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International King Kong of Grip 2017

Monday, October 30th, 2017

This past Saturday was the 5th Annual International King Kong of Grip Challenge.

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This year’s competition took place at 18 different venues in 9 different countries, and saw 170 competitors hit the stage.

I have been training very hard for this competition, because I wanted to get my title back.

I won it in 2015, and think I would have had a pretty good chance to repeat as champion last year, but I hurt my back a week or two before the contest and was in severe pain, which hurt me very bad on two of the events.

This year was my chance to become the first person to ever win it twice.

Unfortunately, despite my best training efforts, putting together 6 to 8 weeks of excellent work, and having one of my best competition days ever, especially for these events, I was not successful in getting my title back.

I did manage to get 5th overall, 2nd in North America, and 1st in my individual weight class.

I also was able to break the World Record in the 1 Hand Pinch Lift, and set all time PR’s on the 2.5″ Crusher and Stub.

Alas, the 2″ Vertical Bar, an event that has severely injured several people, proved to be a big limiting factor for me, and my overall placement suffered because of it, especially.

Despite the positives, I’m still rather disappointed because the ultimate goal is to win the Overall and take the Title of King Kong of Grip.

And at the same time, even though I’m disappointed, there are a ton of things to be happy about.

My Dad was there for yet another competition and got to see me break the record, and my wife and daughter got to be there for the first time to see me break a pinching record, too

I am blessed with a family that is extremely supportive, and that is a huge difference maker.

Also, got the chance to watch my partner, Luke have an awesome day on the platform, as well, setting multiple PR’s. If a couple more lifts went his way, his placing could have moved from 12th overall to 10th. That’s how close these multiple venue competitions can be!

In addition, my long time friend, Mike Rinderle put together a fantastic day after getting some pretty bad news about an injury he recently sustained, plus not having trained grip since last year’s King Kong.

My friend Chris Andrade, from Connecticut, also made the trip down for another King Kong, and he has no lost over 80lbs. It was his first time making the 93kg class. Watching his 11-year old son, “The Ace Cowboy” compete over the years has been awesome as well, and I’m looking forward to many more. I’m hoping Chris’s wife, Amber, feels better next time so she can join us in the chalk dust.

It was great seeing my friend, Joe Sullivan, compete for the first time as well. If he sticks with it, I think he will be force to be reckoned with. Dude is just so strong.

I really appreciate everyone who made some pretty long drives down to be at the competition. Brothers John and Peter Nickless both came down from the Syracuse area. It was John’s first time competing, I believe, and it was Peter’s first time competing since a nasty foot injury he had.

Big RT, Ryan Thomas also came down from the Syracuse area, and looked very confident on all the events. I think he could be very good at Grip if he concentrated on it, for sure.

And a big thanks to brothers, Mike & Jeff M, who are still new to grip, but made the trip from Rochester and got some good quality comp experience as well as some good work on various grip tools after the event.

I’ll be working on video editing throughout the week, and Allen Heineck, Riccardo Magni, and I will be recording a King Kong episode of This Week in Grip, tonight. So, if you’re not subscribed to my YouTube Channel, do so right now: Jedd Johnson on YouTube – so you don’t miss any of the awesome content that’s coming your way!

And if you competed in King Kong and would like to share the story of your day in the heat of competition, feel free to send me a write-up. It might get read on the King Kong show.

Thanks for the support, and all the best in your training.

Jedd

Report: King Kong of Grip 2016

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

King Kong of Grip 2015

Friday, October 30th, 2015

King Kong of Grip 2015

I wasn’t planning on holding the competition here at my place, but when I heard another “nearby” promoter, Chez Riccezza, might not be able to run his leg of the multi-venue, global, mega-comp, the King Kong of Grip Challenge, I decided to get this organized in a pinch.

This was the 3rd time I’ve competed in the King Kong of Grip, and it has become a highly respected competition. The King Kong first appeared on the Grip Sport schedule in 2013, and has been in October every year.

The 2013 overall winner was Juha Harju, from Finland, and last year’s winner was Ari Siltaoja, also of Finland.

