I've been keeping track of some kimarite statistics for the last three basho. In this post , I'll share some examples of each kimarite, in order from least common to most common.
In the final day of the basho, against the tournament champion, Yutakayama executes a kakenage (hooking inner thigh throw), a kimarite I haven't seen since I started keeping track!
- Kakenage - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/smajXYUA-dE?t=12m32s
Tochiozan catches Hokutofuji off balance in an intense battle and uses makiotoshi (twist down) to twist him down and out of the dohyo.
- Makiotoshi - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/lPHaVLKLwUA?t=1m33s
Tochinoshin withdrew in the middle of the action, but not until after he showed everyone he deserved to be an ozeki by lifting Shohozan out of the ring (tsuridashi).
- Tsuridashi - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/Nm4QCu3SE6E?t=13m10s
Endo punishes Arawashi for his henka and throws him down to the clay with this impressive kirikaeshi (twisting backwards knee trip).
- Kirikaeshi - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/Nm4QCu3SE6E?t=7m24s
Meisei had a rough first tournament in the top division, but on day 10 he used a sotogake (outside leg trip) to defeat Arawashi, another Juryo-bound rikishi.
- Sotogake - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/2H6RExvF74Y?t=3m9s
Myogiryu catches Nishikigi reaching and throws him down with a cool shitatedashinage (pulling underarm throw).
- Shitatedashinage - 2 (0.79%) - https://youtu.be/TS1oMZ6-2Vs?t=5m8s
Ryuden overpowers Meisei in day 2 and defeats him by abisetaoshi (backward force down).
- Abisetaoshi - 2 (0.79%) - https://youtu.be/KhslNZI5HWA?t=1m54s
Endo and Tochiozan both used Katasukashi (under shoulder swing down) as well as another rare kimarite in the Nagoya basho. Endo's execution in day 2 against Takarafuji is more impressive, in my opinion.
- Katasukashi - 2 (0.79%) - https://youtu.be/KhslNZI5HWA?t=6m56s
In this dramatic matchup, Endo almost escapes Chiyonokuni's thrusting attack, but Chiyonokuni pushes Endo out of the ring from behind (okuritaoshi) before he can escape.
- Okuritaoshi - 3 (1.19%) - https://youtu.be/2H6RExvF74Y?t=8m36s
Ishiura often gets creative with his strategy to overcome his smaller size. He performed two great shitatenage (underarm throw) in this basho, including this one against Kyokutaisei.
- Shitatenage - 4 (1.58%) - https://youtu.be/t5X3xNvFZUY?t=4m40s
Takarafuji countered Takakeisho's fierce tachiai with an uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw) on day 13.
- Uwatedashinage - 6 (2.37%) - https://youtu.be/t5X3xNvFZUY?t=6m41s
I try not to showcase rikishi with losing records, but I couldn't help but show off Yoshikaze's yoritaoshi in day 14, his first win of the tournament. Yoshikaze also used this technique to get his second win in day 15.
- Yoritaoshi - 7 (2.77%) - https://youtu.be/bDxvKwnbfEI?t=5m28s
On day 1, Kagayaki defeated Daishomaru with a strong oshitaoshi (front push down). This technique was less common in this basho than in previous tournaments.
- Oshitaoshi - 7 (2.77%) - https://youtu.be/Lvfn0Yzzl74?t=7m30s
Before his early exit from the tournament, Hakuho proved his strength against Kotoshogiku with a hearty sukuinage (beltless arm throw). Hakuho performed this kimarite twice in his three days in the basho.
- Sukuinage - 8 (3.16%) - https://youtu.be/Nm4QCu3SE6E?t=14m30s
Tamawashi created some heated discussion with his use of kotenage (armlock throw) in this basho, injuring more than one rikishi in his three victories using the kimarite. Here's his least painful example, performed against Tochinoshin on day 6.
- Kotenage - 9 (3.56%) - https://youtu.be/Nm4QCu3SE6E?t=14m30s
Chiyotairyu smacks Endo off of the dohyo on day 4 with this okuridashi (rear push out).
- Okuridashi - 9 (3.56%) - https://youtu.be/zsAuxfmTM2g?t=5m51s
Abi didn't have a very strong tournament at his upper maegashira ranking, but he did defeat his former mentor Kakuryu by tsukidashi (front thrust out) before Kakuryu left the tournament. I expect to see more of this move in the future from Abi and his long arms.
