Panco Techniques to Win Easily

Win at Arm Wrestling
Most people see arm wrestling as a battle of strength, but champion arm wrestlers know that technique is critical. In fact, winning an arm-wrestling match has less to do with brute strength than with the way in which you place your body and torso in relation to your opponent. Rather than trying to push your opponent’s arm down, use your arm and shoulder strength to pull down on your opponent’s hand.

Part 1 of 2: Positioning Your Body and Arm

1. Stand with your dominant foot forward


Stand with your dominant foot forward. Place your right foot forward if you wrestle with your right arm, and your left foot forward if you wrestle left handed. Standing with your dominant foot facing your opponent will help you leverage some of your body and torso weight into your arm.
If you’re arm wrestling in a seated position, sit at an angle so that your dominant foot is closer to your opponent.

2. Position your body so your hip touches the table, but not your whole stomach


Position your body so your hip touches the table, but not your whole stomach. Whether you’re standing or sitting, make sure to keep your stomach as close as possible to the surface you’re wrestling on. This means that, if you have your right foot forward, your right hip will be up against the table.

The closer your body is to the table, the more effectively you’ll be able to pull down on your opponents arm.
If you stand or sit a few inches away from the table, you won’t be able to use your shoulder muscles in the arm-wrestling match.

3. Keep your upper arm centered in front of you and close to your body


Keep your upper arm centered in front of you and close to your body. Ideally, depending on the way your body is positioned, your elbow should only be 3–4 inches (7.6–10.2 cm) away from your chest. For maximum strength, wrestle with your arm centered in front of your body.

For an easy reference point, position your arm so that your thumb is directly in front of your nose.
With this arm position, you’ll engage your shoulder and arm strength simultaneously, rather than using your arm strength alone.

4. Grip your opponent’s hand with your knuckles as high as possible


Grip your opponent’s hand with your knuckles as high as possible. If you can, slightly arch your wrist when you lock hands with your opponent. If your hand is slightly elevated over theirs, you can exert more leverage and pull harder on their arm once the wrestling match begins. If your hand is well positioned, your fingers will be directly over the nail of your thumb.
If you’re wrestling in an official competition, the referee may insist that you keep your wrist straight and not curled.

Part 2 of 2: Handling the Match

1. Curl your palm inward to weaken your opponent’s wrist

Curl your palm inward to weaken your opponent’s wrist. Once the wrestling match begins, focus on weakening your opponent’s wrist. Do this by slowly orienting your palm toward your face so that your wrist turns in toward your shoulder. This will bend the other person’s wrist forward and will make your grip stronger as they struggle to keep their grip.
If you don’t have the physical strength to do this, just keep your wrist straight.

2. Make a quick move to surprise a stronger opponent

Make a quick move to surprise a stronger opponent. If you know that your opponent is stronger than you are, make a quick surprise move as soon as the match starts. Curl your palm inward and try to force your opponent’s arm down before they can assert their strength. This may help you overcome their power.

Keep in mind that you might tire yourself out quickly if you aren’t successful.
Have a strategy! In arm wrestling, hand positioning and technique are more important than strength.

3. Let your opponent tire themself out if you feel like you’re losing

Let your opponent tire themself out if you feel like you’re losing. Sometimes the other person is just too strong for you to properly use your technique. If this happens, drop your wrist back to make it harder for them to push your arm down. Then, hold your position until they tire out. When they appear to be struggling, push their arm down.
Pretend like you feel confident that you’re going to win. Your opponent doesn’t know that you feel like you’re losing, and looking confident may get them to give up.

4. Perform a “top roll” once your strong opponent has worn themself out

Perform a “top roll” once your strong opponent has worn themself out. As your opponent tires, pull your hand closer to your body to weaken your opponent’s arm and decrease their leverage. Slide your hand up so the center of your palm grips the top of your opponent’s hand. Then, as you push their hand down to the tabletop, pull the opponent’s wrist back. Their palm should rotate towards the ceiling.

This move is more about leverage than brute strength. Putting pressure on your opponent’s hand will force it open and make it more difficult for them to use their muscles.
When performing a “top roll,” you can also pull your body back to draw out your opponent’s arm even more.

5. Use the “hook” if you and your opponent are matched in strength

Use the “hook” if you and your opponent are matched in strength. To “hook,” curl your wrist inwards. This will extend your opponent’s arm, but will require you to put a lot of bicep power in. Lean in and position your body (especially the shoulder) over your arm and keep your body and arm close together. Drag your opponent towards you as you pull their arm down.

This technique is useful if you’re as strong as your opponent in either forearm strength, bicep strength, or both. You’ll force your opponent’s wrist back to give yourself greater leverage.
Maintain wrist contact throughout the match so that force is delivered through the wrists, rather than the hands.

6. Force your opponent’s hand down to the tabletop to win the match

Force your opponent’s hand down to the tabletop to win the match. To finish your opponent, rotate your body and position your shoulder in the direction you want your arm to go. That way, you’ll be able to apply your shoulder strength and body weight to your opponent’s hand. Keep pulling and force their hand down to the table!
So, if you’re wrestling right-handed, lean your right shoulder in towards your opponent. Or, if you’re left handed, lean your left shoulder in.