!  Let’s hope that he can get the kachi-koshi!

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