Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers

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Charlottesville Lady Arm Wrestlers, or CLAW, is a group of women who hold periodic arm wrestling competitions to raise money for charity. As of June 14, 2012, the organization had raised more than $20,000.[1] Their mission is "to empower all women and strengthen communities through theater, arm wrestling, and philanthropy."[2]


CLAW began in Charlottesville in 2008 and has spawned many sister organizations throughout the United States.[3] Each lady wrestler creates a theatrical persona; some recent Charlottesville wrestler names include The Reverend Blackbush, Homewrecker, and Tragedy Anne. Typical rules are that the best three-out-of-five wins, and local celebrity judges can decide tie breakers.[4]

Many of the events have been staged at the Blue Moon Diner.


  1. Web. Who We've Supported, retrieved January 9, 2012.
  2. Web. About CLAW, retrieved January 9, 2012.
  3. Web. Welcome to the World of Women's Arm Wrestling, Davis, Matt, The Guardian, December 30, 2011, retrieved January 9, 2012.
  4. Web. Answering a call to arms: Ladies wrestle for charity in Charlottesville and more, Coronado, Kris, The Washington Post, February 27, 2010, retrieved January 9, 2012.

External links

CLAW website