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Marushikis rantings



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A ccording to Japanese legend the very origin

of the Japanese race depended on the outcome of a sumo match. The supremacy of the Japanese people on the islands of Japan was supposedly established when the god, Take-mikazuchi, won a sumo bout with the leader of a rival tribe. Apart from legend, however, sumo is an ancient sport dating back some 1500 years.

I ts origins were religious. The first sumo matches were a form of ritual dedicated to the gods with prayers for a bountiful harvest and were performed together with sacred dancing and dramas within the precincts of the shrines.
The Nara Period(The 8th century)sumo was introduced into the ceremonies of the Imperial Court. A wrestling festival was held annually which included music and dancing in which the victorious wrestlers participated. Early sumo was a rough-and-tumble affair combining elements of boxing and wrestling with few or no holds barred. But under the continued patronage of the Imperial Court rules were formulated and techniques developed so that it came more nearly to resemble the sumo of today.

A military dictatorship was established in Kamakura in 1192 and a long period of intense warfare ensued. Sumo, quite naturally, was regarded chiefly for its military usefulness and as a means of increasing the efficiency of the fighting men. Later in the hands of the samurai, jujitsu was developed as an offshoot of sumo. Peace was finally restored when the different warring factions were united under the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603. A period of prosperity followed, marked by the rise to power of the new mercantile classes.
Professional sumo groups were organized to entertain the rapidly expanding plebian class and sumo came into its own as the national sport of Japan. The present Japan Sumo Association has its origins in these groups first formed in the Edo Period.

Why the name Marushiki....  Well in 1997 the Sumo Wrestlers came to Australia and did a Demonstration match in Melbourne and Sydney...  I saw them on TV and fell in love with some of them..  Namely Musashimaru and Konishiki, and Akebono.  All these three Rikishi(wrestler)  have retired.  Not long after I started investigating what was sumo!!!!  and found a Wonderful bunch of enthousiasts...  They even had online games to play, and you had to have your own Shikona (fighting name.)  after much consideration, i thought out of my crazyness for the 3 rikishi, i would choose part of their names and use that as my shikona...  so i toyed around with several options and asked a japanese friend for what they meant..  So I came up with several options like. Akemaru, Konimaru Koniono, Maruono and a few others...  finaly settling on MARUSHIKI.

sumo terminology
(Most of the information from this section can be found at
These are just samples of some things you can find.  For more words Please click on the above link

The official listing of rank in ozumo

Danpatsu-shiki A rikishi's retirement ceremony in which his top knot is formally removed.

Gyoji The referees. There are eight ranks in this profession, with promotion  based on a combination of seniority and competence. Each gyoji will take one of two "clan" names as his family name; Kimura or Shikimori.

Ozeki The second highest rank in ozumo

Yokozuna The highest position on the banzuke or official listing of rank, the yokozuna are often referred to as the living symbols of sumo.


Rules of Sumo (again more information can be found from the above link)

A bout is won by forcing the opponent out of the inner circle or throwing him in the dohyo. To lose the match it is not necessary to fall in the circle or to be pushed completely out. The rikishi who touches the ground with any part of his body, his knee or even the tip of his finger or his top-knot, loses the match. Or he need only put one toe or his heel over the straw bales marking the circle. Striking with fists, hair pulling, eye gouging, choking and kicking in the stomach or chest are prohibited. It is also against the rules to sieze the part of the band covering the vital organs. As there are no weight limits as in boxing or western wrestling it is possible for a rikishi to find himself pitted against an opponent twice his own weight.

more sumo info click on link


Some Excellent Sumo Sites to view:
Bench Sumo:  A game that tries to emulate the real thing but in cyberspace
Bolty's wacky drawings...  :  some very nice, and some funny drawings, of bench sumo rikishi   -   To see Boltys drawing of me
Sumo HQ:  this is where you get your updates on the latest in the real sumo world.
The ISP sumo game:   you choose who you thing will win from the nominated bout....
North pole Ichimon:  this is where the frost brothers and sisters gather....
The chain Gang:  you try to pick who will win without being eliminated
Sumo Mailing list:  You can see some of the interesting people who take part in some of the games from this link, you can also join the mailing list and get lots of 1st hand info as the basho (tournament) happens.