Summo is the national sport of Japan and has existed since ancient times, however the sport in its present form is said to have been developed sometime between the early to mid-18th century. The object of a sumoo match is to force one’s opponent to touch the ground with a part of his body (except the soles of his feet) or to push him from the ring (dohyoo). There are 70 different techniques that may be employed to do this.

The highest sumoo rank is yokozuna, followed in descending order by oozeki, sekiwake, komusubi and maegashira. A wrestler who has attained the rank of oozeki may rise to the rank of yokozuna if he wins two consecutive sumoo tournaments, and has demonstrated consistent strength to the satisfaction of the Japan Sumo Federation.

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