19:30 AEST Thu Jan 10 2013
In Australia, many boys and girls dream of making it big in sport. Wearing the baggy green cap, playing football, breaking records in the pool. As Dermott discovered, when children in Japan dream of making it big, big is the operative word. They want to be sumo stars.
Dermott joined a H.I.S. Experience Japan Day in the Life of a Sumo at a school in Tokyo. Students live and train on the premises and their average size is 136 kilograms. There are no weight restrictions and you're likely to see a wrestler against an opponent twice his weight.
They don't hold back. There's much clashing of heads and while Dermott was extended the most unusual offer of stepping into the ring he suggests that sitting on the sidelines is the better option.