Sumo is an ancient Japanese tradition and martial art and it's coming to San Francisco for FREE.
Sumo Champions ExhibitionJapantown Peace Plaza (1610 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA) Map it Free
Sumo is an ancient Japanese martial art whose professional incarnation dates to the 1600s. By tradition, sumo wrestlers live highly regimented lives in communal training centers literally known as "stables," and maintain their weighty competitiveness through rigorous training and massive consumption of beer. Today you get a hugely rare opportunity to witness authentic sumo matches for free in Japantown. The matches feature Byamba, a 370-pound three-time World Sumo Champion; Kelly, who, at 430 pounds, is the Guinness World Record holder of the heaviest human ever to run a full marathon (he completed the L.A. Marathon twice, in 2008 and 2011); and Big Joe, a relatively lithe 350-pound Tongan.