[8], Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: ★=Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s) [3], He won the Kyushu tournament, one of the six annual honbasho, a record eight consecutive years from 1981 until 1988, and also set the record for the longest postwar run of consecutive wins (53 bouts in 1988). At school he excelled in athletics events, particularly running. The term yokozuna refers to the highest rank in professional sumo wrestling in Japan. It was not always the strongest ōzeki but those with the most influential patrons … After suffering a stroke at 36 in 1977, Taihō used a wheelchair in the last stage of his life. Taihō was noted for his skill and power when he grabbed his opponents' mawashi or belt– techniques known as yotsu-sumo. He reached sekiwake (the third-highest rank), and stayed at this rank for only two tournament. Sanshō key: F=Fighting spirit; O=Outstanding performance; T=Technique     Also shown: ★=Kinboshi(s); P=Playoff(s) He became a yokozuna in 1961 at the age of 21, the youngest ever at the time. [15] Chiyonofuji beat Itai on the next day, but this was to be his final win. Seine Rolle als der böse Japaner spielte er sehr überzeugend und als Heel war er im Jahr 1993 einfach mega authentisch und überzeugend. Rodney Agatupu Anoa'i (October 2, 1966 – October 23, 2000) was an American professional wrestler. He was restricted to just one championship in the nine tournaments held from May 1983 to September 1984. Or in metric units - 198 centimetres. He entered sumo in September 1956, joining Nishonoseki stable. Following two consecutive tournament victories (his second and third) he became a yokozuna in September 1961, less than two years after his top division debut. His most common winning move was yori-kiri, a straightforward force out, which accounted for about 30 percent of his wins. He was the lightest yokozuna since Tochinoumi in the 1960s. During his early top division career he was often compared with another lightweight wrestler who was popular with sumo fans, Takanohana I. Takanohana had first come across Chiyonofuji whilst on a regional tour and encouraged him to give sumo a try. Yokozuna The Great Kokina : Height: 6' 2¾" (1.9 m) Mini Bio (1) The man who would eventually become known as Yokozuna was born in San Francisco on October 22, 1966. Their lavish reception at the Imperial Hotel was attended by 1000 guests and over 200 reporters. His youngest daughter had married ex sekiwake Takatōriki, and he handed over control of his stable to his son-in-law in February 2003. [32] He was also well known for tsuridashi, or lift out. Divisions: Makuuchi — Jūryō — Makushita — Sandanme — Jonidan — Jonokuchi, List of sumo tournament top division champions, List of sumo tournament top division runners-up, List of sumo tournament second division champions, "Taiho, Dominant Postwar Sumo Champ, Dies at 72", "Hakuho bests legendary Taiho's record with 33rd career championship", "President of Ukraine Awards Sumo Wrestler Taiho Koki, of Ukrainian Origin, with Order of Merit III Degree", "Hakuho, and other foreign-born wrestlers, dominate the Autumn Basho", "Taiho Oyakata Press Conference – May 21", "Squabbling yokozuna need history lesson", "Natsu Basho Preview: Lone Yokozuna Asashoryu poised to become one of sumo's all-time greats", "Rakugo storyteller Beicho Katsura, ex-Yokozuna Taiho among culture award winners", "Japan mourns death of sumo legend Taiho", "Taiho dies at 72 after legendary sumo career", "Former grand champion Taiho dies at 72, held record for most championships in sumo", "Sumo Champion Hakuho Looks to Break Record in 2015", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Taihō_Kōki&oldid=964407982, Recipients of the Medal with Purple Ribbon, Articles with dead external links from October 2010, Articles with dead external links from September 2017, Articles with permanently dead external links, Wikipedia articles with WorldCat identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 25 June 2020, at 09:32. [3] He had extensive rehabilitation sessions to get the left side of his body moving again. Height: 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Weight: 155 kg (342 lb; 24.4 st) Career; Stable: Izutsu → Michinoku: Current rank: Yokozuna: Debut: November, 2001: Highest rank: Yokozuna (March, 2014) Championships: 6 (Makuuchi) 1 (Sandanme) Special Prizes: Technique (7), Outstanding Performance (2) * Up to date as of September 4, 2020. He was the first to hold a press conference afterwards, now a common occurrence with sumo marriages.[28]. [8] This earned him promotion to ōzeki, the second-highest rank.