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.

HCWW Episode 103: Ron Bath

In the newest episode of Hand Control World Wide, Jon Brown and Josh Grant interviewed armwrestling legend, Ron Bath.

31 Jan 2018

Fia Reisek - nominated as the "Role model of the year" 2017!

 Picture: Sveriges radio

Congratulations Fia, you have gotten nominated as "the role model of the year" by the Swedish "Budo and martial arts federation". How does it feel?

- It feels fantastic. I feel honoured. It´s the biggest thing you can do, to inspire others.

In what way do you think that you are a good role model?

- It´s hard to say. Maybe it is inspiring that I haven´t always been in the top of armwrestling. That it is during the last years that I have started to win more and more. That since I had children my training and competition has improved. Me myself get inspired by peoples development and their way to get there, and also when you balance working out and competing, with your daily work and having a family to take care of.

Do you have a role model in your life?

- I have many role models, it´s different if it is in normal life or in your sport. In life I get inspired by single parents or parents to children with different difficulties, that despite all odds proves that everything is possible. I also find it inspiring in sports, when someone makes it to the top, even if they don't have the right conditions to do so. That they overcome these obstacles and makes it, despite everything.

Celebrity Armwrestling Pics (37) - Tommy Lee Jones vs Meryl Streep

30 Jan 2018


  • WAF could become first Observer to complete journey to full GAISF membership
  • World Union of Olympic Cities recommended for Associate Membership
  • RLIF and FIP become 8th and 9th Observers

"(Lausanne. 30th January 2018) The World Armwrestling Federation (WAF) has been recommended for Full Membership of the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF).

The decision was taken by the GAISF Council, which met in Lausanne, and will be considered for approval by a vote of members at the GAISF General Assembly in Bangkok in April 2018.

The World Armwrestling Federation is led by President Assen Hadjitodorov and was founded in 1977. Its 2018 world championships will take place in Antalya, Turkey later this year.

International Tournament GOLDEN BEAR - Champions in Disabled Classes

International Tournament  GOLDEN  BEAR
Moscow, Russia

29 Jan 2018

Baktybek Kaliev awarded among sportsmen of all kinds of Kyrgyzstan.

"We are happy to announce that Baktybek Kaliev, a silver medalist of the Disabled World Cup - in 2017, was awarded among sportsmen of all kinds of Kyrgyzstan sport, in the nomination 'Breakthrough of the Year - 2017! Congratulations!

26 Jan 2018

25th Senec hand, International Armwrestling World Cup

25th Senec hand
International Armwrestling World Cup

MsKS Senec, 1st May Square, Senec, Slovakia

23 Jan 2018


"We are sure that every participant of the Professional World Cup and a Disabled World Cup pay attention to the armwrestler from Armenia Sargis Stepanyan and admired the strength of this athlete.

A soldier defending the border of his country returns to save a friend, but gets on the mine and receives serious injuries. Sargis Stepanyan becomes the National Hero of Armenia.

Anna Mazurenko: Is it difficult to be an example for others?

Sargis Stepanyan: No, by my example I want to prove that I'm not a superman. I am an ordinary man just like thousands of people around me who can repeat my achievements. It is only necessary to inspire their faith in themselves and their will to win.

22 Jan 2018

Malin Kleinsmith

I feel honoured to write for Armwrestlers ONLY! My name is Malin Kleinsmith, and I have been in the sport of armwrestling since 1994. I started when I was in a youth club and won an armwrestling competition there. After that, I was stuck. 

VIDEO from Arm Battle of Sweden 2018 – Vaios Anthoulis vs Vladisvlas Krasovskis (Right and Left)

/ Tomasz Wisniowski

21 Jan 2018

Alexandru Grumeza about the plans for Moldovan Armwrestling for 2018

In 2017, the National Armwrestling Federation of Moldova registered its first year of activity as an official structure, recognized by the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Sport. We would like to mention the following activities at national level:

1. The organization of the first National Championship where 95 athletes participated;

2. The establishment of partnerships with a number of fitness halls where we have spent amateur championships;

3. The development of University Championships at the largest Universities in the country (University of Physical Education and Sports and University of Medicine and Pharmacy); but also in a high school in the capital ("Spiru Haret"); also more sports events in the provinces.

4. It was possible to establish a partnership relationship with a national coverage television (ImpactTV), which broadcasts live all the events organized by the Federation, including the launch of the weekly "Armfight Live on ImpactTV", where every Saturday, directly from the plateau they broadcast super-matches of moldovan athletes

5. In collaboration with the Department of Penitentiary Institutions and with the Norwegian Expert Mission to Promote Law Enforcement in the Republic of Moldova, using the "ARMWRESTLING" sports discipline, a large-scale social project was developed to promote healthy lifestyle and sport among prisoners.

"I am my own coach" - Eric Hoppe

On Disabled World Cup - Poland, Eric Hoppe talks with Anna Mazurenko about his passion.
What a spirit... POWER Eric !

Here is an interview:

Anna: You run the www.badenbisons.de website, what’s it about?

Eric: Baden – Bisons is the name of the club where the KSV – Ispringen armwrestlers train. At present there are 20 of us actively training in the club, in different weight and age categories, and I’m the only disabled armwrestler.