I got sick of poor finishes in the King Kong, finishing worse than Top 10 the first two years, mainly due to not focusing in and training the events the way you should, and this year I got serious.

And to my surprise, I came out on top, the first winner on the King Kong of Grip from North America.

Below are the videos, along with the worldwide standings, both in the overall, and for each event.

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 1 – One Hand Pinch

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 2 – 2.5″ FBBC Crusher

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 3 – Shallow Hub

King Kong of Grip 2015 – Event 4 – 2″ Vertical Bar

2015 International King Kong Grip Challenge – Overall Results

1 – Jedd Johnson – 22 points – “THE KING KONG OF GRIP”
2 – Jouni Mähönen – 23 points
3 – Ivan Beritashvili – 24.5 points
4 – Kody Burns – 27.5 points
5 – Jake Sahlaney – 31 points
6 – Arto Joronen – 34 points
7 – Eric Roussin – 39 points
8 – Anton Kladiev – 45 points
9 – John Stepien – 48.5 points
10 – Gilbert Goodman – 51 points
11 – Lucas Raymond – 62 points
12 – Bob Sundin – 63.5 points
13 – Pasi Mehtälä – 65 points
14 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 68.5 points
15 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 76 points
16 – Juha Lehtimäki – 76.5 points
17 – Kupinsky Igor – 78 points
18 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 83.5 points
19 – Daniel Reinard – 90 points
20 – Alexey Pritula – 90.5 points
21 – Andrew Pantke – 94 points
22 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 101 points
23 – Jeff Parker – 102.5 points
24 – Fenne Muhonen – 105.5 points
25 – Josh Koenig – 107.5 points
26 – Petri Rantalainen – 108 points
27 – Dmitriy Osipov – 115 points
28 – Marc Turgeon – 118 points
29 – Zagoruiko Roman – 121 points
30 – Pupchenko Ivan – 121 points
31 – Rob McMurren – 122 points
32 – David Balayan – 130 points
33 – Petri Partanen – 131.5 points
34 – Michael Rogowski – 133 points
35 – Darrin Shallman – 139 points
36 – Aldo Alberico – 141.5 points
37 – Pavel Trotsko – 147 points
38 – Frank Pizzo – 151 points
39 – Chris gallagher – 152.5 points
40 – Jerry Szigethy – 155.5 points
41 – Adam Thatcher – 158 points
42 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 165 points
43 – Mike Hagios – 171.5 points
44 – Andrey Tereniev – 177.5 points
45 – Andrea Bertozzi – 178 points
46 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 180 points
47 – Evan Raftopoulos – 184 points
48 – Skuyler Szigethy – 184.5 points
49 – Allen Heineck – 188 points
50 – Jor-el Koenig – 190.5 points
51 – Ivan Pachenkov – 191.5 points
52 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 193.5 points
53 – Zynchenko Mykola – 195.5 points
54 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 204.5 points
55 – Enrico Polgrossi – 204.5 points
56 – Davide Cimatti – 208.5 points
57 – Philippe Tremblay – 212 points
58 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 215 points
59 – Daniel Montaleone – 217 points
60 – Jussi Wägg – 224 points
61 – Matti Harju – 226.5 points
62 – Jesse Larocque – 243.5 points
63 – Andrea Gramentieri – 244.5 points
64 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 253.5 points
65 – Ricky Bee – 254.5 points
66 – Shutka Svetlana – 255.5 points
67 – Rach Thatcher – 259 points
68 – Matteo Rossi – 264 points
69 – Emily Grigsby – 268 points
70 – Hugo Turgeon – 268 points
71 – Nikita Smolnikov – 268 points
72 – Andrey Smolnikov – 280 points
73 – Maria Bascetta – 280.5 points

Event 1 Results – One-Hand Pinch (Euro)

