Sumo, Part 4 (Last Match) of 4 @ The Cherry Blossom Festival 2010, Barnes Park, Monterey Park, CA





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Uploaded on Apr 19, 2010

California Sumo Association, www.usasumo.com

This unique group is dedicated to teaching sumo techniques and tradition to people of all sizes, ages, backgrounds, and genders, educating the public about traditional Japanese sumo, as well as training world-class sumo athletes. Founded in 1998, the wrestlers will demonstrate Sumo Wrestling techniques and compete in mini matches during the festival.

Kelly Gneiting,
US-Idaho, Age: 40, 60, 420 lbs, Sumo: Running in the LA Marathon, March 2, 2008, 2 time US Sumo Open Medals (2006, 2007), 3 time US Sumo Champion World Sumo competitor. http://www.usasumo.com/news/kellymara...

Mark Sagato, US-California, Age: 34, 65, 420 lbs, Sumo: 3 years, wrestling. http://www.usasumo.com/ussumoopen/200...

Americus Abesamis, US-California, Age: 39, 60, 320 lbs, 2008 US Sumo bronze, Sumo 2 years, football, martial arts. http://www.usasumo.com/ussumoopen2009...

Sumo originated in Japan over 1,500 years ago, and included competition between ancient agricultural communities. Sumo is also referenced in Japanese mythology. One epic story describes the god Take-mikazuchi winning a sumo match against a rival god to gain control of the Japanese islands.

Sumo developed into entertainment for the royal court over 1,200 years ago, and was also used for martial training of warriors over the centuries. About 400 years ago, professional sumo, the Nihon Sumo Kyokai, was formed, and began to conduct competitions for the masses to enjoy. During these last four centuries, the rules, rituals, training methods, and living guidelines for sumo wrestlers have been further refined and established, reflected in the world of professional sumo today.


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