23 Jun 2018

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (56) - Taylor Hill vs Jasmine Tookes

An American models and Victoria's Secret Angels, Taylor Hill and Jasmine Tookes in an arm-wrestling match during the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Paris France, 2016.

22 Jun 2018


"Dmitry Shubaba is a regular participant in major international arm wrestling tournaments for people with disabilities. Dmitry fights in the class of the deaf and represents the Republic of Kazakhstan. Today he told us about his way in arm-wrestling and about what helps him to fight and win.

I started arm wrestling in 2014. Before that, I already went in for sports, went to the gym, where I met my future coach Ilya Ilyin. Ilya invited me to try myself in arm wrestling. I immediately liked this sport. Armwrestling is the power of the hands and the desire to win.

17 Jun 2018

John Brzenk: "Got close to a armwrestling table today ... felt good .. second wind ???"

John Brzenk has posted today on Istagram a picture with Travis Bagent, with the comment: "Got close to a armwrestling table today ... felt good .. second wind ???"  The image was take after his match with Bagent for 10.000$.

16 Jun 2018


An inteview on Armpower.net with Lebanese Armwrestling Federation (LAW) founder and President, Mr. Karim EL Andary

"Almost a year ago the Lebanese Armwrestling Federation was founded. Since then the Lebanon armwrestling made giant steps forward. The first in the Arab world armwrestling tournament ever - the National Armwrestling Championship (LAW) - was organized and had a huge success. After that the Lebanon National team won 2 gold medals on the professional series of fights “Vendetta” in Italy. Today we are talking to the person who made it all happen, LAW founder and President, Mr. Karim EL Andary. 

13 Jun 2018

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (55) - Rob Riggle vs Billy Zane

An American actor and comedian, Rob Riggle (as a Kentucky Buckets Colonel Sanders) arm-wrestles an American actor and producer, Billy Zane (as a Georgia Gold Colonel Sanders) in KFC Super Bowl Commercial Teasers from 2017. 

10 Jun 2018


An interview with WAF referee, Judyta Wiercinska by PeSzy.

"She has been a referee for twelve years, that is one more than third of her life. She refereed her first Europeans in Moscow (2010).

From this time she has been invited to eight EuroArms and four World Championships. Let us talk with Judyta Wiercinska.

Privately she has a very interesting and serious profession, requiring skills both in hand and in mind. She is a medical physicist at Oncology Center, and working on her PhD in medicine. Admit it - it is impressive. Work, doctoral studies, research and writing a PhD is her everyday reality. That's why she likes trips to competitions, it's always a moment to take a deep breath and enjoy the atmosphere she loves!

Tell me, how was the referee work in Bulgaria?

- There were some very experienced referees missing from the team, like Monika Duma, Camilla Kattstrom and Ivan Gregoricka. It was not easy to work in a limited team, especially since there were many young, promising referees, but who needed some attention and training from more experienced referees. Unfortunately, we had more protests than usual this year and half of them were considered justified! It's hard to say whether the number of protests was influenced by the greater awareness of the athletes, or too many young referees. For sure, however, athletes could see that the referees knew when to admit their mistakes, and this is a very important issue. Maybe it will affect the prevailing conviction that there is no reason to submit protests, as they will be rejected anyway.

8 Jun 2018


"Malin Kleinsmith, the Armwrestling Champion of the World and Europe, Champion of Sweden, will take part in the anniversary series of armfights "Vendetta ALL Stars - Armfight # 50" in November 2018. This event will not only be the most "starry" in the last decade, but will also be the first tournament in which the women armwrestlers will take part. And this decision was not easy for Igor Mazurenko.

On "Vendetta ALL Stars - Armfight # 50" Malin will accept the challenge of the outstanding Polish armwrestler - the winner of the Professional World Cup, the Champion of Poland, the European Champion Marlena Wawrzyniak. This will not be the first Malin’s professional arm wrestling tournament, but, nevertheless, the upcoming match brings her a storm of conflicting emotions. 

29 May 2018


"Yesterday, the Congress of the European Armwrestling Federation took place, at which a number of important changes were made concerning the life of the federation and individual athletes, in particular.

One of the most important issues, which already interests both participants of the competitions and fans, was the holding of the next European Championship. 

Lithuania and Greece submitted their candidatures for the main amateur event of Europe, but the decision was not made. In the next six months, the EAF commission will check the readiness of the Lithuanian and Greek federations for the reception of athletes and the holding of the championship, after which at the continental meeting of the federation, which will be held at the World Championships in Turkey, the congress will determine the host country of the Europeans-2019.

