Sumotori - so called in the Japanese wrestler sumo. Mawashi or Mawashi is a belt of a sumo, tied around the body in a special way.
Since Sumo wrestling is a traditional martial art for Japan, this terminology is used all over the world.
Mawashi in the Sumo tradition
Sumo is an ancient traditional martial art,Practiced in the Land of the Rising Sun so far. Each duel between the wrestlers is accompanied by numerous rituals, one of which is the special clothes of wrestlers - the belt of a sumo wrestler, called mawashi. This is the only clothing that is acceptable for the wrestler.
Some wrestlers hang on their mawashi sagari - these are ornaments that bear a decorative function. They do not mean anything and do not symbolize.
Mawashi is a special belt -Wide tape of dense fabric. As a rule, they use dark matter, but it happens that some sumoists perform in light mawashi. The belt is worn on a completely naked body, it is wrapped several times around the wrist torso and between the legs, then fixed with a special knot. Since mawashi is a long ribbon, all the attire on the fighter's body does look a bit like a thong.
The place of battle of wrestlers is called doha. If one of the sumo wrestlers loses the mawashi on the doha (for example, the belt will untie), then this means automatic disqualification. Gedzi - the chief judge - strictly monitors that the traditions and rules are strictly observed.
The meaning of this, at first glance, strange attireFor wrestlers the following: since sumo assumes grips, the clothes of wrestlers should contribute as little as possible to vulnerability from this side. It is impossible to grasp the mawashi, and therefore the traditional belt, although it may seem unusual looking far from sumo to a person, is still very functional.
Variations of mawashi
Typically, experienced skilled wrestlers wear special mawashi - silk. But in amateur sports this kind of clothes is sometimes worn directly on shorts or swimming trunks.
There is a separate type of mawashi - kesyo-mawashi. This belt, which looks more like an apron. It is richly decorated with embroidery and dangling elements. Such a mawashi is used only for ritual purposes, it is inadmissible for a fight.
Other attributes of sumo
To decorate a sumo's hairdo or to tie a mawashi, you need knowledge of a particular art, in modern Japan almost forgotten beyond sumo or traditional theater.
Traditionally, sumo wrestlers grow longHair, which before the fight fit into a special hairstyle - a bunch on the crown. Fighters from the top divisions make a somewhat different, complicated hairstyle, which not only looks more intricate and beautiful, but also softens the enemy's blows. For example, if the wrestler falls head down, then the force of the head impact on the dojo with such a special beam will be substantially less.