The U.S. Sumo Open is the premier sumo event of North America. Started in the year 2001, it has now grown to a spectacle that gathers 4,300 sumo fans in attendance. While most of the competitors are indeed American, recent years have also seen an vast increase in the number of international rikishi (sumo wrestlers). ... Continue Reading →
How Do North American Sumo Wrestlers Compare to Japanese Sumo Wrestlers?
Whenever I talk to someone that is unfamiliar with North American sumo, their first question is always, "How does North American sumo compare to Japanese sumo?" This question can be interpreted in two different ways. The first interpretation involves the quality of the rikishi (sumo wrestlers), and whether rikishi competing in North America would be... Continue Reading →