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First sumo wrestler from KGU to turn professional!

Public Relations Office        February 12, 2015

At the press conference

At the press conference

 On February 12, a member of the KGU sumo club, Kazuki Ura (senior of the School of Education), announced his decision to enter the Kise Stable at a press conference held at Kwansei Gakuin Hall located on the Nishinomiya Uegahara Campus. Stable master Sehei Kimura also attended the press conference. Approximately 100 reporters and journalists from 25 media organizations including television networks and newspapers thronged the venue. Some TV stations broadcast the press conference live, indicating the great deal of attention given to Ura.

 At the press conference, Ura expressed his hope to become a sekitori (a sumo wrestler in one of the top two divisions) in two years. He said, “During my first year, I will focus on developing my physique at the pro level by gaining 10 kilograms and building muscle strength through weight training exercises.” His new stable master said, “Ura has a style I have never seen before. I want him to keep his style as it is.”

 Ura with fellow KGU sumo club members

Ura with fellow KGU sumo club members

 
 To compensate for his less than imposing stature as a sumo wrestler at just 1.72 meters tall, he has built up his body by eating more than a dozen bowls of rice and protein-rich dishes every day and employing unique training methods. In addition to matawari (180-degree splits), backflips and other gymnastics exercises are incorporated in his sumo training regime. At the national university-business sumo invitational tournament held in Wakayama in 2013, he became the runner-up in the open category by throwing down opponents nearly twice as heavy as him one after another. At the World Combat Games 2013, he won the lightweight division (under 85 kilograms). In the semifinal match, he defeated a much bigger Russian wrestler employing his signature technique, izori (backward body drop), by which he quickly grabbed his opponent’s legs before rolling backward and taking his opponent over him to drive his opponent’s head down onto the ring. He dazzled spectators with his performance en route to his victory at the world championships.