ATTENTION! If, at a big, serious, international tournament, a competitor gets to the finals, then I should know him very well from his previous starts already. Especially if it's a competitor from Poland. At the 28th Senec Hand I started worrying about the state of my memory. I was anxious that the virus devoured my brain. Luckily, it was not the case, at least not that much! ()
The 105kg+ category, left arm and 2nd place, final with Marek Majak. I hear the name – Patryk Kobierski – and I have no idea what's going on. Patryk takes the 2nd place. And the 3rd with his right arm. Here's a link to the results.
Where did he come from? I've never seen him before! Time to ask!
PeSzy: I'm guessing you're about 120 kg and close to 2 meters tall. Tell us exactly how it is.
Patryk Kobierski: I'm 27 years old, 195 cm and 122 kg.
PeSzy: How did you get to Senec Hand? It's quite surprising to me.
Patryk: It was all because of Piotr Beberok. He's the one who's training me and he suggested starting in Slovakia.
PeSzy: So it's your debut?
Patryk: Exactly. This is my first armwrestling competition and I want to represent Poland all around the world in the future, and train and duel with various opponents. As a 14-year-old I got into body building. I trained and asked myself: what next? Is this what I want to do for the rest of my life? When I was 17, I saw the movie “Over The Top”...
PeSzy: This sounds really typical, countless competitors have already told me that it was this movie that pushed them towards this sport!
Patryk: I liked it so much that I already knew: armwrestling is my style, my lifestyle.
PeSzy: How did you gain your armwrestling knowledge?
Patryk: In Germany there isn't any place like a “school” for beginners. So I learnt from YouTube videos. I started twice in amateur competitions, in Hamburg and Wolfsburg. I placed 2nd and 3rd. I had no idea about armwrestling and my arms, shoulders and everything else hurt a lot. I thought I'd injured myself, that it was some serious injury. For some time I lost my motivation for armwrestling. But it doesn't matter anymore.
I train, I love and live this sport.
A year ago I started from the beginning again. My best friend Ardian Avdullahu found out that I was good at armwrestling and encouraged me to pick it up again.
Patryk, Piotr and Ardian Avdullahu
I ordered a professional table, I trained as diligently as I could, I learnt from various videos, including Devon Laratt's content.
I installed the ARMBET app once and Piotr Beberok wrote to me that he wanted to fight and train with me a little.
PeSzy: That's when it started for real?
Patryk: I'm going to be honest – I was really lucky! I met Piotr Beberok, I asked if I could train with him. We started!
I'm aware that I'm still a beginner and Piotr gives me his time selflessly.