See how our customers have rated and reviewed their Sumo Experience events.
And there are comments here from over 100 customers! For your convenience we've grouped them into the following:
What follows are all the comments we've received to date - warts and all! Photos, where shown, have kindly been supplied by customers themselves. Movies have been included with permission. Some of the reviews here have been taken from our FreeIndex listing where they can be viewed in full, along with the ratings we have been given there...
"This was a super fun party! We had 14 very excited 8 and 9 year old boys and they just had the best time ever. We had heard, through word of mouth, about the a sumo party and thought it would be a bit different and I couldn't quite believe how excited the boys would be. Martin was absolutely excellent - he was extremely well prepared and arrived in plenty of time to set up and this meant that as soon as the guests arrived it was straight into sumo fun. Keeping the attention of a lively group of boys for an hour and a half is no mean feat and Martin did this brilliantly. They all felt part of the action, even if it wasn't their turn. One word of warning though - be prepared for tears.... tears of laughter! It is just hilarious to see the children in the suits rolling around the floor. A great party and a huge thank you to Martin too!"
"What an absolutely amazing day we had with Martin ! He was an absolute God-send the way he managed to capture the attention of a very animated and energetic group of boys for my son's 8th birthday party. They were transfixed and had such a wonderful time. Be prepared for an afternoon filled with laughter and fun. Martin is also such a fountain of knowledge too and the boys learnt a lot about Sumo and it's traditions. I cannot recommend the Sumo Experience enough. We were looking for something different, but enjoyable for the boys and it lived up to all the promises and more. This is definitely the easiest party I have done so far. No stress at all as Martin takes control. I am even thinking of having a Sumo party myself !"
"We had a party for thirteen 11 year old boys. The whole event was a complete success from start to finish. Well organised and fun for all the children. I haven't laughed so much for ages. It was great to see all the children getting in to the spirit and no one was left out or had time to get bored! Thank you so much for a great birthday party."
"The children all loved the Sumo party it was perfect for 8 year old boys who love to wrestle and Martin was exceptionally good at keeping them all organised and interested. As parents we laughed so much we had tears streaming down our faces. A fab experience for everyone. Highly recommended.
The party was great - thanks so much.
All the boys (and India) loved it. I'm also extremely grateful that you lent me the Sumo's for the cake. It was a great hit and very much appreciated ... Many thanks again for a memorable party."
"Martin is brilliant with kids - making the whole experience really fun for them and making it simply hysterical for the watching adults! As fun to watch as to participate in! He kept 13 10 yr olds and one 6 yr old sibling engaged and involved at all times. Importantly, the safety aspects were kept to the fore in a way that did not detract from the fun. A great event for everyone - Martin did a great job."
"A fantastic party, outstanding communication and organisation from Martin from start to end, Martin even offered to stay on longer to help organise some extra games with the time we had at the end of the party. Really please with safety aspect and as just as importantly the children had a great time, very very funny they were in stitches. Would have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Martin and the great Sumo experience. Thank you!" ... (suggestion) "Don't think it can be improved on!"
"Thanks for a great party. Henry said it was his best party ever! I haven't laughed so much for a long time. ... An easy party to arrange - we did nothing! The boys has a ball. It was something new to them all. It's always a challenge to find a different theme for a party and Sumo fits the bill."
"I thought I’d just drop you a line to say thank you for doing Nicholas’ party this morning – he thoroughly enjoyed himself and declared it to be the best party he’d ever had! Our only concern is that they’re going to be running round the playground on Monday shouting 'fat boy' to anyone slightly overweight!"
"By far the best elements for the party were Martin himself - funny, fun, authoritative, professional, brilliant with the kids - and the suits and the detail such as the gong and the salt which made the whole experience so original and different. It was great having the invites on the website"
"Thank you so much for today the boys had a great time. It seemed like a lot of money at the time of booking but it was well worth it and the fire breathing was an added extra that Josh was chuffed to take part in... It will be a party to remember for a long time."
"Martin skilfully kept twelve eight and nine year olds enthralled for an hour and a half - no mean feat!! A first rate party that will be remembered and talked about for some time to come. A little bit more special and unique than the usual Laserquest or Go-Karting and mum and dad still get a bit of a rest - thanks so much!"
"Sumo Experience have just run a party for my 10 year old plus a bunch of active boys. The party was great fun, well organised and everyone was kept occupied and part of the experience. The kids loved Martin. I would recommend this as a party any time. Great memories!"
"Thank you for the party, Jasper and his friends had a really good time ... my feedback is all positive! We really didn't have to do anything other than watching and laughing, so it was wonderful for us. Your preparation was quick, it was fun, you handled the boys well (you know it is hard to control the boys of that age, they could be naughty), you tidied up quickly, and most of all Jasper enjoyed it. It was great to see the boys having fun! I think the boys will remember it as a real fun occasion. Oh also pre-party chat (before booking) was informative and so is your website."
