Ryōgoku Kajinosuke IV

Ryōgoku Kajinosuke IV
両国 梶之助
Personal information
Born Hideaki Kobayashi
(1962-07-30) 30 July 1962 (age 58)
Nagasaki, Japan
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 171 kg (377 lb)
Career
Stable Dewanoumi
Record 316-313-20
Debut March, 1985
Highest rank Komusubi (July, 1987)
Retired January, 1993
Elder name Sakaigawa
Championships 1 (Jūryō)
Special Prizes Outstanding Performance (1)
Fighting Spirit (1)
Gold Stars 3 (Chiyonofuji)
* Up to date as of May, 2008.

Ryōgoku Kajinosuke IV (born 30 July 1962 as Hideaki Kobayashi) is a former sumo wrestler from Nagasaki, Japan. His highest rank was komusubi. He is now a sumo coach.

Career

He was a premature baby, who had to be given special care because of his tiny size.[1] He was interested in sumo from a young age, but played soccer until high school as there was no opportunity to practise sumo at his junior high.[2] He was an amateur sumo champion at Nihon University, where he won six major titles.[2] Upon joining the professional sport he had makushita tsukedashi status, allowing him to make his debut at the bottom of the third makushita division. He had a losing score in his first tournament and so his first appearance on the banzuke ranking sheets was actually in the fourth sandanme division.[2] However, he responded with five straight winning records and was promoted to the second jūryō division for the first time in March 1986. After taking part in two playoffs for the jūryō championship in November 1986 and January 1987 he was promoted to the top makuuchi division for the March 1987 tournament. Until this point he had been fighting simply as Kobayashiyama, based on his own surname, but to mark his promotion he was granted the shikona of Ryōgoku, which had previously been used by three previous wrestlers from his Dewanoumi stable, most notably sekiwake Ryōgoku Kajinosuke II, who won the makuuchi division yūshō in 1914 at his first attempt. He was initially known as simply Ryōgoku Hideaki, before switching to the full Ryōgoku Kajinosuke shikona in 1989.

He achieved kachi-koshi in his first two top division tournaments and reached komusubi rank in July 1987. It was to be his highest rank, and he held it on three further occasions. He earned two special prizes for Outstanding Performance and Fighting Spirit. His three kinboshi for defeating yokozuna were all earned against Chiyonofuji. In July 1990 he not only defeated Chiyonofuji but was also the only man to beat the winner of the tournament, Asahifuji. Injury problems in his later career forced Ryōgoku's demotion back down to jūryō a couple of times, and he retired in January 1993.

Retirement from sumo

He remained in the sumo world as an elder of the Japan Sumo Association, under the name Nakadachi Oyakata. He established his own training stable, Nakadachi stable in 1998. In 2003 he acquired the Sakaigawa elder name and it was renamed Sakaigawa stable. It is one of the strongest stables in sumo, with seven sekitori ranked wrestlers as of 2011. His first top division wrestler was Iwakiyama in 2002, like himself a former amateur champion, followed by Hochiyama in 2006. In 2014 his most senior wrestler Gōeidō reached ōzeki rank and won a tournament championship in 2016.

Career record

Ryōgoku Kajinosuke [3]
Year in sumo January
Hatsu basho, Tokyo
March
Haru basho, Osaka
May
Natsu basho, Tokyo
July
Nagoya basho, Nagoya
September
Aki basho, Tokyo
November
Kyūshū basho, Fukuoka
1985 x Makushita tsukedashi #60
2–5
 
East Sandanme #24
6–1
 
West Makushita #50
6–1
 
East Makushita #25
5–2
 
West Makushita #12
5–2
 
1986 West Makushita #4
6–1
 
West Jūryō #12
6–9
 
East Makushita #4
5–2
 
East Jūryō #13
8–7
 
West Jūryō #9
8–7
 
West Jūryō #7
10–5–P
 
1987 East Jūryō #3
10–5–P
 
West Maegashira #12
9–6
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
West Komusubi #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #2
5–10
 
East Maegashira #8
10–5
 
1988 East Komusubi #1
5–10
 
West Maegashira #2
6–9
 
West Maegashira #5
8–7
 
East Maegashira #1
6–9
 
East Maegashira #4
9–6
 
East Maegashira #1
7–8
 
1989 East Maegashira #2
6–9
 
East Maegashira #5
6–6–3
 
East Maegashira #8
8–7
 
East Maegashira #4
5–10
 
West Maegashira #8
9–6
 
East Maegashira #3
10–5
O
1990 West Komusubi #1
4–11
 
West Maegashira #6
11–4
F
East Komusubi #1
6–9
 
West Maegashira #3
7–8
East Maegashira #4
3–8–4
 
West Maegashira #13
2–13
 
1991 East Jūryō #9
12–3–P
Champion

 
East Jūryō #1
9–6
 
West Maegashira #15
10–5
 
West Maegashira #7
7–8
 
West Maegashira #9
7–8
 
West Maegashira #10
10–5
 
1992 West Maegashira #3
5–10
 
East Maegashira #9
4–11
 
East Maegashira #16
10–5
 
East Maegashira #9
6–5–4
 
West Maegashira #11
2–13
 
West Jūryō #7
1–5–9
 
1993 East Makushita #12
Retired
0–0–0
x x x x x
Record given as win-loss-absent    Top Division Champion Top Division Runner-up Retired Lower Divisions

Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: =Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s)
Divisions: MakuuchiJūryōMakushitaSandanmeJonidanJonokuchi

Makuuchi ranks: YokozunaŌzekiSekiwakeKomusubiMaegashira

See also

References

  1. ^ Patmore, Angela (1990). The Giants of Sumo. MacDonald & Co. ISBN 0-356-18120-0.
  2. ^ a b c Sharnoff, Lora (1993). Grand Sumo. Weatherhill. ISBN 0-8348-0283-X.
  3. ^ "Ryōgoku Kajinosuke Rikishi Information". Sumo Reference. Retrieved 27 August 2012.

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