The wrestlers live, eat, and practice together at the stables. Exercises start around 6 a.m. with the juniors. A wrestler challenges an opponent, and he stays in the ring until someone beats him. At 8 a.m., Patrizi said, the more senior wrestlers come in and things get interesting.
“Some of the tough guys pick on the younger ones, and they trash them. There’s some serious beating going on. There’s a lot of bullying going on, but these guys keep quiet. They can’t complain,” he said.
Training is grueling. When the sumos do go out, Patrizi said, it’s most often on a Sunday, their day off. He says they sometimes rent videos or play video games. - Slate