"Both my husband and I would like to thank Martin so much for such a wonderful party. Our son Alex who was turning 9 had the time of his life so did his friends. Martin has got the combination of fun and discipline just right. I know that it was the talk of his class on Monday. Thank you Martin and I will recommend you to everyone."
"Great party for boys this age - they were really enthusiastic and loved the fighting and dressing up!"
"Absolutely spectacular. Definitely the best party we have ever attended. Organiser was increadibly professional. he phoned twice to ensure all arrangements ok in 48 hours pre party and arrived 45 minutes prior to the party. All the kids and adults loved the party from 6 years to 77 years of age... We are still talking about the party. It was fantastic."
"All 14 of the boys absolutely loved it and the way that Martin kept them entertained for an hour and a half when there were only two wrestling at a time, was excellent. We all had a great time, adults and boys alike!"
"The boys absolutely loved the idea and watched the links on the website many times before the party. On the day Martin organised our group of very rowdy boys with ease and they had a brilliant time. Many parents stayed to watch because it was hilarious."
"Martin was great at engaging and entertaining the boys for my son's 9th birthday party and they hugely enjoyed it. He is very professional and efficient and was incredibly helpful and friendly during the party itself, not just during the sumo part. Would highly recommend and my 5 year old can't wait to be old enough to try it for himself!"
"George's 9th Birthday party was great fun and the kids really enjoyed themselves. Martin was fun but able to keep control of excitable children and also to keep them all interested and involved. Thank you for a stress free experience, we will definitely recommend you."
"Martin Day made the whole experience huge fun for the children. And for the adults! I don't think we have ever laughed as much as seeing boys dressed as sumo wrestlers having a ball! A couple of the boys said they had never had so much fun. My son said it was his best birthday party ever! Martin even managed to keep control of fourteen 9-year old boys! He also went beyond the call of duty in helping us clear up and transporting all our stuff back to the house in his car. I cannot recommend the Sumo Experience enough." ... (suggestion) "Perhaps give the children a few more tidbits about sumo culture."
"The kids had a great time, and we all thoroughly enjoyed the party. The kids loved putting on the outfits and jumping on each other, and just for once they are given permission to do so! This was a great party for parents as well, as there was no need for crowd control, the children were engaged for almost the whole time, a rarity with children! ... I think that it was the most relaxed kid’s birthday party I’ve ever been to. I’m sure there is some benefit to getting rid of all that pent up aggression, the boys seemed unusually laid back! You truly have a great gift, and great imagination!"
"One of the boys, as he was leaving, announced confidently that it was the best birthday party he had ever attended. All the party goers enjoyed themselves. A lot of belly laughs from kids and parents. Truly comical. And very professionally run. Martin arrived promptly, set up without fanfare and began the events with a succinct explanation of rules, & regulations. The children knew what was expected and they enjoyed the combination of letting it rip and bringing it back to a focused silence. I particularly liked the structure of the competition. I loved Martin's props: his robe, salt, music, smoky steam, and gong. All very atmospheric and novel for western kids. There was nothing I disliked about the event." ... (suggestion) "Perhaps Martin could have made it clear to the boys that they needed to sit and not get up and help themselves to drinks and food. Would it be helpful if there was a ten minute break between rounds for toilet, food and drink...all clearly specified at the start?"
"It was a brilliant party!!! Any worries about the children getting bored were gone after 5 seconds! Highly recommended. Oliver's friends at school still talk about it and all want the same party now. Thank so much Martin." ... (suggestion) "Smaller suits for short kids."
"Absolutely brilliant! The kids and parents all had a fantastic time and Martin managed to keep control and keep the interest of 14 extremely lively 7 year old boys whilst ensuring everyone had loads of fun"
"This is the best party we've ever booked for our 8 year old son. Martin was great & held the children's interest & concentration for all 90 minutes- no mean feat! All the children still raving about party & now they all want one! One very happy 8 year old & parent's :-). Thank you Martin"
"The children had an absolute ball! Martin was great with the children, kept them all under control but letting them have a huge amount of fun at the same time."
"The party was a great success and Rudy and all his friends had a great time. Thanks for all your help before and after and don't worry about the fire alarm, those things happen!"
"Thanks for a brilliant party, all of the children loved it and had a lot of fun wrestling and cheering their team members on. It was also hilarious for the adults to watch too. My daughter's birthday is in May and she enjoyed it so much she's thinking of having a sumo party for her friends."
"Thanks very much for running the party on Sat - definitely a success with the boys and very stress free for us so a winner all round! Earplugs would have been a good idea though! A great event for 9 year old boys!"
"A fantastic party concept that Robert and his friends thoroughly enjoyed. Martin kept fourteen 7-8 year boys in tow superbly while still maintaining the fun aspect of things. Not only was it a great activity to take part in but it also kept the watching adults fully entertained ... They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and I’ve already had lots of positive feedback about both the party content and T-shirts."
"The children really enjoyed themselves. It kept them amused for an hour and a half. (A great feat for 10 year old boys!) Smoke machine was great."
