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.

27 Mar 2018

WAL live on BRL

"It’s a match made in heaven! WAL is excited to announce our 2018 partnership with Bleacher Report Live!

26 Mar 2018

2018 Ottawa Open Armwrestling Championships - RECAP

Image: print screen / Devon Larratt

On March 24th, the Ottawa Open Armwrestling Championships were held in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. The tournament was able to draw many of the strongest arms from Ontario and Quebec, and the matches offered a preview of what might be expected at the Canadian Championships on July 1st.

The event got underway with a kids tournament that attracted 51 entries. Kids aged 5 through 17 were divided into six classes. All members of the Larratt and Roussin clans took part and did well. And the 16-17 year old boys class featured many incredible matches. These guys are already training with armwrestling clubs and are sure to get better quickly if they stick with the sport.

10 Mar 2018

2018 "Ottawa Open" Armwrestling Championships

"Ottawa Open” Armwrestling Championships
1151 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Saturday, March 24th, 2018

TEAM CANADA FUNDRAISER TOURNAMENT Hosted by Vancouver Armwrestling Club

Hosted by Vancouver Armwrestling Club
4125 E Hastings St. Burnaby, B.C, Canada 
Saturday, April 21st, 2018

7 Mar 2018

David Shead: "Disabled Armwrestling is now called Para Armwrestling"

Being active in the sport of armwrestling for over three decades David Shead is an excellent source of information when it comes to the history of this sport.

In an interview with an organizer of the Disabled World Cup - Poland, Anna Mazurenko, The Head Referee of the European Armwrestling Federation talks about the history of disabled armwrestling, and as well about the further development plans of the Para-Armwrestling.

Anna Mazurenko: Since when did we have disabled divison in armwrestling and what has changed?

David Shead: In England we started Disabled Armwrestling back in the early 1990’s, there was a National Championships called The British Wheelchair Championships, that had several sports like Bench Pressing, Fencing, Archery, a quite rough type of Basketball, Ping Pong, and more. All for people who were Wheelchair bound, so it was easy for us to go to a large organized event like that and add seated armwrestling to the list.

Back then and even up until 1993 the WAF World Championships for ordinary senior classes was seated, and even today Disabled Armwrestling uses the standard rules (Hearing Impaired and Visually Impaired have some different rules) but we did add a special class at this Championships because it was held at Stoke Mandeville Hospital where they specialized in spinal cord injuries, and one of the effects of this type of injury is that they cannot grip with their hands, now you might think how can 2 competitors who cannot grip with their hands arm wrestle? Well that is why we gave them their own class, all we needed to do was put them in the strap right from the start and this worked very well.