26 February 2013
“Other Culture” Outline
General Purpose: To inform.
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about Japanese culture and sumo wrestling.
Originating in Japan, sumo wrestling is a competitive full-contact wrestling sport where a wrestler attempts to force another wrestler out of a circular ring. From meals to their manner of dress, their daily lives are dictated by strict tradition. Tonight I will enlighten you about what they do in and out of the rings. I am confident that each one of you will leave here tonight knowing at least one new fact about Japan’s sumo wrestling’s culture-rich history.
I. Sumo wrestling began many centuries ago in Japan and is still thriving today. A.
During the age of the samurai, the early 1600’s, sumo wrestling was born. 1. Considered to be a modern Japanese martial art, it’s Japan’s official national sport.
2. Matches were once held to raise money for structural replacements and shrines.
3. Japan’s oldest professional sport.
Sumo matches consist of only 1 referee, 2 wrestlers and 5 judges.
1. Average match is approximately 8 seconds long.
2. Only 6 tournaments a year featuring over 15 days each.
1. Wrestlers serve as cultural ambassadors when they take part in events overseas.
II. A day in the life of a sumo wrestler is both traditional and highly regimented. A.
Wrestlers live, eat and practice together in stables throughout Japan.
1. Over 62 stables in Japan with approximately 980 wrestlers.
2. Referees, ushers and hairdressers also share the stables its responsibilities.
3. Stables are run by the oyakata, a retired sumo, and his wife, the okamisan. B.
Their days begin at 5:00 am and end around 10:30 am during training.
1. After training, the wrestlers are free to do whatever they’d like to.
2. Almost all wrestlers continue to train vigorously for the rest of their day.
3. Wrestlers are encouraged to deviate from...
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