Sumo wrestlers stretch during a training camp on the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in July. Photographer Taylor Weidman shadowed young wrestlers before the World Sumo Championships, where they hoped to make a name for themselves and find a future with a sumo stable.
Wrestlers hang out in their dorm after a practice session in Mongolia. Japan has traditionally dominated the sport, and it's only in the past decade that Mongolia has emerged as such a dominant force. The past four "yokozuna," sumo wrestling's highest rank, have all been from Mongolia.
A wrestler cools down a teammate during training.
Wrestlers practice in their bare feet.
Size is important in sumo wrestling, but agility, speed and technique are all important as well.
A wrestler returns to his dorm after a practice session.
A wrestler tapes his hands as he prepares for practice.
Wrestlers eat lunch together at the training camp. "Wrestlers would eat big meals with lots of mutton and rice," Weidman said. "Traditionally, I think sumo wrestlers are supposed to have two huge meals a day, followed by naps so the calories aren't burned off right away."
Wrestlers take a team picture at the end of a practice session.
Sumo fans arrive at the World Sumo Championships in Ulaanbaatar.
Wrestlers compete during the World Sumo Championships.