Sumo is a type of combative sport, where two individuals attempt to throw the opposing player onto the ground or outside of the rounded boundary. Invented and practiced in Japan, the sport is typically preformed by sumo wrestlers who are heavier set in weight and thereby stronger in force. The main objective of Sumo wrestling is to have the opposing opponent hit the ground with any part of the body other than the soles of their feet, or to push them outside the circular playing ring. With characteristics similar to professional wrestling, the sport is often watched for entertainment.

What do sumo wrestlers eat?


Sumo wrestlers eat high-calorie meals throughout the day that combine vegetables and protein to maximize weight and strength. An example of a typical Japanese meal for a sumo wrestler is nabe (stew or broth) filled with fish, vegetables, and a type of meat.

How much do sumo wrestlers weigh?

Sumo wrestlers can weigh up to 150 kilograms (330 pounds). In other to achieve this weight, sumo wrestlers need to consume around 20,000 calories a day which is 10 times an average adult calorie intake. Sumo wrestlers also need to maintain a healthy diet when eating so much so they can be quick on their feet.


What are the rules of sumo?

Two simple rules: if anybody other than your feet touches the ground, you lose and if you step outside the ring, you lose. Other than the two rules, there are rules sumo wrestlers must know before they enter the ring: no hairpulling or eye-gouging.

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Akebono Tarō
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While other sumo wrestlers only hold titles in sumo wrestling, Akebono Tarō, the American-born former professional sumo wrestler, also has professional wrestling titles. Born Chadwick Haheo Rowan, he rose to fame and ranking swiftly after joining sumo wrestling in 1988 thanks to the training of Takamiyama. Akebono is the first non-Japanese wrestler to reach yokozuna. He possesses eleven titles, with eight tournament champions won while still a yokozuna. As a professional wrestler, he was signed with the All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW), winning the World Tag Team Champion, Triple Crown Heavyweight Champion, All Asia Tag Team Champion twice, and the 2015 Champion Carnival.

Akebono Tarō has a height of 6’8” (2.03 m) and wrestled at a weight of 514 lb (233 kg).

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While other sumo wrestlers only hold titles in sumo wrestling, Akebono Tarō, the American-born former professional sumo wrestler, also has professional wrestling titles. Born Chadwick Haheo Rowan, he rose to fame and ranking swiftly after joining sumo wrestling in 1988.

Akebono Tarō has a height of 6’8” (2.03 m) and wrestled at a weight of 514 lb (233 kg).

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Akebono Tarō
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1988-2001

Birthday
May 8, 1969

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Konishiki Yasokichi
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Konishiki Yasokichi is an American born non-Japanese sumo wrestler and the first to reach the second-highest rank in sumo, also called the ōzeki. Though he did not become a yokozuna, the descendant from Samoa became a three-time top division champion. He was born Salave'a Fuauli Atisano'e and labeled "Meat Bomb" or "Dump Truck" for being the heaviest wrestler in sumo wrestling. Konishiki used a range of fighting styles, starting with oshi-sumo before a knee problem forced him to switch styles and use yorikiri. His inability to employ various fighting styles may have led to him not becoming a yokozuna.

Konishiki Yasokichi has a height of 6’.5” (1.84 m) and wrestled at a weight of 633 lb (287 kg).

Set of illustrations of Konishiki Yasokichi in various sumo poses measured with overall height
Konishiki Yasokichi is an American born non-Japanese sumo wrestler and the first to reach the second-highest rank in sumo, also called the ōzeki. Though he did not become a yokozuna, the descendant from Samoa became a three-time top division champion. He was born Salave'a Fuauli Atisano'e.

Konishiki Yasokichi has a height of 6’.5” (1.84 m) and wrestled at a weight of 633 lb (287 kg).

