I am Byamba, three-time World Sumo Champion — Ask me Anything!
I was born in Mongolia and recruited at age 16 by Onokuni, a retired Japanese Grand Champion, to come to Japan and join his professional sumo team. I trained and competed professionally in Japan from 2001-2005.
I've lived in LA since 2006 and have continued to compete in international competitions, winning the heavyweight World Sumo Championship in 2006 and 2007, and the World Games in 2009. You might also recognize me from some the acting I've done, including the sumo scene of Ocean's Thirteen and other TV shows, commercials, and print ads.
During March and April, I'll be touring the US with LivingSocial's Sumo + Sushi. I'll be doing demonstrations and sumo matches in 8 cities across the country that are paired with a full sushi meal (and sake in some cities).
My English isn't perfect, so my manager Andrew will be helping translate and type responses as quickly as possible. What do you want to know?
EDIT: Thanks everyone for the great questions, but I've got to get back to training. Hope to see you on LivingSocial's Sumo + Sushi Tour!