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OTSM Championships

By Eric Todd

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

2017 Old Time Strongman Championships

Where:

ET’s House of Iron and Stone
10978  SW Pueblo Dr
Turney, MO 64493

When:           September 9, 2017

Weigh ins:      9:30

Rules:          10:00

Meet Starts:   10:30

Events:

Hackenschmidt Floor Press
Thor’s Hammer
Dumbbell to Shoulder
Kennedy Lift

Exhibition of new lift following the meet. We will test out the new lift, the Lurich Lift as proposed by KCSTRONGMAN member Lance Foster.

Entry Fee:     $25.  Checks payable to Eric Todd.  Entry and check can be sent to me at the above address.

Entry Deadline: August 26, 2017. Please be prompt in entering, as it helps me plan accordingly for the best possible meet

Awards:         There will be awards for this meet

I hope a good number of you make plans to come out for this meet. It should be a great day of lifting.

THIS WILL BE A DRUG TESTED EVENT

ENTRY FORM (PDF) – OTSM Entry

Georg Lurich and the Lurich Lift

By Eric Todd

Georg Lurich

Georg Lurich

One of the things I find the most fascinating about the strong men of old is that they were much more true all-rounders than those of modern physical culture. It is what has inspired me to pursue many different types of strength sports.  I grew up reading about many of them in Wrestling Physical Conditioning Encyclopedia by John Jesse, which I purchased for $10 (a huge sum of money to me at the time) when I was around 10 or 11.  This book was primarily about lifting and conditioning, but in each chapter, it highlighted a wrestler or two from the days of old.  These guys were not only great wrestlers, but they were the strongmen of their times (many excelled at many of the lifts that we do in the USAWA today), and they had the physiques of bodybuilders.

One of the wrestlers mentioned in Jesse’s book was World Champion wrestler, the Russian Lion, George Hackenschmidt. Many of you have probably heard the name.  We do some lifts that are named for the man, such as the Hack Lift and the Hackenschmidt Floor Press, as well as others that he perfected, such as the pullover and press and the pullover and push.  Hackenschmidt said “Wrestlers need a particular kind of strength.  They require all-round development, such is sadly neglected in many departments, the neck for instance.” (Jesse, 1974).  This is clearly demonstrated in his wrestler’s bridge pullover and press, which is present on the USAWA list of lifts.  He was able to pullover 311 pounds while in the bridge position, and press it for 2 repetitions (Gentle, 2017).  Hackenschmidt  is probably most famous for his catch as catch can wrestling bouts with Frank Gotch, who was from a farm near Humbolt, Iowa.

However, this article is not about the Russian Lion. It is about his lesser known mentor, Georg Lurich from Estonia, who was a fantastic wrestler and all round lifter just like Hackenschmidt.  Lurich was born George Luri on 22 April 1876 in a village in Estonia named Vike-Maarja.  George’s family joined a church that was primarily Baltic German.  Since they believed this church provided the family’s children with more opportunity in education, they changed their name to the German “Lurich”(George Lurich 2017).  Though physically weak as a lad, upon attending Tallin, a prestigious secondary school, Lurich dedicated himself to increasing his strength to improve his health (Katzer).

In 1895, Lurich moved to Russia. There he met who would become his coach, Dr. Wladyslaw Krajewski (Christopher 2013). It was at this time he became proficient in both weightlifting and wrestling. Though he was not Estonia’s first weightlifting and wrestling champion, we was their most famous, both due to his success on the mat and in the gym and his showmanship and promotion.  When he returned to Estonia, he did so a star. Not only was Lurich known as a sensation in athletics, but he is credited with a instilling a national pride in the Estonians which led them to move toward independence from tsarist Russia (George Lurich 2017).

