"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.
"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.