TID Board Of Directors
- Feb 3, 2011
I have a handful on my phone but none uploaded yet to the world. I might as well not even have social media anymore because I don't use it. But for you? I'll upload what's on my phone to somewhere and shoot you a link.
If you mean quickness in terms of how fast/hard one hits as soon as the ref pulls his hand and give the start command, then it's definitely important to hit hard and quick IF that's your style. I'm the opposite 95% of the time I pull. I catch, (think of it as stalling or playing defense),and just negate any motion left/right. My whole thought process is just to pull their hand towards me and get my hand high and close to my shoulder, with my hips dropping down/back evenly with my shoulders (back pressure) and then I decide whether to hook (turn and burn) or top roll (think hammer curl) to get the pin. I can sit in my catch position comfortably for minutes unless you're really strong and skilled. Watch Devon Larratt if you want to see a guy who I arm wrestle similar to. He's catches the strongest guys in the world like they're not even trying, and then tires them out until some of them just pin themselves to get it over with. It's not always how he pulls, but he's one of the best at it. Watch Andrey Pushkar (rip) to see a guy who preferred to be fast and violent from the get-go (understatement).Just curious how much "quickness" plays in winning? I know all the top guys are strong, but among the top guys, what's the factor that results in the win?
As for what factor(s) make the difference at the highest level, that question is really tough to answer. A beats B who beats C who already beat A earlier in the tournament....who's the strongest? All said and done, the best arm wrestler almost always wins. Not always the pure strongest, but the best at being one of the strongest with some of the best technique and God given talents of certain leverages and bone structures and insertion points of tendons/ligaments, etc, who can turn it on and be the best competitor at the right time.