Against A Tough Opponent, You Must Start the Match Correctly!
tip relates primarily to strategy in amateur matches (non-tournament
matches), but can also be applied in limited form to professional
matches as well. When you first lock up with your opponent, the
tension that you give before the match starts could be extremely
important to your chances for victory. Below are different strategies
that you can employ in different situations to help you win more
#1: Sidepressure from the moment you lock up
are very good that if you are arm wrestling an amateur, he will
instantly give you a good amount of sidepressure before the match
begins. Because most amateurs do not recognize the importance of
backpressure, they will give only side pressure.
You can take
advantage of your opponent's fixation on sidepressure to get your
hand closer to your body before the match has even begun. To do
so, vary the amount of sidepressure you give before the match
begins. Your increasing and decreasing of sidepressure while
still locked up will cause your hands to go side to side and will
create constant movement. Use this opportunity to position your
hand nearer to your body.
while locked up and before the match has begun, give your
opponent a little sidepressure, causing his hand to move a few inches
toward the table. This will cause him to want to reposition his
hand to a more neutral position. When he does this, give a very
brief bit of backpressure that allows you to pull your hand closer
to your body. Do this as many times as necessary to get into great
position by moving your opponent's hand from his body, but don't
get greedy! Usually he will be so concerned with sidepressure at
this point that he will not even realize that you have already put
yourself at a major advantage by pulling his hand away from his
body. But if you get too greedy, he might notice and you will lose
the advantage you have worked hard to gain. See the picture below
to understand the position you want to get into before the match
Notice in this picture that the arm wrestler on the right has managed
to work his hand closer to his body before the match has even begun.
This puts you at a tremendous advantage, and your amateur opponent
will probably have no clue about it!
#2: Backpressure from the moment you lock up
strategy works best if you plan on toprolling your opponent, and
your opponent does not know how to toproll. If your opponent
is significantly bigger than you, and you think that your only chance
to beat him is to use a toproll, then giving him backpressure from
the moment you lock up might be the best way to go. By giving instant
backpressure, you give yourself the best chance to immediately perform
a toproll as soon as the match begins. If you wait to give backpressure
until after the match begins, you risk your bigger and stronger
opponent locking you into a hook (the typical move of an amateur).
of giving backpressure from the moment you lock up is that your
opponent might catch on to the importance of backpressure, thus
negating your ability to use your arm wrestling knowledge to your
#3: Give no pressure at all
strategy is perhaps the riskiest of all, but it can be used to beat
stronger opponents. If you are not a strong toproller, or if the
surface on which you are arm wrestling will not allow you to toproll,
then giving no tension at all will allow you to anticipate the "go."
As soon as the match begins, you can then blast your opponent with
all the force you have in the hope that you get a quick pin. The
key, of course, is applying force before your opponent does - in
other words, be faster to react to the start of the match.
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