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Japanese schoolgirls in sailor suit uniforms demonstrate 82 sumo techniques

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

In Japan, sailor suit school uniforms denote youthfulness and innocence, but there’s plenty of strength behind the image too. Take the gun-slinging schoolgirl from the 1981 movie "Sailor Suit and Machine Gun" and its 2016 sequel, for instance, or the fighting schoolgirls in Japanese pose reference books. These seemingly contradictory virtues of innocence and power make for the ultimate badass schoolgirl, and whenever she makes an appearance, we can’t tear our eyes away from her.

Now a couple of fighting schoolgirls are stepping into the sumo ring to promote the 101st High School Sumo Kanazawa Tournament, which will be held in Kanazawa, in Ishikawa Prefecture, on May 21. Using the 82 winning techniques of sumo, which include throws, twist downs, leg trips and body drops, these girls do a great job of demonstrating each move.

Check out “Sumo Girls Eighty Two Techniques” below.

That’s a lot of information to process in two minutes! Let’s take a quick look at all the moves that appeared in the video.

1. Oshitaoshi 2. Oshidashi 3. Tsukidashi 4. Tsukitaoshi 5. Yoritaoshi 6. Kimetaoshi 7. Kimedashi 8. Yorikiri 9. Waridashi 10. Okuritsuridashi 11. Tsuridashi 12. Okuritaoshi 13. Okuridashi 14. Okurinage 15. Sokubiotoshi 16. Tsukiotoshi 17. Hatakikomi 18. Hikiotoshi 19. Okurihikitaoshi 20. Sabaori

 The”rear lift-out” (below left) and “lift-out” (below right) are usually performed by picking up the opponent by their mawashi loincloth.

  1. Abisetaoshi 22. Ushiromotare 23. Hikkake 24. Tottari 25. Sakatottari 26. Katasukashi 27. Shitatedashinage 28. Uwatedashinage 29. Ketaguri 30. Kekaeshi 31. Susoharai 32. Tsumadori 33. Kozumatori 34. Susotori 35. Ashitori 36. Komatasukui 37. Sutokomata 38. Kainahineri 39. Uchimusou 40. Sotomusou

The “inner thigh propping twist down” (below left) and the “outer thigh propping twist down” (below right).

  1. Uchigake 42. Sotogake 43. Chongake 44. Ukurigake 45. Kakezori 46. Kawazugake 47. Kakenage 48. Watashikomi 49. Kirikaeshi 50. Uwatehineri 51. Shitatehineri 52. Kotehineri 53. Kubihineri 54. Zubuneri 55. Gasshohineri 56. Dokkurinage 57. Amiuchi 58. Harimanage 59. Sukuinage 60. Kotenage

The “Hooking Backwards Body Drop” (below) involves placing your head under the opponent’s arm and forcing them backwards over their legs.

  1. Uwatenage 62. Shitatenage 63. Makiotoshi 64. Oosakate 65. Ipponzeoi 66. Nicchonage 67. Koshinage 68. Kubinage 69. Yobimodosh 70. Oomata 71. Tsuriotoshi 72. Okuritsuriotoshi 73. Mitokorozeme 74. Nimaigeri 75. Tsukaminage 76. Yaguranage 77. Ucchari 78. Sototasukizori 79. Tasukizori 80. Tsutaezori 81. Izori 82. Shumokuzori

The Ipponzeoi one-armed shoulder throw (below) is particularly impressive.


The High School Sumo Kanazawa Tournament has been held every May since 1915. The new video to help promote their 101st tournament this year is being supported by the two “Sumo Girls” in the clip, actresses Misaki Jimbu and Chihiro.

Striving for authenticity, the video was shot over three days under careful supervision, and an official Sumo Girls campaign website was created, complete with traditionally styled pictures, which have been used in newspaper ads.

If the Sumo Girls have piqued your interest in the tournament, the event will open at 8:00 a.m. on 21 May, and tickets will be sold at the venue for 800 yen (US$7.04) each, which is an incredibly good deal for a day of watching the sumo world’s up-and-coming stars.

Event information

High School Sumo Kanazawa Tournament / 高等学校相撲金沢大会

Address: Ishikawa-kenritsu Utatsuyama Sumo Arena, Ishikawa-ken, Kanazawa-shi, Suehiromachi


Open: 8 a.m. on May 21

Tickets: 800 yen each (available at the venue)


Source, images: YouTube/hokkokushimbun

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This is truly cool. Talk about a different take on heritage. Wish I could be there.

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If the Sumo Girls have piqued your interest ...

Yeah, right!

The otaku conga line outside the AKB theater disappears over night.

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This is lolita porn, no? Inexcusable in a country where young girls and women are taken advantage sexually, no?

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It's not porn. I didn't think women were allowed into a sumo ring, which makes me wonder why these girls are being used to advertise a high school sumo tournament that will likely only feature men / boys.

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That is for professional sumo tournaments, there has been numerous female sumo tournaments before.

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i liked this ad... very powerful...

But Japan Today guys... you will need to make a better research before making public an article...

The alleged school girls Misaki Jimbu is 22 years old model and black belt in Judo.

Though for Chihiro the information is not so available on internet but apparently she is 19 years old model and also have some sort of Judo experience.

So they are far from being "school girls"

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Not bad! Wish they had done it in a real sumo ring, though, and sent the old men who can't bear the thought of women "dirtying" the ring into a frenzy.

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I'd wish you guys would crop out the youtube-bar in the bottom of these pictures... I've seen it in a couple of articles now, and I know it's minor, just bugs me.

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my be they ought to teach more self defence or sumo in school, i think that some pervert would get one big shock if he touched one of these girls on a train.

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It is very interesting that I have seen on twitter a lot of Japanese tweets criticizing this advertisement. Saying "It is a blasphemy against Japanese culture." Though, as Japanese, I felt this ad very cool and eyecatching. Some people say that the shoes they are wearing on the sumo ring. But I was glad to see comments feeling OK with this ad.

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Better than watching 2 chubby guys duking it out for sure. If it is self defense, anything go - eyes, nose, throat, pop the ear drums between the legs, side chop to the kidneys, side step to the knees or even twist the fingers.

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