How to visit training Sumo wrestlers
At the Ryogoku train station, we met our guide Tag, who welcomed us very warmly. He gave us handouts where we could read what awaits us for the program and began to explain what the Sumo matches are. Tag explained that Sumo is a very old Japanese sport based on the original Shinto religion, whose first mention dates to about 712. Although the Japanese prefer baseball today, Sumo has a long tradition in Japan. It is a very ritual combat sport associated with various ceremonies. Until now, we have lived with the idea that in Sumo, the robustness of the wrestlers, who are pushing in the ring, is important. That’s not entirely true. Sumo wrestlers are real athletes, and there is no weight category in Sumo. So it is possible that two wrestlers with totally different body proportions will compete in the ring, and the bigger one doesn’t always win. Although it doesn’t seem to be a technique in Sumo, weight is just one of many factors that can decide how a wrestler wins.