List of sumo stables

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The following is an alphabetical list of heya or training stables in professional sumo. All belong to one of five groups, called ichimon. These groups, led by the stable by which each group is named, are in order of size: Dewanoumi ichimon, Nishonoseki ichimon, Tokitsukaze ichimon, Takasago ichimon and Isegahama ichimon. Occasionally there have been independent stables, but the Japan Sumo Association agreed at a director's meeting in July 2018 that all sumo elders must belong to one of the five ichimon.[1] The founding dates listed below are for the current incarnation of each stable; in most cases this is not the first stable to exist under a given name, however.

The number of stables peaked at 54, with the opening of Onoe stable in August 2006. In order to limit the over-proliferation of stables the Japan Sumo Association introduced new rules the following month that greatly raised the qualifications needed by former wrestlers wishing to branch out (namely, those ranked below yokozuna or ōzeki must have spent at least 60 tournaments in the top makuuchi division or 25 in the titled san'yaku ranks). Discounting the special circumstances of the temporary closure of Kise stable from 2010 until 2012, there were no new stables established for more than six years, while eleven folded, bringing the number of active heya down to 43. This sequence was ended by the opening of former yokozuna Musashimaru's Musashigawa stable in April 2013. Since this time the opening and closing of stables has stabilized and the number of stables has remained in the mid 40s.

Pronunciation note[edit]

Due to a Japanese speech phenomenon known as rendaku, when the word for stable, heya, comes second in a compound word, the "h" in heya changes to "b" to become beya. A sumo stable is pronounced in Japanese as "sumo-beya" and Arashio stable, as an example, is pronounced "Arashio-beya".

Active stables[edit]

There are 46 stables as of October 2018.

