SUMO TRAINING

In sumo, discipline and athleticism are much more important than sheer size! Elite sumo wrestlers are some of the most fit athletes you will find, anywhere. Most top sumo wrestlers train for hours, almost every day, year-round. Here’s an overview of sumo training.

KEY GOALS

FLEXIBILITY

The best sumo wrestlers are limber, enabling them to adapt to opponents’ movements.  Suppleness also protects from injuries.

BALANCE

The essence of sumo competition is maintaining balance, and shifting weight, while under pressure.

STRENGTH

A key focus is to build up tremendous pushing/thrusting strength, which comes from developing complete musculature, throughout the body.

SPEED

The faster you are off the line, the greater your chances of winning. Reaction speed is critical!

STAMINA

Although a single match is short, massive energy is exerted in just a few seconds, so hours of daily training build up endurance, to prepare for competition.

STANCE

Sumo emphasizes a low center of gravity, so all wrestlers work at powerful movements, while knees are bent, and upper body tucked in.

TRAINING EXERCISES

These are some fundamental sumo exercises. Training in all of these will greatly improve your sumo.

Basic Self Training

SHIKO: These leg lifts epitomize development of all Key Goals above, which is why sumo wrestlers do slow repetitions of hundreds of shiko in a row.

MATA-WARI: Full leg splits, with face and chest on the floor, cultivate great flexibility and suppleness.

SURI-ASHI: Sliding the feet, in sync with the arms, establishes the basic posture and movement style for sumo. It’s critical to stay low and keep connected with the ground.

TACHI-AI: The opening charge in sumo is explosive. Matches are often won by beating the opponent off the line.

KOSHI-WARI: Compress the upper body, and lower your back, bending the knees. This develops flexibility and strength, training the wrestler to maintain a low stance.

Team Training

MAKI-KAESHI: Practice sliding your outside arm through your opponent’s guard, for an inside grip.

SASU: Practice initiating that inside position, to weaken the opponent’s attack.

NAGE-AI: Practice throwing your opponent, shifting to the side, developing perfect timing.

OTTSUKE: Practice a joint lock on the opponent’s arm, to neutralize his attack.

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