- Tsukidashi - 10 (3.95%) - https://youtu.be/TS1oMZ6-2Vs?t=13m51s
Onosho's return to the top division included four victories using hikiotoshi (hand pull down), including this one against Ryuden on day 11.
- Hikiotoshi - 13 (5.14%) - https://youtu.be/YkHIssDVtsk?t=9s
Goeido struggled against a fierce comeback by Kagayaki in his day 9 bout, but ultimately stayed balanced on the tawara and threw Kagayaki out using uwatenage (overarm throw). Goeido also executed this technique against Abi on day 6.
- Uwatenage - 14 (5.53%) - https://youtu.be/qJegsysrCpw?t=14m54s
Asanoyama had a great tournament and earned a special prize for his 11 victories. He employed tsukiotoshi (thrust down) three times, including this example against Meisei on day 7.
- Tsukiotoshi - 19 (7.51%) - https://youtu.be/0Y-LdpN5JP4?t=1m50s
Daieisho executed hatakikomi (slap down) in four of his six victories, including this textbook example against Meisei (sorry, Meisei).
- Hatakikomi - 19 (7.51%) - https://youtu.be/XgzRumart44?t=3m57s
Mitakeumi used yorikiri (front force out) five times on his Yusho journey, including his day 14 Yusho-clinching win against Shohozan.
- Yorikiri - 70 (27.67%) - https://youtu.be/bDxvKwnbfEI?t=10m2s
Takakeisho made waves this basho with his unique fighting strategy, and he defeated both ozeki and a sekiwake. He used oshidashi (front push out) in five of his 10 victories, including his quick victory over Takayasu.
- Oshidashi - 71 (28.06%) - https://youtu.be/eBAQAsllhFo?t=11m46s
On day 2, Takayasu defeated Shohozan by tsukihiza (knee touch down), one of the "non-techniques" or ways to win without using a technique.
- Tsukihiza - 1 (0.4%) - https://youtu.be/KhslNZI5HWA?t=13m2s
There were too many fusen this tournament due to injury. Two wrestlers, Shodai and Chiyonokuni received two free victories because their opponents dropped out of the tournament. On day 13, Ikioi received a free victory to clinch his kachi-koshi when Chiyonokuni withdrew.
- fusen - youtu.be/t5X3xNvFZUY?t=7m59s
If you want to learn more about the specific kimarite used in this basho, check out the "KIMARITE" tab, where you can check out my technicolored spreadsheet that I use to keep track of everything. You can start to pick up on wrestler's habits and wrestling styles if they record enough victories.
Thanks to Kintamayama and his YouTube channel for all the videos.
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I’ve been keeping track of some sumo statistics for the last two basho, and I wanted to share examples of every kimarite performed in the Natsu basho. I’m going to present them from least common to most common.
Kyukotaisei, the newcomer to makuuchi, got his first win in the top division with this susoharai (rear foot sweep).
- Susoharai - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/4BIY0JnUryw?t=45s
Ishiura makes up for his size difference with his agility and a big slap, and takes out Daiamami by kirikaeshi (twisting backwards knee trip).
- Kirikaeshi - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/iPioqHG44gA?t=2m41s
Without a grip on the mawashi, Kotoshogiku stays balanced and steers Shohozan to the edge and forces him out with a kimedashi (arm barring force out).
- Kimedashi - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/iPioqHG44gA?t=7m28s
Arawashi is the only rikishi to perform two unique kimarite this basho! On Day 7, he drops Grandpa Sumo with a komatasukui (over thigh scooping body drop).
- Komatasukui - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/uIzRi7cfG5g?t=2m32s
And on the final day, he spins Aoiyama out of the ring by kotehineri (arm lock twist down).
- Kotehineri - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/W-DqKFrL1gs?t=50s
Nishikigi overcomes a less-than-ideal grip on Ishiura and employs a tsuridashi (lift out) to deposit him outside the ring.
- Tsuridashi - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/NPxASM341Xo?t=49s
Yoshikaze takes advantage of Daiamami’s failed throw attempt with an okurinage (rear throw down).
- Okurinage - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/cNbnjRJ_uhw?t=4m31s
Myogiryu outlasts Takarafuji and pushes him down with okurinage (rear push down).
- Okuritaoshi - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/cNbnjRJ_uhw?t=7m19s
Takekaze surges forward while Sadanoumi loses his footing, and Takekaze crushes his opponent with this abisetaoshi (backward force down).
