About

Victor Torres is an internationally acclaimed author. His book,  Armed For Battle and Destined For Glory, was a Finalist in the 2012 Global E-Book Awards for “Best Autobiography” and “Best Christian E-Book of the Year.”   His 2nd book, Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear, was also a Finalist in the 2014 Global E-Book Awards for “Best Christian E-Book of the Year” and “Best Religion/Faith Non-Fiction Book of the Year.”

Victor has been a School Counselor for 25 years. He has helped many students and families work through issues such as bullying, abuse, molestation, alcohol and drug abuse, codependency, depression, anger, suicidal tendencies, death, divorce and betrayal. Victor has a heart for helping hurting children and adults who have a desire to experience personal growth.

He provides hope to the hopeless and encourages those oppressed by overwhelming hardship and devastating loss. You’ll be encouraged by his amazing insights and life-changing principles and find that he writes with conviction, purpose and passion. He will challenge you to develop a healthy mindset, develop positive coping skills, and encourage you to relentlessly pursue and secure your emotional healing because it rightfully belongs to you!

His accolades include:

17  NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Covington Who’s Who Executive of the Year for Demonstrating Leadership and Achievement in His Profession as an Author & Motivational Speaker (2014).

Global E-Book Award Finalist for Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear E-Book:  Bronze Medal Winner for Best Christian E-Book of the Year (2014).

Global E-Book Award Finalist for Perfect Love Casts Out All Fear E-Book:  Bronze Medal Winner for “Best Religion/Faith Non-Fiction Book of the Year.”

Covington Who’s Who Professional and Executive of the Year for Excellence as a Counselor, Author & Motivational Speaker (2013)

Covington Who’s Who for Excellence as a Counselor, Author & Motivational Speaker, Honored and Featured Member, ( 2013, 2012)

Global E-Book Award Finalist for Armed For Battle and Destined for Glory E-Book: Silver Medal Winner for “Best Christian E-Book of the Year,” (2012)

Global E-Book Award Finalist for Armed For Battle and Destined for Glory E-Book: Silver Medal Winner for “Best Autobiography of the Year,” (2012)

Worldwide Who’s Who for Outstanding Achievement, Honor and Recognition as a Counseling Professional (2013)

Metropolitan Who’s Certificate of Recognition for Demonstrating Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in the Counseling Profession (2006)

Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Certificate of Merit for Excellence as a Distinguished Educator (1996, 2004-2005)

Strathmore’s Who’s Who Certificate of Awards for Demonstrating Leadership and Achievement in the Counseling Profession (2012, 2000-2001)

Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals Certificate of Merit for Significant Accomplishment and Leadership in the Field of Counseling (1988, 1992-1993)

National Distinguished Service Registry Certificate of Award for Dedication, Performance and Distinguished Service in the Counseling Profession (January 1990).

EDUCATION

Master of Science Degree in School Counseling                                                      May 1987

California State University, Sacramento

Master of Science Degree in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling                   May 1987

California State University, Sacramento

Pupil Personnel Services Credential                                                                             July 1987

California State University, Sacramento

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work                                                                       Jan 1981

California State University, Sacramento

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Spanish                                                                              Jan 1981

California State University, Sacramento

California Community College Counselor Credential                                              Dec 1989

Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento

California Community College Instructor Credential in Psychology                   Dec 1989

Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento

California Community College Counseling Supervisor Credential                       May 1990

Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento

Certificate of Completion for Faculty Diversity Internship Program                   May 2012

Los Rios Community College District, Sacramento

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Serve as a Youth Group Leader at Thrive Church Assembly of God for Pastor Derrick Olson, August 2014-Present, Elk Grove, California.

Served as a Prayer Altar Worker at Thrive Church Assembly of God for Pastor Hector Gutierrez, Jr., 2010-2012, Elk Grove, California.

Served as an Interpreter for Laguna Christian Center for Pastor Hector Gutierrez Jr. and various speakers, June 2004, Elk Grove, California.

Served as a Commander for Royal Rangers (similar to Boy Scouts) for Outpost #244, Buckaroos Group, May 31st, 2001, Harvest Church, Elk Grove, California.

Served for the Single’s Alive Leadership Team at Capital Christian Center Church from January 1989-January 1990, Sacramento, California.

