2 Jan 2015

John Brzenk


BEST EVER JOHN BRZENK
ARMWRESTLING LEGEND
ONE OF THE 50 GREATEST ARMWRESTLERS IN HISTORY
ONE OF THE ICONS OF SUPERMATCH FORMAT


Name:  John Brzenk
D.O.B: 17 July 1964
Residence:  Mesa, AZ
Country:  USA
Fight Style:  Varied
Biceps:  45cm / 17.5 in
Forearm:  41 cm / 16 in
Height:  188cm / 6'2 ft
Weight:  Between 90 - 102kg
Nickname: The Perfect Storm
Club:  …


Started armwrestling: I have been armwrestling what seems to be my whole life. About 5 years of non serious stuff across class room tables in grade school. Then at about 16 I became a more serious puller. Pulling with my father on a regulation table. I won my first World Title at age 18.

Toughest opponent: My toughest opponents are against the guys that truly have the confidence to win, and do not except defeat no matter the position or circumstance. Losing is easy if its quick, and I know I will have a second chance to try something different later in the day. The ones that hurt are the ones that last awhile early on. They are the tough ones, because I know there is a good chance, because of fatigue, that I may get beat by someone that shouldn't beat me in a later round.

Toughest match: My toughest matches would be the ones that I put pressure on myself to win. High stake tournaments like the Over the Top tournament and some of the bigger money matches are always tougher physically and mentally leading up to the tournament. Win or lose. Matches are enjoyable for me when I haven't been thinking about them months in advance. I don't have any one armwrestler that I am currently training to beat. Currently there are so many good armwrestlers with different strengths and weaknesses around the world that it would be very difficult to key on one area... or person.

It would require a lot of thought and a little luck to win a full heavyweight class if everyone were to show up. Many would be very difficult to eliminate without causing considerable wear and tear on the arm for later matches.

Best training advice: If you want to be a good boxer then box. If you want to be a good tennis player then play tennis. If you want to be a good weight lifter then lift weights. But if you want to be a good armwrestler get involved in the sport and armwrestle. Don't be afraid to lose. Learn and get stronger from competitors that may be more advanced than you. Pull hard and be aggressive but keep in mind there is such a thing as too much. Give your body time to heal. Armwrestling strength takes time to develop..... hang in there and give yourself plenty of time, it won't happen overnight.

Goal: At this point no real goals. Just to win when I compete. More just to have fun and stay healthy.

Achievements:


SUPERMATCH FORMAT

(Win - Loss - Draw)
Left Hand ( 0-0-0),  Right Hand ( 0-0-0)
                         
                                     Result  /  Opponent  /  Hand  /  Score  /  Event  /  Date                                    

   WIN     Dave Chaffee / Right / 2:0 / A1 Russian OPEN / 25.07.2014  (3rd place match)
  LOSS    Andrey Pushkar / Right / 0:3 / A1 Russian OPEN / 25.07.2014  (semi-final)
   WIN     Alexey Semerenko / Right / 2:0 / A1 Russian OPEN / 25.07.2014  (1st round)
  LOSS    Marcio Barboza / Left / 0:2 / UAL IV / 24.08.2013
   WIN     Marcio Barboza / Right / 2:0 / UAL IV / 24.08.2013
  LOSS    Krasimir Kostadinov / Right / 0:5 / Izmit, Kocaeli in Turkey / 31.03.2013
   WIN     Chris Chandler / Left / 5:1 / UAL / Nationals in Reno / 05.05.2012
   WIN     Terence Opperman  / Right / 5:1 / SOUTH AFRICA / 30.04.2011
 DRAW    Terence Opperman  / Left / 3:3 / SOUTH AFRICA / 30.04.2011
   WIN     Chris Chandler  / Right / 2:0 / UAL II / 30.01.2011
   WIN     Adis Turcinhodzic / Right / 2:0 / UAL II / 30.01.2011
  LOSS    Jerry Cadorette / Right / 1:2 / UAL I / 24.07.2010
   WIN     ...  / Right / 2:0 / UAL I / 24.07.2010
   WIN     Chris Chandler  / Left / 2:0 / UAL I / 24.07.2010
   WIN     ...  / Left / 2:0 / UAL I / 24.07.2010
  LOSS    Arsen Liliev / Right / 1:4 / Istanbul International Friendship Night II / 13.03.2010
   WIN     Denis Cyplenkov / Right / 5:1 / PAL Armfight 37 / 19.06.2009  *PWT
   WIN     Michael Todd / Right / 6:0 / ARM WARS “DEEP WATER”/ 13.08.2008
  LOSS    Devon Larratt / Right / 0:6 / ARM WARS “DEEP WATER”/ 13.08.2008
   WIN     Dimitriy Kochiev / Right / 4:2 / PAL Armfight 34 / 18.07.2008  *PWT
   WIN     Taras Ivakin / Right / 4:2 / PAL Armfight 30 / 30.06.2007
   WIN     Ion Oncescu / Right / 5:1 / PAL Armfight 27 / 26.11.2006
   WIN     Andrey Pushkar / Right / 6:0 / PAL Armfight 27 / 05.11.2006
   WIN     Alexey Semerenko / Right / 5:1 / PAL Armfight 17 / 18.11.2005  *PIT
   WIN     Taras Ivakin / Right / 4:2 / PAL Armfight 15 / 24.06.2005  *PWT
  LOSS    Dave Patton / Right / 0:2 / ... / 1983

