UTSA East Asia Institute hosts April 20 sumo wrestling event


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(April 14, 2010)--The UTSA East Asia Institute will host a sumo wrestling demonstration at 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 on the lawn between the Arts Building and the Main Building on the Main Campus.

Tom Zabel, master sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, will conduct the sumo demonstration. Zabel was stationed in Japan for 11 years and took up Japan's national sport of sumo. He currently is a third degree black belt and will start the Sumo Night event with a short lecture to describe the history of sumo, techniques required and explain the rules of the match. Zabel then will do a demonstration and conduct a sumo match.

The UTSA East Asia Institute's mission is to promote appreciation and understanding of East Asian societies and cultures on campus and in the community through research, outreach, networking, education, student-faculty exchange, and business development and cooperation.

Free and open to the public, Sumo Night attendees can participate in a wrestling match for a chance to win prizes.

For more information, contact Mimi Yu at 210-458-4749.