2013 US SUMO OPEN - 13th Annual

2013 US SUMO OPEN - 13th Annual

US SUmo Open 2013
photo: Dustin Snipes 
Sunday, September 15, 2013  3 - 6 pm (Gates open at 2 pm)
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (Little Tokyo)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The 13th annual US SUMO OPEN will shake your world! Watch 40 elite sumo wrestlers from around the planet, competing in a REAL showdown in Little Tokyo!  The US SUMO OPEN is the premiere annual sumo event in North America.  Since the inaugural US SUMO OPEN in 2001, more than 300 world-class sumo wrestlers from 25 countries have vied for the title.

Since he first entered the competition in 2007, three-time World Sumo Champion, Byamba has won gold every year, with a cumulative record of 59 wins and only 1 loss!  Can he defend his title, winning the championship for 7 years in a row?!

In addition to the giants like Byamba, you'll see sumo wrestlers of all sizes, in both men's and women's divisions!  Yes, in international competition, there are weight and gender divisions, as sumo makes a push to be in the Olympic Games.

Taiko drummers will perform on site.  Enjoy delicious food, and drink Sapporo Beer and Hakutsuru Sake, while watching the matches. All the action takes place at JACCC in the heart of Little Tokyo.

photos: Chuck Green
These are just SOME of the 50 top athletes expected to compete:
Byambajav Ulambayar
6'1", 346 lbs
Three-time World Champion
Japanese Pro Sumo (5 years)
Kelly Gneiting
6'0", 420 lbs
World Sumo Competitor (10x)
US Sumo Champion (5x)
Sharran Alexander
6'0", 442 lbs
United Kingdom
UK Sumo Champion
GWR Heaviest Female Athlete
Ramy Abd El Aty Lbrahim Belal
6'0", 253 lbs
Afirican Sumo Champion
Trent Sabo
5'8", 198 lbs
'04 Sumo World Cup gold
'08 World Sumo Champion bronze 
Erdenebileg Alagdaa
6'0", 184 lbs
US Sumo Open gold (4x)
Mongolian wrestling Champion
Foteh Mukhtorov
5'11", 298 lbs
US Sumo Open bronze (2x)
Siosifa Isamau
6'1", 330 lbs
US Sumo Open bronze (2x)