Photos from Ryan's Swim & Sumo party for his 10th birthday in January 2007 reproduced
here by kind permission of Simon Taylor of
Everyone needs to hear how to fight safely and fairly. Notice that they are all in
their teams already and have got their bandanas on.
Don't be offended ladies. This is just the way that young boys express themselves!
Each wrester must purify the dohyo (sumo ring) with salt in a tradition that goes
back hundreds of years.
Big push - big fun!
They all want to help him up. Watching can be fun, but at this age they just want
to get his fight over with so they can have their goes.
They are back on their feet in a best-of-three contest. But, red team, you've got
some catching up to do.
It's an evenly match bout but sometimes you can spin your opponent over as
well as push.
The Gyoji is aghast at the skilful wrestling that is on display.