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Sumo has been a part of Japanese Culture for many years People have enjoyed the sport because it tests two peoples brut strength Sumo is fought in a circular ring The object of Sumo is to either get your opponent to touch the ground with anything other than the souls of his feet or to push him out of the ring About fifteen hundred years ago is when the first recorded match was The matches of Sumo were originally religious They were held in Shinto shrines in hopes that the gods would bring them a good harvest These religious Sumo matches took place with music poetry sacred dancing and drama acts A legend of Sumo is Kojiki this legends says that Sumo was once between two gods The fate of the Japanese islands depended on the outcome of the match Sumo was not always like it is today There have been many versions of Sumo throughout history During 645-794 the Nara Period Sumo was known as Sechiezumo These matches were only held once a year usually in late August Sumo during 1185-1334 the Kamakura Period had few rules implemented during the matches Sumo was a combination of wrestling and boxing During this time period the military Shogunate took control over Japan They fought many wars throughout their country Sumo was used as a part of their combat techniquesSumo has drastically changed to be the sport it is today Today there are many rules enforced to keep the violence down Before starting a Sumo match the wrestlers enter the arena from their respected sides They then circle the ring counterclockwise After they do this they stand clap and perform two Shiko stomps with the right left first They then rinse with Chikara Mizu power water They then throw salt into the ring This purifies the ring and gets rid of the evil spirits After this they enter the ring They then couch with both arms down
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