BORN: 1984, Tokyo
HEIGHT: 6’4″ (193 cm)
WEIGHT: 601 lbs (272 kg)
ACTIVE IN SUMO: since 1991
PRO SUMO: Top Division (makuuchi)
TITLES: 2-time World Sumo Champion, University Sumo Champion (5 times)
FIGHTING STYLE: Yori-kiri (front force-out), Uwate-nage (outside belt throw)
HOBBIES: bicycle riding, anime, manga
SKILLS: cooking, origami
Fighting as “Yamamotoyama” in Pro Sumo, he is now commonly known as simply “Yama”.
Starting sumo at age 7, Yama won Champion titles in elementary school, middle school, high school, and university levels. As a university student, he competed at the Sumo World Championships twice, and won World Champion titles both times! At Nihon University (the #1 sumo school in Japan), Yama won 5 National Champion titles!
After university success, Yama entered Pro Sumo, as the heaviest recruit ever (515 pounds at age 22), reaching the top (makuuchi) division in the second fastest time ever (under two years!), winning multiple division champion titles in the process… More