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 59.52
2 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – 36 – 120 – 54.01
3 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 51.72
4 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 50.88
5 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 49.19
6 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 47.75
7 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 47.34
8 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 47.30
9 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 46.70
10 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 45.33
11 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 45.20
12 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 44.82
13 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 44.35
14 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 44.20
15.5 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 42.55
15.5 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 42.55
17 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 40.81
18 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 40.27
19 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 40.18
21 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 39.70
21 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 39.70
21 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 39.70
24 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 39.20
24 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 39.20
24 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 39.20
26 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 38.79
27 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 38.45
28 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 38.38
29.5 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 38.33
29.5 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 38.33
31 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 38.28
32 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 37.84
33.5 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 36.70
33.5 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 36.70
35 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 36.35
36 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 36.06
37 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 35.45
38 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 34.20
39 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 33.25
40 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 33.04
41 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 32.93
42 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 32.50
43 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 31.90
45 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 31.70
45 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 31.70
45 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 31.70
47 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 31.25
48 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 30.70
49 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 30.63
50 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 29.17
51 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 29.10
52 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 28.63
53 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 28.25
55 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 27.50
55 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 27.50
55 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 27.50
57 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 27.49
58.5 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 26.25
58.5 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 26.25
60 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 25.60
61.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 25.00
61.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 25.00
63 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 24.11
64 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 23.70
65 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 22.99
66 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 20.00
67 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 18.42
68 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 18.35
69 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 17.10
70 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 10.00
72 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 0.00
72 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 0.00
72 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 0.00

Event 2 Results – FBBC 2.5″ Crusher

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 100.50
2 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 91.32
3 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 89.58
4 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 88.06
5 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 87.50
6 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 85.09
7 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 85.03
8 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 84.91
9 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 83.71
10 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 82.59
11 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 81.40
12 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 81.34
13 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 78.27
14 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 76.34
15 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 75.90
16 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 75.86
17 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 75.00
18 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 72.48
20 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 71.34
20 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 71.34
20 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 71.34
22.5 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 71.33
22.5 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 71.33
24 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 70.22
25 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 70.11
26 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 68.81
27 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 67.50
28 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 66.87
29.5 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 66.34
29.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 66.34
31 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 66.33
32 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 66.07
33 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 65.74
34 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 64.25
35 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 63.80
36.5 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 63.74
36.5 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 63.74
38.5 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 63.00
38.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 63.00
40 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 62.75
41 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 62.70
42 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 61.70
43.5 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 61.34
43.5 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 61.34
45 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 60.26
46 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 58.00
47 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 56.34
48.5 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 56.27
48.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 56.27
50 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 56.09
51.5 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 54.79
51.5 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 54.79
53 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 54.25
54.5 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 53.72
54.5 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 53.72
56 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 53.65
57 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 53.00
58 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 51.78
59.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 51.75
59.5 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 51.75
61 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 51.20
62 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 40.88
63 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 40.08
64 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 39.25
65 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 38.61
66 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 33.84
67.5 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 33.80
67.5 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 33.80
69 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 25.57
70 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 20.60
72 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 0.00
72 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 0.00
72 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

Event 3 Results – Shallow Hub

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 30.31
2 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 28.31
3 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 27.59
4 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 27.08
5 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 26.58
6 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 24.88
7 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 24.76
8 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 24.60
9 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 23.78
10 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 23.50
12 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 23.30
12 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 23.30
12 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 23.30
14 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 22.92
16.5 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 22.68
16.5 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 22.68
16.5 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 22.67510954
16.5 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 22.68
19 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 22.53
20.5 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 22.06
20.5 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 22.06
22 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 21.70
23 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 21.56
24 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 20.96
25 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 20.31
26 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 20.27
27 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 19.80
28 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 19.59
29.5 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 19.57
29.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 19.57
31 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 19.30
33 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 19.20
33 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 19.20
33 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 19.20
35 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 19.11
36.5 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 19.00
36.5 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 19.00
38 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 18.30
39 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 18.15
40 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 17.85
41 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 17.50
42 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 17.25
43.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 17.08
43.5 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 17.08
46 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 17.07
46 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 17.07
46 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 17.07
48 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 16.52
49.5 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 15.25
49.5 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 15.25
51 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 14.99
52 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 14.83
53 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 14.57
54.5 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 14.00
54.5 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 14.00
56 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 13.85
58 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 13.30
58 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 13.30
58 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 13.30
60.5 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 12.75
60.5 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 12.75
62.5 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 12.67
62.5 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 12.67
64 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 11.10
65 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 10.54
66 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 10.48
67 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 10.25
68 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 9.58
69 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 9.30
70 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 7.08
72 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 0.00
72 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 0.00
72 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

