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.
Thanks for reading!