Kyuta Kumagai, 10, stands out among the young sumo wrestlers lifting weights in the ring. Kyuta is twice the size of the other children of his age, at 85 kilograms (187 lb), and is so strong that he wrestles, and defeats, boys five or six years older.
He was proclaimed the under-10 world champion last year, beating out competition from as far away as the UK and Ukraine.
His training schedule, built by Taisuke, his father, is relentless.
Six days a week, he trains, either at his local sumo club or lifting weights. To build up the versatility and explosive speed required for sumo wrestling, he also swims and practices track and field.
Since his father joined him in a tournament while still in kindergarten, Kyuta has been on the program.
“I didn’t teach him anything, he could do various things naturally,” said Taisuke, former amateur sumo.
“There is a talent for sumo and he has that talent. He won the tournament. I thought he may have something special.”
Taisuke relocated the family to the Fukugawa area of Tokyo, which is renowned for producing sumo wrestlers when it became obvious the boy had talent. It has an array of clubs and Nominosukune Shrine, where it is said that the God of Sumo lives, meaning the Kumagais have a lot of local support.
For intensive one-on-one training, father and son use a local temple. In front of the main altar, the sessions appear to conclude with the pair grappling up and down the carpet.
Kyuta is pushed so hard by Taisuke that the child is often left breathless and weeping. He insists, however, that this is the only way to get results out of his son.
“I think he is managing to make time for himself and I think he has time to play with his friends,” explained Taisuke.
“I don’t think it is too much pressure.”
4,000 DAILY CALORIES
One‘s diet is the secret to the success of any sumo wrestler.
Kyuta must eat 2,700 to 4,000 calories on an average day, including over a liter of milk and copious quantities of protein. His preference is steak.
Taisuke said Kyuta aims to hold on another 20 kg over a bowl of chanko nabe, a specialty sumo broth, by the time he gets to middle school in two years.
If he does that, the possibility is that high-profile sumo stable will take him in, and Taisuke said that interest has already been voiced.
His new mentor, Shinichi Taira, a former professional wrestler, thinks Kyuta has what it takes.
Kyuta wants the highest ranking in the sport, that is to hit the level of ‘yokozuna’.
But the process can be brutal, he admits.
“Sumo training is something you don’t describe with words like ‘enjoy’,” Kyuta said. “When it became tough… I have thought about (quitting) sometimes.”
The training continues, and Kyuta will continue to train with his father until the day comes.
Movie Review: An Amazing Movie With Unpredictable Plot Twist, ‘I Care A Lot’
‘I Care a Lot’ is actually a 2020 American dark comedy and thriller movie written and also directed by J Blakeson. The movie stars Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Chris Messina, Macon Blair, Alicia Witt, Damian Young, with Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Dianne Wiest. It follows a court-appointed guardian who seizes the assets of elderly people for her own, only for her to get mixed up with a dangerous gangster.
This particular movie has received generally positive reviews, with praise for Rosamund Pike’s performance in it. It has garnered a lot of excitement. The movie leaped to the summit of Netflix’s top 10, a big accomplishment for a non-franchise original film from the streaming service.
What ‘I Care A Lot’ Is About
It is about Marla Grayson who is concocted a terrifying but mostly legal scam. She bribes medical professionals to declare older people legally unfit to look after themselves and then fools gullible judges into appointing her as their legal guardian. Once she becomes their guardian, she places them in nursing homes, often against their will, and immediately sets about liquidating their assets to pay herself. Marla lives well, drives nice cars, has a sharp bob, and wears incredible, bold suits. She and her business partner and lover Fran are pictures of sexy, sophisticated living. Their scam is going great!
But Marla’s grift takes an unexpected turn when a slimy doctor helps her land a ‘cherry’, an older woman who is extremely rich and has no family. Marla believes she’s hit the jackpot after she’s appointed to be the guardian for Jennifer who, it turns out, is not who she says she is, and “uh oh” she’s connected to the Russian Mafia, led by the powerful crime boss Roman Lunyov.
What Can Be Said About ‘I Care A Lot’
It is such a stylish thriller movie that deals with an everyday issue of “what to do with our elders…and are they safe?” Beautifully filmed scenes of Boston neighborhoods and sky views of wooded New England areas and the city. It had just enough violence so that people didn’t have to leave the room to avoid seeing the gruesomeness of it. An amazing twist at the end that everyone would not expect it. Beautifully acted by all actors, they wove you into their respective parts. It is a great movie to put on everyone’s binge list to watch.
Rosamund Pike really gives a towering performance in this rollercoaster ride of a movie about a particularly nasty form of the grift.
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Movie Review: What Can Be Said About Netflix Series ‘Behind Her Eyes’
Recently, Netflix released a new series Behind Her Eyes based on the book of the same name by Sarah Pinborough. It is a mystery thriller where a single mother, Louise is trapped between a couple, David and Adele where the wife is her friend while sleeping with the husband. From there, she uncovered the secrets that will blow you away.
Here are the reasons why you should watch Behind Her Eyes.
From the beginning, you get to see something is boiling under the surface of the seemingly perfect marriage of David and Adele. Especially after David and Louise began an affair. Things get a bit more complicated when Louise befriends Adele and slowly uncovers the unorthodox nature of Adele’s marriage. She is torn between loving David and protecting her new best friend.
The tension will keep you on the edge as you predict how are these people going to end up in the end. Especially when you throw in a boy from Adele’s past who mysteriously went missing.
Simona Brown played the struggling single mother really well. Tom Bateman is the conflicted husband and psychiatrist juggling his work, his marriage, and his affair. But the star of the show has to be Eve Hewsen for her hauntingly elegant yet unsettling portrayal of Adele.
From the walk to the twitch of her fingers, you will either be charmed or creeped out by her acting.
The BIG Twist
This two-pronged mystery involves marriage issues and the psychic nature of the soul. The combination of the flashback, the focus, and the way the story is arranged makes for a good mystery thriller.
If you’re a fan of the genre then I highly suggest you stay away from social media because they’re already talking about major spoilers there and go in watching the show blind. That is if you haven’t read the novel.
‘Trang’, A Thai City That Obsessed With Breakfast
In this southern city of Thailand, stalls are already flocked with awaiting customers as early as 4 am. Dim sum halls, vintage cafes, and street food vendors are all open to serve people looking for their morning fix. “People here are eating all the time!” said a Trang-based restaurateur.
Trang is nearby Krabi in southern Thailand. It is known as the gateway to beach paradise and islands.
Aside from the natural attractions, this little-visited city seems to thrive on breakfast. Mostly populated by Thai-Chinese, the residence made morning meals a great excitement.
Preparations already begin at midnight. With flames and smoke from the biggest of restaurants to the smallest of tuk-tuks, the smell of food, grill, steam, and sizzle of the pan brightened the darkest of night.
“There are at least 70 dim sum shops in Trang city,” estimates Ja, a dim sum restaurant owner. In his cavernous restaurant located slightly outside downtown Trang, early risers are blessed with a selection of more than 40 steamed dim sum items. “We make all our dim sum by hand,” he explains with evident pride. “Many other places just buy the frozen dim sum and steam it.”
Thailand is also known as a food-obsessed country. It is on a must-visit list of every foodie traveler. But this city’s passion for breakfast seems out of this world.
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