Sumo Wrestling Games

One of Canyon Rental’s more popular items to rent is the Sumo Wrestling Game. This game is hysterical and a blast to play! We guarantee Canyon Rental’s Sumo Wrestling Games will be a huge hit for your next party, team building exercise, or church or school activity! This game can be played indoors or outdoors and with an unlimited number of participants. If anticipating a lot of people at your party or event it would be wise to cycle the wrestlers through using the “Best of 3” method for quicker play.

Determining the Winner of Sumo Wrestling Games

  • To win a Sumo Wrestling match you must force your opponent out of the ring or off their feet
  • If any part of the body other than the feet touches the mat, a winner is declared
  • If either opponent steps out of the ring at any time, a winner is declared.

The Sumo Wrestling Game is $100 for 2 hours or $150 for the entire day. You can pick up yourself, we are located in Pleasant Grove or you can choose to have us deliver and/or set up and pick up. A Delivery fee may apply.

History of Sumo Wrestling
Sumo Wrestling has long been a tradition of the Asian people. The art of wrestling, known as Chiao-ti dates back as far as 1030 BC where it was part of the official training for the imperial guards. It was so well respected in these circles that it soon became a court amusement and tournaments began to take place in China in 107 BC. Sumo Wrestling dates back in Japan to about 250 AD where it was a part of the Shinto religious ceremonies (Shinto means the way of the gods). Sumo, as in Shinto, was used as a way of determining the will of the gods and therefore, many times Sumo was used to determine the Supreme Races. In 734 AD court ceremonies for Sumo began in Japan. Elaborate events of entertainment took place in the courts of the lords. In the 13th century, Sumo was considered a martial art and was used in warfare. Sumo became a part of basic training. However, military strategies soon changed and Sumo reverted back to a form of entertainment. This time period was the beginning of traveling Sumo Wrestling matches. During the emergence of the new merchant culture in Japn, during the mid 1600’s, the few remaining lords and masters began “stabling: unemployed warriors. The unemployed who were not recruited were soon performing “street corner” matches for coins. This system did not last long and soon bans were placed on Sumo. Wrestlers and traditionalists fought to keep Sumo alive and convinced the local magistrates to allow controlled tournaments to take place. This was the beginning of defined rings, defined holds and throws. In the 19th century, referees, or Gyoji, began founding their own stables. During this time Shinto traditions were adopted again, claiming the ring as a sacred battlefield and placing great importance on spiritually preparing the arena and the wrestlers. Salt was thrown into the ring and dabbed onto the wrestlers tongue to drive away evil spirits. Wrestlers also clapped their hands and stomped their feet as they entered the ring to attract attention to the deities and to show their strength. Today, these rituals are still carried out at Sumo Wrestling tournaments. Sumo is now the national sport of Japan.


  • What’s included – 2 heavy duty, foam insulated sumo suits, 2 sumo hair-styled helmets, 2 pair of mitts, and wrestling mat. All of the equipment is in good condition and has been inspected prior to your rental but you may also inspect condition using provided checklist. Any serious damage, stolen, or loss to any items is your responsibility to pay for.
  • Setting up the mats – The mats have the ring marked on them with vinyl tape. Simply lay the mats out and Velcro them together to form a circle. The mats when connected together make a 14’ x 14’ square. You will also need a couple feet on all sides of mat and is clear from anything a wrestler could fall onto and risk becoming injured.
  • Damage or stains – Please do not try to repair any damage or stains. We will look after them when they are returned.
  • Returning the equipment – Arrangements must be made by stating below before renting.
  • Problems – Contact Chris or Brittany Thompson by phone. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns.

Preparing for the Match and Dressing the Wrestlers

  • We recommend that you have the wrestlers dress in a separate room from your audience. This creates more excitement when they come out, and it gives you a chance to explain the rules. To dress the wrestlers, you will need at least one person to help each wrestler get into the suit.
  • Once the wrestlers are dressed, we recommend letting them do a few chest bumps while they are in the dressing room, just so they get used to the feel of it. This makes for a better match.
  • Have each wrestler decide on a name for themselves.
  • Explain the match to them. Here is what they do:
  • Gyoji (referee) introduced them by holding the fan over each head (not provided) and saying the name of the wrestler.
  • Wrestlers move to opposite sides of the ring and show their strength to each other by grunting, growling, clapping, and stomping.
  • Gyoji starts the match by dropping the fan and yelling SUMO!
  • A winner is declared when one wrestler knocks his opponent out of the ring or off their feet.
  • If time allows you may want to run a best of 3 matches.

The Rules:

  • Legal Moves:
  • Belly Bumping (most productive method)
  • Pushing
  • Pulling
  • Lifting
  • Having Fun
  • Laughing at your opponent

Illegal Moves:

  • Clutching
  • Grabbing
  • Stepping out of the way of a charging wrestler
  • Jumping onto your opponent when he/she is off their feet.

The Match

  • Gyoji (referee) leads the “parade” of wrestlers into the ring.
  • Wrestlers stand back-to-back in the center of the ring.
  • Gyoji introduces each wrestler by holding the ceremonial war fan (not provided) each of their heads. Sumo wrestlers commonly adapt a new name when they wrestle. We encourage your wrestler to do the same. Some popular and authentic Sumo names are:
  1. Denkito – Electric light bulb
  2. Kikaisen – Mechanical boat
  3. Kataokame – One-eyed mask of fat women
  4. Togarashi – Red pepper
  5. Kamikaze – Divine wine

  • Each wrestler then turns and faces each other, claps their hands and performs ritual Shiko (stomping with legs high and wide) to show their strength.
  • With the ceremonial war fan, Gyoji starts the match by bringing the fan down and saying “SUMO!”