US SUMO OPEN
Saturday, June 17, 2017, 1:00 pm
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach
The 17th annual US Sumo Open was the most dramatic competition yet! Former World Champion bronze medallist Trent Sabo returned to his past glory with an undefeated gold medal in the lightweight division. Altankhuyag Altangerel of Mongolia won the stacked middleweight division, undefeated, for the second year in a row! As expected, Byambajav Ulambayar won the heavyweight division for the 10th time in 11 years! The biggest upset came in the openweight division when middleweight Takeshi Amitani of Japan dominated the field for the gold medal! Takeshi won a bronze in middleweight, but really outdid himself by defeating all comers, including heavyweight opponents, to win the overall title!
This upset victory by Takeshi is the first time that a Japanese competitor has won the US Sumo Open since 2005-2006, when former World Champion Koichi Kato did it for two years in a row!
It’s also the first time since 2002 (!) that the men’s openweight title was won by someone other than a heavyweight! In the inaugural US Sumo Open (in 2001), middleweight Yuko Mitsunaga won the openweight division, and in 2002, Estonian Aap Uspenski, at 231 lbs, also captured openweight gold. Since then, ALL openweight winners were heavyweights, until 245-pound Takeshi broke the streak! Learn More
SUMO SUSHI SHOW
Meet our Sumo Champions up-close, at the Sumo Sushi Shows!
The 90-minute performance includes sumo training, rules, comedy, and REAL sumo matches, capped off by some audience challengers! Post-show, line up to take your photo with the World Champions, too! This one-of-a-kind event is an interactive sumo demonstration where spectators dine on sushi, sip sake, and roar in laughter as lucky audience members get in the ring with our REAL World Sumo Champions.
The Sumo Sushi Show is a live event that you’ll never forget! This is the ONLY show in the world where you can see real World Champs in action while enjoying gourmet dining.
Sumo originated in Japan over 1,500 years ago, and included competition between ancient agricultural communities. Enter the unique world of sumo . . . More
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