- Abisetaoshi - 1 (0.38%) - https://youtu.be/-unrrWzGQSY?t=44s
Two rikishi used watashikomi (thigh grabbing push down) on day 14 the Natsu basho. Here’s Aminishiki’s version in a crowd-pleasing victory over Ryuden.
- Watashikomi - 2 (0.75%) https://youtu.be/Qg34CGZdNyY?t=5m8s
Kagayaki and Ikioi both won by kotenage (armlock throw) in this basho; I think Kagayaki’s victory is a better example.
- Kotenage - 2 (0.75%) - https://youtu.be/VPalMZNE4TQ?t=3m50s
Chiyoshoma executed two of the three shitatenage (underarm throw) in this basho. Here’s a textbook example in his bout against Ryuden.
- Shitatenage - 3 (1.13%) - https://youtu.be/4BIY0JnUryw?t=6m21s
Hakuho did a lot of throwing in this basho, and executed two of the four uwatedashinage (pulling overarm throw). On day 4, Hakuho gets Kaisei upright and quickly throws him to the clay.
- Uwatedashinage - 4 (1.5%) - https://youtu.be/jhR05Gy28ks?t=16m9s
Endo had a rough basho, but he took out Goeido in the early days with this katasukashi (under shoulder swing down).
- Katasukashi - 5 (1.88%) - https://youtu.be/GmO2ICmcVww?t=14m23s
On his way to earning a kanto-sho, Chiyonokuni used okuridashi (rear push out) twice; he gets Hokutofuji off-balance and pushes him out in day 3.
- Okuridashi - 6 (2.26%) - https://youtu.be/GmO2ICmcVww?t=4m48s
In one of the most exciting matchups of the tournament, Kakuryu (and his loose mawashi) weathers all of Tochinoshin’s various attacks and takes the lead in the Yusho race with this sukuinage (beltless arm throw).
- Sukuinage - 7 (2.63%) - https://youtu.be/GE53zvfpyw4
There were a few more yoritaoshi (frontal crush out) in the Natsu basho than in Haru; here’s Takarafuji crushing out Chiyoshoma on day 3.
- Yoritaoshi - 8 (3.01%) - https://youtu.be/GmO2ICmcVww?t=6m42s
Chiyotairyu’s thunderous tachiai leads to a quick tsukidashi (front thrust out) against Mitakeumi.
- Tsukidashi - 11 (4.14%) - https://youtu.be/cNbnjRJ_uhw?t=9m42s
Following a three day losing streak to open the basho, Shohozan defeats Kakuryu using oshitaoshi (front push down) to earn the shukun-sho.
- Oshitaoshi - 12 (4.51%) - https://youtu.be/jhR05Gy28ks?t=14m33s
Okinoumi used uwatenage (overarm throw) in two of his five victories, including this slow motion victory against Ryuden.
- Uwatenage - 13 (4.89%) - https://youtu.be/NPxASM341Xo?t=5m9s
Mitakeumi handles Ikioi on day 10 using this tsukiotoshi (thrust down).
- Tsukiotoshi - 16 (6.02%) - https://youtu.be/OYyNe5jptzo?t=11m24s
Shodai spoiled Tochinoshin’s Yusho campaign on day 13 with this last-second hikiotoshi (hand pull down)
- Hikiotoshi - 17 (6.39%) - https://youtu.be/VPalMZNE4TQ?t=11m19s
Takakeisho exectued hatakikomi (slap down) three times in the last six days of the basho. Here’s his first example of the technique, on day 10 against Tochiozan.
- Hatakikomi - 26 (9.77%) - https://youtu.be/OYyNe5jptzo?t=4m34s
Tamawashi secured all but one of his 8 victories through oshidashi (front push out), most notably against the immovable object Ichinojo on day 6.
- Oshidashi - 69 (25.94%) - https://youtu.be/iPioqHG44gA?t=11m6s
There are plenty of examples of this basho’s most common kimarite, yorikiri (front force out), including Tochinoshin’s first ever victory against Hakuho, one of the highlight matchups of the tournament.
- Yorikiri - 77 (28.95%) - https://youtu.be/cNbnjRJ_uhw?t=14m9s
Even though it’s not a kimarite, I wanted to include fusen, a free win given to rikishi when their competitor is absent or kyujo. Here’s Ichinojo claiming his free one.
- Ichinojo - fusen - https://youtu.be/NPxASM341Xo?t=12m26s
Special thanks to the Kintamayama and Jason’s All-Sumo channels for the videos.
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