Sumo Wrestling Rules
The main objective is to toss your opponent out of the sumo ring, or bring them to ground within the ring.
Two sumo opponents stand in a ring that is 3-5m meters across.
There is strictly no punching striking, kicking, elbowing, kneeing biting, or spitting. Committing any of these offences results in instant disqualification.
They wear thick silk belts around their waists, consisting of a long length of cloth that has been folded many times to create the belt. When they enter the ring, you will see the contestants toss salt around the ring to cleanse it - Sumo still holds strongly to its religious backgrounds and each wrestler asks for the help of the deities to win the battle. A Priest will also bless the ring before every battle, with the winner showing no expression of joy or adulation, as this is a disrespectful thing to do.. unlike many other sports.
You will never see Sumo wrestlers never jump up and down in happiness for the crowd's approval, as this is a sign of disrespect for the opponent and the games spirits.
The aim is to make any part of the opponent’s body (excepting the soles of the feet) touch the playing surface out of the ring. The bout has 1 referee, as well as numerous judiciaries to sentry the feat and decide the victor. The bouts are fast, averaging only a couple of seconds, although some matchups can go on for three to four minutes. The sumo wrestlers cannot pull hair, strike at the eyes, or punch with a closed fist, making injuries almost none inside the ring. Pushing, tripping, slapping and other body throws are commonly used in Sumo. You will often see a flurry of fast and aggressive slaps while the opponents, try to break the concentration and force them to make a mistake. Allot of succeeding in Sumo is mental warfare; to be winning before the first movement is even had. Wrestlers will stare eye to eye in a bit to get an edge before the actual physical wrestle starts.
Sumo Wrestling Suits have become more and more and more popular for social events, and parties to entertain friends and colleagues, and to stay fit.
Sumo wrestling suits we provide are made from a high quality PVC plastic, and are completely sanitary. Our suits don’t have a cloth liner, but the same PVC that is on the exterior. The suits are heavily padded, not inflatable.
We have Sumo Suits available from Sydney and Newcastle, and the central coast region. We Provide Sumo suits for any occasion, private or corporate we can cater. Primarily we cater for adult wrestling, and would advise people 12+ use the suits to sumo wrestler, but we have got in both outlets children’s suits. If you are hiring adult suits, we are more than happy to do a deal with both the adults and children suits combined.
Imported from Europe, we only have the highest quality suits available on the market. We have got the biggest suits on the market, and welcome you to inspect pre hiring from us to gage the difference compared to our competitions suits. Our sumo suits are so big you can belly bounce without even feeling the impact.
If you are looking to hire from us, these are some of the basic rules your will need to adhere.
GENERAL RULES TO FOLLOW DURING USE OF SUMO SUITS NEWCASTLE’S EQUIPMENT:
1. All participants MUST REMOVE SHOES before playing
2. Use suits only on the 14' x 14' safety mat.
3. Participants must be over 5' tall to use.
4. All users must remove sharp objects; Eyeglasses, watches, bracelets, necklaces, and earrings should be removed.
5. Keep all sharp objects, silly string, gum, candy, food, other sticky substance, water, and pets away from unit(s).
6. Participants must wear the helmets and gloves while playing. '
7. Have people available to help participants in and out of suits and have extra people stand outside mat to keep participants within the mat surface.
8. Provide water for thirsty participants at a safe distance away from unit(s)
9. Do not use in standing water or wet from rain Includes = Two Foam Sumo Suits, Two Wig-style Helmets, One 14' x 14' Safety Mat, and Two Pairs of Safety Mittens.
SUMO WRESTLING HISTORY
It’s the 21st century, and with such a vast cross sections of sports channels and sports interests, I am sure you have come across a Sumo wrestling match and wondered at this strange sport. In Japan, Sumo wrestlers at the elite level are seen as gods.
However there is more to Sumo Wrestling than just two well fed men wrestling in the ring - in detail, it's an ancient sport and extremely treasured in Japanese culture. Sumo Wrestling has becoming more and more appealing outside of Japan as the world grows ever smaller in this 21st century of technology.
Sumo wrestling is the traditional national sport of Japan. Baseball and soccer are close seconds, but Sumo reigns supreme as the favourite sport of the Japanese. With the growth of its popularity outside of Japanese culture there have also changed - the current Grand Champion is a Hawaiian man called Akebono- Akebono took up the sport at a young age and excelled in it; Akebono’s ride to fame surprising Japanese and Americans who wondered at this stranger taking on the traditional Japanese sport and excelling at it. Due to Akebono's success, more global competitors are inflowing the ring, all awake to their partaking in a sport that is older than most of the countries that they arrive from.
The first documented mention of Sumo is located in the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), a book from the year 712, which is the oldest illustration of Japanese writing. The Kojiki relates a legend about how possession of the Japanese islands was determined by a Sumo match 2,500 years ago between the gods Takemikazuchi and Takeminakata. The two men grappled on the shoreline of Izumo down the Japan Sea coast until Takeminakata finally lost. This being the result control of the archipelago was handed to the Japanese people led by Takemikazuchi, Takemikazuchi is said to have established the imperial family from which the current emperor traces his ancestry. Thus Sumo from the start was different from most other sporting matches; each match a chronological exercise.
The Japanese didn't keep any written records until the 8th century, making it near on impossible to know, apart from legend, exactly when Sumo first developed in Japan. Though, ancient wall paintings that point to its origins are very old. Since prehistoric times, Sumo appears to have been performed mainly as an agricultural ritual to pray for a good harvest; much like the Native Indians of North America and other cultures who have their own performances and rituals to show their appreciation to their gods.
Sumo in its early days tended to be violent with anything goes style often a veritable fight to the death.
Nihon Shoki (records of Japan), as of the year 720, records the original bout between lowly mortals as taking place in 23 BC. Emperor Suinin (r. 29BC - AD70) is said to have made a special request to Nomi no Sukune, a potter from Izumo, to fight Taima no Kehaya. The 2 wrestled for quite a time when Sukune finally delivered a set of distressing kicks to Kehaya's stomach and torso. Kehaya was killed from the wounds, and Sukune, the sumo champion, has been immortalized and is now known as the 'father of Sumo.' Obviously, times have changed and now injury are unusual inside the Sumo ring.
Years have passed and Sumo has grown to become the favoured sport of the public and even the Japanese royalty, one of the most famous patrons is Oda Nobunaga (1534-82), a major feudal lord. It was February 1578, Oda assembled over 1,500 sumo competitors from across Japan for a tournament to be held at Oda’s castle. It was not Until then that there had been no definite boundaries to the arena Sumo was held; the space was marked only with the spectators standing around in a sumo circle watching and waiting for their sumo wrestler. It was at this time, and due to the immense number of wrestlers, circles where drawn on the ground to define a boundary the sumo wrestler was to take place in. This was done to speed up the tournament. These boundaries have also made watching safer for all. Years later the use of rice straw bales began to be placed around the edges of the circle, keeping the boundaries protected. This practice is still current in today’s tournaments.
These days ceremonial aprons are designed for the mighty Sumo wrestlers; They are embroidered with the feudal lord they served. To be chosen to carry this name of a daimyo into battle held prestige and fame, and many fought for the chance to wear these special aprons. This practice has also persisted down to the today where at the opening ceremonies of each sumo tournament (basho in Japanese) the contestants display for the audience wearing the apron that denote their place of birth and their position, and also the gym they belong and train at.
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