|The dohyo or sumo ring.|
Sumo is played in a dohyo, or ring and measures 18 square feet by 2 feet high. The stage is built of clay, has a sand surface and the bouts are performed inside a 15 feet in diameter circle. This is not much space to bout especially given the size of the wrestlers. Basically, the first person to force the opponent outside the ring, or push them down inside the circle wins. The bouts were rather suspenseful especially when the more advanced wrestlers were in the ring. I found myself covering my eyes many times. Most of the time the bouts were quick but we did witness a few wrestlers being thrown off the dohyo. One wrestler even hit his head, and another one got a bloody nose.
|Chiri-o-kiru. Means sumo will respect fair play.|
- There are 6 grand tournaments a year that are 15 days in length.
- The average age of a sumo wrestler is 20-35.
- Wrestlers live together in a place called a stable.
- Each player has a ritual of throwing salt in the ring.
- There are many foreign sumo wrestlers participating in the Japanese Sumo circuit.
- The loincloth the wrestlers wear is called a mawashi. It measures 10 yards in length/2 ft in width. There are approximately 70 winning maneuvers a wrestler can use with the mawashi during a bout.