We met at the first IFA World Championships in Poland, Rumia. It was 2019. He talking about his relationship with another discipline - Strong Man. ()
PeSzy: Hello Didy! We met at the first IFA World Championships in Poland, Rumia. It was 2019. You were talking about your relationship with another discipline - Strong Man. Tell me exactly how it is?
Strongman Didy: Hello Piotr! Yes you are right, I am closed to strongman since 20 years. My friend is MARCEL MOSTERT, the chairman of company which organized SCL STRONGMAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE events all over the world during 20 years.
PeSzy: Where did the idea to combine these two sports come from?
Didy: The idea of “mixing" events in which armwrestlers can fight in the same place with the strongman came after several months of discussion, as well as after watching a large number of videos from around the world. For example: Eddy Hall training with Devon Laratt; Devon Larrat against Thor Bjornsson; Larry Wheels against Thor, etc which showed that armwrestlers and strongman and very interested in fighting together at armwrestling table even if thoses two sports are completely different in term of technique and strenght. As i am today PAL representative in FRANCE and current strongman (I won two times strongestman tittle of France). I think that it's a good idea to be in the same place, to know how much thoses sports can be compatible in term of image in the future. That is why I am negotiating with Kirill Yakovlev and Igor Mazurenko, who are studying the quastion.
PeSzy: You also recently took up armwrestling
Didy: Last year - my first year in armwrestling. I competed in France Federation of Force (which is affiliated to WAF) in March for French national championship where I won the Master + 40 years old class tittle left hand. After that, I was qualified to compete in WAF World Championship, but I decided by myself to compete in IFA World Championship, where i had the surprised to win the left hand and take the second place on the right hand in Grand Master category leaving behind Christopher Myers from USA. But more than that, during IFA competition, during ZLOTY TOUR and TOP 8 I met a lot of interesting people who are referees, armwrestlers, IFA representatives, and of course Igor and Anna Mazurenko, Anders Axlo, Kirill Yakovlev, Marcin Mielniczuk. And I decided to create a League of armwrestling in France with my friends (Gregory Schneider and his wife Nathalie, and of course David Mimoun who was my close friend who follow me and support me from the beginning). Today with my friends and after few months of discussions we are proud to have a build and strong League of armwrestling which is now affiliated to IFA with 80 motivated armwrestlers who are not following WAF but following IFA .We can say that we are one of 2 organizations of armwrestling in France (us and French Federation) who purposes different goals for athletes where everybody can find adapted solutions to compete in armwrestling.
PeSzy: Now we need to introduce you - as an athlete...
Didy: I have always practiced sports since I was young (tennis, cycling, athletics). I was always strong. When I born my body weight was 5 kg and as I was a farmer son I worked very hard when I was young. But when I was 34 I started to train in a gym (without training my body weight was 125 kg). Very soon I became strong and after 3 years of training I did bench press 225 kg / for reps, deadlift and squated over 300 kg for reps. After 3 years of training I started to compete and I won a few tittles in French Championship of powerlifting and took the second place in World Championship of bench press. But I didn't like the absence of atmosphere of powerlifting and I was feeling bad with my body weight of 150 kg. I discovered Strongman sports like a destiny for me.