"Thank you for such an enjoyable time. We liked everything. The only thing I would say is the floor area could have been bigger to sumo in so it wasn't over so quickly."
"Thought the whole experience was fantastic. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning as it was something that none of them had done before, but my nerves soon disappeared once the party started. The boys had a blast. Everyone of them came to me at the end with huge smiles on their faces and saying they really enjoyed it. Thanks to Martin for great organisation and making the party fun for all involved. Would definitely recommend to other parents. Thank you very much." ... (suggestion) "My only slight concern, was that maybe more mats needed around the side as a couple of times during bouts, the kids fell off the mats, and although Martin had given specific safety advice re turning their heads when they fell, so as not to hit their faces, they obviously forgot during the excitement. Having said that, no one was injured and they all came up laughing."
"The party was absolutely fantastic - The boys were 10 and so I reckon it was the best party they could have had - a legitimate reason to beat each other up (but very safely)! I was very impressed with everything on the day! The boys absolutely loved it! So no doubt see you again!"
"We all enjoyed it - it made hosting a kids party much easier for us, and all the boys seemed to have a great time. One Mum phoned to tell me it was a really good idea and that her son had a 'fab time'."
"The most entertaining birthday party for the adults watching the kids! The boys loved it too ... Thank you for such a great and entertaining party. Awesome!"
"This is the second time we have a Sumo Experience for my kid's birthday. It was as much fun for his 11th as it was for his 13th birthday! Martin is well organised, very pleasant to have around with bags of energy. He obviously enjoys what he is doing and this is contagious. The Sumo costumes are both hilarious to watch and very safe to use - I know as I had a turn with my husband! A great experience, as much fun to play as to watch."
"Thought Martin was great with the boys. Managed to control their excitement without spoiling their fun. My son had his 'Best birthday party ever'"
"Martin worked extremely hard to create a great party with some very boisterous boys. very efficient, punctual and carefully thought out."
"Martin Day put on a wonderful Sumo Wrestling party for my 8 year old son and twelve of his friends - good clear instructions to the boys at the start and then great fun in fat suits - lots of laughing and cheering on of the teams. I would highly recommend him."
"Great party, kids really enjoyed themselves."
"Party was booked for a 10th birthday party. Martin was easy to contact and very helpful explaining how everything works and accommodating our needs. He also was willing to travel that bit further to get to us. Party went really well, the boys all had a fantastic time and the adults haven't laughed so much in ages."
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the party. Martin had a great rapport with the boys and quickly gained their respect."
"Many thanks for today. They all really enjoyed themselves and Jason was over the moon. He won't be forgetting his 10th birthday, happy memories for years to come especially as he was the champion... Hopefully, I will see you at another party as you will be well recommended. It was real fun "
"Totaly FANTASTIC party!! The kids had a brilliant time and the parents were all in stitches laughing.. Best party I have had!!! totally recommend it. "
"I thought the organisation was very good. Martin gave 100% and all the children had a wonderful time."
"My son had a great birthday party. The kids had so much fun and the parents loved watching it.. Martin was fantastic with the kids. He made the children laugh with good banter but was also firm when needed to keep them under control. We all really enjoyed the sumo experience and I would recommend this to anyone thinking about having a go!!!!"
"The party was a great success... The kids had a wonderful time and many of them have come up to me today to say how much fun it was! I really appreciate you changing the party time at such short notice..."
"The children loved the sumo party, they had a lot of fun and didn't stop laughing, neither did the parents watching!"
"I've just asked my son for some feedback on his party today and the quote was 'best party he's ever been to and Martin was a really nice bloke and good fun. Had lots of people jumping on people!' Think that says it all really!"
"We really enjoyed the party on Saturday. Michael said it was excellent and we felt that Martin controlled the whole event (and the boys very well)! Many thanks"
"Liked the organization into teams of equal heights. Liked the little bit of Sumo tradition. Liked the two types of games 1.team 2. champion I thought the red circle was maybe a little too small. The battles were over very quickly without much bouncing off each other. i.e. it was too easy to be out. The final game with the handkerchief seemed to go on a bit longer but then trying to keep 8 other little boys entertained was difficult. It would seem to be a bit of a balancing act trying to give everyone a decent go without losing the interest of the spectators. I think there was a bit of an issue of how little time they got battling compared with the time they got to sit still which for 10 yr olds is difficult. I thought Martin was good at crowd control of naughty boys remembering that the boys weren't mine to yell at." ... (suggestion) "Maybe an emphasis on the team - stopping to announce the progress scores and what each team needed next to go on to win might have kept the spectators more involved. Sorry we introduced the snacks. I didn't realise how rude a few of the boys were."
"We had a brilliant day. The party ran very smoothly. The boys said it was the best party ever. The video we took had us and grand parents in fits of laughter that evening. Martin was great with the children and made the party lots of fun."
"We all thought it was great fun and I only wish we had organised that the parents of the children attending the party had stayed to watch as they would have loved it. The boys loved the authenticity of the event - i.e. smoke, gong and salt."
