Tomozuna stable (友綱部屋 Tomozuna-beya) is a stable of sumo wrestlers, part of the Isegahama ichimon or group of stables. It has a long and prestigious history. As of July 2017 it has eleven wrestlers.
In April 2012, the stable absorbed seven wrestlers from Ōshima stable, due to Ōshima-oyakata reaching the mandatory retirement age of 65. Among the wrestlers who transferred was former sekiwake Kyokutenhō, who one month later won his first yūshō (or tournament) for his new stable.
In September 2015 Kyokutenhō retired and inherited the Ōshima name. In June 2017 he became the first Mongolian born wrestler to take charge of a stable, when he swapped elder names with the previous head coach (former sekiwake Kaiki) upon the latter reaching 65 years of age. Kyokutenhō chose to keep the Tomozuna name, rather than re-establish Ōshima stable.
Ring name conventions
Many wrestlers at this stable have taken ring names or shikona that begin with the character 魁 (read: kai), in deference to their former head coach Kaiki. Examples Kaiō, Kaidō, Kainishiki and Kainowaka. Since absorbing Ōshima stable they also have inherited wrestlers who use the character 旭 (read: asahi or kyoku) taken from Ōshima's former head coach Asahikuni.
- 2017-present: 11th Tomozuna (shunin, former sekiwake Kyokutenhō)
- 1989–2017: 10th Tomozuna (former sekiwake Kaiki)
- 1976–1989: 9th Tomozuna: (former jūryō Yamatonishiki)
- 1941–1976: 14th Tamagaki, 1st Ajigawa, 9th Takashima, 8th Tomozuna (former komusubi Tomoegata）
Notable active wrestlers
- Asahishō (best rank maegashira)
- Kaisei (best rank sekiwake)
- Kyokushūhō (best rank maegashira)
- Kyokutaisei (best rank jūryō)
Notable former members
- Tachiyama (the 22nd yokozuna)
- Kaiō (former ōzeki)
- Kyokutenhō (former sekiwake)
- Sentoryū (former maegashira)
- Kaidō (former jūryō)
- 37th Kimura Shōnosuke (given name Saburō Hatakeyama - former chief referee)
- Kōkichi (makuuchi yobidashi, real name Katsushi Chiba)
- Akira (makuuchi yobidashi, real name Toshiyuki Ichikawa)
- Shuntarō (jonokuchi yobidashi, real name Shuntarō Sasaki)
- Tokoyuki (1st class tokoyama)
Location and access
- List of sumo stables
- List of active sumo wrestlers
- List of past sumo wrestlers
- Glossary of sumo terms
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