Served as an Interpreter for a Missions Trip to Mexico for Youth Pastor Donnie Burleson, Capital Christian Center Church, 1990, Sacramento, California.

Served as an Interpreter for a Missions Trip to Quito, Ecuador for Pastor Rich Guerra, Capital Christian Center Church, August 1989, Sacramento, California.

Served as an Usher at Faith Center Church for Pastor John Schaub, 1982-1987, Carmichael, California.

ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS

26-Time World Arm Wrestling Champion (within a span of 14 years—1997-2010

11-time United States National Arm Wrestling Champion in three different weight classes (154, 165 & 176 lbs.)

27-time California State Arm Wrestling Champion (16 years in a row from 1994-2010)

Winner of 132 Arm Wrestling Titles (63 right-handed and 69 titles left-handed) in 21 years (1993-2013)

World Arm Wrestling Champion for three consecutive decades (1997-2010)

Won World Arm Wrestling Championships right and/or left-handed in four different weight classes, right or left-handed (143, 154,165 & 176 lbs.)

World Champion five years in a row concurrently through the World Wrist Wrestling/Arm Wrestling Association & the World Amateur Arm Wrestling Association (2001-2005)

World Arm Wrestling Champion four years in a row from 2007-2010 through the World Amateur Arm Wrestling Association

Won first World Arm Wrestling Championship at age 40

Won two World Championships (right and left-handed) at age 50

Winner of at least one arm wrestling title for 21 consecutive years & 3 consecutive decades (1993-2014)

19-Time Napa County Arm Wrestling Champion

10-Time Northern California Arm Wrestling Champion

8-Time Central State California Arm Wrestling Champion

8-Time Solano County Arm Wrestling Champion

7-Time Contra Costa County Arm Wrestling Champion

5-Time Nevada County Arm Wrestling Champion

4-Time Tournament of Champions Arm Wrestling Champion

3-Time Weaverville Arm Wrestling Champion

2-Time Tres Pinos Arm Wrestling Champion

2-Time Silver State Arm Wrestling Champion

LOCAL & INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Featured in 33 newspapers, magazines, podcasts, television and youtube videos covering my arm wrestling career and other life experiences, which include the following:

  • Stockton Record Newspaper, July 20, 2014, C4, Sports Section, article written by Scott Niendorf entitled “Holding on Tight for Titles,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Elk Grove Citizen Newspaper, October 11, 2013, No. 72, article written by Raina LaGarreta entitled “World Arm Wrestling Champ Tells How He Overcame Bullying in New Book,” Elk Grove, CA.

 

  • Youtube video byThugExposed.org, February 25, 2012, video done by professional videographer, Rayford Johnson, “The Victor Torres Story—26-Time Arm Wrestling Champion—How He Overcame Bullying as a Kid,” Elk Grove, California.

 

  • Youtube video by ThugExposed.org, November 19, 2012, video done by professional videographer, Rayford Johnson, “From Victim to Victor:  The Victor Torres Story,” Elk Grove, California.

 

  • Youtube video by ThugExposed.org, December 29, 2012, video done by professional videographer, Rayford Johnson, “Overcoming Bullying—Interview With 26-Time World Arm Wrestling Champion Who Was Bullied A Child,” Elk Grove, California.

 

  • Youtbe video by Thug Exposed.org, March 31, 2011, video done by professional videographer, Rayford Johnson, “Pro Arm-Wrestling Tips by a 26-Time World Champion, Armed4Battle.com,” Elk Grove, California

 

  • Podcast interview with my daughter, Rachel Torres, April 16thth, 2009, “Victim to Victor: The Victor Torres Story/21-Time World Arm Wrestling Champion,” by host and author, Rayford Johnson, ThugExposed.org, Sacramento, California.

 

  • Lodi-News Sentinel, May 13th, 2008 article written by Amanda Dyer entitled, “Morada Middle Counselor teaches confidence through arm wrestling,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Stockton Record Newspaper, December 11th, 2006 article written by Jennifer Torres entitled, “It Takes A Little Muscle,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Amos Alonzo Stagg High School Stagg Line Newspaper, December 1st 2006 article written by Sara Gloria entitled “Over the Top,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Armsport Magazine, January 2004, “Featured Arm Wrestler:  Victor Torres,” article written by Victor Torres, Billings, Montana.