Anna: How does your training work?

Eric: I train four times a week. I train my strength three times a week and spar at the table with the other guys once a week. I also do speed and endurance workouts. I am my own coach. I have mastered the techniques well enough to get results at tournaments. My family gives me a lot of support, my father goes with me to major tournaments and gives me mental and moral support.

20 Jan 2018

Gala of Armwrestling Moldova 2017

The Moldovan Armwrestling Gala was celebrated with style in Chisinau. On January 12, 2018, the National Armwrestling Federation of Moldova made its 2017 totals!

After a year in which they won a lot of medals at the European and World Championships, the athletes were awarded by the Federation with diplomas, cups and gifts. About 55 people nominated for various categories, including the best athletes, coaches, referees, and other people who contributed to the promotion of this sport, were mentioned, and more than half of them were awarded with valuable prizes from evening partners: Rinaldi House, Avon, Daria Room, ZOOVIP, McDonals, Petrovskaia Sloboda, Burn, MedGlobalFarm and ElitConstruct!

19 Jan 2018

How to make womens armwrestling bigger!

         (Me and my daughter - be a role model to the younger)

In Sweden woman’s armwrestling is nearly as big as the men’s, and it is growing every year. We have a great team with woman going to the World championships and Europeans, we usually place in the top 3 with the team points in these competition. In Sweden it´s not extra ordinary for a woman to armwrestle. 

During the years I have been talking to women from other countries about how to make women armwrestling bigger in their countries. 

Some of them had said ”The prize money in the competitions are so low, its not as big as the mens, its unfair”or ”They only have a few weight classes for the womens, so I don’t want to participate” or ”nobody cares about us women, only about the men”

My opinion is this. First of all, Sweden is one of the most equal countries to live in (equal between woman and men). So I think it is naturally easier for a woman to start with a ”man dominated sport” than some other countries where the equality isn’t the same. But let´s focus on what we CAN do. 

17 Jan 2018

"Viking Arms" - International Open Armwrestling Tournament - February 2nd - 4th

Fefor Høifjellshotell Presents: Viking Arms Armwrestling Tournament!
February 2-4 February 2018 in Vinstra, Norway. 

Open for all Nordic Countries: 
(Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland).

Special Guest: Devon Larratt

16 Jan 2018

The arm battle of Sweden 2018 – womans classes

During last weekend the competition “The arm battle of Sweden” was held in Brickhouse training center in Kallhäll, Sweden. It was the armwrestler Mattias Zografos that arranged this competition. I helped a little bit, especially with the womens class.

For the mens classes he invited some armwrestlers from abroad to challenge armwrestlers from Sweden. It was great matches. But I will focus on the womens classes.

In the womens classes we pulled “Round Robin”-style (all the armwrestlers met the others once, and then you see who has won most matches in the end). We had from the beginning invited several armwrestlers from abroad also for the womans. But most of them cancelled due to either health problems or other things. So we had a pure Swedish class, EXCEPT for the excellent Brigitta Ivanfi from Hungry.

15 Jan 2018

WoA, Armwrestling 24h & AHC - RECALLS

Today, searching internet, I visited John Brzenk's profile on wikipedia. One of the external links in his profile is still the link not existing anymore, The Armwrestling History Channel (AHC).

What a nice surprise. Still you are able to see few pages of AHC, how it looked like. The link will direct you to web.archive.orgThen I have checked the other blog I used to run, the Armwrestling24, and it's the same. My next move was of course to check if my the most priceless source of all time, The World of Armwrestling is also there... and it's too. What a great recalls.

14 Jan 2018

Don Zeoli Jr.

Don Zeoli Jr. is an armwrestling fan and a graphic designer. He enjoys creating visuals that help promote and inspire those of us who participate in and enjoy the sport of armwrestling.

PREMIER 101 CUP:Rise of Southeast Asia - PROMO

In January 2018, in the biggest state in Malaysia, Sarawak will be hold 3rd International Charity Armwrestling Championship, PREMIER 101 CUP:Rise of Southeast Asia. The charitable event is organised to promote Armwrestling in Malaysia.

This year, as a special guest at the event will be armwrestling legend, an icon of supermatch format, Devon Larratt.

9 Jan 2018

Malin Kleinsmith talks with Louise Bornhall about The Arm Battle of Sweden

In today's StockholmDirekt.se Malin Kleinsmith talks with Louise Bornhall about upcoming event, The Arm Battle of Sweden, which will take place this weekend in Kallhäll, Sweden.

English version, translated by Malin Kleinsmith:

"Do you armwrestle during school break? Or maybe at lunch break at work? This weekend "The arm battle of Sweden" will be held in Kallhäll, where World champions and participants from several countries like Russia, Romania, Ukraine and Latvia will participate.

"28 men and 6 women will compete, everyone is hand-picked professionals," says co-organizer Malin Kleinsmith, who is in the Swedish national team in armwrestling and also competes at the competition this coming weekend.

"Unique competition"

The main organizer is the armwrestler Mattias Zografos, and the goal is that the competition will be organized every year.