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The sumo wrestlers unlike the habitants of the Far East are heavy in body weight, and live on a special diet known as chankonabe that helps them gain and retain body mass.
Each one of them is trying to knock their opponent out of a circular ring or force the other to touch the ground with any part of their body aside from the soles of their feet. Let us look at how this popular sport has formed into one of Japans leading past-times.
However the amateurs, sekitori, wear the same version which is simpler and less expensive and is termed as mawashi by the locals.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.