Event 4 Results – FBBC 2″ V-Bar

All weights in kilograms

Points – Name – Weight – Age – Class – Best Lift

1 – Kody Burns – 91.65 – 37 – 93 – 143.13
2 – John Stepien – 120.79 – 31 – 120+ – 141.61
3 – Gilbert Goodman – 96.60 – 29 – 105 – 136.55
4 – Lucas Raymond – 92.72 – 30 – 93 – 130.60
5.5 – Anton Kladiev – 99.0 – 27 – 105 – 129.86
5.5 – Ivan Beritashvili – 95.6 – 27 – 105 – 129.86
7 – Jake Sahlaney – 104.81 – 27 – 105 – 129.19
8 – Jouni Mähönen – 101.1 – 37 – 105 – 126.61
9 – Jedd Johnson – 116.48 – – 120 – 126.15
10 – Eric Roussin – 92.96 – 38 – 93 – 125.43
11 – Alexandr Kudashkin – 104.7 – 23 – 105 – 124.86
12.5 – Bob Sundin – 77.13 – 55 – 83 – 124.85
12.5 – Darrin Shallman – 67.60 – 30 – 74 – 124.85
14 – Josh Koenig – 73.96 – 36 – 74 – 124.82
15 – Kupinsky Igor – 138.5 – 33 – 120+ – 121.70
16 – Arto Joronen – 151.9 – 50 – 120+ – 121.62
17 – Alexandr Asinovskiy – 111.4 – 37 – 120 – 117.36
18 – Justin “JT” Straussner – 103.19 – 32 – 105 – 116.72
19 – Juha Lehtimäki – 92.6 – 26 – 93 – 116.64
20 – Vladimir Abrikosov – 81.1 – 28 – 83 – 114.86
21 – Daniel Reinard – 88.90 – 33 – 93 – 111.67
22 – Andrew Pantke – 102.09 – 30 – 105 – 108.76
23 – Petri Rantalainen – 79.7 – 29 – 83 – 107.97
24 – Aldo Alberico – 82.10 – 37 – 83 – 105.00
26 – Alexey Pritula – 106.4 – 25 – 120 – 104.86
26 – David Balayan – 73.1 – 32 – 74 – 104.86
26 – Dmitriy Osipov – 81.8 – 36 – 83 – 104.86
28.5 – Pasi Mehtälä – 118.5 – 42 – 120 – 103.01
28.5 – Petri Partanen – 92.3 – 38 – 93 – 103.01
30 – Andrea Bertozzi – 80.40 – 36 – 83 – 102.50
31 – Michael Rogowski – 83.00 – 29 – 83 – 100.35
32.5 – Andrey Tereniev – 66.0 – 25 – 66 – 99.86
32.5 – Fenne Muhonen – 81.3 – 26 – 83 – 99.86
34 – Skuyler Szigethy – 65.20 – 27 – 66 – 99.83
35 – Adam Thatcher – 102.09 – 40 – 105 – 96.42
36 – Rob McMurren – 119.78 – 42 – 120 – 96.40
37 – Zagoruiko Roman – 92.8 – 30 – 93 – 96.20
38.5 – Jerry Szigethy – 92.90 – 59 – 93 – 95.62
38.5 – Mike Hagios – 119.05 – 33 – 120 – 95.62
40 – Evan Raftopoulos – 70.09 – 31 – 74 – 95.45
41 – Frank Pizzo – 112.98 – 32 – 120 – 95.16
42 – Enrico Polgrossi – 80.70 – 30 – 83 – 95.00
43 – Pavel Trotsko – 108.8 – 25 – 120 – 94.86
44 – Jor-el Koenig – 65.11 – 33 – 66 – 94.03
46 – Marc Turgeon – 145.15 – 45 – 120+ – 93.54
46 – Philippe Tremblay – 73.48 – 20 – 74 – 93.54
46 – Sylvain Desjarlais – 70.76 – 33 – 74 – 93.54
48 – Davide Cimatti – 89.50 – 32 – 93 – 92.50
49 – Chris gallagher – 109.35 – 38 – 120 – 91.58
50 – Allen Heineck – 81.40 – 39 – 83 – 90.95
51 – Jeff Parker – 106.17 – 31 – 120 – 90.78
52 – Pupchenko Ivan – 98.2 – 32 – 105 – 88.90
53 – Daniel Montaleone – 80.10 – 24 – 83 – 88.50
54 – Mathieu Charbonneau – 77.57 – 22 – 83 – 84.09
55 – Simon-Pierre Desjarlais – 73.94 – 30 – 74 – 82.91
56 – Massimigliano Zaganelli – 99.00 – 36 – 105 – 80.00
57 – Ivan Pachenkov – 122.6 – 21 – 120+ – 79.86
58 – Massimo Mattiazzo – 70.70 – 40 – 74 – 77.50
59.5 – Mashkovets Vyacheslav – 106.6 – 40 – 120 – 76.60
59.5 – Zynchenko Mykola – 88.9 – 69 – 93 – 76.60
61 – Rach Thatcher – 82.58 – 39 – Womens – 75.67
62 – Jesse Larocque – 65.32 – 19 – 66 – 72.70
63 – Andrea Gramentieri – 80.70 – 33 – 83 – 71.25
64 – Ricky Bee – 71.49 – 27 – 74 – 70.03
65 – Hugo Turgeon – 62.60 – 14 – 66 – 56.48
66 – Nikita Smolnikov – 50.2 – 15 – 59 – 54.86
67 – Matteo Rossi – 88.20 – 23 – 93 – 52.50
68 – Emily Grigsby – 59.42 – 35 – Womens – 52.39
69 – Maria Bascetta – 69.75 – 32 – Womens – 49.70
70 – Shutka Svetlana – 62.3 – 32 – Womens – 49.20
71 – Andrey Smolnikov – 61.9 – 11 – 66 – 36.11
72.5 – Jussi Wägg – 94.4 – 28 – 105 – 0.00
72.5 – Matti Harju – 106.3 – 35 – 120 – 0.00

