No Coachella? Go Sumo!

Last year I attended my first sumo match at the U.S. Sumo Open and had the honor of meeting World Sumo Champion Byambajav “Byamba” Ulambayar, who defeated giant Petar Stoyanov for the third consecutive time in the U.S. Sumo Open (men’s heavyweight division).

Former Heavyweight World Sumo Champ "Byamba" Ulambayar and Former "Blonde" Verdell
Current Sumo Champ "Byamba" Ulambayar and Former "Blonde" Verdell (taken during his visit to Warner Bros.)

This weekend you too can check out some hot sumo action as part of the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, which runs all weekend, April 18 and 19, at the Civic Center located at 320 West Newmark Ave in Monterey Park.

On Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 PM, U.S. Sumo Champions will be participating in a demonstration sponsored by the California Sumo Association. Admission is free.

For a complete list of performances and more information on the Cherry Blossom Festival, see the City of Monterey Park’s web site. Free parking and shuttle service to the Festival is available.

For information on future U.S. Sumo events, check

2 thoughts on “No Coachella? Go Sumo!”

  1. I was at the Grand Sumo Tournament at the Sports Arena last year. (Mediocre, shakey video of championship match here: I had never been and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was AWEsome! Anyone not going to the desert this weekend should go check this out. Great tip.

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