Some junior and adult scenes from a Sumo Experience event
at Brookwood Community Church in May 2006.
The young "rikishis" are trained in sumo etiquette by their Gyoji.
The "Gyoji" explains the three basic rules of sumo: Step outside the
ring and you loose; touch the ground with anything but your feet and
you loose; and no dodging. That would be dishonourable.
The combatants pull on their junior fat-suits.
The "Gyoji" help a conbatant with his protective headgear.
The "shiko" stamping is an important prelude to the fight.
At the Gyoji's command the two "rikishis" power into combat
The Gyoji watches carefully for any feet fall out of bounds.
Eleven year olds teater on the brink.
Two eight year olds conclude a bout decisively.
The Gyoji moves to stop an adult fight when one of the combatants
moves ahead of his command.
Adults about to lock horns at the Gyioji's command.
Everyone marvels at the strength of the fat-boys.
Both adults and children will struggle to get back on their feet, so
here some of the spectators help out.