19 Apr 2018

“Arm Nation”: APTN TV arm wrestling documentary series will launch this fall across Canada

Arm Nation films Deb Fiddler reffing Harleigh Marchant and Bobbi Haugen

Friday, April 19, 2018 – ​Arm Nation​,​ a 13 x half hour documentary series that will premiere on ​APTN​ in the autumn of 2018, follows the training, competitions and life challenges of Indigenous men and women who ‘pull’ in the fast growing international sport of armwrestling.

Filming took place over six months in 2017, culminating at the Canadian Armwrestling Championships. The stories captured are diverse: from a former strong man competitor trying to succeed in this new very different sport, to a mother of five bringing her love of arm wrestling to her Reserve, to a top athlete recovering from a devastating arm injury, as another arm wrestler struggles to get back to the table after two years away battling cancer. The sixteen First Nations and Métis athletes range in age from 21-54, spanning as far west as Prince George and Penticton, British Columbia, as far east as Eskasoni, Nova Scotia and to the north in Mistissini, Quebec.

17 Apr 2018

WAL 2018 Supermatch Showdown Series AVAILABLE ALSO OUTSIDE THE US

A few days ago I have informed on the blog that WAL events broadcasted on Bleacher Report Live will be available to watch only in the US. It was confirmed by B/R Live Support.

15 Apr 2018

Artavazd Nalbandian - parallel between para arm-wrestling and other para-disciplines

Artavazd Nalbandyan, a trainer of strength sports, specializing in training of disabled athletes - an inteview with an organizer of Disabled World Cup - Poland, Anna Mazurenko.

"Artavazd, today we would like you to draw a parallel between para-arm-wrestling and other para-disciplines. Please answer the following questions:

You are a coach in different sports disciplines. Do your athletes choose their sport themselves or you help them to make a choice?

- When a person comes to my gym or writes to me on the Internet that he wants to go in for sports, we first analyze his physical potential together: what muscles or limbs do not work or even sometimes absent. It all depends on what kind of sport he likes and whether it is possible to engage in this sport in his condition. I have a guy in Gyumri (a city in Armenia) who does not have a left hand and three fingers on his right hand. According to his condition, it is very difficult for him to fight in armwrestling. But he has a great desire to do this kind of sport. I took him very hard trainings to start to pull and his movements are very limited. He fights only with his biceps, although it does not stop him. At the Armenian championship among athletes with disabilities in his weight category he took third place. But there are cases when people with disabilities have not yet decided what kind of sport they like. In any case, it’s only them who makes the final decision.

John Cena throws down the Make-A-Wish Arm Wrestle Challenge

"Make-A-Wish® Challenges You! Support the Make-A-Wish #ArmWrestleChallenge - April 9-30

The Make-A-Wish #ArmWrestleChallenge kicks off in April as part of our World Wish Day® campaign, raising awareness and funds online to help grant the wishes of children diagnosed with critical illnesses. A wish experience can give kids the mental toughness they need to fight their illness.  

10 Apr 2018


A poster for the 50th Vendetta ALL STARS has been posted today on facebook group, World Armwrestling Forum.

Faces of top heavyweight such as: Denis Cyplenkov, Devon Larratt, Andrey Pushkar, Rustam Babayev, Dave Chaffee, Dmitry Trubin or Tim Bresnan promote the upcoming ARMFIGHT #50.

7 Apr 2018

The last year of AAA Nationals

Photo: Karen Mainard Bean / facebook

"Frank and Karen Bean just announced that this will be the last year of AAA Nationals. They are retiring this amazing event in support of one unified National Title!! This is fantastic news for the sport here in the USA Even better, they announced that they will be hosting a North American Championship, with Canada and Mexico invited to occur each year in August!


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5 Apr 2018

ARMWRESTLING in Mixer Magazine


I am a big fan of SUPERMATCH FORMAT, and I truly believe that this format is a future in PRO armwrestling, and the best form to determain a winner. 

The popularity and recognition of PRO armwrestling should be built in a similar way as it is done in UFC, Bellator and other top MMA organizations. Events with ONE vs ONE matches, lasting no more then three hours, with magnetic individuals whose preperation and talk before the event. All these aspects form one whole, the EVENT.

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.

28 Feb 2018

Arnold Classic Armwrestling Challenge 2018 - INFO

photo: ArnoldSportsFestival.com

"The 21st Annual Arnold Classic Armwrestling Challenge will determine who among the world’s top arm sports athletes has the most “pull” during the Arnold Sports Festival. Each year the best arm wrestlers in the world gather at the Greater Columbus Convention Center on the Arnold EXPO Stage for two days of armwrestling action.

Club Torture Classic 2018

"Hi Armwrestling family I am running an armwrestling comp with our club on the 8/9/18 there will be money prizes and supplements in the pro classes down to 6th place along with medals. Novice medals and supplements to 3rd place and same for the masters I will run a female class if there is enough interest, please invite people to the event and share it I promise you an amazing time bring back the old school vibe" -  Paul Maiden

08 September 2018
Madisen Hall, 135 Market Street, WN2 3AA 
Wigan, England

27 Feb 2018

Janis Amolins Australian Tour

"Australian Armwrestlers - this is an Armwrestling seminar you do NOT want to miss. All the way from Latvia, Janis Amolins is one of the most decorated armwrestlers in the history of the sport with multiple WAF, WAL and ZLOTY titles to his name in a career spanning over 20 years.

