LivingSocial Sushi and Sake Tasting with Live Sumo Wrestling

Sake & Edamame

Sake & Edamame

Punch Pioneer Correspondent Loreana S. González Lazzarini

Last week I went to probably one of the coolest events I have been to in DC since I moved here five years ago.  The event was an exclusive “Sumo + Sushi” on 918 F Street as part of an eight-city tour, created by LivingSocial.   

Sumo Emcee- Andrew

Sumo Emcee- Andrew Freund

Sumo Emcee, Andrew and Wrestlers Byamba and Kelly

Sumo Emcee, Andrew and Wrestlers Byamba and Kelly

YO! Sushi food

YO! Sushi food

The Sumo Wrestling Champs fought five times while the guests enjoyed a three-course sushi meal and sake by Yo! Sushi

Sumo Wrestlers Byamba and Kelly fighting

Sumo Wrestlers Byamba and Kelly fighting

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and emcee Andrew begin match

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and emcee Andrew begin match while volunteers look on

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and emcee Andrew fighting

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and emcee Andrew Freund fighting

The event was announced by Martial Arts Museum Hall of Famer and founder of USA Sumo Andrew Freund, who did an amazing job engaging the curious audience.   He answered many questions on the Sumo Wrestler’s daily schedule and training, eating habits, and the rules of engagement. 

My favorite part of the evening was when five volunteers were picked to engage in a match with the Sumo Wrestlers.   The members of the crowd demonstrated their own moves in the ring in the funniest way possible.  I was literally falling of my chair laughing.  

Sumo Wrestler Kelly and volunteer begin match

Sumo Wrestler Kelly and volunteer begin match

Sumo Wrestler Kelly and volunteer fighting

Sumo Wrestler Kelly and volunteer fighting

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and volunteer fighting

Sumo Wrestler Byamba and volunteer fighting

Volunteer wins match!

Volunteer wins match!

Sumo Wrestlers Kelly and Byamba with me

Sumo Wrestlers Kelly and Byamba with me

The tickets included a three-course sushi meal and sake as part of the package offer available for $79. Guests can also purchase a VIP ticket ($99) which provides a ringside seat (front row) and a souvenir glass. Tickets to this event have been on sale since Feb. 7 until sold out at LivingSocial.com/events. The DC events are sold out, but definitely check out any other cities it is worth every penny. 

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About the wrestlers:

Byamba (370 lbs) is a three-time World Sumo Champion and is one of the most dominant forces in international Sumo. He is known for his speed, strength and acrobatic style.

Kelly (430 lbs) is a four-time U.S. Sumo Wrestling Champion, and holds the Guinness World Record for being the heaviest human to run a marathon. This fall, Kelly will try to conquer another record by swimming across the English Channel.

About Loreana S. González Lazzarini:
Post and photos by Punch Pioneer Correspondent Loreana S. González Lazzarini, gonzalez.loreana@gmail.com, @lory_dc. By day Lori is a CPA at an international accounting firm but has a passion for the entrepreneurial spirit, advanced technology, and the continuing landscape of startups.
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