Name Ichimon Year opened Notable active wrestlers Notable past wrestlers Other notable information
Arashio Tokitsukaze 2002 Sōkokurai, Wakatakakage [ja] head is former Ōyutaka, made headlines when it welcomed back exonerated Sōkokurai in 2013
Asahiyama Isegahama 2016 head is former Kotonishiki, branched off from Oguruma stable
Asakayama Isegahama 2014 head is former Kaiō, branched off from Tomozuna stable
Azumazeki Takasago 1986 Kaonishiki [ja] Akebono, Takamisakari head is former Ushiomaru, first stable founded by foreign born wrestler (former Takamiyama)
Chiganoura Nishonoseki 2004 Masunoyama, Takanosho [ja],Takagenji [ja], Takakeishō, Takayoshitoshi [ja] Takanoiwa head is former Takamisugi, branched off from Kasugano stable
Dewanoumi Dewanoumi 1862 (c.) Dewahayate [ja], Mitakeumi Chiyonoyama, Mainoumi, Mienoumi, Tochigiyama head is former Oginohana, demotion of its last sekitori left the stable without any sekitori for the first time since 1898
Fujishima Dewanoumi 1981 Shōtenrō, Dejima, Miyabiyama, Musashimaru, Wakanoyama head is former Musōyama, was the strongest stable in early 2000s, name was changed from its previous incarnation as Musashigawa
Futagoyama Dewanoumi 2018 Head is former Miyabiyama, branched off from Fujishima stable
Hakkaku Takasago 1993 Hokutōfuji, Okinoumi Hokutōriki, Kaihō, Ōiwato [ja] head is former Hokutoumi, branched off from Kokonoe stable
Irumagawa Dewanoumi 1993 Sagatsukasa Masatsukasa, Yōtsukasa head is former Tochitsukasa, branched off from Kasugano stable
Isegahama Isegahama 1979 Aminishiki, Homarefuji, Takarafuji, Terunofuji, Terutsuyoshi [ja] Asōfuji, Harumafuji, Kasugafuji head is former Asahifuji, until 2018 one of the most well represented stables in the upper divisions, renamed from its original incarnation as Ajigawa stable
Isenoumi Tokitsukaze 1949 Ikioi, Nishikigi Hattori, Kashiwado, Tosanoumi head is former Kitakachidoki, the Isenoumi name has one of the longest traditions in sumo
Izutsu Tokitsukaze 1972 Kakuryū Kirishima, Nishinoumi, Terao, Toyokuni head is former Sakahoko (former Terao's brother), stable has been in the same family on and off since the Meiji era.
Kagamiyama Tokitsukaze 1970 Kagamiō Tagaryū, Zaōnishiki, Konuma head is former Tagaryū, currently smallest stable with two wrestlers, branched off from Isenoumi stable
Kasugano Dewanoumi 1925 Aoiyama, Tochihiryu [ja], Tochinoshin, Tochiōzan Tochinishiki, Tochinoumi, Tochihikari, Tochinowaka head is former Tochinowaka, active since the Meiji era, currently one of the most successful stables
Kataonami Nishonoseki 1961 Tamawashi Tamaasuka, Tamakiyama, Tamaryū head is former Tamakasuga, branched off from Nishonoseki stable
Kise Dewanoumi 2003 Akiseyama, Daiseidō [ja], Gagamaru, Hidenoumi, Higonojō [ja], Jōkōryū, Kizenryu [ja], Shimanoumi [ja], Takaryū [ja], Tokushinho, Tokushōryū, Ura Kiyoseumi head is former Higonoumi, was dissolved over a ticket selling scandal, then allowed to reform two years later, well represented in two top divisions
Kokonoe Takasago 1967 Chiyoarashi [ja], Chiyomaru, Chiyonokuni, Chiyonoō [ja], Chiyoshōma, Chiyotairyū, Chiyonoumi [ja] Kitanofuji, Chiyonofuji, Hokutoumi head is former Chiyotaikai, as of March 2018 five of its 17 wrestlers were sekitori
Michinoku Tokitsukaze 1974 Hoshitango, Jūmonji, Ryūhō, Toyozakura head is former Kirishima, lost the largest number of wrestlers to the 2011 match fixing scandal
Minato Nishonoseki 1982 Ichinojō head is former Minatofuji, who is the only top division wrestler the stable had ever produced until Ichinojō in 2014.
Minezaki Nishonoseki 1988 Arawashi head is former Misugiiso, had never had a sekitori wrestler until absorbing Hanakago stable and inheriting Arawashi
Miyagino Isegahama 1958 Hakuhō, Ishiura,Yamaguchi [ja], Enhō [ja] Myōbudani, Mutsuarashi, Kōbō, Ryūō head is former Chikubayama, has had a convoluted series of successions
Musashigawa Dewanoumi 2013 Wakaichirō head is former Musashimaru, who is only the second foreign born wrestler to open his own stable
Nakagawa Tokitsukaze 2017 head is former Asahisato, reorganization of former Kasugayama stable
Naruto Nishonoseki 2017 head is former Kotoōshū, branched off from Sadogatake stable
