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Five Reasons To Catch the US Sumo Open This Saturday

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1. This is the perfect primer. The Grand Sumo Tournament was held in Los Angeles back in June. It was a great showcase of traditional sumo, complete with ceremonial performances and an air of formality. The open is more what you’d see if sumo were an Olympic sport. If you’ve never seen sumo wrestling before, the diversity of wrestlers, many of whom are part-timers (this year includes a rock drummer and an opera singer) adds some sizzle to the proceedings. The announcers are also helpful about guiding the audience through the details of what's happening in the ring. With general seating tickets going for a measly $15 (just a tiny bit more than a seat at the Arclight), the price is right for both the casual and curious.

2. The big three. As in sake, sushi and yakisoba. Since one of the official sponsors is Hakutsuru Sake, guests can expect routine raffle prizes that include entire cases of the good stuff. The booze and food will flow freely throughout the day.

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3. There’s a ladies division. This is always one of the highlights of the event. The women's division offers the same brand of kinetic action as the men's, but in a surprisingly petite and graceful package. Last year's competition included one woman who competed on a prosthetic leg.