NICHOLAS PETTAS BLOG: Shizuoka Sumo! 静岡相撲大会!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Shizuoka Sumo! 静岡相撲大会!



Recently my company sponsored a Sumo tournament in Shizuoka, so I spent 2 days there with all the other Sumo wrestlers. It was a really nice Hotel, with old style traditional Onsen(hot springs) And it was quite the experience to be in a place filled with real sumo wrestlers, I mean it didn't matter where you went you would bump into someone. Waiting at the elevator and then getting in the elevator, someone would be there, getting out you would meet someone and then taking a bath the place was filled with big guys. It made me feel really fit and small, it was great. It was really the first time that I have ever felt small in Japan. if I go on a train my head is above most and generally walking down the street I am pretty big in Japan. Back in Denmark I am pretty short and most of my highschool friends are taller than me, but in Japan I have a good size. So you can guess how it was to actually feel small being in Japan! They get up real early those guys, we made our way to the Budo hall just after 6 and by then the training was full on. The first thing we saw was guys in Mawashi's walking around the hall outside, and then once inside all the wrestlers were going for it at each other. And that training just kept going on and on all morning. By 8:00 AM. the doors were opened and the people started coming in, by nine the place was packed and the training just kept going on and on. The didn't finish until after 11:00, and by then all the wrestlers had been up there getting dirty and sweaty. The Grand Champion is from Mongolia and his name is Asasyoryu, when he walks in there is a mayor change in the whole atmosphere. It is almost like you know that the Champ is there, people perk up and stretch their necks to get a better look, the other wrestlers pump up the notch in the training. It was just great to see the whole thing. It was my first time to see it all like that, and I felt really priviledged. I have been lucky enough to actually meet quite a few of the Grand Champions, but it was the first time for me to actually see it up close and live like that. It gave me a whole new kind of respect for the Sumo. I actually wanted to become a sumo wrestler when I was younger, I thought that I might try to enter after I had finished the Karate Uchi Deshi...But by the time I had finished, there was a lot of controversy about the strong foreing wrestlers and I was so caught up in the Karate fighting that I had pushed my dream aside. But seeing it again, I think it could have been really fun. You never know where life is going to take you, sitting here in my house writing this makes me think about how true that really is. I wonder how I ended up here, and still think about what is to come and where I will be 5 years from now. Maybe even 10 years! But that is the pleasure of living, there is always a challenge around the corner, and I am not about to say no to a good old fashioned challenge. Thank you all Sumo wrestlers for making me see that there is so much more to life, and no matter how many times they knock you down all you really can do is just get back up and dust yourself off and try again.