Set of illustrations of Konishiki Yasokichi in various sumo poses measured with overall height
Konishiki Yasokichi
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1982-1997

Birthday
December 31, 1963

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Konishiki Yasokichi standing, stance, wrestling

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Hakuhō Shō
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Mongolia's Hakuhō Shō has proven that sumo wrestling is not only a sport for the Japanese, but anyone can thrive in it. Born Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal, the professional sumo wrestler has achieved top ranks of the makuuchi division and yokozuna. His achievements include having the second-longest winning streak after registering most wins and breaking records in 2009 and registering similar achievements in 2010. He is a record holder in the list of undefeated tournament champions, standing at fifteen. He has also won thirty-three top division championships, breaking Taihō's long-standing record, and becoming a record holder for most wins and career wins in the top division. Hakuhō is also the longest-serving yokozuna in sumo wrestling history.

Hakuhō Shō has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m) and wrestles at a weight of 333 lb (151 kg).

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Mongolia's Hakuhō Shō has proven that sumo wrestling is not only a sport for the Japanese, but anyone can thrive in it. Born Mönkhbatyn Davaajargal, the professional sumo wrestler has achieved top ranks of the makuuchi division and yokozuna. His achievements include having the second-longest streak.

Hakuhō Shō has a height of 6’4” (1.93 m) and wrestles at a weight of 333 lb (151 kg).

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Hakuhō Shō
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Nationality: Mongolia

Years Active: 2001—

Birthday
March 11, 1985

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Hakuhō Shō standing, stance, wrestling

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Chiyonofuji Mitsugu
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Japanese Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was a professional sumo wrestler whose weight wasn't helpful to him. Hence, he used his muscles and other superior techniques to outdo opponents. Born Mitsugu Akimoto, he became the 58th yokozuna and won 31 yūshō. Chiyonofuji became famous for maintaining the sumo top-ranking, making him the greatest yokozunas. He spent twenty-one years as a sumo fighter, and during this time, he rubber-stamped his name in the Guinness World Records when he secured most wins and most career victories in the top makuuchi division. He won the Kyushu tournament eight consecutive times. Chiyonofuji later became the Kokonoe-oyakata and an elder in the Japan Sumo Association after retirement.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m) and wrestled at a weight of 278 lb (126 kg).

Set of illustrations of Chiyonofuji Mitsugu in various sumo poses measured with overall height
Japanese Chiyonofuji Mitsugu was a professional sumo wrestler whose weight wasn't helpful to him. Hence, he used his muscles and other superior techniques to outdo opponents. Born Mitsugu Akimoto, he became the 58th yokozuna and won 31 yūshō. Chiyonofuji became famous for maintaining top-ranking.

Chiyonofuji Mitsugu had a height of 6’0” (1.83 m) and wrestled at a weight of 278 lb (126 kg).

Set of illustrations of Chiyonofuji Mitsugu in various sumo poses measured with overall height
Chiyonofuji Mitsugu
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278 lb | 126 kg
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Nationality: Japan

Years Active: 1970-1991

Death: July 31, 2016

Birthday
June 1, 1955

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Chiyonofuji Mitsugu standing, stance, wrestling

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John Tenta (Earthquake)
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John Tenta was a Canadian sumo wrestler and also a professional wrestler. In his first appearance in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), he was known as Earthquake, while in sumo wrestling, he used the name Kototenzan. Tenta switched to professional wrestling from sumo wrestling to become a big star in WWF, taking home the WWF Tag Team Championship when he partnered with Typhoon. He went by the name Avalanche in WCW and Golga in his return to WWF and The Shark in All Japan Pro Wrestling. John became a two-time UWA Heavyweight Champion and an NWA Canadian Heavyweight Champion.

John Tenta had a height of 6’7” (2.01 m) and wrestled at a weight of 467 lb (212 kg).

Collection of pro wrestling drawings of John Tenta (Earthquake) measured with overall height
John Tenta was a Canadian sumo wrestler and also a professional wrestler. In his first appearance in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), he was known as Earthquake, while in sumo wrestling, he used the name Kototenzan. Tenta switched to professional WWF wrestling from sumo wrestling.

John Tenta had a height of 6’7” (2.01 m) and wrestled at a weight of 467 lb (212 kg).

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John Tenta (Earthquake)
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Nationality: Canada

Years Active: 1985-1987 (Sumo); 1987-2004 (Pro Wrestling)

Death: June 7, 2006

Birthday
June 22, 1963

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