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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6’8” | 2.03 m
514 lb | 233 kg
May 8, 1969
Akebono Tarō
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6’0” | 1.83 m
278 lb | 126 kg
June 1, 1955
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6’4” | 1.93 m
333 lb | 151 kg
March 11, 1985
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6’7” | 2.01 m
467 lb | 212 kg
June 22, 1963
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6’.5” | 1.84 m
633 lb | 287 kg
December 31, 1963
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Konishiki Yasokichi
13.4”-23.6” | 34-60 cm
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6’1.5” | 1.87 m
337 lb | 153 kg
May 29, 1940
Taihō Kōki
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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).

Series of elevation drawings of Hakuhō Shō in sumo positions measured with overall height
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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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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6’0” | 1.83 m
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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).

Collection of pro wrestling drawings of John Tenta (Earthquake) measured with overall height
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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Taihō Kōki
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Taihō Kōki was a professional sumo wrestler from Japan who took home at least a championship each year. He also won forty consecutive matches between the years 1968 to 1969. Besides, he became the youngest wrestler at his time to become a yokozuna. Taihō possessed thirty-two tournament championships, including winning six consecutive tournaments in a row on two different occasions. These successes made him be considered among the greatest sumo wrestlers and a role model among children and other sumo wrestlers like Hakuhō. He preferred to win using the yori-kiri, while to grip rivals using the hidari-yotsu.

Taihō Kōki had a height of 6’1.5” (1.87 m) and wrestled at a weight of 337 lb (153 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Taihō Kōki in sumo positions measured with overall height
Taihō Kōki was a professional sumo wrestler from Japan who took home at least a championship each year. He also won forty consecutive matches between the years 1968 to 1969. Besides, he became the youngest wrestler at his time to become a yokozuna. Taihō possessed 32 tournament championships.

Taihō Kōki had a height of 6’1.5” (1.87 m) and wrestled at a weight of 337 lb (153 kg).

Series of elevation drawings of Taihō Kōki in sumo positions measured with overall height
Taihō Kōki
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337 lb | 153 kg
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Nationality: Japan

Years Active: 1956-1971

Death: January 19, 2013

Birthday
May 29, 1940

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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).

Collection of drawings of Akebono Tarō measured with overall height
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).

Collection of drawings of Akebono Tarō measured with overall height
Akebono Tarō
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6’8” | 2.03 m
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514 lb | 233 kg
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Nationality: United States

Years Active: 1988-2001

Birthday
May 8, 1969

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Akebono Tarō standing, stance, wrestling

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