"Many thanks for the entertainment on Saturday. Your party session was such good fun - I was at a Year 3 mum's night out last night and the mums of those that participated were full of it"
"The boys all really enjoyed the party. However, towards the end they were getting a bit restless. I thought it would be a good idea to get them involved a bit more in the second half - banging the gong was a good idea which they enjoyed. Maybe each team could have a scorer, or 2 at a time, and all the players could have a go at scoring. They could even score some of the cleverer moves so that there is also a team award for style as well as number of wins. Teach them a few insults in Japanese!" ... (suggestion) "Some cotton wool or something absorbent would be useful in the first aid kit for mopping up blood!"
"Really enjoyed it as kids were kept completely focused and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was fun to see little people transform into little sumos. The kids just couldn't wait for the party and could not stop talking about it afterwards. Definitely recommend it for this age group (8 years old). Thank you so much for a great party. Michael really enjoyed it and I really appreciated your help at the end too."
"The whole Sumo Experience was incredibly well organised. All 19 boys had a fantastic time and Martin took care of everything Sumo related, leaving me to just sort the food and the cake!! My son wants to have the same party again already! Thank you for an unforgettable experience."
"Martin has the right qualities and experience to entertain and employs such great attention to detail to make the Sumo wrestling event a fun, entertaining and engaging experience. He is fun but firm and able to control groups of energetic children so that they all have equal turns in a safe environment and the use of teams adds to the atmosphere and competition. I would whole-heartedly recommend him for his professional approach and he provides a great sumo experience, which is a unique fun event."
"This was the 2nd Sumo party I had booked, I wouldn't normally wish to spend so much on a party for my son but luckily he had a joint party so the cost was split. The Sumo experience is one you have to try, it is hilarious to watch and all the kids enjoyed it. Martin was very helpful, good with the children and explained the party process brilliantly. I would definatley book another party in the future."
"We really enjoyed the party. It was disrupted by a few people being late. I think that it was good that there were not many more children as seven year old boys can be quite rowdy. The children need to be carefully matched in age and size. They all had a good time and it was a memorable experience for everyone."
"Martin ran my 9 year old's birthday party and it was a great success. He kept the boys engaged even when they weren't wrestling and they all had a great time."
"The party was excellent - surpassed my and my children's expectations - I haven't laughed that much in a long time! Thanks Martin - a true professional!"
"We had our Sumo party for our son's 10th birthday in the garden as the weather was lovely. Martin was great throughout the day; the kids really listened to him and he had total control for the whole of the party. The boys had a great day and there was lots of testosterone flying about, but in a good way! The boys were exhausted at the end of the day! Everything was really well organised and looked great."
"As I knew there would be a lot of waiting for their turns, I wondered how the 10 boys (12 & 13 year olds) would be. They were great. Martin kept everyone involved, encouraging cheering for their teammates, joking, but keeping them under control! They had a great laugh and the teenage "cool" went as soon as they put the fat suits on so funny for the adults to watch too! Highly recommend!"
"Great fun, kids loved it! I bet the adult Sumo parties are a hoot! Thanks a lot, Martin."
"All the kids had a great time and it was really nice to do something a bit different. Martin was great with the kids and managed to get everyone involved. It was fun to watch too!"
"We used an indoor hall that was quite large and whilst that added to the event it also made it quite noisy so perhaps on reflection I would choose a smaller venue. Aside from that it was a great event enjoyed by all" ... (suggestion)"Smaller numbers in the group."
"Thank you so much for the Sumo party for my son. He and his friends had an excellent time. The party is very original and the service you provided was exceptional. You were a natural with the kids and I would not hesitate to book again"
"A fantastic idea for a 10 year old boy's birthday party. Great fun was had by all and Martin is brilliant! He really gets into character!!!"
"Really good party which kept the kids enthused and involved for the whole time. Thank you"
"In general the party was excellent and all the boys had a brilliant time. I thought a bigger mat could of been better as a couple of times i saw faces head towards a wooden floor. I question that and hour and a half for this age group may have been a little long as towards the end they started to loose interest. But these are small niggles as over all the party was excellent!"
"The Sumo Experience was great fun. Martin was easy to deal with, and great with the kids. The boys had a great time, and the party really hit the spot for a group of 10 year old boys ; being invited to come and have a 'safe' game of rough 'n' tumble! I would definately recommend Martin to other people. An hour and a half of good fun, and worn out kids at the end of it - fantastic!"
"We can confirm that Tom and his friend’s thoroughly enjoyed the party. We were really impressed as you seem to pitch the party very well according to age."
"Martin arrived in good time , and managed very energetic children very well with a good balance of humour and discipline (7 year old boys can get a little over excited!!). The boys enjoyed the party and it was probably one of the most stress free childrens parties I have ever had to host."
"Sumo Sam and Sumo Dan shared their 9th birthday party and had a fantastic time. Lots of laughs. Martin managed the balance of allowing the boys to be boys, but being firm when he needed to be to make sure that everything ran smoothly and everyone had enough turns"
"Very professional and great fun for everyone."
