両国国技館 Ryōgoku Kokugikan
(Ryōgoku Sumo Hall)
"Waaaait is this some kind of DANTAISEN 団体戦 or Team Fight taking shape here? Naruse, Yamamoto, Nagai, and Maeda are all in the ring representing RINGS Japan (you knew this), as are Willie Peeters, Rudy Ewolt, Dick Vrij, and Chris Dolman for RINGS Holland. If this is truly to be dantaisen, what will its format be? Senposen, in which bouts are arranged by seniority? Taishosen, in which each side sets its order as it pleases? Or will it be the knockout-competition of kachinukisen 勝ち抜き戦 in which the winner stays until s/he is defeated, a draw ending the run of both competitors? I am not making any of these up I swear to you! They are all formats of (judo) dantaisen of which I am aware! There could be others I don't know about but these are all great! And not even just for competition between clubs but sometimes for fun you can split the class and fight a light dantaisen as a kind of randori 乱取り (chaos-taking)! I think this is taishosen though. If only they had added a fifth to each side (as is customary) we could have gotten another Kohsaka match (they brought him along and everything) but alas no."
That is so definitely not the only time we have spoken words of such matters but it is the first TK-Enscissoring that came up when I searched specifically for the knockout/team-survival contest of kachinukisen 勝ち抜き戦, a format known well to me since some of the yore-most days of my judo certainly but a term first uttered to my hearing much later in (a relatively early episode of) the genre-defining Yawara! A Fashionable Judo Girl! and which was uttered once more in an early (perhaps the earliest) promotional art-tape for Kazushi Sakuraba's seemingly ingenious QUINTET (クインテット [kuintetto]), sending me into a weeks-and-I-guess-it-was-probably-months-long tizzy of retweeting things about QUINTET and also joking around with my friends at judo about our five-person Rec Judo Top Team entry into the contest haha we'd get shirts haha aaaaaand in fact ok yeah I just searched and this is dated 18 December 2017:
"Dear Kazushi Sakuraba,
how are you
my friends and I would like to register for your tournament
as Rec Judo Top Team
please say this is ok we have already made shirts
AND NOW IT IS UPON US THROUGH THE MIRACLE OF FELLOWSHIP as a dear pal of judo days past but of friendship eternal has shared with me a copy of this event which is the only way I was going to be able to see it because of my refusal to materially support the fascist-adjacent and æsthetically-shit UFC (the FC doesn't even stand for Friends Club; they never even got that much right) and also because I am unable to grab things off of the tracker right now (the fault is naught but mine; the tracker is blameless). Also -- and, I would add, tragically -- Hulu Japan, where this event is available streaming with Japanese commentary, is like famously locked down, forget it, you need to be like supremely *in* Japan (or else "good with computers") to make it think you are in Japan, I tried. Oh how I tried. So it is either wait for the Japanese DVD (a kind of a disc: it's not as good as tapes, but some of them have Virtua Fighter 4: Evo on them) or Blu-Ray (a kind of disc: it's not as good as tapes, but some of them have Virtua Fighter 5 on them) releases, both of which have already been announced (yes I have been monitoring QUINTET.1 and post-QUINTET.1-twitter very very closely . . . for us) or watch it in English and while we are made of unusually high taste-levels we are not made of stone so RIP-A-DIP-DIP HERE WE GO A-WATCHING (I think that is what Mauro Ranallo says now [I don't think he's on this don't worry]).
I DISLIKE THE COMMENTARY A LITTLE IMMEDIATELY ALTHOUGH IT IS PROBABLY FINE AND I WILL ATTEMPT TO SAY NOTHING MORE OF IT LEST OUR TIME TOGETHER BE POISONED and we are liiiiiiiiiiive and on the mats (for they are indeed mats) before us stands Takeshi Yano who will serve as the Japanese commentator we are not allowed to hear because justice is elusive in this fallen world and now here we also have none other than YUKI NAKAI, Chairman of the QUINTET Referee Committee and truly remarkable man of les arts martiaux as featured on the final print edition of GONG KAKUTOGI (my home is blessed by a copy of it but not the copy depicted below, I do not wish to mislead you in this or any other detail):
He is keeping well! To have emerged a champion in kosen competition whilst studying at Hokkaikdo University under Kanae Hirata; imagine it. And from there to the ranks of Shooto; an unfortunate blinding at the hands of Gerard Gordeau (I spit); an able showing against Rickson Gracie (who, again, was of kind and generous spirit when I met him) though undersized and, as I may have mentioned already, blinded earlier that night in the same tournament; earning the first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt awarded to a 日本人; and, to cap a glorious career, demonstrating the wisdom necessary to bestow upon Tsuyoshi Kohsaka a black belt in that same art, reasoning that if one is employing Kodokan Judo in the context of mixed-fight, that is in effect Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu so far as he is concerned (I read a thing where Nakai explained this; it is likely linked to elsewhere on this very blog at which we now convene and I should probably just look it up but time is an arrow). I WONDER WHAT THE RULES ARE: