Two day ago, after last training before Zloty Tur, Michael Todd has posted on instagram his picture with the comment - "The training is complete, now it's time to rest!! 310 lbs & stronger than ever!!"
Message from ARM WARS Professional Armwrestling Super Series facebook page.
As many of you will know the ARM WARS Super Series is one of the only truly Global Armwrestling promotions, we have operated as such longer than any other Professional Armwrestling Promotion & have also produced more Event Cards, with better Matches than any other Promotion on the Planet.
Below you will find the link to the official ARM WARS Super Series youtube channel, just click to the ARM WARS YOUTUBE CHANNEL and Subscribe for free.
Here you will find over 200+ Professional Supermatches already uploaded, from Cards between 2008-2011 and a further 500+ Matches are still to be upload from Cards between 2012-2017. We will also be uploading all of our, as yet unseen Supermatches, making it one of the Worlds leading libraries across the world of Armwrestling.
A HISTORY OF ARMWRESTLING IN EARLY 20TH CENTURY QUEBEC
During the golden age of strongmen around the turn of the twentieth century, one place seemed to produce more than its share of formidable strength competitors than anywhere else on earth: the Canadian province of Quebec. Why was this? It is believed that Quebec was a “cradle of strongmen” due to the lifestyle of the ancestry of the French-speaking population. Life during the early days of Quebec was hard. Many men worked seven days a week during the summer plowing the land and during the frigid winters they worked in the forest as lumberjacks. Physical strength was an integral part of life; great strength became revered. It is no wonder that this environment, combined with the availability of abundant natural, healthy foods, produced several impressive specimens of strength.
Another of my photos was stolen/used to promote event without asking/informing me, without my permission, it was used and no credit was given to my work.
It seems like for some people in armwrestling community it's natural thing to steal someone's work and use it in promotion as it own.
Yes.. During the years I have experienced that very often, and always is the same story: I did not know, I will add info about you Mr Wisniowski... or people simply ignore my messages.
Normally, I have no problem when people ask me for permission of using my images and giving a credit to my work, but I hate ignorants / thiefs.
Here are some of my experiences during the years:
The newest Example..
Image used by SAW - Shanghai Arm Wrestling to promote event, whoever made this banner... he/she used it (stolen) without informing me, and as always no credit was given to my work. I contacted people related to this event, they read my messages and ignore it.
AFTER USING MY PHOTOGRAPH IN THE POSTER ON SOCIAL MEDIA, IT WAS ALSO USED AS A PROMO BANNER/S DURING THE EVENT.
Image was stolen from my website, watermark was removed and without any credit to my work it was published in 20 MINUTOS, a local newspaper, in Madrid, Spain. Here is link to on-line version of the newspaper www.20minutos.es.
The person, who stole my image, removed watermark and send it to the newspaper is on the image (on right side). I know that because I have contacted newspaper, and I been told by them that person who sent them image with text to article, said that own copyrights of the image.
Mike Ayello: "I came across this pic of Edwin Gonzalez. His dad contacted me and Team NYC from the show Game of Arms, said hes a huge fan of the show and would mean the world to him if he met us. I remember walking into his hospital room and him going OMG it's Mike Ayello!!! The kid just had chemo and radiation and was happy to meet a douche bag like me? Weird feeling. Anyway keep doing good shit and working hard bc ya never know who your inspiring and who's watching. Your kids, Kids like Edwin. Just a reminder to everyone having a shitty Monday morning. Cheer up 👊 " See post on Instagram.
Puller Magazine, is a new armwrestling website run by Giordano Cruz. I invite you to visit PullerMag, and here is the first article with interview, with Bill Collins talking UAL Back.
"While we were riding the high of being on television, collecting huge prize money and hammers, and telling all our friends and family members to look out because Armwrestling is on ESPN now and is soon going to be huge, one of our most beloved leagues to ever exist in the world of American Armwrestling called it quits. How could this be? A company that was nationally the biggest name in Armwrestling competition was done? Was the support from the Armwrestling community no longer there? Was it due to the competition offering larger payouts and television exposure? Or was the task of competing against such a large entity with a seemingly endless supply of finances too daunting? We may never know. One thing we know for sure is the gravy train is over for now. No $20k payouts, no big corporate sponsors and no face time on ESPN…….. for now. Will we ever see the consistent exposure that us as Armwrestlers and athletes need to make traveling and competing at events around the country viable? The UAL may be the answer for the future and as of now looks like our only hope.
In November, at the professional world championship Zloty Tur 2017 will also be presented fights Vendetta All Stars. In one of them we will see the Polish puller Dawid Bartosiewicz, who will fight with the Brazilian Eduardo Tiete.
Both wrestlers wrestled with each other.
David, tell us first about the first fight with Eduardo...
- Dawid Bartosiewicz: I lost the first fight with Tiete with a score of 5: 1 in Las Vegas. Then the offer to pull was unexpected, I had already started preparing for the "Zloty Tour" after a six-month break in the sport. Was I ready or not ready for Tiete at that time - it did not matter.
- Dawid Bartosiewicz:Such proposals could not be rejected! At all! The decision was made very quickly and we flew to the States. I swallowed bad luck, quickly forgot about it and just waited for the time for revenge.
FOR PEOPLE WHO LOVE ARMWRESTLING, THIS IS SOMETHING MORE THAN JUST A SPORT, IT IS A WAY OF LIFE; A GREAT PASSION. YOU HAVE IT IN YOU OR YOU DO NOT HAVE IT... AND YOU, DEVON LARRATT ARE GREAT AMBASSADOR OF THIS SPORT.
Why John Brzenk is The Greatest Armwrestler of All Time?... Eric Roussin explains it very well in his newest article on The Armwrestling Archives.
"John Brzenk is the most successful armwrestler in the history of the sport. In his 35-year competitive career, it is estimated he has won 500 titles. A handful of other pullers have won hundreds of titles, but in terms of major professional titles, no one is even close to him. It is unlikely that we will ever see someone build such a lengthy and impressive armwrestling résumé.
Below is a chronology of MOST of the titles that John Brzenk has won. It includes class titles, overall titles, and supermatch wins. It begins with his first known major title in 1982 and ends with his most recent one in 2015. The list includes almost 400 titles won on five continents. There are certainly other titles -- should anyone be aware of any, please contact me and the list will be updated."
"The 2017 Inaugural Pro Football Armwrestling Championships, featuring 32 professional football players competing for charity in a thrilling arm wrestling tournament, will air nationally in a television series on CBS. The high-intensity event will air in three parts – two Preliminary Rounds shows will air during Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27 & 28 at 2-3pmET/1pmCT. The Final Rounds / Championship Show will air on Saturday, June 3 at 2-3pmET/1pmCT, which will include the crowning of the 2017 Heavyweight & Light Heavyweight Pro Football Armwrestling Champions! Each Champion will be awarded $100,000 in prize money, $50,000 of which will be donated to the charity/charities of their choice." - Profootball-Armwrestling..com
On this occasion I would like to invite you to two exhibitions. "Buzz" will take place in Media City in Manchester, UK on 8-11th June 2017, and "Eclectic" will take place in 5th Base Gallery in London, UK on 11-13th 2017.
The work features a very successful sportsman; arm-wrestling legend, current WAL World Champion, Devon " NO LIMITS " Larratt.
As many of you are aware, the Pro Football Armwrestling Championships took place this weekend in Las Vegas and is scheduled to air on CBS in late May/early June. This event has come into the spotlight as the NFL is considering fines on the players for violation of their gambling policies of the NFL. We have received countless emails and calls asking about WAL's role in the event and wish to clarify for WAL nation:
The event producers contacted WAL to request a release of rights for 3 of its contracted athletes for participation in the event. As always, when approached properly and ahead of time, WAL granted the show the rights to include Devon Larratt, Travis Bagent, and Luke Kindt as part of the production. Travis and Devon trained and coached various competitors, and we anticipate that they along with Luke will be included in the show.
"The Pro Football Arm Wrestling Championship will bring together 32 of professional football's strongest players to compete in a two-team competition where a champion team, one lightweight and one heavyweight champion will be crowned. A portion of all prize purses for both individual and team competitions will be donated to charities of the player's choice.
One of my project, which also is my passion, ARMWRESTLING was published today on PETRIe Magazine.
"Arm-wrestling is a fierce and highly-addictive combat sport. Despite it apparently involving only one part of the body, it actually activates the body and mind entirely, propelling the two combatants into an all-encompassing rush of energy and drive. Every angle of every joint in a competitor's arm is significant. The sport is associated with raw, sharply-focused strength that often sets a tone of superhumanity, channelled from an otherworldly dimension. This is what North-Western UK-based photographer Tomasz Wisniowski looks for, in his recent photographic project, Arm-Wrestling – a glance into the superhuman.
The experience can be described using a language of physicality, strength, and combative energies but the true source of endurance and power at the heart of the sport is harder to evoke and articulate. Wisniowski employs a visual language of desire and corporeality that strangely translates into an understanding of immateriality, of transcendence of the body, from the moment of contact and tension to one beyond temporal or spatial limits: a moment of absolute human capacity and strength that might as well last forever.
"After months of anticipation and buildup in the biggest year in World Armwrestling League history, WAL is ready to explode the sport again – with a MASSIVE increase in prize money for its 2017 Championship event!
As we launch 2017, we’re excited to keep unveiling these big, new events, where competitors will vie for the title of each WAL Major Champion – complete with their own unique rewards. Here are 3 important updates below: