Sumo by Konishiki

17-part Video course. English and Japanese (subtitles)

Join Sumo's first foreign-born champion for a total immersion in the culture, lifestyle, and spirituality of Japan's iconic martial art.

Meet Your Instructor講師の紹介

Sumo superstar Konishiki changed the face of Japan's national sport forever with his meteoric rise to the rank of ozeki (champion) - the first foreign-born wrestler to attain this title.

Table of contents本コースに含まれる各講座

MEET KONISHIKI, MEET SUMO 8 min

Enter the hidden world of Sumo with Konishiki, the first non-Japanese sumo wrestler to achieve the rank of ōzeki (champion).

ORIGINS 12 min

Konishiki recounts the chance encounter that catapulted a kid from Hawaii into the rarefied world of Sumo in Japan.

THE SUMO KATA 7 min

Learn (and follow along!) with the daily Sumo stretching and exercise routine (kata) that gives these larger-than-life athletes amazing flexibility and strength.

MY FIRST MATCH 5 min

Experience Konishiki’s first sumo match, and learn the ins and outs of the sumo “mawashi.”

THE SURI-ASHI WORKOUT 4 min

Follow along with this “suri-ashi” (footwork) routine, the secret to achieving incredible balance, both in and out of the ring.

STABLE BOYS 8 min

Experience a day-in-the-life of a Sumo stable (dormitory) and hear about Konishiki’s first days in the stable.

KIMARITE (WINNING MOVES) 1: PUSHING TECHNIQUES 5 min

Konshiki breaks down some common Kimarite (winning moves) in super slow-motion.

THE EARLY YEARS 7 min

Konishiki describes the power of “hai”, and the reasons behind his specialization in “oshi-zumo” (pushing technique).

KIMARITE (WINNING MOVES) 2: GRAPPLING TECHNIQUES 3 min

Konshiki breaks down some more common Kimarite. Plus, the art of belt cutting.

RISING THROUGH THE RANKS 9 min

Listen as Konishiki describes how the legend of “Konishiki” was born, and how life changes as you climb the Sumo ranks.

KIMARITE (WINNING MOVES) 3: LEG TECHNIQUES & SUMO STYLES 4 min

Konshiki breaks down a final set of Kimarite, plus discusses different sumo styles.

DUELS IN THE DOHYŌ 10 min

Master the ins and outs of Sumo matches: who can receive Chikara Mizu (power water), salt throwing styles, and why match referees carry a knife in their belts.

DAYS OF THE SEKITORI 8 min

More winning, more challenges. Konishiki dives into developing a new winning style in the wake of a major injury.

KONISHIKI’S MATCH BREAKDOWNS 5 min

Get a taste of what goes through the mind of a Sumo when he watches a match.

ŌZEKI LIFE 8 min

Immerse yourself in the public responsibilities of being a Sumo champion and hear Konishiki’s heartfelt encounters with Princess Diana.

YOKOZUNA DREAMS 6 min

Konishiki talks about his dream of becoming a Yokozuna (grand champion) and his strategies for competing in the face of injuries.

LEGACY 11 min

Discover why Sumos end their career by cutting their hair. And: Konishiki reflects on his impact in the sport.

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