San Francisco, CA 94115
Category: Community Venues
Region: Japantown/Pacific Heights
In the original version of the classic martial arts film The Karate Kid, Daniel LaRusso wins the tournament with a secret technique called the "crane kick." His karate teacher and mentor Mr. Miyagi taught him the move with the rather cryptic (and now very famous) warning, "If do right, no can defend." It makes for great film, but it's hard to imagine something like that working at the Sumo Champions Exhibition. While sumo shares a Japanese lineage with karate, the image of a six-foot tall, 425-pound wrestler shoving his opponent to the floor doesn't lend itself to tall tales or unbeatable technique myths. Sumo is all about training, power, and discipline. It's also rarely seen outside of Japan, and that's what makes this weekend's Sumo Champions Exhibition so exciting. There are two meet-and-greets, and matches are set throughout the day. Competitors include "Byamba," the three-time World Sumo Champion, and "Kelly," who holds the Guinness World Record for the largest man to run a marathon. This is a family event, so feel free to bring the kids, but warn them not to try any flying crane kicks.