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History of Sumo Wrestling

Sumo Wrestling is actually a very serious business. It’s not just two fat guys jumping on each other!

Our Sumo Suit hire is awesome for a party but Japan’s national sport is quite fascinating.

Here are some things Ash Jumping Castles has put together that you might not know about Sumo…

Sumo is actually a religious ritual

Sumo originated around 1500 years ago in Japan. It originated in the Shinto religion and was performed at shrines to ensure a bountiful harvest and the hour the spirits. Sumo is still closely associated with its religious roots and Shinto principles govern the everyday life of today’s wrestlers.

 Every newly promoted yokozuna (Sumo Master) performs his first ring-entrance ceremony at the Meiji shrine in Tokyo and wrestlers throw salt before a match to purify the ring in which they play

  1. The rules of the match

 A sumo match doesn’t start until both wrestlers have placed both hands on the ground at the same time. Before this, wrestlers tries to psyche the other out, pretending to put his hand down and then getting back up again.

 Once they finally do begin, it is very rare for sumo bouts to last longer than a few seconds – although occasionally they can up to four minutes.

 This means that the action is very fast-paced and exciting. A match ends when one of the wrestlers is either thrown out of the ring, or if any part of his body apart from the soles of his feet touches the ground.

 The match can also end if one of the wrestlers loses his mawashi, or loincloth – in which case the wrestler is disqualified!

 Sumo life is really hard.

 Sumo wrestlers’ lives are possibly the most rigidly regimented and disciplined of any athletes in the world, and life in a sumo stable is incredibly hard.

 Lower ranked wrestlers are expected to get up earliest and cook, clean and serve food for the higher ranked wrestlers.

 Sumo wrestlers haven’t always been fat

 It was only very recently in the history of sumo that the wrestlers developed the chubbiness they are now famous for. Since there are no weight divisions in professional sumo, every wrestler just wants to get as big as possible so that he can use his bulk in the ring.

 The sumo’s favourite food is chanko nabe. This is a special kind of hotpot packed with meat, veggies and noodles that is specifically associated with sumo wrestlers in Japan. Wrestlers also have a special routine of exercising on an empty stomach and sleeping after eating to help turn the calories they consume (up to 10,000 per day) into bulk.

 Sumo wrestlers aren’t allowed to drive cars

 Strange but true! After a serious car accident involving a sumo wrestler, the Sumo Association banned wrestlers from driving their own cars.

 Sumo referees need to watch their backs

 Like the wrestlers, Sumo referees or “gyoji” enter the world of sumo at a young age (about sixteen) and remain in their profession until they retire. The traditional clothing they wear in the ring is strictly graded according to rank, and as they progress up the ranks they earn honorific names by which they become known.

 The gyoji also carries a sword, or tanto, to show that the referee understands the serious nature of the decisions he has to make – and is prepared to commit seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment) if he makes a bad decision!

 Thankfully these days the gyoji usually just submits his resignation papers instead as a gesture of contrition. 

 Sumo wrestlers have to wear traditional clothes

 As soon as they join a stable Sumo wrestlers are expected to grow their hair in order to form a topknot, or chonmage, similar. They are expected to wear this hairstyle and traditional dress at all times when out in public.

 They also have strict rules for behaviour

 Rules delineate that when out and about, wrestlers must be self-effacing and softly spoken, and during tournaments they should refrain from showing joy at winning or disappointment at losing.  

 Only one foreigner at a time!

 Sumo stables are only allowed to have one foreign wrestler at any one time.

 These foreign wrestlers are expected to speak Japanese, and must be well-versed in Japanese culture – meaning that foreign sumo face all the same challenges that Japanese sumo do, but with the added anxiety of having to learn to live and breathe like a Japanese.

 Akebono Taro, born Chad Haaheo Rowan, became the first ever foreign-born sumo grand champion in 1993. He is a native of Hawaii.

 Women can’t be sumo wrestlers

 Sumo is a sport in which women are not aloud to compete or enter the sumo ring, as it is considered a violation of the purity of the ring.

 This caused a bit of an issue when there was a female Governor of Osaka since the Governor traditionally presents the Governor’s Prize in the ring at the end of the tournament.

 It wasn’t always the case that sumo was so hostile to women, however, and as early as the 18th century there was a form of female sumo commonly performed in some areas of Japan. Most of the time this was just a form of entertainment, but in some areas of Japan female sumo did have a serious role in Shinto rituals.


Jumping Castles Prove Hit For Corporate Team Building

Jumping Castles Prove Hit For Corporate Team Building 

Ash Jumping Castles in a recent interview with Eleven Media confirmed the growing trend of corporates hiring adult themed jumping castles as part of the company’s team building events.

Its well documented that fun at work helps to alleviate stress and build team morale and relationships. There is even an “International Fun at Work Day” on April 1 each year to encourage having fun at work.

The concept of Team Bonding has been around since the early eighties. It may even be one of those business topics that will evoke a few eye rolls. The first thing that comes to mind for many are those superficial activities that force people together into some sort of awkward scenario, with the participants hating the process and wishing it would end.

Team building games and activities have progressed since then and have been shown to help foster relationships, boost team bonding and morale as well as create more productive teams. Psychology studies have proved that physical activities have been shown to be very successful.

Mrs Elish Moran, owner of Ash Jumping Castles said, “Having an inflatable Jumping Castle or Sumo Suit event is proving a growing hit with team building organisors. The product range we have can bring any event to life, even if a large team or small intimate event, we have a suitable inflatable for any occasion.”  She went on to say, “If you’re stuck for team building event ideas, feel free to contact us and explain what you want to achieve. We can tailor our suggestions specifically to your location, crowd and demographic.”

Team-building exercises help improve communication and motivation, and they can help staff learn about each other’s strengths and weaknesses and through this aid working together which often creates an environment in which everyone can thrive.