I want to send a get well shout-out to Chez, who hurt himself the weekend before the comp, and Jerry, who hurt himself at my comp.

I also want to send a big CONGRATS to a couple of my members at TheGripAuthority.com

First off, Darrin Shallman, who pulled a 2X Bodyweight lift of 300lbs in an extra attempt on the 2″ Vertical Bar, the first person ever to do so, and also congrats to Jake Sahlaney, whocame in 5th place out of the 73 competitors. Any time he’s competing, I know I’ve gotta keep an eye on him. We will see if and when the student overtakes the teacher!

Now, it’s time to train for the annual December contest in Crooksville, Ohio, GRIPMAS.

All the best in your training.

Jedd

International King Kong Grip Challenge 2014

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

King Kong of Grip 2014

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I will be holding a venue for the second annual International King Kong Grip Challenge, taking place on October 25th, 2014. Here are the general details:

Events:

  • One Hand Pinch Deadlift (Euro Device)
  • One Hand Axle Deadlift (Ironmind Apollon’s Axle)
  • Ironmind Hub
  • Ironmind Little Big Horn
  • Extra Event (Wyalusing Only) Silver Bullet Hold

Weight Classes:

  • Men: 59kg / 66kg / 74kg / 83kg / 93kg / 105kg / 120kg / 120+kg
  • Women: Open

Prizes:

  • Medals for the top three finishers in each class
  • Medals for the top lift in each event
  • Award for the overall champion plus the title of “The King Kong of Grip”

Confirmed venues and promoters so far:

  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada – Eric Roussin
  • Detroit, MI – Andrew Pantke
  • Wooster, OH – Brandon Gerber
  • Westchester, NY – Cesare Ricchezza
  • Moscow, Russia – Ivan Beritashvili
  • Finland – Juha Harju
  • Santa Cruz, CA – Clay Edgin
  • Fort Worth, TX – Eric Milfeld
  • Wyalusing, PA – Jedd Johnson
  • Denton, TX – Adam Glass
  • Boston, MA – Michael Sheehan
  • Marthasville, MO – Luke Wicks

Additional venues are popping up all the time, and this could end up being the BIGGEST Mega-Comp of all time.

