Meet Kotooshu, a former sumo wrestler from Bulgaria
When one pictures a Sumo wrestler in their head they can be forgiven if the first thing that pops in there is a mammoth Japanese guy wearing basically nothing. However, this is not the case. Although Sumo is the national sport in Japan and is seeped in Japanese tradition, there are wrestlers from all over the world – from Mongolia to Canada to even Bulgaria!
Kotooshu, who is now retired, is further proof that sumo’s reach goes well beyond it’s home in Japan.
In this segment, he talks about the transformation from a Bulgarian teenager to a sumo wrestler in Japan. Initially, the idea to become a sumo wrestler in Bulgaria was as a joke but was chosen because in Sumo you can eat as much as you want but in Wrestling, you have to control your diet to stay within your weight category. Then, he explains how difficult it was when he first arrived in Japan and how he had to adapt to the environment. He then talks about the devotion of Japanese fans, setting goals and how achieving the second tier in four years was not by luck but part of his goal. He also discusses his win against the Grand Champion in Fukuoka which guaranteed his right to become a member of the second tier.