 

  • Perspectives Newspaper Group, Inc., December 2003, Vol. 12, No. 2, article written by Traci Carr-Johnson entitled “Victor Torres, A Christian, Counselor, and Arm Wrestler,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Napa Valley Register Newspaper, August 12th, 2002 article written by Elise Proux, entitled “A Farewell To Arms,” Napa, CA.

 

  • I was featured on Channel 26 SJTV Sports Talk Show with Host Erik Alves:  a 20-minute television segment was done highlighting my arm wrestling career: November 7th, 2002, Stockton, California.

 

  • Argus-Courier Newspaper, October 17th, 2001 article written by Richard Dunbar entitled “”Iron Man Dominates Wrist Wrestling Field,” Petaluma, CA.

 

  • Pentecostal Evangel Magazine, March 12th, 2000 article written by Kirk Noonan entitled “A/G Man Holds World Arm Wrestling Title,” Springfield, Illinois.

 

  • Stockton Record Newspaper, June 2nd, 1999 article by Craig Sanders entitled “Show of Hands,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Elk Grove Citizen Newspaper, August 23rd, 1999 article written by Nan Mahon entitled “Winning Hands Down,” Elk Grove, CA.

 

  • Argus-Courier Newspaper, October 9th, 1999 article written by Bill Soberanes entitled “World Championship Wrist Wrestling,” Petaluma, CA.

 

  • Elk Grove Citizen Newspaper, January 7th, 1998 article written by Nan Mahon entitled “Strong Arm Tactics,” Elk Grove, CA.

 

  • Contra Costa Times Newspaper, August 2nd, 1998 article written by Mary Flaherty entitled “Women, Men Take To Arms At Fair,” Antioch, CA.

 

  • Stockton Record Newspaper, October 1st, 1998 article written by Dogen Hannah entitled “Teaching Respect One Arm At A Time,” Stockton, CA.

 

  • Argus-Courier Newspaper, October 14th, 1997 article written by Richard Hodge entitled “Wrist Competition Has Foreign Flavor,” Petaluma, CA.

 

  • The Weekly Calistogan Newspaper, July 11th, 1996 article written by Pat Hampton entitled “Calistogans Strong-Arm Way to Championship Titles in Arm Wrestling,” Calistoga, CA.

 

  • The Weekly Calistogan Newspaper, July 6th, 1995 article written by Pat Hampton entitled “Calistoga Wrestlers Answer Call to Arms,” Calistoga, CA.

 

  • The Grass Valley Union Newspaper, August 1994 article written by Bill Kearns entitled “Muscles,” Grass Valley-Nevada City, CA.

 

  • The Grass Valley Union Newspaper, August 16th, 1993 article written by Steve Box entitled “Spirited Battles Highlight Arm Wrestling Tournament,” Grass Valley-Nevada City, CA.

 

  • Vacaville Reporter Newspaper, May 27th 1991 article written by Mark Foyer entitled “Mundy’s Wrist Wrestling Upset One of Many in Annual Games,” Vacaville, CA.

 

  • `The Grass Valley Union Newspaper, August 12th, 1991 article written by Andy Wilcox entitled “Inspired Burch Defends Arm Wrestling Title,” Grass Valley-Nevada City, CA.

 

  • Vacaville Reporter Newspaper, May 1990 article written by Ron Jackson entitled “Wrist Wrestlers Get A Grip On Drama,” Vacaville, CA.

 

  • Capital Christian Center Single Life Newsletter, June 1989, Vol.2, No. 6, article written by Leslie McClanahan entitled “Victor Torres, A Man With A Dream,” Sacramento, CA.

 

  • Capital Courier Newspaper, Capital Christian High School, March 15th, 1989, Vol. 1, No. 5, article written by Kim Latta entitled “Taking School Seriously Pays Off!” Sacramento, CA.

 

  • The Mustang Messenger, Galt Middle School, October 28th, 1988, Edition 88-89-1, article written by Rick Spaans entitled “Galt Salutes New Counselor:  Victor Torres,” Galt, CA.

 

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