I recently received... a T-SHIRT THE BIGGEST ARMFIGHT, Yesterday I have played with the camera and the faces of those THREE GIANTS, who we will see in action this year, in November... below a few photos.
19 Jul 2018
18 Jul 2018
In June this year I had opportunity to shoot at GLORY 54. Great people, great experience, great event!
The Pound for Pound Armwrestling Show Season 2 Episode 6.
Renia Zajac, a daughter of my friends got cancer. The girl is 8 years old, she is after chemotherapy and the treatment is very expensive. Her parents to collect money do the auction. They have asked theirs friends about one item that can be put up for auction.
A moment of normality in the hospital
From my side, I thought about one of the images of armwrestling legend, Devon Larratt, which has been exhibited in the gallery last year.
I have asked Devon, if he is ok to support Renia. He said YES.
SO.. The Winner of auction will get the photograph (top quality print, size in cm: 59.4W x 84.1H), which will be signed by Devon during his visit in Poland in November this year. It will be signed before his armfight with Denis Cyplenkov at Vendetta 50.
17 Jul 2018
In an interview for Armpower.net by Anna Mazurenko, Levan Saginashvili says about his plans for the coming months, reflects to Dmitry Silayev's statements after his trip to Georgia and how to combine the World Championship and Vendetta.
Levan, after his visit to Georgia Dimitri Silaev said that Georgia is preparing a huge Monster for Trubin. Are you really in such a shape?
- I’m training not only for Trubin, but for the Worlds as well. I am really in a very good shape and I’m going to be at my peak in November.
16 Jul 2018
13 Jul 2018
10 Jul 2018
"Next up: Todd Hutchings vs Ron Bath
July 19th Norfolk, VA Supermatch Showdown Series 404 👊.
Come on down to the NorVa (317 Monticello Ave) and watch or download BR Live. 1st tournament since detaching his bicep less than 3 months ago. Todd normally competes (wins) at 195, but WAL reached into the 225s to find a worthy competitor. This will be a phenomenal match up." - Allison Renoos Hutchings.
9 Jul 2018
An American singer and actor, referred as the "King of Rock and Roll", Elvis Aaron Presley arm-wrestles an Amerrican actor, Fred Coby in the movie; Jailhouse Rock from 1957, directed by Richard Thorpe, Studio: MGM, Credit Image: SNAP.
8 Jul 2018
5 Jul 2018
If you want sun, beach and armwrestling - go to Georgia! Combination of holiday and work, that's how the organizer of Disabled World Cup, Anna Mazurenko was exploring Georgia this year.
This year, on June 30th, in Batumi, Gorgia was organized an annual tournament organized by President of Adjara Armwrestling Federation, Gocha Shavadze. The event has a long tradition and only few people know that it was the first armwrestling competition, in which took part and won in 2011, unknown then to anyone, Levan Saginashvili.
4 Jul 2018
A messages posted by Eric Roussin on The Armwrestling Archives:
"UPDATE: I’ve just been informed that the wristwrestling segment won’t be airing during this week’s episode after all. It will air either next Thursday or the following Thursday. I will post details as soon as I have them.
2 Jul 2018
Brothers, Vladimir and Anton Jablokov, Slovakian musicians, a masters of the classical violin, arm-wrestle during the comercial shoot.
"A Georgian Princess!
A fairy-tale career earned by hard work!
The only woman in the Georgian national Para team!
The story of Marine Futkaradze
I started armwrestling in 2008. Then I lived in the Batumi Orphan Children Asylum where the President of Armwrestling Federation of Ajara Gocha Shavadze arrived one day. He was looking for children with the talents for professional sports. He asked the director to help him to find the strongest child. So I passed the testing and he noticed the strength of my hand. He took me to the university to my future coach Temur Lipartashvili. Timur also tested me and said that I will be able to achieve significant success within the next year.
30 Jun 2018
29 Jun 2018
SPORT HALL MOSIR in Rumia, Poland - it is here that PARA-Armwrestlers will compete for the primacy of the strongest in their category, as well as in the Open category.
After the PRO athletes, who will be competing in the Zloty Tur World Cup, and in the jubilee Vendetta #50 the Disabled will enter the stage. On November 18-19th, 2018, the strongest arms from all over the world will be compete at the most important event of the year, the Disabled World Cup Poland.
I have interviewed Anna Mazurenko, an organizer of Disabled World Cup Poland, who loves Disabled Armwrestlers like no other. Probably because her event is so great and lets athletes feel very special.
28 Jun 2018
You might have heard about Arm Nation, the new arm wrestling documentary TV series that will be launching on APTN in Canada in the fall 2018. But you might not have known Arm Nation will also be releasing a free arm wrestling mobile game app. And those attending the 2018 Canadian National Armwrestling Championships will be among the first to try it out!
"The European Championship for the Disabled is far behind, but still we receive letters from its participators with their impressions. Armwrestling gives hope, goal and second life to most of the athletes with disabilities and even long after each event they keep sharing their thoughts. Here is one open letter to Anna Mazurenko from Turkish National team member.
26 Jun 2018
24 Jun 2018
I saw few trainings with Devon Larratt, and each one of them had some patterns.
In each time the strongest try pull Devon first, then the Rest Guys. Everyone wants to have him in their portfolio, The "pulling" of the Champ with magnetic name.
At the beginning, when he is fresh, nobody record, nobody take pictures. After countless attempts, pumped arms gives way to another one who wants to try. Guys are changing every few mins. but on the Devon's site only the pads are changed for left, or right arm. Sometime you can hear: "Devon, give me a challenge".
"This year, the most prestigious event in the world of professional arm-wrestling is awaiting a serious transformation. And as it usually happens on the eve of revolutionary changes, diametrically opposite opinions about the future of the main event of the year are floating inside the armwrestling community. Pessimists say that with the departure of "stars" to the armfights, the image of the Professional World Cup lose the significance it had before. Optimists and ambitious pullers are already packing their bags and rubbing their hands, looking forward to taking advantage of the opening opportunities. Now, looking from the outside, one thing is clear: serious changes in the organization of the Professional World Cup are on their way and only Igor Mazurenko knows about the surprises awaiting professional arm wrestling this year. So we addressed this question to the main promoter and owner of the Professional Armwrestling
Igor Mazurenko: "To start, I would say the main thing: those who hope that the “Zloty Tur” will slide down to the level of an ordinary tournament will already be very disappointed in the beginning of autumn. Yes, PAL has a completely new strategy, but I will not disclose all the cards - everything has its time. All I can say: in the beginning of autumn, professional arm wrestling will reach a new level. If we talk about the prospects of the Zloty Tur, it is very important to understand the essence, nature of this tournament or rather - event, to know its history. The Professional World Cup is not just something just invented by me. This is an event that took off organically, I emphasize, organically from a small Tournament in 2000, with participants from 2 countries (5 Ukrainians and 25 Polish guys), to the real convention of champions, a sports festival with two competition formats and participants from more than 23 countries.
23 Jun 2018
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 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.
15 Jun 2018
14 Jun 2018
13 Jun 2018
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.
11 Jun 2018
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.
21 May 2018
An Italian actor and screenwriter, George Eastman arm-wrestls american actor, David Paul (a twin brother of David) in The Barbarians, a movie from 1987 directed by Ruggero Deodato.
19 May 2018
"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.
18 May 2018
17 May 2018
16 May 2018
photo: Steve Kaplan
Message from World Armwrestling League (WAL), President, Steve Kaplan:
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.
"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
“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
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.
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.
6 May 2018
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.
4 May 2018
3 May 2018
1 May 2018
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.
28 Apr 2018
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
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.