25 May 2018

Alexandru Grumeza explaines for whom is the category PID sitting, and who needs to armwrestle standing

Most of the athletes with musculoskeletal problems want to pull sitting. 

Doctor, PI Classifire World Armwrestling Federation (WAF), Alexandru Grumeza explaines for whom is the category PID sitting, and who needs to armwrestle standing.

19 May 2018

Dani Simon - World Junior Para Champion from Hungary

"I have started armwrestling in 2014. At the Pető András Institute in Budapest I was attending a rowing section. A friend of our family, Péter Hézser, inspired me to start pulling because he saw some potential in me to be good at it. I started training and very soon after that I took part in my first competition - Kecskemét tournament. I really loved it and from that point I decided to start armwrestling professionally.

This sport attracted me with its accessibility and it really helped me to break out of my wheel-chair. I really don’t feel disabled anymore and I feel free to compete with non-disabled people. Armwrestling taught me to respect people and not to overrate myself. It taught me responsibility.

16 May 2018

WAL Update + Watch WAL 402!

photo: Steve Kaplan

Message from World Armwrestling League (WAL), President, Steve Kaplan:

"WAL Nation:

WAL 401 Chicago was a huge hit. Great matches, big wins, an electric crowd and more.  We amassed amazing viewership metrics on B/R Live and are looking to build on that even more in 402 Baltimore.


​"The following article was originally written in Russian by fellow armwrestling historian Oleg Stepanov. He is interested in finding out where the sport was first practiced, how it evolved, and ultimately how it spread around the world. Part of his work involves examining existing theories on where the sport originated to see I they pass muster. His work is not complete, but this article summarizes some of his findings to date.

I am very grateful that he has allowed me to translate his work and publish it on the Armwrestling Archives.


​Most articles on the early history of armwrestling mention that the sport was practiced at least as far back as ancient Egypt, and that there are hieroglyphs that back up this claim. The first purported evidence is a complex of 39 ancient tombs in a cemetery site called Beni Hasan. Beni Hasan is a grandiose structure located about 20 kilometres south of Mynia, in Middle Egypt. It contains several painted rooms that have been preserved due to Africa’s dry climate. The tomb of Baqet III (21st century BC) is now referred to as the "Fight Hall", as its walls are painted with figures of fighters.

Sargis Stepanyan in Mirror Spectator

"Special to the Mirror-Spectator

NEW YORK — When Maj. Sargis Stepanyan realized a fellow soldier was trapped among landmines during a special operations forces mission in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), he did what the best military commanders on the battlefield do — he risked his own life trying to save him. That rescue attempt would ultimately cost him his two legs and right arm, but helped him fulfill a greater calling through the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund (AWHF) and its life-saving mission.

Hailed as a war hero since that fateful day in 2014, Stepanyan has continued to devote his life to the Armenian Armed Forces and has discovered a new purpose of raising awareness for the medical emergencies soldiers face on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as providing counsel to other wounded soldiers, inspiring them.

8 May 2018

Therapeutic Use Exemption Process

“Only the dose makes the poison”

Every athlete is first of all a human being and of course he(she) may have an illness or a condition that needs a particular medication. Usually, doctors prescribe treatments in accordance with the internal medical protocols, standards or others instructions. Some medications could contain prohibited substances or methods that are included in the Prohibited List, adopted annually by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Any athlete who may be subject to doping control must request a Therapeutic Use Exemption before taking a prohibited substance or method.

7 May 2018

Larratt in Men'sHealth

Devon Larratt in on-line version of Men'sHealth in article by Mark Lelinwalla; How to Build the Super Forearm Strength of a Pro Arm Wrestler.

"When it comes to arm wrestling, forearm strength is crucial.

Devon Larratt proved that to Shaquille O’Neal during a recent appearance on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Despite giving up roughly 150 pounds to the NBA Hall of Famer, Larratt, the reigning World Armwrestling League heavyweight champion for righties and lefties, pinned O’Neal’s hand down in a way that would have Sylvester Stallone in Over the Top feeling nervous.

Article about Over the Top by Sean Keeleyon

An article about Over the Top on thecomeback.com written by Sean Keeleyon. A link to Armwrestlers ONLY, to the article Over the Top: THE ICON OF ARMWRESTLING, which I wrote for 25th anniversary in 2011, has been used in Keeleyon's article.