"Thanks again for a great party! The boys really enjoyed it and it gave us adults some entertainment too!"
"It was hilarious to watch the children bob about in the suits, especially the little ones. Moreover they loved it too. The boys voted it the best party of this season (so far!) really good laugh and simple fun."
"Just held a very successful 8th birthday with Sumo Party and Martin Day. Martin took control of 12 boys for an hour and a half. The party was hysterical and thoroughly entertaining. My son says it was the best party he has ever had and I think his friends would agree. A novel party idea which I would highly recommend."
"This was probably the best party idea ever! My son and his friends loved every minute. I was very impressed with Martins attention to detail. Try it you will love it."
"What a fabulous party!! The party was a great success, all the girls loved it and the adults couldn't stop laughing too! Eveything went so smoothly, from the booking of the party right through to the party itself. Nothing was too much trouble, Thankyou for making Eliza and Sophies 10th birthday a very special one and a one that we will all remember for a long time to come... We both would happily recommend you to our friends, what a fun party... Thankyou again for a very entertaining afternoon." ... (suggestion) "Just keep on doing what your doing!!!!"
"I was going to email you this AM and say a BIG THANK YOU for a great party. The kids really enjoyed themselves and that is what it is all about. Thanks again for your time, you have a very good approach with the kids (obviously it comes with experience!) ... The children love the 'dressing up' and competition of the event. Luckily this was something none of the group had done before but all were keen to have another go!"
"This was a superb party. The children still haven't stopped talking about it. I would thoroughly recommend a Sumo Experience Party to anyone considering hiring Martin. He is enthusiastic and utterly professional. Many, many thanks."
"... you were brilliant with the girls being teenagers, they can go either way with things like the sumo but you had a knack of pitching it just right for them... they all had so much old fashioned fun that they just seemed to be laughing the whole time. Thanks again and I will recommend you and the sumo party whenever I have the chance"
"Martin provided a Sumo Experience 12th birthday party for our daughter plus 13 friends. The party was huge success and all the girls have been raving about the Sumo Experience ever since. Martin took control from the start, and he kept the girls entertained yet focused thoughout the 75-minute session. The girls loved it. It was hilarious - a joy to watch. Martin was a pleasure to deal with - easy to book, full explanations, very punctual, and highly competent and confident. A great party !"
"The party went really well. Martin was excellent at getting the fairly quiet girls at the party to get into the swing of things. They all had a great time and I have had lots of comments about how much fun they had. Martin was prompt and very efficient with emails before the event. Thanks very much for a wonderful party!"
"Thanks for the party, everyone had a whale of a time, and Rebecca said it was fantastic!"
"My daughter had a Sumo Party for her 8th birthday. It was excellent, so different, a good laugh. The girls loved it, even the ones that were a bit hesitant to participate. Martin is fantastic with the children." ... (suggestion) "I only invited 10 girls, I would definitely invite more, in case there are a few that dont want to participate. That was my fault though"
"A sumo experience party was thoroughly enjoyed by my 11 year old daughter and her friends. I found the party leader to be very professional and helpful prior to the party and on the day."
"...the downloadable invites were brilliant. All aspects were covered pre-party and on the day everything was set up and cleared away with no fuss and I had nothing to worry about during the party ... Everything was taken care of ... the children were given safety instructions and rules before the games began. It was by far the best party I have ever held for Jessica it was great fun (couldn't stop laughing at them). Very reasonable costs and good value for money. I would suggest that you possibly add a medal of some description for each of the guests (obviously incorporate prices into party cost or offer as an extra) but even without this it was absolutely brilliant"
"Thanks for running such a lovely party yesterday. The children really enjoyed it and I have had lots of positive comments. … I am sure you will have many more friends/siblings contact you soon."
"The girls thoroughly enjoyed it and have said it was the best party ever!!!!"
"Martin was great with getting everything ready, organising the kids and keeping the momentum up for an hour and half. He provides all the necessary kit and the fat suits, along with the helmet and "hair bun", got us all laughing. All the children enjoyed it and talked about it afterwards. Highly recommended for an entertaining party."
"An excellent party that was totally new and different for the girls. Thanks again for a lovely party... I had excellent feedback on the T-shirts which the girls loved and were of a high quality." ... (suggestion) "Perhaps you could formalise helper roles and rotate between the spectators eg, gong basher, scorer, your helper to start the bout, someone to throw salt etc"
"Children loved it - as did the ladies who had a go! Concerns about the headgear suitability for 9yr olds. Seemed too large and fell off quiate a few times....needs to be a smaller fit and a forehead strap or something to hold in place. Smoke machine was a definite no-no for the children - dramatic effect outweighed by the coughing and spluttering! Great party overall."
"...the girls really enjoyed the party. It was as much fun to watch as it was to participate which is all too rare. I think it was good for the girls to be encouraged to use their physical strength to express their aggression in such a fun and safe way"
"Beth and her friends really enjoyed the party. It was well organised but fun and Martin was a great host/ref. It was fantastic to find something a bit different which made everyone laugh so much! We would thoroughly recommend it - in fact we already have to several friends!"
