Known for its large bodies, skimpy uniforms, and violent collisions, sumo is widely recognized throughout the world. But many are surprised to learn that athletes at the World Sumo Championships compete in three distinct weight classes and separate divisions for men, women, and youth. Sumo demands exceptional strength, speed, balance, flexibility, and skill, but great sumo wrestlers come in all shapes and sizes.
Sumo is a 2000-year-old martial art that is steeped in culture and revered as Japan's national sport, but over the past several decades, it has become truly international. With simple, easy-to-understand rules and a range of fighting styles, sumo appeals to people from all walks of life. It's a great tool not only for physical fitness but for sharpening one's mind as well.
Under the auspices of the International Sumo Federation, the United States Sumo Federation is dedicated to the mission of sharing sumo with as many people as possible. In accordance with our mission, we sanction sumo tournaments and demonstrations throughout the United States each year. In coordination with the International Sumo Federation, the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Nihon University, we've sent both male and female American athletes to train in Japan. With an ever-expanding list of member clubs, we aim to continuously raise the quality of competition within the United States and develop athletes that can compete and win medals on the world stage.