Lurich is credited with a number of weightlifting records in his time. It is said that he completed a one arm jerk of 267 pounds and a clean and jerk of 344 pounds (Wood 2012).  He is credited with a pullover and push of 201.5 kilos, which is in the neighborhood of 444 pounds (Myers, 2010).  Tragically, Georg died prematurely from Typhoid fever on January 20, 1920.  He was 43 years old, a mere year older that your young, young author.  Lurich’s legacy lived on however.  One way is through the legends and folktales about him that Estonians continued to tell.  Another way is through the young champion, George Hackenschmidt, that Lurich began teaching and mentoring when Hackenschmidt was but 18 years old.  Hackenschmidt went on to be one of the winningest wresters and weightlifters in printed history.

In the 2017 USAWA Old Time strongman championship that I will be hosting, we are contesting as an exhibition lift called the “Lurich Lift”, which was proposed by my confederate Lance Foster. This is a partial Hack lift written with Old Time strongman style rules. Since Lurich was Hackenschmidt’s teacher, Lance felt it was an appropriate tribute to a great champion and true all-rounder.  I do concur.  Below are the rules we will be using for the lift in September.  IF the lift  works according to these rules and we feel it is a good lift that goes along with the USAWA Old time strongman philosophy, we will propose it to the executive board.

 

Lurich Lift: This is a partial Hack Lift, where the bar height must not be over 18” from the platform (measured to the bottom of the bar). The plates or bar may be supported on stands, rack supports, or blocks to obtain this height. The lifter must have the bar behind the legs, as defined by the rules of the Hack Lift. The hands must be on the outside of the legs (NO SUMO STANCE) during the entire lift. Lifting straps or any other gripping aid is not allowed, but any grip may be used. It is NOT an infraction to drag the bar up the legs. The bar may touch the calves and the rear of the upper legs as it rises. Should it bind against the upper legs, the bar may be stopped momentarily or lowered while a hip adjustment is made. A one minute time limit is allowed for the lifter to make a legal lift, during which time a lifter may make multiple tries. Once the lifter is totally upright and the bar motionless, an official will give the command to end the lift.

 

Reference

Christopher, L. (2013, July 24). Georg Lurich. Retrieved June 24, 2017, from

https://legendarystrength.com/georg-lurich/

Gentle, D. (Ed.). (n.d.). George Hackenschmidt 1878-1968. Retrieved June 14, 2017, from

https://www.davidgentle.com/ironindex/hack.htm

Georg Lurich. (2017, June 10). Retrieved June 14, 2017, from

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg_Lurich

Jesse, J. (1976). Wrestling physical conditioning encyclopedia. Pasedena, Calif: Athletic Press.

Katzer, N., Budy, S., Köhring, A., Zeller, M., & Verlag, C. (n.d.). Euphoria and Exhaustion: Modern

Sport in Soviet Culture and Society. Germany: Campus Verlag.

Myers, A. (2010, May 25). THE PULLOVER AND PUSH PART 2 – HISTORY. Retrieved June 24,

2017, from http://usawa.com/the-pullover-and-push-part-2-history/

Wood, J. (2012, March 18). George Lurich. Retrieved June 14, 2017, from

http://www.oldtimestrongman.com/blogs/new-blog/2012-03/18-497-georg-lurich

Venue Change

By Al Myers

There has been a change in the venue location for Nationals.  The meet has been moved from Vermilion to Cleveland. The address for the new location is:

West Park Family YMCA
15501 Lorain Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44111

World Postal

By Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

2017 IAWA WORLD POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The World Postal has been announced!  Steve Gardner has passed along the promotion of this meet to me.  It will be promoted in a very similiar manner to the way Steve has done it the past few years, which has been very successful.  It will still be the “Andy Goddard Memorial”.  Andy was a great friend and supporter of the IAWA and as long as I’m involved promoting the World Postal it will be done in Andy’s memory. As it has been the past few years, the lifts for this World Postal will be the first day lifts of the upcoming Worlds.  Please send your results to me this year (instead of Steve!) at amyers@usawa.com.

INFO SHEET – 2017 World Postal Information Sheet

ENTRY FORM – 2017 World Postal Entry Form

Team Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
2017 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – August 26th.  I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!

MEET DETAILS:

Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None

Lifts:

Pullover – Bent Arm

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, Ciavattone Grip

Deadlift – No Thumbs, Overhand Grip

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at amyers@usawa.com

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