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  I'm a sumo champ!
Updated 30 January 2003, 18.17

Connor's been training in sumo for two years. He's currently Under 15 British Champion.

Here he reports on how he trains, what he eats and why he loves the sport!

"I'm 12.5 stone, a small weight for a sumo wrestler.

I have to train about two or three times a week for an hour and a half.

I also do two days of weight-lifting and on Sunday I sumo wrestle.

Four meals a day


I have keep up a good diet to compete.

I eat lots of protein, eggs, meat and milk, rice, pasta and bread and lots of fruit. I have about three or four meals a day.

If you compete and you're thin then you have less power - it's about pushing the opponent back and lifting them.

So if you have a thin person against a very big person, they won't be able to lift them.

Sumo doesn't hurt

The Mawashi (the thong we wear to fight) is part of the ritual so I don't mind wearing it.

But for youngsters like myself, I get to wear cycling shorts underneath.

Sumo wrestling in Japan
Sumo wrestling in Japan
People think that sumo wrestling hurts.

You do get pushed and slapped by your opponent but otherwise it's not too painful.

Non-Japanese people can be as good as the people from Japan.

It's more of a tradition there, and wrestlers eat six meals of stew meat and vegetables every day.

Going pro

It's one of my ambitions to go to Japan.

Hopefully the more I train and the better I'll become and I can enter in Japanese competitions.

I chose sumo as my sport because I'm not that good at football and cricket - and I'm big for my age."

Connor, 14, Derby

Don't forget to watch Newsround Extra on Wednesday 26 February at 5.20pm on BBC One - it's all about sumo wrestling!


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