Piaseczno is a town almost connected to the capital of Poland, Warsaw. The armwrestling club under the name of “Armfight Piaseczno” was created 17 years ago. The founder, sporstman, director and trainer in the club is Marcin Lachowicz, for sure familiar to you from international professional tournaments (for example Zloty Tur) and amateur European and World Championships. He's also been a vice-president of the Polish Armwrestling Federation for two terms already. ()
Marcin is one of the colourful personalities of Polish and international armwrestling, without him the sport would be sad like a funeral. He creates a fun and tense show out of all of his duels, he often argues with the referees and rivals. Sometimes you could suspect that he's the younger brother of the great tennis player Ilie Năstase...
How do they do it in Piaseczno?
At the 21st Polish Armwrestling Championships, Armfight Piaseczno took the fifth place in the general team ranking. For years it has placed in the top of the rakings. Let's get into details then!
A surprise of this year's Polish Championships was the second place (cat. 105 kg, left arm) by Boguś Zdanowski, an athlete who has recently started training with Armfight. His win over Jakub Janczy – a sportsman and trainer of the recently mentioned “Niedźwiedzie” - was so sensational that both of the competitors have arranged for a Vendetta. It was won by Boguś 4:2 and I will start my conversation with Marcin Lachowicz from this. Enjoy!
PeSzy: Marcin, can you say that an extraordinary “school of armwrestling” is taking place in your club?
Marcin Lachowicz: I'd say there's probably something to it. As far as I know, none of the Polish clubs has five “Strongest Men in Poland” on their teams... I'm incredibly happy and proud that for the past 17 years we have managed to “raise” so many phenomenal athletes.
PeSzy: What is the character of this club, this “school”?
Marcin Lachowicz: We try to help each other on the team, the knowledge we gather for years is shared to the new adepti. I think that it profits us a lot that even at the beginning of the journey the sportsmen don't make too many training mistakes and are therefore able to get better more quickly. We have many national and internatinal champions in the club. Watching them train along with a thoroughly training plan can actually be the key to success.
PeSzy: Tell me about the transfers. I'm asking mainly because of the spectacular transfer of Boguś Zdanowski.
Marcin Lachowicz: Every transfer is different so it's difficult to talk about a pattern. The mentioned Boguś Zdanowski has actually been coming over to our club for training long before he switched teams. Zloty Tur Gdynia was a club on paper for him; he moved to Warsaw so it was only natural for him to join the best club in the area. We've been working with Boguś for just a while, I'm trying to teach him a sort of philosophy which was met with many objections from him at the beginning. He kept tiring out his arms but I think that he's started to trust me a little already and saw that that's not the right way. This started to show by the table.
Grzesiek Grębski himself came up to me asking for help in preparations while declaring his will to join the club. Our collaboration is mostly based on consultations and my help for competitions but as can be seen from the tournaments, Grzesiek keeps progressing constantly and it makes me very happy.
The transfers of Świebodzin and Kościan were the result of a seminar that the guys have invited me to. They asked for help in preparations and declared a club switch. It resulted in the spectacular title of the Polish Champion taken by Waldek Neryng. I think that, over the years, the guys don't regret their decision at all.
Jasiu Żółciński, despite not showing up anywhere in our colors yet, simply reached out to me and said that he would lie to join us and practise his form with Alex and me. I think there's nothing more to add to it.
Of course these are not all of our sportsmen. Recently Maciek Bugajewski and a few other young athletes have also joined us. I won't elaborate on the other transfers anymore, though.
PeSzy: Can you, following this lead, risk stating a theory that Armfight – like once “a club in Warsaw” in football – takes ready athletes and “corrects” them but doesn't have its own juniors?
Marcin Lachowicz: I think this might be an unfortunate statement. Athletes who join us want to gain knowledge and train with the best. If they were “ready” competitors they would probably just train based on their own experiences.
The only “ready”, shaped athlete that joined us is Janek Żółciński, one of the most titled armwrestlers in Poland. All the other competitors that joined, despite their previous starts, had many holes in their techniques, therefore it's difficult to call them “ready”. When it comes to juniors, many of my alumni have taken gold at the Polish Championships or at the Poland Cup. I wouldn't worry about that!
PeSzy: So please, give me a review – the most titled men of the club, currently – alumni “from the beginning” or “received”
Marcin Lachowicz: I will try to go quickly and in order.
Zbyszek Chmielewski – the title of the Strongest in Poland with the weight of 78 kg. Multiple titles of the Champion of Poland. In our club since the establishment.