The Undisputed Best in Catch Wrestling
for Martial Artists!
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Since 2003, Scientific Wrestling has blazed the trail providing martial artists and athletes with the very cream of the crop in wrestling instruction, especially with regards brutal submissions, crushing cradles, painful pins and terminal takedowns (i.e., catch-as- catch-can wrestling).

We are the first catch wrestling organization of its kind and we continue to lead the way in providing the undisputed top-of-the-food-chain coaching, competition and camaraderie for both aspiring and accomplished catch wrestlers from all backgrounds. We live and breathe the entirety of catch wrestling; from its rough & tumble origins and its evolution into modern "freestyle" and "folkstyle", to our own open King of Catch Wrestling tournaments. In our sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling players win via pin or submission (no holds barred), no points, and matches are contested as the best 2 of 3 falls.


Joining Scientific Wrestling Online doesn't just mean learning techniques, tricks and secrets to win grappling and MMA contests; it also means being an integral part of the decade-plus old grassroots movement that has been bringing back LEGITIMATE old school Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling!

We've already unearthed the hard to find resources and organized clinics and seminars to pass along effective techniques from those men that went to the post and have the championship records to prove it. Now, and for less than one cup of coffee a week, your membership to Scientific Wrestling Online gets you instant access to:

An instant 20% discount on all DVDs!
Ask Questions and Share Advice in Our Top-Notch Discussion Groups
Grappling and Conditioning ideas and examples you can use
Fast Loading, High Quality Video Tutorials From the BEST Grapplers On The Planet
We are THRILLED to welcome our new Head Coach Wade Schalles to our team. Just in case you've been living in a cave, Coach Schalles earned the Guinness World Record for Most Pins (530) and Most Wins (821) in all of wrestling. He's had an unparallel- ed career as both athlete and coach and we are proud to say he's been with Scientific Wrestling since our very inception. During his competitive days, Sports Illustrated said of Mr. Schalles, "the most exciting wrestler to ever walk onto a wrestling mat!". Dan Gable has called him "the greatest pinner he's ever seen!". Gable said, "I've never seen anyone so unorthodox who is so good. You never know what Wade will do next."

In the course of his career Wade defeated 36 national champions (pinning an AMAZING 17 of them) as well as defeating 8 World titlists (each total is considered a record)! He's additionally earned a 9th degree black belt in Sambo (this is when he was on the Sambo World Team, when FILA awarded such ranks) and a 4th degree black belt in Judo as well. If you want to win, you want to train with the proven best; Scientific Wrestling. Below are the scores of athletes that have attended our training camps under the vigilant eye of coaching team (note: Level 1 means they've attended their first training camp, Level 2 means they've attended two training camps, Level 3 means they've attended at least three camps. The Asst. Coach designation is earned only after years of deliberate effort and dedication. Each Asst. Coach has been vetted by our coaching team as the only ones we endorse as qualified to help coach the Scientific Wrestling way.

Wade Schalles
Billy Robinson (RIP)
Dick Cardinal
Jake Shannon, Salt Lake City, UT
Sam Kressin, La Jolla, CA
Ricky Lazaro, Sacramento
Alex Cook, United Kingdom
Luis Ojeda, Chula Vista CA
John Potenza, New Jersey
Harry Smith, Florida
Jesse Marez, Inland Empire, CA
Josh Barnett's Attacking the Guard Seminar
Josh Barnett
With this video, Josh tips the balance of power back to the player on top in a grappling match! keep reading

DO IT AGAIN - Lost Training Camp Footage with Billy Robinson
Jake Shannon - March 03, 2015
An exclusive film compilation honoring the memory of Scientific Wrestling's Head Coach of seven years, Billy Robinson. keep reading

Barring Strangles: The Evolution of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling
Jake Shannon - January 28, 2015
Jake Shannon - December 04, 2014
Suffice it to say that without catch wrestling there would be no mixed martial arts. Catch wrestling's influence in the American amateur circuit and its profound effect on the Japanese pro wrestling scene have helped shape the development of MMA into what it is today. And while catch wrestling may have become something of a niche style today, it's still going strong thanks to the likes of Scientific Wrestling's Jake Shannon, and in 2014 has had one of its more noteworthy years of late. In a conversation with, Shannon discussed the influence he sees catch wrestling having in MMA, the year the sport has had and the future of the Scientific Wrestling community. keep reading

Scientific Wrestling's Catch-As-Catch-Can Training Camp UK 2014!
Jake Shannon - October 01, 2014
Very Special Thanks to Everyone Here:/stron keep reading

Western-style submission grappling is not new. Likely originating in Ireland and first recorded and popularized in the Lancashire county of England, catch-as-catch-can wrestling was by far the most popular American sport during the post- Civil War period up until just before World War I. Wrestling events drew crowds larger than boxing, baseball, and basketball combined!

These men knew how to control their opponents, they knew how to take them down, they knew how to pin their opponent and how to make their opponents say "Uncle". Bear in mind they didn't wrestle on cushy pads or mats, they grappled on hard floors and grassy fields (this is the reason they did NOT like being on their backs. Try playing bottom game on the asphalt and you too will see why they hated being in that position) after a hard day working a grueling blue-collar job.

What is Scientific Wrestling?
Scientific Wrestling (aka catch-as-catch-can wrestling) is a distinctly Western style of grappling and where the terms of the contest were agreed upon by both parties but in general a winner is determined by pin OR submission. No points, no politics, and most matches are held for the best 2 of 3. A true spectacular martial art, Scientific Wrestling is being rediscovered largely due to it's merits as a:

Exciting Spectator Sport
Means to Exceptional Fitness & Sportsmanship
A Gateway to Western Combatives History and Traditions
A Brutally Effective Form of Self-Defense

As a result, Scientific Wrestling is sometimes referred to as the "Great Granddaddy" of Ultimate Fighting, Professional Wrestling, and Olympic Freestyle Wrestling. In fact, the term "No-Holds-Barred" was specifically coined to describe early 20th century American Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling matches and Olympic Freestyle was originally called "amateur catch-as-catch-can".

Influence Upon Folkstyle & Olympics Freestyle Wrestling
Just as Jigoro Kano removed the dangerous maneuvers from jiu-jitsu to create the safer sport of Judo, so were the more dangerous holds and submissions of Catch removed to allow people to safely participate in wrestling. Hence "Amateur" or freestyle wrestling was born.

Influence Upon Pro-wrestling
The legitimate contests became "worked" or fixed when greedy promoters decided that scripted matches with predetermined outcomes were more profitable than the legitimate Catch-As-Catch-Can contests. Outraged journalist learned of the fixed fights and this betrayal of the public's trust sadly spelled the end of authentic scientific wrestling in America. Unfortunately, it still attracts unsavory and opportunistic individuals today (many of whom never even entered an amateur submission grappling tournament!), so "caveat emptor" applies when looking for instruction. However, the rules you see on today's televised "Sports Entertainment" still reflect the old Catch-As-Catch-Can rules where a pin or submission win the contest.

Influence Upon Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):
The first modern match between a striker and a grappler happened in 1887 between heavyweight boxing champion of the world John L. Sullivan and Greco-Roman wrestling champion William Muldoon. Sullivan was slammed to the mat in two minutes.

The next big mixed match took place in the late 1890s when boxer Bob Fitzsimmons challenged European wrestling champ Ernest Roeber.

Roeber took Fitzsimmons to the mat and applied an arm lock, making Fitzsimmons quit. In 1936, heavyweight boxer Kingfish Levinsky challenged professional wrestler Ray Steele in a mixed match that saw Steele win in just 35 seconds.