About Ash Jumping Castles

 Ash Jumping Castles is Sydney’s leading hirer of Jumping Castles and Sumo Suites. They have the best selection of inflatables and have now introduced the new era of European jumping castles to complement their range for hire.

All jumping castles are compliant to the Australian Standard AS3533.4. The jumping castles also offer sun & rain protection and a safety net at the entrance. Ash Jumping Castles also have public liability insurance and a certificate of currency is available on request. They are extremely proud to maintain a 100% safety record.

For more information on Jumping Castles, please visit the website: http://ashjumpingcastles.com.au


Website: http://ashjumpingcastles.com.au


Secrets to a smooth children’s Sumo party

Secrets to a smooth children’s Sumo party

From Ash Jumping Castles and Sumo Suits Sydney

Make sure you have a Gyoji

This is the official Sumo referee; he or she should be skilled at crowd control – no matter how big or small your contestants!

Minimise distractions

The best parties are when everyone is focused on the ‘fighting’; it creates a human amphitheatre. Children can be distracted by the smallest things when they are waiting for their turn so you will do well to keep things like balls and balloons out of sight. Fortunately, having the party table laid out and ready doesn’t ever seem to act a distraction…more of an incentive!

Chairs aren’t needed

It is an important for safe Sumo that the area around the mat is clear of chairs. The children will be seated on the floor at the side of the mat supporting their team.

Don’t encourage the birthday girl or boy to pick teams.

Your `Gyoji` should sort out the teams by height so that everyone has the best chance of a good fight.

Sitting down

Your Gyoji is only one person in the midst of a dozen exited children. He or she should make a big deal about getting the children to sit down at the side of the mat whilst a fight is in progress. When the children keep this discipline he can spend more time on running the fights than on herding kids, resulting in more goes all round.


Sumo Suit Short Q&A

Sumo Suit Short Q&A

How long does it take to get a suit on?

  1. Putting on a sumo fat-suit is just like pulling on a big heavy vest, then all that is needed is the neck brace and helmet (both Velcro fastened). When you get used to it, it should take as little as 15 seconds to get a suit off one combatant and another 15 to get it onto the next. So to swap out one pair for the next is about a minute; leaving more time for posing and fighting!

How much space do you need for a Sumo Experience event?

  1. Ash Jumping Castles recommends about 5×5 metres, which is the size of our crash mat. You can also think about hiring our inflatable arena, which is perfect for kids and requires a space of 7m x 7m. Its always advisable to hold the games outside do kids (or adults!) aren’t crashing into walls. Don’t have space in your backyard for a Sumo party or bouncy castle? Think about letting your local council know and having your party in the park.

Which suits are right for me?

  1. See the ‘Sumo Suits’ page for further details; we have both adult and junior suits that cover all ages from approximately 7 upwards, but dependant primarily on the height of the combatants. We have observed that, well, those who have started to develop the attributes of a real Rikishi (Sumo wrestler) may find the suits a little tight!

How long should a Sumo session run?

This depends on the number of people you are hosting but towards the end of 90 minutes the attention of the children will start to wonder and the rules will be relaxed in response. Younger children will start to run around at this stage, which is quite natural. Even for 7 and 8 year olds you would normally expect to keep them all engaged for at least the first 75 minutes.


Trends in Corporate Events

Food carts, Pop-ups, virtual reality, holograms have all been discussed as trends in event entertainment.

However if you are really looking at engaging your team, clients or co-workers, bouncy castles provide a fun, energetic throwback to childhood.

Recent surveys also suggest attendees at corporate events expect more healthy options and exercise *. There is no better, more fun way to spend a bit of energy than an adult jumping castle!

Our Jumping Castles and Commander Obstacle Courses are perfect for the smallest or largest corporate parties and events in Sydney. Our prices are reasonable and your guests will be talking about it for months to come!

* Eventbrite Australia 2017

We understand just how significant it can be to make a great impression, especially when in concerns your business and corporate image. You want to stand out at your event and more importantly leave a lasting impression that will have people talking for time to come. Especially with so many events taking place on a regular basis it can be hard to stand out as not just another one of the run of the mill functions, and that’s where we shine!

We’ve heard it all Food carts, Pop-ups, virtual reality, holograms have all been discussed as trends in event entertainment. But if you want to elevate your event and really take it to the next level we know just how to help.

Because if you’re really looking to engage your team, clients or co-workers, bouncy castles provide a fun, energetic throwback to childhood not to mention build great team skills. They’re a proactive way to get everyone involved, having fun and bring both a nostalgic and thrilling element to any event.

Recent surveys also suggest attendees at corporate events expect more healthy options and exercise *. So there’s absolutely no better, or more fun way to spend a bit of energy than on an adult jumping castle or even wrestling in a comical oversized sumo suit and tackling one another!

Our Jumping Castles and Commander Obstacle Courses are perfect for the smallest or largest corporate parties and events in Sydney. Our prices are reasonable and we guarantee you an experience that will leave your guests talking about it for months to come!



Jumping Castle History

Jumping Castle History

The first corporate event with a bouncing castle happened by accident.

John Scurlock, a mechanical engineer from Shreveport, Louisiana, was experimenting with inflatable tennis court covers in 1959 when he noticed his employees jumping playfully on the covers.

He started out with a large air mattress and called it a “Space Walk”.

In 1967, Scurlock added walls. At that time, there were two inflatable fans, one for the mattress and one for the walls.

The first real castle shaped bounce was originally designed by university students in England around 1961 for a fund raising event.

Interesting fact: While Jumping Castles are now found all over the world, and we thank him for hours of joy, Scurlock’s finest invention was in fact the safety air cushion that is used by fire and rescue departments to catch people jumping from buildings.

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