"In his prime, Sylvester Stallone was the kind of Hollywood actor who made big movies meant to be big movies. Rocky. Rambo. Tango & Cash. Demolition Man. Cliffhanger. Stallone didn’t just do tentpoles, he was a tentpole. His movies never snuck up on you because they were incapable of doing so. You stick his name on a movie poster and the rest usually took care of itself.
Perhaps that’s what makes Over the Top, released 30 years ago this month, such an anomaly. It’s a Sylvester Stallone vehicle during his prime that bombed in theaters, but gained cult status in the years since. Directed by schlock peddler Menahem Golan (just look at his IMDB page), it’s a movie with a plot so absurd that it’s hard to imagine someone would bankroll it today, let alone 1987. Such was the power of Stallone, whose hubris made him believe that he could turn an arm wrestling movie into the next great Hollywood blockbuster. And we thank him for it.

Find a Club - AUSTRALIA

5 May 2018


"The World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) would like to officially invite you as WAF member country to attend the “40th World Armwrestling and 21st World Para-Armwrestling Championship“, which will be held in ANTALYA, TURKEY from October 12th to October 21st, 2018.

Championship will be hosted by Turkish Body Building, Fitness and Armwrestling Federation represented by its president Mr. Niyazi KURT.

1 May 2018

Larratt signed a contract to fight with Cyplenkov

For many years, there have been sensational reports on the possible fight between Devon Larratt and Denis Cyplenkov in heavyweight division. And although there were hundreds of such unverified informations, this time it can be assumed that armwrestling fans will finally see the desired fight.

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (52) - Chuck Norris

photo: forgottenflix.com

28 Apr 2018

CLUB TORTURE: Over the Top Table

When I saw this table first time, my reaction could be only one.. WOW, what a table. For me personally it's the best armwrestling table I ever seen. Iconic picture from legendary Over The Top with Rick Zumwalt vs Sylvester Stallone and Cobra Rhodes as a referee makes it magnetic. 

25 Apr 2018

Larratt & Carnegie in Inside the NBA

Yesterday, on 24th April 2018, two WAL's armwrestlers, Devon Larratt and Ian Carnegie were guests in postgame show for NBA on TNT, Inside the NBA, hosted by Ernie Johnson with analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal

24 Apr 2018


​​"In the span of 40 years, the World Armwrestling Federation (WAF; previously known as the World Arm Wrestling Federation – WAWF) has grown from an organization with a single member country to one that is 80-plus member countries strong. On April 20, 2018 its efforts were rewarded with the sport of armwrestling being granted full membership status with the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF), an umbrella organisation for all international sports federations. This is quite an accomplishment – fewer than 100 sports have this status – and it is an important stepping stone to getting armwrestling recognized by national governments and the sponsorship possibilities that can come from said recognition. Every organization has to start somewhere: this is the story of how the WAF first began taking shape.

​In the late 1950s, a young man from Scranton, Pennsylvania, by the name of Robert O’Leary was in the navy. During this time, he was exposed to an activity that sailors liked to do to pass the time – challenge each other to armwrestling matches. Though not the best at it, he found the activity to be a good test of strength as well as entertaining.

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (51) - Chazz Palminteri vs Richard Kohnke

photo: archive.boston.com

19 Apr 2018

“Arm Nation”: APTN TV arm wrestling documentary series will launch this fall across Canada

Arm Nation films Deb Fiddler reffing Harleigh Marchant and Bobbi Haugen

Friday, April 19, 2018 – ​Arm Nation​,​ a 13 x half hour documentary series that will premiere on ​APTN​ in the autumn of 2018, follows the training, competitions and life challenges of Indigenous men and women who ‘pull’ in the fast growing international sport of armwrestling.

Filming took place over six months in 2017, culminating at the Canadian Armwrestling Championships. The stories captured are diverse: from a former strong man competitor trying to succeed in this new very different sport, to a mother of five bringing her love of arm wrestling to her Reserve, to a top athlete recovering from a devastating arm injury, as another arm wrestler struggles to get back to the table after two years away battling cancer. The sixteen First Nations and Métis athletes range in age from 21-54, spanning as far west as Prince George and Penticton, British Columbia, as far east as Eskasoni, Nova Scotia and to the north in Mistissini, Quebec.

17 Apr 2018

WAL 2018 Supermatch Showdown Series AVAILABLE ALSO OUTSIDE THE US

A few days ago I have informed on the blog that WAL events broadcasted on Bleacher Report Live will be available to watch only in the US. It was confirmed by B/R Live Support.

15 Apr 2018

Artavazd Nalbandian - parallel between para arm-wrestling and other para-disciplines

Artavazd Nalbandyan, a trainer of strength sports, specializing in training of disabled athletes - an inteview with an organizer of Disabled World Cup - Poland, Anna Mazurenko.

"Artavazd, today we would like you to draw a parallel between para-arm-wrestling and other para-disciplines. Please answer the following questions:

You are a coach in different sports disciplines. Do your athletes choose their sport themselves or you help them to make a choice?

