Thursday| June 1, 2017
A Japanese-Filipino mestizo has made history in the very popular Sumo Wrestling in Japan with a big win on May 26 making him the first wrestler to attain the second highest rank of Ozeki.
Takayasu Akira, who carries the nom de guerre Takayasu, easily won his match Friday in the huge traditional wrestling tournament followed by millions of Japanese sports fans.
Takayasu's mother, Bebelita Bernadas, is from Davao and Bohol.
Following his historic victory, Takayasu is seeking an audience with Philippine President Rody Duterte to share the honour he has won with his mother's countrymen.
Here is an article which was posted on a Japanese sports website which provides more information about Takayasu.
"Akira Takayasu was born at Ibaraki prefecture in 1990 (Age 27), he is part-Filipino (mother) and part-Japanese (father). Takayasu had played baseball until junior high school and didn’t play Sumo. But after graduating from junior high school, he wanted to earn money with his own body and was apprenticed to Stable Naruto.
"In the beginning as an initiation, because the Sumo practice was hard so Takayasu descended and went home sometime. But as Takayasu was well built, he went up the rankings gradually.
"In 2010 September Grand Sumo Tournament, Takayasu won title in the makushita division (the third highest division in sumo) and became the second division wrestler（Jyuryo). In Jyuryo, he earned more wins than losse 3 tournaments in a row and became the top division wrestler (Maegashira) in 2011.
After that Takayasu experienced a rise in performance, he won the Outstanding performance prize 3 times, the Technique prize 1 time and the Fighting spirit prize 4 times until 6 years. Then his performance was 11 wins and 4 loss in before last tournament, and was 12 wins and 3 loss in last tournament.
"In a criterion of Grand Sumo Tournament, if the wrestler of junior champion second grade (Komusubi) of junior champion was 33 wins or more in 3 continuous tournaments, he will be promoted to Ozeki. So Takayasu exceeded the criterion in this tournament. In 31 May, the messenger of Sumo Association will arrive and tell Takayasu that he was promoted to the Ozeki.
"Yokozuna Kisenosato is so precious to Takayasu. They belong to the same Tagonoura stable and practice Sumo everyday. So it is one of the reasons why Takayasu became stronger. And when Kisenosato showed ring entering ceremony (Japanese say “Dohyo iri”), Takayasu followed the Yokozuna into the ring with a sword. It is called “Tachimochi” in Japanese. But the Ozeki can not done “Tachimochi”.
This youtube’s video is the bout of Takayasu. Then he is not married yet and still single. So his next goal is to find a good wife and to be promoted to Yokozuna."
WATCH VIDEO BELOW: