U.S. National Team Preparing for Osaka

October 12-13 ● Sakai Ohama Sumo Stadium

Heading into Osaka, the U.S. national team is the strongest it’s been in years.

Expect big things out of the U.S. at the 2019 World SUmo Championships.


Thank you, Women’s Sports Foundation!

The women of the United States Sumo Federation were selected to receive the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Travel and Training Grant!

Women’s sumo is growing fast in the United States. to support that growth, with the help of the women’s sports foundation, the USSF is offering a $150 travel grant for up to ten female athletes attending the 2020 U.S. National Championship.

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Kimarite Korner by Tom Zabel


“Uwate” is “overarm”, or as we say in sumo, having an “outside grip”. “Nage” is “throw”. This is the most common throwing technique. After establishing an outside grip on the mawashi, the attacker throws his opponent by heaving him down at a sharp angle as he turns away, twisting his hip under his opponent and leaning forward, throwing him down.

Step one

Start with an outside grip on the mawashi and an inside hold around the back or grip on the mawashi. Position your jaw on your opponent’s neck or shoulder and pull your opponent into you with the inside grip.


Step TWO

As you twist, use your hip to get your opponent off balance. With your inside hold or grip, pull your opponent around and down (at some point you will have to release your hold or grip).

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Use your inside foot as a pivot point while turning away from your opponent, twisting him around your body and down. You may also use your head and/or shoulders to force him down. Maintain balance and keep your center of gravity low.

For more kimarite and other sumo techniques, check out Sumo Skills by Tom Zabel.


The Next Generation

With well over a dozen National Championships to his name, Kena Heffernan is working to develop the next generation of sumo champions. In February, Heffernan took members of the youth team he coaches in Hawaii to the 9th annual Hakuho Cup in Japan. Last year’s competition featured 1,500 competitors from 8 different countries. All of Kena's boys won matches, but most importantly, the team had the opportunity to train with Hakuho and other rikishi from Miyagino, Tomozuna, and Musashigawa beya. Kena says the team has developed "a very tight relationship with Musashimaru and his boys. He treats them like family, and the team all looks up to him. Musashikuni is their sumo big brother for life." Still a highly successful competitor himself, Heffernan is not ready to pass the torch just yet, but his commitment to youth sumo ensures that when he does, it will be in good hands.


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