An earthquake body slam at a sumo match

An earthquake body slam at a sumo match

Watch the epic body slam by Mongolian wrestler in slow motion to feel the power of sumo.

Though Japan is the only country where sumo is practiced professionally, there’re sumo fans and wrestlers all over the world. Byambajav Ulambayar and Kelly Gneiting are among those rikishi (wrestlers) of non-japanese origin who are well known in the sumo community.

Kelly Gneiting’s whole life in sports is a proof that there are actually no borders if you want something real much. A former truck driver, he’s known not only because of his wins at the US Sumo Heavyweight Championships in 2005, 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he finished a marathon in LA making it in almost twelve hours. In 2011 he tried it again, this time covering 26 marathon miles in only 9 hours, 48 minutes and 52 seconds. The 400-pound sumo wrestler got in the Guinness world book of records as the heaviest person to ever finish the marathon. And that was not all – the same year  44-year-old Kelly swam a 14 miles distance across the Bear Lake and back! “This is about showing everybody that their weakness, or perceived weakness, doesn’t have to stop them from reaching their goals or doing what they’re supposed to do on planet Earth”, Kelly stated in his post-swim interview.

Kelly Gneiting has retired from professional sumo before 2010-s but he trains sumo wrestlers in the USA and takes part in sumo tournaments about once a year. In 2013 he opposed Byambajav Ulambayar at the US Open Sumo Championship – this is the video we offer. The lightning fast clash actually doesn’t need any detailed description as the video speaks for itself. There’s not much action in it – they start, they collide, then one of the rivals gets slammed and that’s all. But it makes you watch it over and over again. That slam by the Mongolian wrestler is a pure masterpiece and a great proof that sumo is not just some belly pushing.

Unlike Kelly Gneiting, Byambajav Ulambayar dedicated his life to martial arts since he was a kid. By the age of fifteen he already had won national junior champion titles in judo, sambo, and Mongolian wrestling in his native country. A meeting with Onokuni, the retired Japanese yokozuna (Sumo Grand Champion) changed his life completely. Onokuni was scouting for gifted wrestlers for his professional sumo team back there in Japan and Byambajav was the only one to match his expectations. Byambajav changed his name for Daishochi and only a year later won a divisional championship in professional sumo. In his late teens Byambajav was considered the highest-ranked sumo wrestler in his entire team. Unfortunately for professional sumo, Byambajav retired at the age of 20 due to numerous injuries decided to travel for a while. After he performed sumo in the “Oceans 13” movie” (since that time Byambajav had performed in over 220 TV shows, films, commercials, and live events), he settled in LA. Though he’s done with the pro career, he continues wrestling and holds four World Champion titles.