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Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-29

The second guy is just a lazy palette-swap.

GravidWithHate - 2017-07-29

For their size, these guys have insane hip flexibility.

teethsalad - 2017-07-30


this is how they get that way, matawari

TheyUsedDarkForces - 2017-07-30

To be fair, that's an exceptional range of motion for anyone, fat or not. Hamstring flexibility is no joke with these guys, either. I've done this and similar stretches pretty consistently for almost four years now and I'm not even close to being able to get my chest to touch the ground (a "full matawari"). Frankly, I doubt my ability to get there with ANOTHER four years.

The video teethsalad posted shows the stretch but doesn't give you a sense of how intense it can get for these guys. They have a ton of muscle so the mechanical aspect of stretching that much tissue can get... complicated.

Warning: somewhat of a disturbing clip

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

oh yeah, most new recruits end up with torn groin muscles from being forced into it right up - they can't be quite as rough as this ( http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/09/AR 2008030901742.html ) anymore since that one new recruit died during training a couple years back and they cracked down a bit, but yeah, if they can't do matawari by the time they join the stable, they will be forced into it. sumo ain't no joke. the stories from some of the old timers about hazing are fucking ridiculous

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

the only reason I can even get close to doing a sloppy matawari is because i've been stretching in the sumo style since I was 13 - and I still can't do one with truly proper form

Hooker - 2017-07-30

Fat guys have a built-in advantage in getting their stomachs to touch the ground.

Born in the RSR - 2017-07-30


fedex - 2017-07-30

Go Fatty!

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

"Hakuhō Shō (白鵬 翔, born 11 March 1985 as Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal, Mongolian: Мөнхбатын Даваажаргал) is a professional sumo wrestler (rikishi) from Ulaanbataar, Mongolia. Making his debut in March 2001, he reached the top makuuchi division in May 2004. On 30 May 2007 at the age of 22 he became the second native of Mongolia, and the fourth non-Japanese overall, to be promoted to the highest rank in sumo, yokozuna.

In 2009, he broke the record for the most wins in a calendar year, winning 86 out of 90 bouts, and repeated this feat with the same record again in 2010 when he established the second longest winning streak in sumo history. He also holds the record for the most undefeated tournament championships at thirteen, which is five more than any other sumo wrestler in history.

He was the only active yokozuna from 2010, following the retirement of his rival and fellow Mongolian Asashōryū, until 2012 with the promotion of fellow Mongolian Harumafuji. In January 2015, he took his 33rd top division championship, giving him the most in the history of sumo. He holds the records for most wins in the top division, achieved in May 2016, and most career wins, achieved in July 2017."

TheyUsedDarkForces - 2017-07-30

I have a big soft spot for fat guy sports from my time as a much younger, much fatter man.

Do you happen to compete? If so, hit us with a story or two!

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

i've done some amateur sumo but nothing notable or worth talking about

Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-30

Aren't these all rigged?

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

not so much anymore - after this happened ( http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/05/world/asia/05sumo.html ) public outcry kinda forced the sumo association's hand - not to say it doesn't exist anymore, but it's not nearly as prevalent now

teethsalad - 2017-07-30

also since the sumo association is funded through tax dollars via the dept. of education they really have to be pretty responsive to public outcry. there were more than a few voices at the time saying they should get rid of sumo entirely

also the influence of the yakuza is on the decline in japan, who were the people who would line up and fix a great deal of these arrangements

Two Jar Slave - 2017-07-30

Very interesting! Have some stars.

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