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This Sumo Wrestling Series Showcases Student Conviction

By: Vasiliki Marapas - Published: May 11, 2014 • References: danielali and vice
For his series of sumo wrestling photography, Daniel Ali traveled to a training academy located in a remote fishing village on the north coast of Japan.

The culturally significant sport has an illustrious history, dating back 2,000 years. Today, the champions are honored, revered and held in incredibly high esteem by the public. Students as young as twelve leave home to engage in the rigorous daily training they need to become future champions. Ali was able to witness the students’ transformation from smiling, joking youths to focused professionals, as they engaged in the demanding, three-hour dohyō training session.

The students completely immerse themselves in this rigorous lifestyle—and will continue to do so for the next six years—in order to prepare themselves for a potential professional career. Ali’s photos capture their unwavering determination, commitment and sense of hope.