8 Aug 2013

Jack Adams - 42 year of professional armwrestling career !


My professional armwrestling career had spanned 42 years, 1964 Petaluma, CA through 2006 Manchester England.  When I began Dave Devoto and I both had hair and a bit slimmer.  I was on several USA teams (Poland, Japan & England). Dave Devoto and Bill Sorbranes were at my first professional tournament in Petaluma, CA, many in-between tournaments and at my last tournament in Manchester a tournament put on by Englands great armwrestler Neil Pickup.


In 2006 at Manchester England I was presented with two plaques for my 42 year span of professional Armwrestling, one from Fred Roy & Willy Deneumostier of the WAF and the 2nd one from Bill Collins of the World's Wristwrestling Championship, Inc.

John Brzenk once comented that he was born the year that I began armwrestling.

I certainly wasn't the best, however I was consistant and I just kept plugging along.  It was enjoyable and the many people that I met over the years just added to the enjoyment at each tournament (large and small).  A number of the tournament took place at local fairs,parks and recreation events and blobal events. One World Championship Title, a couple of international silvers and bronzes and a number of smaller firsts, seconds, thirds and sore arms, but no broken bones.

I would like to know how my 42 year span of competative armwrestling holds up in the record books.

Meet the armwrestling Adams family
Article written by Dave Devoto

"Upper left 56 year old Jack Adams (Grand father / Dad), upper right 16 year old Frankie Adam Becerra (grandson), lower left 32 year old Vicki Adams-Narciso (daughter) and lower right 36 year old Jackie Adams-Raynor (daughter). All four entered the 2000 World's Wristwrestling Championships held in Petaluma, CA. A third daughter not shown is 35 year old Janice Adams-Scola (Frankie's mother) was their cheerleader, boy! Can that girl cheer.

All gained a great amount of experience, though the senior Mr. Adams came away with a "First place medal" and a World Champion title in the Grand Masters 166-198 pound division.

The Adams family is not new to Armwrestling, Jack's competitive career began in Petaluma in 1964 (as he states, "it was very different then"), and throughout Northern and Southern Calif., Oregon and Washington state (often with three daughters in tow and all before Frankie was born). Then while working in Germany in 1985 he entered a German/ American tournament ("I just couldn't resist", said Jack, "the competitive lure was too great") taking two firsts, in the middle and light heavy weight divisions. As Jack states it " "I'm sure no one thought that the old bald guy would do any good, surprise!" He was 40 years old at the time.

Eldest daughter Jackie Adams-Raynor began Arm wrestling at the age of thirteen and continued intermittently through 1995 winning several Central California titles. Concluding with a fourth place in the 2000 World Wristwrestling Championship in Petaluma.

Youngest daughter Vicki Adams-Narciso began Arm wrestling at the age of fourteen in a Reno Nevada tournament and throughout the Central Valley of California and San Luis Obispo also with several first and second place titles along with a second place at the World Wristwrestling Championships in Petaluma, Calif. in 1987.

Grandson Frankie Adam Becerra's career began in 2000 first in Patterson, Calif. then at the World Wristwrestling Championships in Petaluma. "- Dave Devoto.

Two plaques for Jack's 42 year span of professional Armwrestling  from WAF & WWC
& his bronze medal of Worlds WAF 2006
Dave Devoto, Jack Adams and Dot Jones
Photo taken 2003 at the Tahoe Biltmore Hotel in Lake Tahoe, CA /USA

Jack R. Adams