How to Win at Thumb Wrestling

Hands meet, fingers tighten, thumbs up, and the challenge is on. Win thumbs down with these moves.

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You Will Need

  • An opponent
  • Determination
  • Concentration

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Get into position

    Extend your hand, make a fist, and open your fingers enough to grasp the fingers of your opponent's same hand.

  2. Use your dominant hand.

  3. Step 2

    Begin the game

    Lay your thumb on top of your closed fist. Then each player taps their thumb on alternating sides of their fists while reciting, "1, 2, 3, 4, we declare a thumb war, 5, 6, 7, 8, try to keep your thumbs straight."

  4. Step 3

    Attack

    Go in for the attack, trying to pin your opponent's thumb under yours.

  5. Step 4

    Watch opponent's moves

    Watch your opponent's moves closely. Learn to predict their moves to avoid being pinned.

  6. Try to be unpredictable with your movements.

  7. Step 5

    Focus

    Focus on your opponent's thumb, and block out everything else. Let nothing distract you.

  8. Step 6

    Go in for the win

    Lunge for your opponent's thumb with yours when you see an opening. If you can pin your opponent's thumb down for five seconds, you win.

  9. Did you know? Twenty-five to 50 percent of two- to four-year-olds suck their thumbs.

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