"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.
NEW YORK — When Maj. Sargis Stepanyan realized a fellow soldier was trapped among landmines during a special operations forces mission in Nagorno-Karabakh (Artsakh), he did what the best military commanders on the battlefield do — he risked his own life trying to save him. That rescue attempt would ultimately cost him his two legs and right arm, but helped him fulfill a greater calling through the Armenian Wounded Heroes Fund (AWHF) and its life-saving mission.
Hailed as a war hero since that fateful day in 2014, Stepanyan has continued to devote his life to the Armenian Armed Forces and has discovered a new purpose of raising awareness for the medical emergencies soldiers face on the front line in Nagorno-Karabakh, as well as providing counsel to other wounded soldiers, inspiring them.
Every athlete is first of all a human being and of course he(she) may have an illness or a condition that needs a particular medication. Usually, doctors prescribe treatments in accordance with the internal medical protocols, standards or others instructions. Some medications could contain prohibited substances or methods that are included in the Prohibited List, adopted annually by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Any athlete who may be subject to doping control must request a Therapeutic Use Exemption before taking a prohibited substance or method.
Devon Larratt in on-line version of Men'sHealth in article by Mark Lelinwalla; How to Build the Super Forearm Strength of a Pro Arm Wrestler.
"When it comes to arm wrestling, forearm strength is crucial.
Devon Larratt proved that to Shaquille O’Neal during a recent appearance on TNT’s Inside the NBA. Despite giving up roughly 150 pounds to the NBA Hall of Famer, Larratt, the reigning World Armwrestling League heavyweight champion for righties and lefties, pinned O’Neal’s hand down in a way that would have Sylvester Stallone in Over the Top feeling nervous.
An article about Over the Top on thecomeback.comwrittenby Sean Keeleyon. A link to Armwrestlers ONLY, to the article Over the Top: THE ICON OF ARMWRESTLING, which I wrote for 25th anniversary in 2011, has been used in Keeleyon's article.
"In his prime, Sylvester Stallone was the kind of Hollywood actor who made big movies meant to be big movies. Rocky. Rambo. Tango & Cash. Demolition Man. Cliffhanger. Stallone didn’t just do tentpoles, he was a tentpole. His movies never snuck up on you because they were incapable of doing so. You stick his name on a movie poster and the rest usually took care of itself.
Perhaps that’s what makes Over the Top, released 30 years ago this month, such an anomaly. It’s a Sylvester Stallone vehicle during his prime that bombed in theaters, but gained cult status in the years since. Directed by schlock peddler Menahem Golan (just look at his IMDB page), it’s a movie with a plot so absurd that it’s hard to imagine someone would bankroll it today, let alone 1987. Such was the power of Stallone, whose hubris made him believe that he could turn an arm wrestling movie into the next great Hollywood blockbuster. And we thank him for it.
"The World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) would like to officially invite you as WAF member country to attend the “40th World Armwrestling and 21st World Para-Armwrestling Championship“, which will be held in ANTALYA, TURKEY from October 12th to October 21st, 2018.
Championship will be hosted by Turkish Body Building, Fitness and Armwrestling Federation represented by its president Mr. Niyazi KURT.
For many years, there have been sensational reports on the possible fight between Devon Larratt and Denis Cyplenkov in heavyweight division. And although there were hundreds of such unverified informations, this time it can be assumed that armwrestling fans will finally see the desired fight.