If you are a promoter who is interested in taking part, please contact Eric Roussin by email at [email protected]

Entry Form: Download Here

How this contest will work:

As in any Grip Contest, the objective is to perform as well as possible on each event. Your best lift on each event will be sent in to the main promoter, Eric Roussin and will be added to the results for all the other events as well. So, you will be going up against lifters taking part in the overall contest in all corners of the United States, Canada, Russia, and Finland. Because there are multiple locations taking part in the same events on the same day, this sort of contest is called a Mega Comp.

You may use only one hand on each event. You may choose to use the Right hand on two events and the Left hand on two events, you can use your dominant hand on all the events, or in any combination you see fit. The only limitation is that once you take an official attempt with one of your hands, you may not change during that event.

All of the events being contest are Rising Bar events. This means that once weight is added to the loading pin, the overall weight is not reduced for later attempts. This means if you start out too high and miss your lift, you can not drop back down, so the best idea is to take a safe lift, to make sure you get on the board. You get four (4) attempts on each event to get your best score possible.

With the One Hand Pinch, the width of the implement is adjustable. Each competitor will be given time to test out the implement to see which width is best for them. Once you choose a width, you must stay with that width. We will begin with the narrowest width being used and then go up from there. The following widths are definitely attainable using the adjustable pinch device: 44mm, 48mm, 52mm, 56mm, 58mm, 64mm. Other widths may be attained as well as needed by lifters.

Individual Event Rules: (video demonstrations to come)

One Hand Pinch Deadlift: The lifter grips the plates in an overhand grip, with the thumb towards them and the fingers away. The lifter lifts the apparatus until the loading pipe touches a cross-bar sitting at 16.5″. The lifter must then return the implement back to the floor under control. 4 attempts

One Hand Axle Deadlift (Ironmind Apollon’s Axle): The lifter can use a straddle lift, where the bar runs between the legs, or a conventional lift, where the bar sits in front of the shins. The lifter must lift the bar off the ground so that the center of the bar and both ends are above the centerline of the knee caps and the legs lock out. Shorts must be worn. 4 attempts

Ironmind Hub: The lifter grips the Hub so that the finger tips of all 4 fingers and thumb contact the flat plate. They must then lift the Hub and loading pin to lockout and wait for a “Good” call from the judge. The lifter must then lower the implement back to the floor under control. 4 attempts

Ironmind Little Big Horn: The lifter grips the Horn and lifts the implement to the lockout position, waiting for a “Good” call from the judge and returns the implement to the floor under control. 4 attempts

In all of these lifts, the off-hand may be braced against the thigh in order to stabilize. The lifting hand, however, may not be assisted by bracing against the body and contact with the body is not permitted in the case of the Hub, Axle, or Horn. With the Pinch, it is very common and expected for the back of the loading pipe to contact the leg and does not disqualify a lift.

Additional Event at Wyalusing location:

Silver Bullet Hold: An optional fifth event will take place following the first four events, the Silver Bullet Hold. Men will crush down a #3 gripper onto an official IronMind Silver Bullet and hold it for time. The official IronMind Disk, weighing 2.5kg will be suspended from the Silver Bullet. Women will use a #1 Gripper.

Technical Demonstrations will be shot and posted here soon.

In the future, short clinics for the 5 events being held in the King Kong contest will be held in Wyalusing. Announcements will be made as they are scheduled.

Napalm Pinch Adjustable Pinch Devices can be order through my store:

  • Napalm Pinch Pro: You receive the outside steel plates and 6mm (2) & 10mm (4) plastic inserts with tabs on the sides for quicker adjustments
  • Napalm Pinch Basic: You will receive the outside steel plates and 1/4″ rubber inserts (9)

Looking forward to seeing you and many others on October 25th, 2014.

Who will be the 2014 King Kong of Grip???

Jedd