- When a person comes to my gym or writes to me on the Internet that he wants to go in for sports, we first analyze his physical potential together: what muscles or limbs do not work or even sometimes absent. It all depends on what kind of sport he likes and whether it is possible to engage in this sport in his condition. I have a guy in Gyumri (a city in Armenia) who does not have a left hand and three fingers on his right hand. According to his condition, it is very difficult for him to fight in armwrestling. But he has a great desire to do this kind of sport. I took him very hard trainings to start to pull and his movements are very limited. He fights only with his biceps, although it does not stop him. At the Armenian championship among athletes with disabilities in his weight category he took third place. But there are cases when people with disabilities have not yet decided what kind of sport they like. In any case, it’s only them who makes the final decision.

John Cena throws down the Make-A-Wish Arm Wrestle Challenge

"Make-A-Wish® Challenges You! Support the Make-A-Wish #ArmWrestleChallenge - April 9-30

The Make-A-Wish #ArmWrestleChallenge kicks off in April as part of our World Wish Day® campaign, raising awareness and funds online to help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. A wish experience can give kids the mental toughness they need to fight their illness.  

10 Apr 2018


A poster for the 50th Vendetta ALL STARS has been posted today on facebook group, World Armwrestling Forum.

Faces of top heavyweight such as: Denis Cyplenkov, Devon Larratt, Andrey Pushkar, Rustam Babayev, Dave Chaffee, Dmitry Trubin or Tim Bresnan promote the upcoming ARMFIGHT #50.

7 Apr 2018

The last year of AAA Nationals

Photo: Karen Mainard Bean / facebook

"Frank and Karen Bean just announced that this will be the last year of AAA Nationals. They are retiring this amazing event in support of one unified National Title!! This is fantastic news for the sport here in the USA Even better, they announced that they will be hosting a North American Championship, with Canada and Mexico invited to occur each year in August!


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5 Apr 2018

ARMWRESTLING in Mixer Magazine


I am a big fan of SUPERMATCH FORMAT, and I truly believe that this format is a future in PRO armwrestling, and the best form to determain a winner. 

The popularity and recognition of PRO armwrestling should be built in a similar way as it is done in UFC, Bellator and other top MMA organizations. Events with ONE vs ONE matches, lasting no more then three hours, with magnetic individuals whose preperation and talk before the event. All these aspects form one whole, the EVENT.

30 Mar 2018

Ottawa Open – Kids Tournament RECAP & VIDEOS

On March 24th, the Ottawa Open Armwrestling Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. One of the highlights of the event was the kids tournament that started off the day. A total of 27 kids aged 5 through 17 years of age took part. They were divided into six different classes, as fairly as possible (considering age, gender, and weight).

Three different sized tables were used for the tournament. The smallest table was 25.5” high, and the table top was 18” by 24” with 5” square elbow pads. The pin lines were 1” higher than the elbow pads, rather than the standard 2”. The medium table was 35.5” high, with a 20” by 30” table top. The elbow pads were 6” square and the pin lines were 1.5” higher than the elbow pads. The biggest table was standard size. Risers were available for anyone who needed one.

29 Mar 2018

Kids 7 -

Zaik Chartrand-Lefebvre

WOW, WOW, WOW... What a matches! Seeing kids in the age of 7, or under arm-wrestle so professionally you can say that the future of arm-wrestling in Canada looks very promising.

Artavazd Nalbandyan: "The coach should always communicate with the athlete and always monitor his training, rest and nutrition."

Artavazd Nalbandyan, a trainer of strength sports, specializing in training of disabled athletes, a trainer of Para-armwrestling Champ, Sargis Stepanyan, talks about various aspects of his work in an inteview with an organizer of Disabled World Cup - Poland, Anna Mazurenko.

"You train athletes with physical impairments in different sports disciplines. Are there any universal principles that work for everyone and in any sport?

- I have been training athletes with physical impairments for several years, not only for arm-wrestling, but also for other sports. For them the principles of training and approaches should be individual, the common schemes do not work.

In the training program for athletes pulling sitting, do you pay attention to the development of all styles or you focus only on one strong move?

- For an athlete who fights sitting, the pulling technique is different, because it does not include the pelvis and legs. Despite this, we try to train all the styles that an athlete can fight. If the athlete already has strong points, we try to pull in such a way that he easily and quickly could turn on his strong side. Anyway, at the tournament the athlete intuitively uses the style with the help of which he can easily defeat an opponent. That is why we analyze the movements of each opponent and choose specific technique for each duel.