Nishiiwa Nishonoseki 2018 head is former Wakanosato, branched off from Tagonoura stable
Nishikido Takasago 2002 Gokushindo [ja], Mitoryū head is former Mitoizumi, was home to the only Kazakh wrestler
Nishonoseki Nishonoseki 1990 Shōhōzan head is former Wakashimazu, branched off from Futagoyama stable
Oguruma Nishonoseki 1987 Amakaze, Takekaze, Tomokaze [ja], Yago [ja], Yoshikaze Wakakirin, Wakatoba head is former Kotokaze, branched off from Sadogatake stable, absorbed Oshiogawa stable in 2005
Oitekaze Tokitsukaze 1998 Daiamami, Daieishō, Daishoho, Daishōmaru, Endō, Tobizaru [ja], Tsurugishō [ja] Hayateumi, Kokkai head is former Daishōyama who branched off from Tatsunami stable
Onoe Dewanoumi 2006 Tenkaihō Baruto, Satoyama, Yamamotoyama head is former Hamanoshima, branched off from Mihogaseki stable, lost three sekitori wrestlers due to match fixing scandal in 2011
oŌnomatsu Nishonoseki 1994 Keitenkai [ja], Ōnoshō Daidō, Katayama, Wakakōyū, Amūru head is former Masurao, forced out of Nishonoseki ichimon and joined Takanohana ichimon in 2010
oŌtake Nishonoseki 1971 Ōzutsu, Rohō, Ōsunaarashi head is former Dairyū, the previous head (former Takatōriki) was forced out in a gambling scandal
Sadogatake Nishonoseki 1955 Kotoeko [ja], Kotoshōgiku, Kotoyūki Hasegawa, Kotokaze, Kotomitsuki, Kotonishiki, Kotoōshū, Kotozakura head is former Kotonowaka, has produced many wrestlers in makuuchi and san'yaku over the years
Sakaigawa Dewanoumi 1998 Gōeidō, Myōgiryū, Sadanoumi, Toyohibiki Iwakiyama, Hochiyama, Sadanofuji head is former Ryōgoku, has produced many sekitori
Shibatayama Nishonoseki 1999 Sakigake [ja] head is former Ōnokuni, in 2013 absorbed its parent stable (Hanaregoma), its only home-grown sekitori quit under acrimonious circumstances
Shikihide Dewanoumi 1992 head is former Kitazakura, took almost 20 years to produce a sekitori in 2012
Shikoroyama Nishonoseki 2004 Abi, Seirō Hōmashō head is former Terao, when he branched off from Izutsu stable, he unusually chose to start from scratch and take no wrestlers with him
Tagonoura Nishonoseki 1989 Kisenosato, Takayasu Rikiō, Takanowaka, Takanoyama, Wakanosato head is former Takanotsuru, founded by yokozuna Takanosato but renamed from Naruto and moved to Ryōgoku following his death
Takadagawa Nishonoseki 1974 Dairaidō [ja], Kagayaki, Ryuden [ja], Hakuyozan [ja] Kenkō, Maenoshin head is former Akinoshima, stable was ousted from Takasago ichimon in 1998, finally accepted into Nishonoseki ichimon in 2013
Takasago Takasago 1878 Asabenkei [ja], Asanoyama Asasekiryū, Asashōryū, Azumafuji, Konishiki, Maedayama, Takamiyama head is former Asashio, the second oldest and arguably one of the most successful stables throughout its history
Tamanoi Dewanoumi 1990 Azumaryū [ja], Fujiazuma, Yoshiazuma Ryūkō head is former Tochiazuma Daisuke, passed onto him by his father, the stable's founder Tochiazuma Tomoyori
Tatsunami Dewanoumi 1916 Akua [ja], Hanakaze, Hitenryu [ja], Meisei [ja] Annenyama, Futabayama, Futahaguro, Haguroyama, Mōkonami head is former Asahiyutaka, one of the most prestigious stables in sumo but declined by the 1980s
Tokitsukaze Tokitsukaze 1941 Shōdai, Toyonoshima, Yutakayama Yutakayama, Kitabayama, Kurama, Ōshio,
Tokitenkū, Tosayutaka
founded by Futabayama, head is former Tokitsuumi who took over when previous head (former Futatsuryū) went to prison for the death of a new recruit
Tomozuna Isegahama 1941 Asahishō [ja], Kaisei, Kyokushūhō, Kyokutaisei Kaiō, Kyokutenhō, Sentoryū, Tachiyama head is former Kyokutenhō, incarnations have a long and prestigious history, absorbed a number of strong wrestlers in 2012 from the defunct Ōshima stable
Yamahibiki Dewanoumi 1985 Kitaharima [ja], Nionoumi [ja] Hakurozan, Kitazakura, Kitataiki, Ōrora head is former Ganyū who inherited it on the death of founder Kitanoumi, who branched off from Mihogaseki

Recent mergers and closures[edit]

Recent name changes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JSA denies putting pressure on Takanohana to clear its name". Asahi Shimbun. 26 September 2018. Retrieved 26 September 2018.

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