Data Analysis Project 2 Nathan Missen
monitored and regulated to have a positive effect upon a sumo combatant’s success.Secondly, why has height been included in this study? There is practically no research (again, inEnglish) concerning height in sumo; nor is there any literature relating the importance of height inother combative arts (judo, Greco-roman wrestling, jiu-jitsu, etc). However, we can utilize basic physics principles to provide reasoning for the inclusion of height in this research project;according to mechanics of torque (Torque = force x length), a wrestler who is a taller (and, byextension, has a longer reach) will be able to produce a higher degree of rotational force than ashorter opponent, given the situation that both wrestlers are in an equidistant, stable position (i.e.a “clinch”). This is a regular occurrence in sumo, as wrestlers tend to absorb the impact of the
through their sheer mass. The
are then in ideal position to throw each other; thus, being able to produce and utilize torque is of extreme importance in these situations. However,Sang-Hyop (2006) do mention that a wrestler of greater than average height would be at adisadvantage; since their center of balance is higher, taller wrestlers can succumb easier tothrows, especially if their lower body is targeted. Height, it would seem, is a double-edged sword.Choice of technique can also be of paramount significance in determining who is victorious in the
(sumo ring). Of the forty-six official techniques (or
as they are known), two typesare pre-eminent among
(“push” type) and
(“throw” type). Both of these typesencompass a range of techniques that are aligned upon a spectrum of complexity; however, thereis a fundamental difference between these two.
category moves rely primarily uponmomentum to (literally) propel
to victory; techniques that fall in the
classification aredependent upon utilization of rotational and perpendicular force. Thus, even though
are used quite commonly used in the sumo tournaments by all wrestlers, the principles andapplication behind each are subtly different, and validate their inclusion in this study.