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Sumo Wrestling is one of the oldest sports in the world, stretching back over 2,000 years. Within the Japanese establishment, a great sense of pride exists that so little about the sport has changed in the past millennium. While a match is a spectacle all can behold, the behind-the-scenes of the wrestlers’ daily lives and relentless training is often shrouded in secrecy.
These photos, divided into categories like “ambition,” “obedience,” and “discipline,” offer a glimpse into a realm of old custom and heritage that has endured amid the temptations of modernism, notably when it comes to the default mold of the typical athlete. Sumo wrestlers don’t conform to the stereotypical mold of a sportsman, not the sort typically shown on Western sports broadcasts. These photos show, however, that they put in just as much effort in their training as any other elite athlete.
Lord K2 was born in London and studied business after graduating from the London College of Printing. His areas of expertise include photography and stencil graffiti. His greatest interest is photographing combat sports such as Muay Thai and Sumo.
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