*PWT – PAL World Title Fight
*PIT – PAL International Title Fight


TOURNAMENT FORMAT

AAA Stand-Up National Titles:
1984 – R200 lbs
1985 – R185 lbs
1986 – R220 lbs
1990 – R220 lbs

AWI World Titles:
1986 – Pro Super Heavyweight
1987 – Pro Light Heavyweight
1988 – Pro Light Heavyweight
1995 – Pro Light Heavyweight
2001 – Pro Super Heavyweight

Carling O’Keefe International Titles:
1989 – R 200 lbs, R 231+ lbs

Forsa Tropical International Titles:
1998 – R198 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs

GNC Pro Performance Title:
2002 – R198 lbs

GOLDEN BEAR Titles: 
1990 - R 90kg, R +90kg
1994 - R 90kg, R 100kg, R +100kg
1998 - R +90kg

Harley Pull Titles:
2000 – R220 lbs + Harley Winner
2001 – R220 lbs
2002 – R198 lbs, L198 lbs
2009 – R225 lbs, L225 lbs + Harley Winner

Main Event Titles:
1998 - R220 lbs

Mike Gould Classic Titles:
2006 – R220 lbs, L220 lbs
2010 – R220 lbs

Mohegan Sun PAC World Titles:
2005 – R198 lbs, L198 lbs
2006 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
2007 – R198 lbs, L198 lbs

Over the Top World Title:
1986 – Winner of Truckers Division in Heavyweight class

Reno Reunion Titles:
1999 – R200 lbs, R230 lbs, R231+ lbs, L200 lbs
2000 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs, L242 lbs
2001 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs
2002 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs, L242 lbs
2003 – R233+ lbs
2006 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
2006 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs

ROTN Titles:
2007 – R215 lbs, L215 lbs
2008 – R242 lbs, L242 lbs
2009 – R199+ lbs

Sands International Wrist Wrestling/Armwrestling Titles:
1988 - R190 lbs
1989 - R190 lbs, R215 lbs

Sherkston Beaches International Titles:
1987 – R200 lbs, R201+ lbs

SuperStar Showdown Titles:
2004 – R199+ lbs
2005 – R198 lbs

Ultimate Armwrestling (Las Vegas) Titles:
2004 - R242 lbs
2005 - R198 lbs, L198 lbs
2006 - R242 lbs, R243+ lbs

Ultimate Armwrestling League (UAL) Titles:
UAL 1 - L232+ lbs,
UAL 4 - R220 lbs, R220+ lbs
UAL 8 - L236lbs, R236lbs,

USAA National Pro-Am Titles:
1996 – R200 lbs, R201+ lbs
1997 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs
1998 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
1999 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs, L242 lbs
2000 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L242 lbs, L243+ lbs
2001 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L242 lbs, L243+ lbs
2002 – R198 lbs, R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L198 lbs, L242 lbs
2003 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
2004 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L242 lbs
2005 – R242 lbs
2006 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
2007 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs
2009 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs, L242 lbs, L243+ lbs
2010 – R242 lbs, R243+ lbs

USAF Unified National Title:
2005 – R220 lbs

WAF World Championship Titles:
1999 – L100 kg,  Supermatch Winner

World Wristwrestling Championship (Petaluma) Titles:
Heavyweight Division
R - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2001.

