US SUMO OPEN
2016 US SUMO OPEN – 16th Annual
SATURDAY, May 21, 2016
Main Event: 1:00 pm (Prelims: 10:00 am – 12 noon)
Walter Pyramid @ California State University Long Beach
The 16th annual US Sumo Open was intense. A sold-out crowd of 4,000+ watched 55 wrestlers participate in nearly 200 matches. The 4-time World Sumo Champion Byamba reclaimed glory, with a 13-0 record, winning both heavyweight and openweight divisions, undefeated. After getting gold for 8 years in a row, he only got silver in 2015, so 2016 was big redemption for him. American standout Roy Sims won silver in both divisions, beating everyone else except Byamba.
The 37 foreign competitors were dominant, with most medals going to Mongolia, Russia, Egypt, India, and Poland. Aside from the women’s heavyweight (with no foreigners competing), the only earned medals for Americans went to Roy Sims. The 12 female competitors were the most ever at a US Sumo Open, in 16 years!
The competition level was spectacular, attracting many medallists from the World Sumo Championships, including Aron Rozum (Poland) and Batyr Altyev (Russia). Even Olympic wrestling gold medallist Karam Gaber, trying sumo for the first time, could not get past the quarter-finals in the middleweight division! 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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