Sumo Kaboom

Leslie and Laurie Collins, Texan sisters and diehard sumo fans, talk about all things sumo.

About the show

Sumo Kaboom!

A weekly podcast dedicated to our favorite sport - sumo wrestling. We chat about tournaments, current events, history and our favorite wrestlers.

Both Collins sisters are performers, improvisers, and creators and have absolutely no sumo training. But, they are huge sumo fans.

Having lived in Japan, Leslie loves the history and traditions of sumo. She also has a deep love for sumo karaoke singers. Laurie is fascinated by sumo wrestler fandom, the sumo training regimen and physicality of the sport.

Together, they serve up exciting sumo treats for sumo-curious fans. These kooky sisters share an enthusiasm for sumo and like all sisters, they work amazingly well together. All of the time. There are never any issues. Ever.

We also occasionally send out sumo related content. It is NOT hard-hitting sumo journalism and is usually very silly. If you want to receive our writing about all things sumo or receive notification when Sumo BINGO cards are available, join our Substack below. We won't ever share your info.

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  • Kimarite Part 3: Yorikiri and Oshidashi with Bruce Henderson

    April 26th, 2023  |  34 mins 38 secs
    bruce henderson, hazu, kimarite, kimitaoshi, nage, oshidashi, oshisumo, otske, tachiai, taoshi, yorikiri

    More discussion with Tachiai Blog's Bruce Henderson about the styles of sumo.

  • Kimarite Part 2: the Henka with Bruce Henderson

    April 19th, 2023  |  28 mins 27 secs
    chiyoshoma, henka, henka no henka, hot and hit, mainoumi, meet and move

    Our discussion of kimarite continues with the illustrious Bruce Henderson of the Tachiai blog.

  • Kimarite Part 1: How to Unwin Your Way to a Win

    April 5th, 2023  |  37 mins 53 secs
    asashoryu, fouls, fusen, kimarite, unwinning

    How to win a sumo match by unwinning.

  • Days 11-15 of the March Basho

    March 29th, 2023  |  50 mins 23 secs
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    We have 2 Sumo BINGO winners, and 1 new yusho winner! Learn about them as we break down a few fights from the exciting final days of the March basho.

  • Days 4-10 of the March Basho

    March 22nd, 2023  |  1 hr 4 mins
    2023, march

    Well... this is fun!!!

  • Let the Sumo Begin! Days 1-3

    March 15th, 2023  |  35 mins 8 secs
    2023, basho, japan, sumo

    Days 1 - 3 of the March basho, 2023!

  • Bushozan and Daishoho

    March 8th, 2023  |  33 mins 34 secs
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    Bushozan is a newbie to the top division. Daishoho hasn't been seen in the top division in a few years.

  • Hokuseiho and Kinbozan

    March 1st, 2023  |  41 mins 13 secs
    hokuseiho, kinbozan

    There are three new guys in the top division, and we're discussing two of them this week.

  • Reading the Banzuke

    February 23rd, 2023  |  41 mins 34 secs
    banzuke, star chart

    With just a bit of knowledge, you can read the date of your banzuke.

  • Sumo Love Part 2: Sexiest Rikishi of 2023

    February 14th, 2023  |  53 mins 12 secs
    2023, sexiest, sexy, sumo, wrestler

    Find out who wins the title of Sexiest Rikishi of 2023

  • Sumo Love Part 1

    February 8th, 2023  |  31 mins 46 secs
    ai chatbot, love, love life, poetry, sumo

    February is the month of love, so we're beginning our series about sumo and love. BTW, did you vote for your favorite sumo wrestler in our Annual Sexiest Rikishi Poll?

  • Hakuho's Retirement

    February 1st, 2023  |  48 mins 35 secs
    hakuho, retirement

    Hakuho's retirement ceremony happened over the weekend. We thought it a good time to recap his career and give a play by play of his retirement celebration.

  • Hatsu, Days 11-15

    January 25th, 2023  |  51 mins 38 secs
    basho, january, takakeisho, yips

    Our breakdown of our favorite moments from days 11 - 15 of the January basho, 2023.

  • Hatsu Basho Days 4 - 10

    January 18th, 2023  |  59 mins 30 secs
    2023, basho, hatsu, january, midorifuji, shodai, takakeisho, translation, wakamotoharu

    Looooving this sumo tournament! Here's where we talk about who we are loving and why.

  • Hatsu Basho Days 1-3

    January 11th, 2023  |  34 mins 50 secs
    basho, breakdown

    2023's first sumo tournament of the year begins and it's already a bloody affair.

  • The January Banzuke

    January 4th, 2023  |  52 mins 51 secs
    banzuke, brothers, january, sumo, sumo kaboom, sumo wrestling, tournament

    Brothers in professional sumo together? Why, yes! It's happened before, and Leslie will tell ya about it. Plus, Laurie breaks down the the highest section of this banzuke.