Middleweight Division
R - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1996, 1998, 2001.
L - 1996, 1998, 2001

Lightweight Division
R - 1984

WPAA World Title:
1985 – Middleweight

Yukon Yack National/World Titles:
Heavyweight Division
R - 1990, 19991, 1992, 1993,

Middleweight Division
R - 1995, 1996.

Zloty Tur/Nemiroff World Cup Titles:
Open Cat.
(RH) 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Cat. 95 kg
(RH) 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
(LH) 2007, 2009


World Armwrestling League Titles:
Check on www.walunderground.com


R - Right Hand
L - Left Hand




PHOTOS - YEAR after YEAR

John with the UAL World Title Belt 

UAL Champ

John, joy of victory in 236+ lbs division at UAL 8, 2014

John Brzenk, Dave Chaffee and Denis Cyplenkov
A1 Russian Open 2014

John Brzenk vs Marcio Barboza - UAL 4, 2013

John in one of the matches at FitX John Brzenk Challenge in Australia, 2013

John Brzenk vs Alexey Semerenko, OPEN class, Nemiroff World Cup 2012

John Brzenk - The winner of  UAL II  in Heavy Weight Class, 2011

John Brzenk vs Jerry Cadorette - UAL I  2010

John Brzenk vs Arsen Liliev Istanbul International Friendship Night II, Istanbul, Turkey 2010

John Brzenk and Igor Mazurenko PAL Armfight 37, 2009

John Brzenk vs Denis Cyplenkov - PAL Armfight 37, 2009

John Brzenk vs Denis Cyplenkov - Nemiroff World Cup 2008

John Brzenk vs Devon Larratt - ARM WARS “DEEP WATER" 2008

 John Brzenk vs Taras Ivakin - PAL Armfight 30, 2007

John Brzenk vs Ferit Osmali - Nemiroff World Cup 2006

The best shape of John Brzenk, here he is gripping up with Jim Scott at
Ultimate Armwrestling 2006 in Las Vegas.

John Brzenk - Nemiroff World Cup 2005

 John Brzenk vs Alexey Voevoda - Nemiroff World Cup 2004

John Brzenk vs Ron Bath - Nemiroff World Cup 2004

John Brzenk vs Kevin Bongard - practice table 2004

John Brzenk vs Yoshi Kanai - Japan

John Brzenk vs Travis Bagent - California State ProAm 2003

Marcio Barboza, Eric Woelfel, John Brzenk, Travis Bagent and Dave Devoto
CBS Late Show with David Letterman 2003

John Brzenk - 2002 National Pro-Am Armwrestling Championships

John Brzenk vs Eric Woelfel - WWC Petaluma 2001

John Brzenk.and Cobra Rhodes -  Harley Pull 2000

John with his father John SR - WAF World Championship in Japan 1999

John Brzenk - WWC Petaluma 1998

John Brzenk vs Alan Karaev - Golden Bear 1998

John Brzenk, Sherry Mundy, Carolyn Fisher, Eric Woelfel
Overall Champions - 1997 National Pro-Am Armwrestling Championship

John Brzenk vs Bill Brzenk - 1995

John Brzenk, Bill Brzenk and Dave Hicks with their Gold Bears
1994 Moscow Russia

John Brzenk vs Cleve Dean - Yukon Jack 1993

John Brzenk vs Rick ZumWalt - Utah 1992

John Brzenk - WWC Petaluma 1991

John Brzenk vs Richard Lupkes - Yukon Jack 1990

John Brzenk and Rick Vardell - WWC Petaluma 1989

John Brzenk vs Gary Goodridge - late 80's

John Brzenk vs Richard Lupkes - 1988

John Brzenk - NFL Series 1987

John Brzenk and Sylvester Stallone - OVER THE TOP 1986

John shaking hands before he went home with the biggest prize in the history of
the sport - the  Volvo White Semi truck, worth $100.000 in 1986.

John Brzenk at Hilton Hotel - Over The Top 1986

John vs Rick ZumWalt - 1985 the 1st Over the Top's qualifier to the finals in Vegas in 1986

John Brzenk beating John Bounonato in the final - WWC Petaluma 1984
His first world title in WWC, won in age of 20 (Lightweight Division)

John Brzenk and Dave Patton - 1983

 John Brzenk vs John Woosley  - 1983

John Brzenk  vs George Givens - 1983


Completed by Tomasz Wisniowski and Eric Roussin