It has been a while since I have posted, and I wanted to begin with giving a shout out to the wrestlers who competed at the Dallas Sumo Open this past Saturday in Dallas Texas. Congratulations to two welcome mat wrestlers Andre Coleman and Will Cook, who left there with a total of three Medals. Andre placed third in the Middle Weight, and Will placed second in Heavyweight, and Third in Open Weight. There were in this tournament disappointments and victories for every wrestler entered as there always are. Personally I wrestled very poorly and was unhappy with my performance. I started to think about where can we find victories even in times we see defeat. Now, I suppose this is a cultural difference, however I watched a video in which a new Sumo wrestler gave a small extra shove to his opponent at the end of a losing effort. The video went on to show the offending Rikishi’s coach disciplining him,not for losing, since in Sumo losses will happen to all wrestlers, he instead disciplined him for his tiny display of anger at the outcome of the match.
In pro sumo your conduct, is as important as the ritual, and equally as important as your wins and losses. You will rarely ever see much more than a slight smile or frown, and there would certainly never be a place for the wrestler to complain to a Gyoji or Shinpan about the outcome of the match. The rules in amateur sumo are set up to infer the same expectations across the amateur world as well.
This causes me to ask the question, is it compulsory that we follow the same conduct code in amateur sumo as is followed in pro? Well, maybe not, but if we did not look to this example as the ideal standard all we are doing is complaining for the right to misbehave. I would love to hear any thoughts on this..
As I conclude I want to share an excerpt from a website called factsanddetails.com which lists information on Japanese Culture, including an impressive amount of info about sumo.
Sumo is especially admired for its dignity and composure. Arguments over a referee’s ruling or displays of poor sportsmanship are unheard of. While vigorous open-handed slaps to the upper body are permitted, such tactics as striking with fists, kicking, and hairpulling are strictly prohibited. And although the results of some bouts are so close that the referee’s decision must be reviewed (and sometimes overturned) by the judges, neither winner nor loser ever raises a protest, and they seldom display more emotion than an occasional smile or frown.
Here is a link to the page
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