Aobajō Yukio

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Aobajō Yukio
青葉城 幸雄
Personal information
Born Shōji Yukio
(1948-11-14) November 14, 1948 (age 68)
Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 152 kg (335 lb; 23.9 st)
Career
Stable Nishonoseki, Oshiogawa
Record 789-842-0
Debut March 1964
Highest rank Sekiwake (July 1983)
Retired July 1986
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
1 (Makushita)
Special Prizes Fighting Spirit (1)
Gold Stars 1 (Kitanoumi)
* Up to date as of August 2009.

Aobajō Yukio (born 14 November 1948 as Yukio Shōji) is a former sumo wrestler from Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. He did not miss a single bout in his 22-year professional career, and holds the record for the most consecutive matches fought, at 1630. After his retirement from active competition he was an elder of the Japan Sumo Association and a coach.

Career[edit]

He made his debut in March 1964, joining Nishonoseki stable. He reached the top makuuchi division for the first time in January 1975. In only his fourth top division tournament he was a tournament runner-up, won a sanshō (for Fighting Spirit) and earned a kinboshi for defeating a yokozuna. He was never to achieve any of those things again, but he fought in the top division for 62 tournaments in total. He made his san'yaku debut in September 1975 at komusubi and in October of that year he followed the former ōzeki Daikirin to the newly established Oshiogawa stable.[1] He dropped into the jūryō division in 1981, but fought his way back, and an 8-7 score at maegashira 1 in May 1983 took him to his highest rank of sekiwake, which he held for just one tournament. This was his second and final appearance in the san'yaku ranks, 47 tournaments after his first - the longest such gap since the six tournaments per year schedule began in 1958. In 1985 he surpassed Fujizakura's record of 1543 consecutive career appearances, and when he retired in July 1986, having not missed any matches since his debut, he had set a new record of 1630 consecutive bouts. He was nearly 38 years old, having been an active wrestler for over 22 years.

Retirement from sumo[edit]

After retirement from active competition he became an elder in the Japan Sumo Association (at Deputy Director level) under the name Shiranui Oyakata.[2] He coached at Oshiogawa- and Oguruma stable and reached the Sumo Association's mandatory retirement age of 65 in November 2013.[3]

Fighting style[edit]

Aobajo was a yotsu-sumo wrestler, preferring a hidari-yotsu, or right hand outside, left hand inside grip on his opponent's mawashi. His most common winning kimarite was yori-kiri (force out). He also regularly used tsuri-dashi (the lift out) and sukuinage (the scoop throw).

Career record[edit]

Aobajō Yukio[4]
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
1964 x (Maezumo) East Jonokuchi #24
3–4
 
East Jonidan #131
5–2
 
West Jonidan #74
3–4
 
East Jonidan #84
5–2
 
1965 West Jonidan #33
2–5
 
East Jonidan #65
4–3
 
West Jonidan #35
1–6
 
East Jonidan #70
2–5
 
West Jonidan #87
4–3
 
West Jonidan #46
3–4
 
1966 East Jonidan #65
5–2
 
East Jonidan #25
6–1
 
West Sandanme #71
5–2
 
West Sandanme #29
4–3
 
East Sandanme #10
4–3
 
West Makushita #89
3–4
 
1967 West Makushita #98
3–4
 
West Sandanme #7
4–3
 
West Sandanme #39
4–3
 
West Sandanme #22
3–4
 
West Sandanme #30
5–2
 
West Sandanme #6
4–3
 
1968 West Makushita #55
4–3
 
East Makushita #44
3–4
 
East Makushita #52
5–2
 
East Makushita #39
5–2
 
West Makushita #26
3–4
 
East Makushita #31
4–3
 
1969 West Makushita #25
3–4
 
West Makushita #31
4–3
 
West Makushita #25
4–3
 
East Makushita #22
5–2
 
East Makushita #10
4–3
 
East Makushita #8
4–3
 
1970 East Makushita #7
2–5
 
West Makushita #15
3–4
 
West Makushita #20
4–3
 
East Makushita #15
5–2
 
East Makushita #7
3–4
 
East Makushita #12
6–1–P
Champion

 
1971 East Makushita #4
4–3
 
West Makushita #2
5–2
 
West Jūryō #12
8–7
 
West Jūryō #9
8–7
 
East Jūryō #8
7–8
 
West Jūryō #9
7–8
 
1972 West Jūryō #10
9–6
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
West Jūryō #2
5–10
 
East Jūryō #7
6–9
 
East Jūryō #9
7–8
 
East Jūryō #10
9–6
 
1973 West Jūryō #4
3–12
 
West Jūryō #13
2–13
 
East Makushita #10
4–3
 
East Makushita #9
5–2
 
West Makushita #5
4–3
 
East Makushita #3
4–3
 
1974 East Makushita #1
5–2
 
West Jūryō #12
9–6
 
East Jūryō #7
8–7
 
West Jūryō #5
7–8
 
West Jūryō #6
8–7
 
East Jūryō #3
10–5–P
 
1975 West Maegashira #11
8–7
 
East Maegashira #10
8–7
 
East Maegashira #7
8–7
 
East Maegashira #5
12–3
F
East Komusubi #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
1976 West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #5
9–6
 
West Maegashira #1
8–7
 
East Maegashira #1
3–12
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
1977 East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
West Maegashira #8
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
7–8
 
West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
East Maegashira #7
7–8
 
East Maegashira #8
7–8
 
1978 East Maegashira #9
8–7
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
3–12
 
West Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #5
6–9
 
1979 West Maegashira #8
9–6
 
West Maegashira #2
3–12
 
West Maegashira #9
8–7
 
Maegashira #6
6–9
 
East Maegashira #11
10–5
 
West Maegashira #3
5–10
 
1980 West Maegashira #7
6–9
 
East Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #7
4–11
 
East Maegashira #13
8–7
 
East Maegashira #11
4–11
 
West Jūryō #4
8–7
 
1981 East Jūryō #2
7–8
 
West Jūryō #2
6–9
 
West Jūryō #6
8–7
 
West Jūryō #2
10–5
Champion

 
West Maegashira #11
8–7
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
1982 West Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #3
7–8
 
East Maegashira #5
7–8
 
West Maegashira #6
8–7
 
East Maegashira #3
4–11
 
East Maegashira #10
9–6
 
1983 West Maegashira #4
6–9
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
West Maegashira #1
8–7
 
West Sekiwake #1
4–11
 
East Maegashira #5
7–8
 
East Maegashira #6
8–7
 
1984 East Maegashira #2
6–9
 
West Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #6
7–8
 
West Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #5
4–11
 
West Maegashira #11
10–5
 
1985 East Maegashira #3
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
6–9
 
West Maegashira #9
8–7
 
East Maegashira #5
5–10
 
West Maegashira #11
8–7
 
West Maegashira #6
6–9
 
1986 East Maegashira #12
4–11
 
East Jūryō #4
8–7
 
East Jūryō #2
4–11
 
West Jūryō #10
Retired
4–8–0
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. ^ Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo. Weatherhill. p. 197. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X. 
  2. ^ "Who's who: Oyakata (coaches)". Japan Sumo Association. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2009. 
  3. ^ 定年3親方が記者会見、思い出しみじみ. Nikkan Sports (in Japanese). 22 November 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  4. ^ "Aobajō Yukio Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 2012-08-17.