US Sumo Open

September 22, 2012 marks the day that the US Sumo Open returned to Little Tokyo. Competitors from all around the world; including Poland, Cambodia, and Brazil and across the United States such as Illinois and Arizona, came to Little Tokyo in Los Angeles to compete for the US Sumo Open Title.



There are many rituals the competitors must practice at the beginning and completion of each match to demonstrate the culture and principles of Sumo.



After many matches, blood and sweat, the three-time World Sumo Champion Byambajav Ulambayar claimed the title of the Champion of the US Sumo Open for the 6th year in a row.



Looking forward to next year's US Sumo Open, in addition to the hopes of future tournaments being held in the Budokan of Los Angeles!




These events are hosted by our partner organizations, that are relevant to the overall goal and vision for the Budokan of Los Angeles.


What is a Budokan?

Budokan roughly translates as "martial arts hall" in Japanese. The name is derived from the Nippon Budokan, a large arena in Central Tokyo, Japan. The arena was originally constructed for judo competition during the 1964 Summer Olympics, but today serves as a multi-purpose facility that caters to sports, entertainment and other activities. Currently in the United States, there are numerous budokans which serve as multi-purpose centers for martial arts, team sports such as basketball and volleyball, community activities and other special events.

Budokan of Los Angeles, a Project of Little Tokyo Service Center
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