Tochiazuma Daisuke

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Tochiazuma Daisuke
栃東 大裕
Tochiazuma Daisuke.jpg
Personal information
Born Daisuke Shiga
(1976-11-09) November 9, 1976 (age 37)
Tokyo, Japan
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Weight 155 kg (342 lb; 24.4 st)
Web presence website
Career
Stable Tamanoi
Record 560-317-169
Debut November, 1994
Highest rank Ōzeki (January, 2002)
Retired May, 2007
Championships 3 (Makuuchi)
1 (Jūryō)
1 (Makushita)
1 (Sandanme)
1 (Jonidan)
1 (Jonokuchi)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (3)
Fighting Spirit (2)
Technique (7)
Gold Stars 4 (Takanohana II (2), Musashimaru (1),
Akebono (1))
* Up to date as of May 2007.

Tochiazuma Daisuke (born November 9, 1976 as Daisuke Shiga in Tokyo, Japan) is a retired sumo wrestler. He began his professional career in 1994, reaching the top division just two years later after winning a tournament championship in each of the lower divisions. After winning twelve special prizes and four gold stars, he reached his highest rank of ōzeki in 2002 and won three top division tournament championships before retiring because of health reasons in 2007 at the age of 30. In 2009 he became the head coach of Tamanoi stable.

Early career[edit]

Born in Adachi, Tochiazuma is the youngest son of former sekiwake and January 1972 tournament winner Tochiazuma Tomoyori, who was the first bearer of the Tochiazuma shikona (fighting name). After his career, Daisuke's father became an elder in the Japan Sumo Association with the name Tamanoi Tomoyori and began his own sumo stable, of which his son was a member.

The younger Tochiazuma entered professional sumo in November 1994, using his birth name as a shikona. He had a remarkably rapid rise, winning his first 26 matches (equalling Itai's record) and reaching the jūryō division in May 1996, only nine tournaments after his debut. At that point he adopted his father's old shikona. He broke into the top makuuchi division at the end of that year and won the Fighting Spirit prize in his first tournament. In July 1997, Tochiazuma was promoted to the prestigious san'yaku ranks and was a sekiwake for much of the time during the following years, although he bounced back and forth a few times due to injuries. He earned 12 sanshō prizes, including seven for Technique.

Ōzeki[edit]

After three double figure scores and two consecutive runner-up performances Tochiazuma was promoted to ōzeki for the first time in January 2002, and instantly won the tournament – exactly 30 years after his father's own championship. He was the first ōzeki since Kiyokuni in 1969 to win the championship on his ōzeki debut.[1] He also became the first wrestler since Haguroyama in 1941 to win the tournament championship in all six professional sumo divisions.[1] Tochiazuma's other top division championship victories occurred in November 2003 and January 2006. However, he never won two consecutive tournaments, nor could he achieve an "equivalent performance" over three tournaments, which is needed for promotion to the top yokozuna rank. His January 2006 success brought Asashōryū's record run of seven consecutive tournament victories to an end, but Tochiazuma could manage only third place in the following tournament. As of September 2012, it is also the last top division championship won by a Japanese born wrestler.[2]

Tochiazuma holds the record for the number of times a wrestler has achieved promotion to the ōzeki rank after being demoted. He lost his ōzeki rank twice following injuries, but both times he came back by scoring at least ten wins in the next tournament. He is the only wrestler who has succeeded in doing so since the introduction of the current rules on ōzeki promotion and demotion in 1969. His final promotion to ōzeki in 2005 was especially spectacular, as even his own stable had suggested that the scapula injury he suffered in November 2004 could have meant the end of his career.

He had great strength as well as technical skill, and was one of the few wrestlers to regularly trouble Asashōryū when he was at his peak as a yokozuna, defeating him six times between 2003 and 2006.[3]

Fighting style[edit]

Tochiazuma had an all-round style, equally adept at yotsu (grappling) techniques, and tsuki/oshi (thrusting and pushing) techniques. Early in his career he was regarded as an oshi-sumo specialist, and oshi-dashi (push out) was the kimarite he used most often overall, but he also won many bouts by yori-kiri or force out. His favourite grip on the mawashi was hidari-yotsu (right hand outside, left hand inside), and he was fond of using uwatenage (overarm throw) and uwatedashinage (pulling outer arm throw).

