A woman's place is in the sumo ring

posted on October 28, 2015

The teenage girl remembers how much fun it was to beat boys who were much bigger than her. And now she is fanatical about fighting.

Manaho Nozaki's first taste of sumo wrestling was when she defeated the boys in her first year of elementary school.

Nozaki and other students from the wrestling gym she was going to were appearing in a local sumo tournament for kids.

Now 19, she is a world junior champion in women's sumo, and she joined the Ritsumeikan University sumo club this past spring.

Her goal is to make the Japanese national team and win the world championships.

Nozaki has a small frame for a sumo club member, with a height of 160 centimeters and a weight of 60 kilograms, but her fighting style is characterized by quick feet and underarm throws that come from her wrestling experience.

Last year, she won the lightweight crown in the 4th Junior Women Sumo World Championships held in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She was the first Japanese to win in that weight class.

source by asahi
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