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Isenoumi stable (伊勢ノ海部屋, Isenoumi-beya) is a stable of sumo wrestlers, part of the Tokitsukaze ichimon or group of stables. Its current head coach is former maegashira Kitakachidoki. As of January 2021 it had 11 wrestlers.
The name of Isenoumi stable relates to one of the oldest elder names in sumo, dating back to the mid-eighteenth century. The legendary Tanikaze, one of the first yokozuna, and his protégé Raiden, arguably the greatest rikishi ever, were both members of the first stable to be named Isenoumi. Its current incarnation, however, dates from 1949. In the 1960s the stable produced yokozuna Kashiwado, who upon his retirement left to found Kagamiyama stable in 1970. In December 1982 former sekiwake Fujinokawa took charge of the stable.
The retirement of Tosanoumi in December 2010 briefly left Isenoumi stable without any sekitori for the first time since 1983, until Ikioi was promoted to the jūryō division a year later. The former Fujinokawa reached the mandatory retirement age of 65 in September 2011 and passed the stable to former maegashira Kitakachidoki. The stable was for a long time situated in Tokyo's Edogawa ward, and to help tackle the high crime rate in that area, the former Isenoumi Oyakata instructed his wrestlers to go on night patrols, the first stable to do so. In April 2012 the stable moved to new facilities in Bunkyo ward.
As of 2018 the stable has a policy of not accepting foreign-born wrestlers or ex-university competitors.
- 2011–present: 12th Isenoumi Hayato (iin, former maegashira Kitakachidoki)
- 1982-2011: 11th Isenoumi Yukishige (former sekiwake Fujinokawa)
- 1949-1982: 10th Isenoumi Hirotake (former maegashira Kashiwado)
Notable active wrestlers
- Kabutoyama Tsuyoshi (iin, former maegashira Ōikari)
- Tatekawa Toshio (shunin, former sekiwake Tosanoumi)
Notable former members
- Tokomasa (second class tokoyama)
- Tokoharu (third class tokoyama)
Location and access
- List of sumo stables
- List of active sumo wrestlers
- List of past sumo wrestlers
- Glossary of sumo terms
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