"It was a brilliant party which kept some active, inquisitive 10 years old thoroughly engaged. For something a bit different for unafraid and tenacious children it's perfect … They had a fantastic time"
"Sumo party for her 11th birthday and the kids had a great time. Everything (equipment, service, games, entertainment value) was top-notch and I would highly recommend a Sumo Experience party! I would like to thank the Sumo Experience for a fabulous and much talked about party!!"
"We recently held a Sumo Experience party for my 12 year old daughter. We paid a bit more as we live further afield than normal, but it was well worth it. From the beginning, communication was excellent. As soon as Martin knew the venue, he checked the website and realised that the rooms booked were a bit small, and got back to me straight away. I was able to change the booking at the hall without any trouble. I thought this was very thorough. The girls had a great time, but probably are at the upper end age wise. I think that 10-11 years is the probably the optimum age. We had one 8 year old present, who was only just big enough to fit in the suit!! I know the girls will remember this party for a long time and judging by the noise level and amount of laughing know that they had a great time!!"
Mixed Parties (for boys & girls)
"I've just got back from my son's 11th birthday party - Sumo Experience and what a great experience it was too. My son and friends had a fantastic time, enjoyed every minute. As for me it was one of the most stress free parties I've organised. Martin Day is enthusiastic and encouraging and keeps the children "focused". I would totally recommend Sumo Experience - even my 13yr old daughter had a great time."
"All of the participants really enjoyed the party, and the time went by so quickly ! All children got into the spirit of things, and there seemed no bad feeling even when their team lost - a credit to the organiser for keeping their motivation up , and keeping their focus! Martin found a very good balance between being in charge/in control, yet letting them have fun as well. Thoroughly enjoyed the Sumo experience, and would highly recommend Martin to others."
"Absolutely brilliant! Kids loved it, parents were very keen to "have a go", was a really different, fun party. Martin did a great job of involving all the children and managing the energy levels of them all. Was a party for boys and girls and feedback from the parents was they all had a great time! Thank you, would definately recommend this as a party idea. My chidren were 10 years, (boy), and 9 years old (girl)."
"Martin is extremely pleasant to deal with. The party was hilarious and everyone (even the parents watching) were in fits of giggles. We have three children and have tried every party option out there, but this was the most fun we have ever had and we will definitely recommend Sumo Experience to everyone! ... thanks so much for a brilliant party."
"We hired Martin and his Sumo Experience for my son's 9th birthday party. All the children had a fantastic time. Martin was really good at engaging them and keeping control of a lively bunch of children. They absolutely loved it. I would thoroughly recommend Sumo Experience if you are looking for something a bit different that will appeal to all ages."
"Everyone had a great time, and Martin was an excellent manager/referee. He laid out the guidelines at the outset and then let the fun begin with a series of fights between 2 teams. He was inclusive of all the guests and even gave our youngest daughter an 'exhibition fight' allowing her to join in the fun. I would recommend this party to anyone looking for a different party experience."
"Martin from Sumo Experience managed a birthday party for my 15 year old daughter and 14 of her friends, ranging across girls and boys from 11 - 15 years old. We all had 2 hours of good-natured fun and laughter so it was a tremendous success. The kids liked Martin, and from my point of view, he did all the hard work and was polite and reliable to deal with. Highly recommend."
"Martin our instructor was very professional and managed the children extremely well. A real fun day for all. thank you! … I think we can all agree that the Sumo party was a big hit! we all had such a laugh."
"The children thoroughly enjoyed the party. The whole experience was very professional and well put together. The other parents commented on how much fun and how different the Sumo Experience was compared to other childrens parties they have been to. Highly recommended."
"WOW!!! That was a wonderful party... We all certainly enjoyed spectating as much as they enjoyed taking part"
"Was very pleased with the Sumo experience party for my son's 8th birthday. The 12 kids had a great time and spent a lot of the session cheering and laughing. Martin is good at communicating, very friendly and organised. He did a very good job of managing them all when they were a bit rowdy and made sure everyone had several turns. Also made sure they all knew about the safety rules, no injuries occurred, suits are super padded and hence very safe. The kids enjoyed the party and were talking about it for the next week. Would definitely recommend this to other parents."
"Fantastic party, the kids loved it! Thanks so much. They all had so much fun. Lovely to meet you too"
"All of the kids, girls and boys had a great time. A great bonding experience for all of them to get to know each other better. I liked the fact it wasn't just hired suits with a dangerous free for all. It was controlled and supervised, which is important for 13 year olds!! As soon as they saw you arrive they were desperate to get on with it and have a go. thanks very much"
"Amba and friends had a fabulous time - her best party yet"
"The Simo party was the talk of the playground the next day!" ... (suggestion) "Award a medal to the winner. I gave all the children a medal at the end of the party which they were very proud of."
