For Mom #2: Technique Prize
My Mom asked how the Sumo Association decides who will win the Special Prizes, so here is an example.
This Tournament Maegashira #3 Aminishiki took home the Technique Prize (His third!).
Let's take a look at his record:
Day 1 W - beat Miyabiyama with a pulling overarm throw (uwate-dashi-nage)
Day 2 L - lost to Iwakiyama
Day 3 L - lost to Asashouryuu (no surprise there)
Day 4 W - beat Koto'oushuu with a forward push-out (oshi-dashi)
Day 5 W - beat Kaiou with a thrust-down (tsuki-otoshi)
Day 6 W - beat Hakuho with an outside leg trip (soto-gake)
Day 7 W - beat Kyokutenhou with an outside leg trip (soto-gake)
Day 8 W - beat Toyonoshima with an overarm throw (uwatenage)
Day 9 W - beat Kotomitsuki with a thrust-down (tsuki-otoshi)
Day 10 W - beat Kakizoe with a hand pull-down (hiki-otoshi)
Day 11 L - lost to Chiyotaikai
Day 12 W - beat Futenou with a rear push-out (okuri-dashi)
Day 13 L - lost to Tochiazuma
Day 14 W - beat Kisenosato with an outside leg trip (soto-gake)
Day 15 W - beat Kokkai with a hand pull-down (hiki-otoshi)
This is a good record. He won 11 out of 15 matches and beat 3 of the 5 Ozeki (sumo's second highest rank). He also did several nice throws and trips rather than relying on the standard frontal force-out (yori-kiri) or slap-down (hataki-komi). All in all a very solid technical performance; looking at it this way it's easy to see why he was chosen to receive the Technique Prize this tourney!