Life After Sumo

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Sumo wrestlers enter training stables, or beyas, as young teens and dedicate their lives to the sport until they retire. Training involves incredible food intake, heavy beer consumption as a means of weight gain and daily full-contact sparring. Along with the health impacts, most wrestlers leave the sport with little education and less money. In this VICE Sports exclusive, we visit with two retired rikishis to get their take on life after sumo.

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it's funny they got skinny after retired. football players get fat in an off season.

Author — howo357


The Japanese have such a respect and love for whatever craft they do. Always striving to be the best.

Author — Attest411


It should be longer then 4 minutes. This theme  deserves full length documentary!!

Author — 010bit010


"It's not an end. It's a shift, a change in momentum. It's like it was raining so I wore rainboots and I switched to shoes. I changed my outfit. I changed my path."

Author — Ray Liance


I've been training to be a sumo without knowing it

Author — Ethan Porter


"Its not an end. It was a shift, a change in momentum" Wow....Love this line!

Author — RideSmoothTV


In America, everyone is a sumo wrestler. Or at least, they look like they are.

Author — p3achFUZZ69


"I changed my outfit. I changed my path."

Author — BHammer


10 years less than the average Japanese citizen = 90 years old

Author — Dick Jones


When an asian, especially a Japanese told you "its too difficult", dont bother to think about the difficulty anymore, its impossibru for you.

Author — Nazirul Mnoor


just when I get really into it the video is over.

Author — morpheus101a


Why the sad tone music while these men are telling their story's? It should be uplifting music, their story's are extremely motivational, they both tried to take on a dream and made progress then things got bad for them and they bounced back and continued to live while finding new dreams!

Author — Mr Blank


Do one of life after ballet, in Russia, or China.

Author — David Boson


"It's not an end. It's a shift, a change in momentum." So much respect for this guys outlook on life.

Author — The Zilv


I really like Japanese people. They are so different from rest of the people in this world. Never giving up attitude is what they are best at. Bombs, Earthquakes, Tsunami's etc. nothing can deter them from moving forward. Hardworking and honest to the core. Respect!!

Author — Tyke Monster


"To make the best and not to waste everything in the past."

Author — mohammedzoh3


Training involves incredible food intake, heavy beer consumption as a means of weight gain and daily full-contact sparring. Shit, I'm 2/3 there.

Author — Knoar


I really love documentaries about Japan their culture and views in life is completely different from where I am.

Author — Faint Sherin


"Eating is part of the job" literally my dream job

Author — lucy jones


Translation error at 3:31. Akujunkan is vicious cycle not bad circulation...

I'll also add that they imply that all the wrestlers do is eat, spar, drink, and sleep. Their training is mostly stretching, skill based exercises, training (with weights, striking column, etc.), and finally sparring. They're not just fat. They're very muscular and the fat is just a consequence of optimizing themselves for the rules and skills of the sport (low center of gravity, heavy weight to avoid being knocked over or lifted easily). This is like the "center" (the guy who pitches/passes the ball back at the start of every play) in American football favors a big, heavy yet strong body type... Except the sumo wrestler always has to make initial, significant and often sustained contact in every encounter.

Author — Kimoto