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British Sumo Federation

How To Lift A Sumo Wrestler!

The strongest muscles in the body are in the legs and not the arms.

A good grip has to be taken near to the knot of the mawashi

The arms should not be overly bent else too much emphasis is placed on the arm muscles.(Olympic Weightlifters use straight arms to lift a barbell from the floor). You must stand close to the wrestler and bring your centre of gravity as close as possible to the wrestler's. Back straight, legs bent, head up, pull the wrestler onto you and straighten your legs


The more of the wrestler's weight you can 'rest' on your body the easier the lift will be.

The Japanese word for lift is TSURI.

If a Rikishi lifts another out of the Circle the technique is TSURI DASHI (LIFT OUT).











How To Throw A Sumo Wrestler!

It is not easy to throw a heavy person if that person is well balanced and not moving.

However, once a wrestler moves in any direction his weight shifts towards that direction and he loses a little stability.

The most common throwing technique is UWATE NAGE where the throwing arm is on the outside of the opponents arm.

Here we demonstrate SHITATE NAGE and you can see the right arm passes under the opponents arm to grip the belt.

A firm grip is taken of the mawashi but it is most important to remember the golden rule of Sumo: 'the strength is greater in the legs than the arms'.

When the wrestler steps forward on his right foot, place your right foot deep in between his legs and turning your hips to the front, drive with the foot/calves/thighs and hips and throw him to your front.

More power will be generated with correct timing and co-ordination of the legs and arms.

The hip throw - Koshi Nage

All wrestling styles use the basic hip throw. The difference in weight between the two wrestlers in the photo is 100KG, but the lighter wrestler can easily support the heavier man for a long time on his hip. Very little strength is required and it is a beautiful technique. The thrower's hips have to be relatively low at first and the legs are straightened to lift the opponent off the ground



Kake Nage

Once again this throw is used in most wrestling styles. It has variations but essentially it is similar to the above techniques. The thrower's leg drives his opponent's inside leg into the air. The technique can be very technical but can also be forced through with power by the big men often as a little addition to a weaker attempted throw