Did you know?: Okinawa Sumo

Did you know?: Okinawa Sumo

by Shoji Kudaka
Stripes Japan

Okinawa has its own style of sumo wrestling. Unlike that of mainland Japan, “Okinawa Sumo” is fought between wrestlers in judo uniforms instead of a sumo belt. Each bout is decided when both shoulders of either wrestler touch the ground. This Okinawan martial art dates back to the times of the Ryukyu Kingdom (1429 -1879).



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