Retirement from sumo[edit]

At the end of 2006, Tochiazuma underwent knee surgery, leaving him with little time to prepare for the 2007 New Year tournament. He managed only five wins there, but preserved his ōzeki status with eight wins in March. However, he pulled out of that tournament on the 12th day and was admitted to hospital, complaining of headaches and dizziness. He was diagnosed with high blood pressure and a brain scan revealed he had also suffered a mild stroke. On May 7, 2007, Tochiazuma announced his retirement from sumo.[4] He kept his ring name as he made the transition into his role as oyakata, as ōzeki are permitted to do so for three years.

Tochiazuma's danpatsu-shiki, or official retirement ceremony, took place on 2 February 2008 at the Ryōgoku Kokugikan, with around 10,000 people in attendance. Coming from Tokyo, he naturally had a huge supporters network in the capital, and the event was a sell-out. He had lost a noticeable amount of weight since his retirement.

Upon his father's retirement in September 2009 he became Tamanoi Oyakata and took over the running of Tamanoi stable. In July 2011 he produced his first top division wrestler, Fujiazuma, and veteran Yoshiazuma also won promotion in the following tournament.

Family[edit]

He was married in December 2008 to a 31 year old former office worker and the reception was held in February 2009.

Career record[edit]

Tochiazuma Daisuke[5]
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
1994 x x x x x (Maezumo)
1995 West Jonokuchi #47
4–0–3
 
East Jonokuchi #3
7–0
Champion

 
East Jonidan #20
7–0–PP
Champion

 
East Sandanme #32
7–0–P
Champion

 
East Makushita #23
3–4
 
West Makushita #31
7–0
Champion

 
1996 West Makushita #3
5–2
 
East Makushita #2
5–2
 
East Jūryō #12
10–5
 
East Jūryō #6
10–5
 
West Jūryō #3
12–3
Champion

 
West Maegashira #15
10–5
F
1997 West Maegashira #10
9–6
 
West Maegashira #4
6–9
 
East Maegashira #6
11–4
F
West Komusubi #2
9–6
T
West Sekiwake #1
10–5
T
East Sekiwake #1
7–8
 
1998 West Sekiwake #1
11–4
O
East Sekiwake #1
2–4–9
 
West Maegashira #5
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Maegashira #5
8–7
West Maegashira #1
8–7
 
East Maegashira #1
10–5
T
1999 West Komusubi #1
9–6
 
East Komusubi #1
8–7
 
East Komusubi #1
10–5
 
East Sekiwake #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #1
10–5
O
West Sekiwake #1
10–5
T
2000 West Sekiwake #1
8–7
 
West Sekiwake #2
8–7
 
West Sekiwake #1
9–6
 
West Sekiwake #1
12–3
T
East Sekiwake #1
2–4–9
 
West Maegashira #4
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
2001 West Maegashira #4
10–5
 
East Komusubi #1
9–6
O
West Sekiwake #1
9–6
 
East Sekiwake #1
10–5
T
East Sekiwake #1
12–3
 
East Sekiwake #1
12–3
T
2002 West Ōzeki #2
13–2–P
 
East Ōzeki #1
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
10–5
 
East Ōzeki #2
3–2–10
 
West Ōzeki #1
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
East Ōzeki #3
8–7
 
2003 East Ōzeki #2
0–6–9
 
West Ōzeki #1
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Ōzeki #2
8–7
 
West Ōzeki #2
7–8
 
West Ōzeki #2
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
13–2
 
2004 East Ōzeki #1
9–6
 
East Ōzeki #2
0–3–12
 
West Ōzeki #2
Sat out due to injury
0–0–15
West Sekiwake #2
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #2
2–2–11
 
West Ōzeki #2
3–3–9
 
2005 West Sekiwake #2
11–4
 
West Ōzeki #2
10–5
 
West Ōzeki #1
12–3
 
East Ōzeki #1
9–6
 
West Ōzeki #1
10–5
 
East Ōzeki #1
2–2–11
 
2006 East Ōzeki #2
14–1
 
East Ōzeki #1
12–3
 
East Ōzeki #1
2–5–8
 
West Ōzeki #3
8–7
 
West Ōzeki #3
9–6
 
East Ōzeki #2
10–5
 
2007 West Ōzeki #1
5–10
 
West Ōzeki #3
8–4–3
 
West Ōzeki #2
Retired
0–0
x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion 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. ^ a b Newton, Clyde (2002-01-28). "Tochiazuma downs Chiyotaikai in playoff to take New Year title". Japan Times Online. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  2. ^ Buckton, Mark (10 November 2011). "The next big thing, and one that never quite made it". Japan Times. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tochiazuma bouts by opponent". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 26 August 2009. 
  4. ^ "Ozeki Tochiazuma to retire from sumo". Mainichi Daily News. 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-09. 
  5. ^ "Tochiazuma Daisuke Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 

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