18 Feb 2018

Sergey Viatkin: "When I go to the table, I always smile, greet the opponent. I respect my rivals..."

photo: Disabled World Cup - Poland

Anna Mazurenko, an organizer of Disabled World Cup - Poland has interviewed Sergey Viatkin, a multiple European and World champion in PID 65 kg, a captain of the Russian Para-armwrestling Team, a trainer for the Perm Armwrestling Team (the region of Russia), one of the most, if not the most active and the best region in para-armwrestling in Russia.

Sergey, you are always cheerful and smiling. Always with a full bag of medals. How to make a team of champions like yours?

- Well, my smile always helps me to go to victory. When I go to the table, I always smile, greet the opponent. I respect my rivals, I have no aggression.

When fighting, I automatically smile... I do not know why. It's probably my personal... 

And when I feel like I'm winning, then I smile even more. I never have aggression and, regardless of whether I win or lose, I always smile. 

We have a very friendly team, we always win medals. As they say, one performs the way one prepares. 

When we go to world-class competitions, I always tell the guys that we need to justify the money invested in us. It is necessary to win one of the first three places, and not just to have a vacation. This is my task as a coach. 

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (41) - Susan Jones vs Gunilla Knutson

16 Feb 2018


photo: armpower.net

Report from National Armwrestling Championship of Russia for the Disabled, February 8-10th, 2018, Moscow by Yanuto Natalia, published on armpower.net.

"Traditionally, the tournament was held in the building of the Russian Paralympic Committee on Turgenevskaya Square. 158 sportsmen from 25 regions of the country participated in the competition. The fight was tough, uncompromising and very rich with great duels in all the classes and categories presented. We bring to your attention the short report of the participant of the Championship Natalia Yanuto who became the champion on both hands.

"My armwrestling in 2018 started just fine. As always, in a warm atmosphere, with old friends and also with newcomers. It was very joyful to see experienced armwrestlers, professionals, as well as athletes from the Paralympic sports, who took part in this championship. This time there were over 150 participants of the para-armwrestling Championship from different regions of our vast homeland. I would like to note athletes with physical impairment (PID, PIU) from such regions as the Republic of North Ossetia, Krasnoyarsk Region, the Republic of Dagestan, Perm Region, the Republic of Tatarstan, Moscow, Mordovia, Chelyabinsk Region, Moscow Region, Samara Region, Tyumen Region, Yaroslavl Region, Tver Region, Tula Region , Kemerovo Region, Sverdlovsk Region, Rostov Region.

Armfight live on ImpactTV

photo: FNSARM

Like any sport federation, Federația Națională Sportivă de Armwrestling din Republica Moldova (FNSARM) has one of the objectives to make Armwrestling more recognized in the general population and to display it as attractive as possible for those who are looking for a sport to be practiced personally or by their acquaintances. The emergence of the video content on TV, which renders the essence of this competitive sport, is still one of the most effective methods of advertisement. FNSARM considers that it is a special opportunity that the President of the Federation, Mr. Marcel Darie, managed to make an extraordinary investment in the organization and development of the television channel with Impact TV with national coverage. That's how we got an extraordinary partner who makes the federation's activity known as a whole, but it also mediates the success of our athletes.

13 Feb 2018

Natalia Glumova: "I want her to know how to lose and regain self control and go on working with double effort.."

photo: Disabled World Cup - Poland

An interview of Natalia Glumova, a mother of para armwrestler junior girl Nadezdha Vnenkovskaia from Russia by Anna Mazurenko.

"Anna Mazurenko: What does the champion's mother dream about?

Natalia Glumova: Like all mothers of the world, I dream that my daughter grows up to be a real person, kind, sensitive, grateful, purposeful. I wish her not to be afraid of difficulties and look for solutions instead. I want her to know how to lose and regain self control and go on working with double effort, achieve all that is dreamed of both in sports and in personal life. 

Champion at any age remains mother’s and father's daughter, but one should have friends at any age, friends with whom you can talk about everything without looking back and choosing words.

Anyway, as mother of the champion, I really want to go for vacation. From the moment my daughter started to armwrestle (2012) we spend all my vacations at competitions. Instead I would prefer to lie back somewhere at the seaside doing nothing! !! ;))

Women Arm Wrestling (World Championship FINALS 2017)

10 Feb 2018

Entry of the Federation of Armrestling into the team of the Putin Team

Photo: armwrestling-rus.ru

"Armrestling is, perhaps, the most democratic and accessible way to identify the strongest. There are no draws.

Behind the struggle with the rival is hidden every minute struggle with oneself. Sportsmen of the Russian Armwrestling Federation are not fighting "against". They fight "FOR". For a healthy generation, for the development of sport, for the future of Russia. For those values ​​that are also close to the leader of our state Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.

8 Feb 2018


A great article on Armpower.net by Engin Terzi about how important disabled armwrestling is for all armwrestling community. 

The same like Engin I truly believe that as a community we should be obligated to support para-armwrestling, because in fact, in the long term we support ourselves.

"Armwrestling has been an organized World Wide sport for decades but still it did not get enough of respect that it deserves because of not being an Olympic Sport Discipline.

There are many reasons for our sport not being in the Olympics, some are our fault and some are the populist Olympic Committee’s fault. I am not going to discuss why we are not an Olympic Sport but I want to discuss about the closest possible way to reach Olympic recognition.