Kyokushūhō Kōki

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Kyokushūhō Kōki
旭秀鵬 滉規
Kyokushuho 2012 Jan.JPG
Personal information
BornErdenbaatar Tumurbaatar
(1988-08-09) August 9, 1988 (age 30)
Ulan-Bator, Mongolia
Height191 cm (6 ft 3 in)
Weight156 kg (344 lb)
Career
StableŌshimaTomozuna
Current ranksee below
DebutMay 2007
Highest rankMaegashira 4 (Jan 2016)
Championships1 (Juryō)
* Up to date as of May 26 2019.

Kyokushūhō Kōki (旭秀鵬 滉規) (born August 9, 1988 as Erdenebaatar Tumurbaatar is a sumo wrestler from Ulan-Bator, Mongolia. Making his professional debut in 2007, he reached the top makuuchi division for the first time in 2012, his highest rank has been maegashira 4, achieved in January 2016. He has one juryō division yūshō or tournament championship, he is a member of the Tomozuna stable.

Early life and sumo background[edit]

In 2004, Tumurbaatar first came to Japan, he came as an exchange student through the Mongolian Judo Federation and became a student at Motosu City First High School in Gifu prefecture. In his second year of high school he took first place in the prefectural judo tournament and went on to take third place in the Tōkai regional tournament, he had no experience in sumo beforehand, but having aspired to fellow Mongolian Kyokutenhō's success he decided to join Ōshima stable, the same stable as his idol. He was able to circumnavigate sumo's one-foreigner-per-stable rule because Kyokutenhō had become a naturalized Japanese citizen, although this loophole has since been closed. In April 2012 the stable closed with his stablemaster, former ōzeki Asahikuni, close to the mandatory retirement age, and he moved to Tomozuna stable.

Career[edit]

He first stepped onto the dohyō in May 2007. In November of that same year at the rank of jonidan 5 he achieved a perfect 7–0 record and then won a three-man playoff to take his first yūshō or tournament championship, he rose steadily through the ranks recording only a few losing tournaments (two of which he withdrew from due to injury) before reaching the rank of makushita 2 in the July 2011 tournament. His convincing record of 5–2 at this record allowed him to rise to the level of sekitori and in the following September tournament he was given the rank of juryō 10. A strong 9–6 showing followed by an even stronger 10–5 in the following January tournament allowed him to reach the top makuuchi division in only two tournaments; however a record of only 3–12 in his January 2012 divisional debut brought him demotion back to the second division after only one tournament.

Though Kyokushūhō seemed to have found his stride again after posting two consecutive 9–6 tournaments in the following March and May tournaments, a disastrous eight consecutive losses followed by a withdrawal from the July 2012 tournament saw him relegated back to the unsalaried ranks for the first time in a year, he bounced back quickly in the September tournament and a 6–1 record at makushita 1 put him right back in the salaried ranks. An 8–7 kachi-kōshi in the November tournament and a very strong showing of 11–4 in the January 2012 tournament would put him at the rank of juryō 2 for the March tournament. Here he achieved his most successful tournament yet by posting a 12–3 record and the championship. To achieve this he beat fellow Mongolian Azumaryū on the final day to give both the same record for the tournament and then later in the day beat him again in a playoff to take the championship. For the May tournament Kyokushūhō was promoted to the top division for the second time to a new highest rank of maegashira 12, but had to withdraw through injury on Day 10, he reached his highest rank to date of maegashira 4 in January 2016, but an injury forced him to sit out the May 2016 tournament, and this resulted in a fall to juryō. His last appearance in the top division was in March 2017, and he has remained in juryō since then.

Fighting style[edit]

Kyokushuho is a yotsu sumo wrestler, preferring grappling techniques to pushing or thrusting, his favoured grip on his opponent's mawashi or belt is migi yotsu, meaning his left hand is inside and his right hand outside his opponent's. A straightforward yori kiri or force out is his most common winning kimarite but he also regularly uses oshi dashi (push out) and uwatenage (overarm throw).

Career record[edit]

Kyokushūhō Kōki[1]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
2007 x x (Maezumo) West Jonokuchi #35
6–1
 
West Jonidan #76
6–1
 
East Jonidan #5
7–0–PP
Champion

 
2008 West Sandanme #14
5–2
 
West Makushita #55
5–2
 
West Makushita #35
4–3
 
East Makushita #29
2–5
 
West Makushita #42
6–1
 
East Makushita #16
0–6–1
 
2009 West Makushita #52
5–2
 
East Makushita #37
4–3
 
East Makushita #29
0–3–4
 
East Sandanme #5
4–3
 
East Makushita #55
6–1
 
West Makushita #26
4–3
 
2010 East Makushita #22
4–3
 
East Makushita #18
2–5
 
East Makushita #32
6–1
 
West Makushita #13
3–4
 
West Makushita #17
5–2
 
West Makushita #8
4–3
 
2011 East Makushita #4
2–5
 

Tournament Cancelled
0–0–0
East Makushita #12
4–3
 
East Makushita #2
5–2
 
West Jūryō #10
9–6
 
East Jūryō #6
10–5
 
2012 West Maegashira #15
3–12
 
West Jūryō #9
9–6
 
East Jūryō #5
9–6
 
West Jūryō #1
0–8–7
 
East Makushita #1
6–1
 
West Jūryō #10
8–7
 
2013 East Jūryō #9
11–4
 
East Jūryō #2
12–3–P
Champion

 
West Maegashira #12
5–5–5
 
West Jūryō #2
7–8
 
West Jūryō #3
11–4
 
East Maegashira #14
8–7
 
2014 East Maegashira #13
5–10
 
East Jūryō #1
8–7
 
East Maegashira #15
9–6
 
West Maegashira #12
6–9
 
East Maegashira #15
7–8
 
West Maegashira #15
9–6
 
2015 East Maegashira #12
8–7
 
East Maegashira #10
7–8
 
West Maegashira #11
9–6
 
East Maegashira #6
5–10
 
West Maegashira #10
8–7
 
West Maegashira #7
9–6
 
2016 East Maegashira #4
7–8
 
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
East Maegashira #8
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
East Jūryō #6
10–5
 
West Maegashira #15
8–7
 
East Maegashira #11
3–12
 
2017 East Jūryō #2
8–7
 
West Maegashira #14
5–10
 
West Jūryō #2
8–7
 
West Jūryō #1
5–10
 
East Jūryō #6
9–6
 
East Jūryō #2
6–9
 
2018 East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
West Jūryō #2
7–8
 
East Jūryō #3
6–9
 
West Jūryō #6
8–7
 
West Jūryō #4
5–10
 
East Jūryō #8
5–10
 
2019 East Jūryō #13
9–6
 
East Jūryō #6
8–7
 
East Jūryō #3
6–9
 
East Jūryō #5

 
x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sumo reference". Retrieved 2013-05-18.

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