Sumo Wrestlers for Nike!
(July 15, 2015)
Check out our Sumo Stars, including 600-pound Yama (who speaks) on the all-new Nike ad. Who’s “short a guy” now?
Sumo stars shine on red carpet event for Fight Channel deal
(June 17, 2015)
Byamba and Yama joined the party in celebration of Hoplite Entertainment bringing Fight Channel World to the USA!
Levi’s Fits YAMA’s 74″ SUMO Waist
(April 18, 2015)
Over lunch, Levi’s CEO Chip Bergh offered to fit 600-pound Yama with a pair of blue jeans. Yama, who hasn’t been able to squeeze into jeans since middle school, immediately changed his flight to the next day, and headed over to Levi Strauss headquarters for the monster fitting! With a 74″ waist, Yama has got to be the biggest guy around wearing Levi’s jeans! SF CBS ≫ SF Chronicle ≫
Sumo Byamba on Impractical Jokers – TruTV
(April 16, 2015)
Check out Byamba, featured on the hit show Impractical Jokers.
World Sumo Champions on ESPN’s SportsNation
(September 22, 2014)
Two World Sumo Champion title holders, Byamba and Yama, appeared as special guests on ESPN’s SportsNation.
Sumo on SKIN WARS
(September 10, 2014)
Our five wrestlers starred on “Skin Wars” (Game Show Network)
Vice Food Covered Byamba’s “CHANKO-NABE” Sumo Diet
As many media do, they used a bit of hyperbole re: calories. Byamba estimates that he consumes 4,000+ calories per day (not the exaggerated 10,000 calories that Vice claims)!! That being said… check out the clip.
Sumo on TV shows
Byamba appeared on several Spanish TV shows, including “Esta en Guerra”, plus a major appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway? with some big-name comedians!
Sumo talent is supporting lead in 47 Ronin
We originally recruited Takato Yonemoto as a sumo model, due to his imposing stature. However, within weeks of meeting him, we were able to book the rookie actor in a supporting lead role, acting alongside Keanu Reeves, in the $200 million epic 47 Ronin. Takato stars as one of the main ronin (masterless samurai), appearing and speaking through much of the film.
ESPN – Top 10 of the month “Sumo Slam”
The Epic “Sumo Slam”, Byamba vs. Kelly, from the 2013 US SUMO OPEN, was heard around the world, with tens of millions of views on international TV shows and online. ESPN chose this match as one of “Top 10 of the Month” for September, 2013! Check it out, to see what all the buzz is about…
Sumo Byamba live on the Playboy Morning Show
(September 12, 2013)
Byamba appeared live on The Playboy Morning Show, also broadcast on Playboy TV.
Huge sumo practice with the JETs
(Feburary 17, 2013)
We had TONS of collisions in sumo practice . . . literally! About 28 people participated, mostly alumni of the JET Program, who have all taught English in Japan.The training lasted almost 4 hours! We’re very impressed by the JETs, and are expecting some of them to be back again. Nice job, guys!
Martial Arts History Museum – Awards Ceremony
Sumo Director Andrew Freund was officially inducted into the Martial Arts History Museum Hall of Fame during the Awards Ceremony on August 4, 2012, along with several legendary martial artists.