"The boys and a girl had a great time on the sumo experience. All inhibitions are easily let go when covered up by such an outfit. Martin was very helpful with ideas for the party from when I first contacted him. I would highly recommend a sumo party for not only a child that has interest in sumo or martial art, but for any individual wanting a good time. Even the adults want a sumo party now!"
"It was something different which all the children could participate in with hilarious results." ... (suggestion) "Perhaps some themed decorations could be made available for loan as part of the package? (ie. Japanese or Sumo bunting/banners)"
"The smoke did not help the quality of the photos"
"A very good party, kids had a great time and talked a lot about it after the event. A good party. Thank you"
"The event was great fun. Martin was very patient with the children as well as with the delayed start. Lots of fun! … I think you did a great job and as I said, the children really enjoyed it. You made the whole thing interesting and were very patient with them when they began to get tired and rowdy. We really appreciated your patience with the delays and I will definitely be recommending you to other parents!!" ... (suggestion) "Perhaps a little talk at the start and a little more dynamism to keep the younger ones more interested. But a really good event anyway! "
"Boys liked the competitive element and if I was to make a suggestion then I would suggest some medals, one for the winner but the rest not for winning for fun i.e. best potential for a sumo career, person who knows most about Sumo/japan/ japanese, person best at the intro moves, person who looks best in the headband, and to be voted on by the children, person who looks most ridiculous in costume, person who bounced the highest, etc.. etc..."
"The birthday girl and all the kids at the party had a great time - so much laughter! I would definitely recommend this service. One of my daughters better ideas!"
"Harvey said "the party was brilliant, I really enjoyed it and I liked your hair too" My 11 year old daughter loved it too. Everyone loved it. It was fantastic."
Adult Parties (including Stags, Hens & Teambuilding)
"It has gone down as the best hen ever! We had such fun whilst feeling safe and looked after by Martin. I would recommend Sumo for anyone wanting to have a side aching laugh!"
"We were unsure as to whether this would be the right way to begin a stag night, but it in fact provided the perfect springboard for a wonderful evening. Fabulously organised, enormously entertaining, and suitable for giving a dear friend a gentle bashing. I would recommend it in the highest possible terms."
"We were pleasently surprised by how well organised Martin was and how he had thought out the whole event in so much detail. At first we were all a bit shy by the thought of wrestling each other but it ended up with a bunch of shy girls turning into extreme sumo warriors. Never could I have imagined it to be so much fun. We laughed so hard I think some of us developed asthma attacks. Martin was absolutely brilliant hosting the Sumo and made us laugh all the way through the experience. We liked the small details of the head wristbands, the spreading of the salt and the gold clock you ring before the wrestle starts. Thanks a lot Martin for a great experience. We are already recommending the event to everyone we know. Emmelie the hen have some fun memories for life and couldn't have been happier with how it turned out ... It was brilliant all the way through the experience"
"17 women aged between 32-62 rolling about, clutching their stomachs as they laughed so hard. Priceless. It was entertainment for even the most hard people! Genuine laughter rippling throughout the entire event. Amazing!
Sumo was spot on how it would not have been the same without Martin who put on a role (and very a comical one with it!) and geed everyone on! He has a wonderful sense of humour, is very patient and clearly enjoys what he does." ... (suggestion) "Can I do it every day?"
"What a fantastic night !!! This was certainly a great charity fun event organised to date !! Martin rocked as the master and got the crowd excited and up for a fun fight. My directors and managers who participated absolutley loved the Sumo Expericence and could not rate it enough for fun appeal !! Martin is very professional / friendly and knows exactley how to get the crowd going. Fab time by all and a pleasure dealing with Martin from the very first phone call to him until the end... Highly recommended!! The Amadeus night will go down in history for a long while as a great night had by all..." ... (suggestion) "no complaints and will highly recommend the sumo experience!"
"AMAZING !! Martin was terrific, I have already had feed back and EVERYONE really enjoyed themselves...EVEN THE GIRLS. Thanks to Martin for making my son's birthday so special and one that I am sure he will not forget. I would highly recommend Martin from Sumo Experience as he is polite, great fun and also feels the party and the situation of the moment, in other words not pushy !!!! FANTASTIC thank you again."
"Originally, we wanted to just hire the suits and do a DYI sumo party, but in hindsight, it was so much better to have an experienced person in charge to lead the event and to provide a safe and more importantly, FUN experience for both children and adults alike! A bit of warning though: your stomach muscles will hurt the next day from laughing:)))"
"We all had an absolutely fantastic time, such a good laugh and so many more took part than was originally thought. Would highly recommend."
"We had a brilliant time doing the sumo for my sisters hen do. It really got everyone involved and helped people bond with people they didn't know. Martin was very thorough and professional but at the same time easy going and delivered the sumo with a good deal of humour... Thanks very much for organising such a great time. We all really enjoyed it, although a lot are aching now!"
"We all had a great time & Martin really led the activity & got everyone involved & interested. Couldn't have been better ... everyone really enjoyed themselves."
