World Sumo Champion Byamba Ulambayar talks about his worst injury and more
When on earth are you going to have the chance to ask a three-time World Sumo Champion questions? Luckily, Byamba Ulambayar is up to the task.
Ulambayar is taking part in LivingSocial's "Sumo + Sushi + Sake Experience" at Supperclub in Hollywood, Cal. While attendees dine on a full Japanese meal, and enjoy a sake tasting, he will take on four-time USA Sumo Champion Kelly Gneiting in one of the night's matches.
While tickets for the March 10 and 11 shows are sold out, you can still buy them for the April 14 and 15 events.
Ulambayar answered some of Zap2it's Survey Says questions, including his worst injury, and his thoughts on aliens.
Keep reading to see what's really going on in the mind of a sumo wrestler.
Describe your daily routine:
Now in Los Angeles, I go jogging in the morning. Every day is different, but if I don't have some appearances or interviews, I usually study English (on my own or sometimes in ESL classes), do a workout, maybe watch a film, and I cook my own meals at home. I train for hours - practicing sumo, stretching, lifting weights, jogging. Now that I have my own life in Los Angeles, my sleep times vary. I don't have to get up at 5 AM every day, like I did in Japan!
How do you vent your anger?
I take it out in the sumo ring! Actually, when I get angry, I like to be alone. Sumo wrestlers don't really meditate, but we need to focus mentally before a match. Of course, we are much more relaxed after the tournament is finished!
What's your guilty pleasure?
I sometimes get a beer (or two).
If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
I want to go back to Seychelles Island (where I performed before) - it's beautiful there.
What's the worst injury you've ever had?
In sumo training, the middle finger on my right hand was bent back, so that it touched the outside of my wrist. That was extremely painful, but my coach in Japan made me continue training through the injury!
Do you believe in ghosts? How about aliens?
Sure, I believe in ghosts. Because of Buddhist influence, most people in Mongolia believe to some extent in ghosts. I am not sure about aliens.
If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
I would want to be a police officer for a day, to see what that would be like.
What's the last movie you saw?
I just saw the "A Team" at the hotel where I stayed a few days ago. The action in the film was interesting. I like the "Terminator" movies and "Rocky" movies.
Tell us about one of your most embarrassing moments:
I can't remember one offhand. I had a pretty shocking intro to sumo. When I first got to my sumo team in Japan, I had never seen sumo, didn't speak a word of Japanese, had never had Japanese food, and didn't know anything about Japanese culture. On the first day, they brought me to watch the training. In one of the first matches that I saw that morning, two guys collided really hard, head-to-head, but one of them didn't tuck his head down enough, so his jaw smashed directly into the forehead of his opponent. After the collision, there was a tooth lodged in the forehead of the one guy from the collision!
What one song gets you going in the morning?
I listen to some hip-hop. I like Tupac. All of his songs are great.
If you're in the Los Angeles area, don't forget to grab tickets to see Ulambayar do what he does best, April 14 and 15, at LivingSocial's "Sumo + Sushi + Sake Experience."
Photo/Video credit: USA Sumo
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