"Really great event. Very well organised and prompt. It was catered to our needs and the timings were great. Everyone had a brilliant time and by the end had warmed up enough to really go for it!"
"This was brilliant fun and an excellent way to start the Stag proceedings." ... (suggestion) "Though the wrestling was great fun, after around an hour, once everyone had had a go, things ran out of steam a bit. If there was a way of keeping the competition going or doing some sort of knock out that might help maintain interest."
"Brilliant, original activity for a Hen party (just the right level of silliness!) - all participants had a great time. And it was a pleasure dealing with Martin, both prior to the event, and on the day itself. Would very highly recommend."
"Thanks for a lovely afternoon"
"Thanks so much for last night. The office had a hilarious time and all thought you were great."
"Such a laugh"
"Thank you very much for yesterday's evening. We all enjoyed it a lot!."
"It was good fun but inevitably some people hadn't quite recovered from the previous night. You were right about the time needed."
"Great time was had by all!"
"This was the absolute best start to our hen party! The concept combined with Martin's sense of humor made it an unforgettable day!! Martin was also extremely helpful previous to the event, so the organisation of it went very smoothly. If you come across this on the Internet, go for it : you won't regret your decision!!"
Fairs & Fundays
"Thank you Martin for a great experience, all my colleagues are talking about the activity and how they both enjoyed taking apart and watching the activity. You were spot on with the Sumo being a crowd pleaser and great visual attraction. Look forward to working with you in future. Thank again Martin for offering a real cost effective activity and added personal touch making the activity a real treat for all."
"We have nothing but praise - the children and parents have all commented on how well organised, and fun the Sumo was. We would like to thank Martin for such a wonderful 'Sumo Experience'! ... it was all great!"
"All of the youth group were able to take part and had a fantastic time. This thanks to the preparation, professionalism and delivery of Martin. Excellent value for money and well worth having Martin there to run the evening rather than just hiring the kit yourself. Many thanks again."
"Excellent event. Having Martin run the session makes a real difference as he is experieinced, proifessional and great fun."
"I think its pretty safe to say that in spite of the slow start, it all went down well and the few people that I did manage to collar and specifically ask about it (even if they didn't actually take part), all said how hilarious they thought it was and might in the future consider it for themselves."
"Martin was just great with the kids - great sense of humour and interacted with them brilliantly. We had great weather - so we were outside on the village green. Lots of spectators - parents thought it was just perfect. THANKS!"
"Martin was very professional, courteous, patient (I had many questions). He arrived in good time to set up and did not stop for 2 hours, making a lot of children very happy with their experience. I also thank him for his cheerfulness all afternoon!"
"This was a new experience for us - a new atempt to raise money for charity and it worked really well. Organisation was great. Atmosphere created - was great. Thank you for your support for us and making the event a success. The pupils were very positive afterwards - this hopefully opens up new avenues for us... the pupils were very happy and staff felt they were left with some dignity at the end."
"I wanted to say a huge thanks for attending the event and an even bigger thanks for your enthusiasm throughout the evening. The children absolutely loved the sumo wresting itself as well as your outfit which they absolutely loved. There has been a lot of talks across the different teams about how much fun it would be to book you for a team building event!! ... thank you for putting such smiles on the children's faces."
"Martin arrived promptly, set up and was busy from the first moment and he didn't stop... The children and adults were very pleased so much so that I understand a few parties will be booked for birthdays."
"Everybody who I have spoken to about Sumo Experience since this event absolutely loved it and thought how different it is ... perfect in every way."
"Great to have Martin back as some of the kids had been to the previous Sumo night held at the youth club and run by him and helpful for him having been to the venue before. This all helps I feel to build up relationships and adds towards the very smooth running of the event. Great fun had by all. Thank you"
"It was great to draw the guys into the event and build the tension"
"We had great feedback from loads of people on the Sumo, and I asked my 9 year old daughter what was the best bit and she went on and on about how good her Sumo fight was, how she was banging the gong and was very excited in playing the nurse role 'mopping up the blood from the small Chinese looking man who cut his foot'. So she felt very involved which is what it is all about. I also managed to get one of her fights on my camcorder. In short is was great to see so many children enjoying themselves, we had the weather and it was a great day and very well worthwhile, and we also appreciate how hard you had to work at it non-stop for so long."
"Organised and paid for by local police so unable to comment of value for money. Young people enjoyed it and were able to grasp the point about controlling anger!"
"Everything was great"
"The evening is well organised and controlled which is not easy as we were holding these in four youth clubs where children are often boisterous and pushing the boundaries! Young people really engage in the challenge and it's a great way of getting rid of those simmering frustrations, so long as it's not personal! We used these to concentrate the youngsters minds on how physical pushing is okay in contact sports where special rules apply, but in the street or at school violence is not acceptable and the consequences can be severe to anyone over the age of 10" ... (suggestion) "Maybe a large mat for the adults a bit like in tennis where you have two boundaries, one for singles and one for doubles. The bouts seemed to be over very quickly!"
"A fantastic experience for both the staff and students"
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