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The Undisputed Best in Catch Wrestling
for Martial Artists!
rev•o•lu•tion: the procedure or course, as if in a circuit, back
to a starting point.

Since 2003, Scientific Wrestling 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!

Now if you are interested in Grappling or Wrestling and been game enough to give it a try, then you've probably been "tapped" or maybe even pinned before. Sure it's embarrassing, and it has happened to all of us at some point or another, but why did your opponent win?

It is safe to assume that it was simply because your opponent had access to better coaches, better techniques, better conditioning methods or worse, all of the above! Sometimes the margin between winning and losing is razor thin and access to the right information makes the difference that can make all the difference in the world.

We've already unearthed many hard to find resources and organized clinics and seminars to pass along esoteric 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
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
For those new to our sport, a href=" . . . keep reading CATCH WRESTLING EXPERT JAKE SHANNON WEIGHS IN ON THE SPORT'S CROSSOVER INTO MMA
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

Ted Pelc - December 07, 2009
If most BUSHIDO fans were asked the question, "In what country do you think BUSHIDO was the most popular?" I imagine most would say Japan. For many years we were far and away the most popular in ring event. The second incarnation of the U.W.F. sold out the 50,000 capacity Tokyo Dome in hours! Some might guess England. We got top ratings on Sky Sports even beating English Football. It was the number one series in the ratings. Well, they'd be wrong. Far and away BUSHIDO enjoyed it's greatest popularity in Israel! . . . 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.

Two Things I Am Very Proud Of: My Daughter and my Best-Selling Book "SAY UNCLE!"

What is Scientific Wrestling?
Scientific Wrestling (aka catch-as-catch-can wrestling) is a distinctly American and Western European 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.

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“Jake Shannon has single handedly resurrected one of the world’s lost arts of grappling through his crusade. I can’t think of anyone more enthusiastic about Catch as Catch Can Wrestling than Jake. He has breathed new life into one of the toughest styles of grappling in the world. I am thoroughly impressed by his knowledge and more than that his ability to have personally befriended CACC greats like Karl Gotch, Billy Robinson and others and how he has brought them back into the limelight so that their legacies could be shared with this generation. That took a lot of dedication and a lot of selfless effort on his part. Jake has truly brought back lost techniques and lost heroes. It is a great honor to have learned from Jake and to call him friend.” - Brandon Ruiz, FILA Grappling World Champion, NAGA Grappling World Champion, 2X Pancrase World Champion, Greco Roman Wrestling Pan Am Silver Medalist, 8 x Greco Roman & Freestyle Wrestling All-American, 2nd Degree Black Belt Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Ruiz Combat Grappling

"Honest, Hardworking, Strong Character, Creative, & Energetic... Wow. Jake you're on a roll with this certification! I support you wholeheartedly my friend." - Mark Schultz, Olympic Gold Medal-winning wrestler, successful UFC competitor, 2x Freestyle Wrestling World Champion, and 3x NCAA Wrestling Champion.

"[Scientific Wrestling is] the most legitimate, honest website and conglomerate of people that are true fans of catch wrestling that have the right spirit for it. It's not trying be something different or trying sell something. It's trying to honor the memory and trying to keep the history alive and that is really important to me." - Neil Melanson, Head Grappling Coach for UFC legend Randy Couture and Xtreme Couture Las Vegas

"Jake Shannon and his Scientific Wrestling program has allowed me to train with the best in the world. After visiting coach Shannon and training catch as catch can for the first time in 2007, I quickly realized that I needed to learn a style that didn't take away from my collegiate wrestling and judo experience. Instead, catch allowed me to learn submissions from positions that I was already used to. I couldn't be more grateful to Jake for putting me in that crooked neck scissors a few years ago and opening my eyes to painful techniques that really work. Nothing flashy, no politics, just catch as catch can!" - Luis Ojeda, 2X King of Catch Wrestling Heavyweight Champ, Current NACWA Heavyweight Champion, Scientific Wrestling Assistant Coach (under Billy Robinson)


"Catch somehow ignited a fire in me that those samurai esq styles could not. I have a renewed interest in all things Western! From various Wrestling styles, sword & pole-arm combat, hand to hand combat & most importantly: History & Autodidacticism. It all started with exposure to Thank you for filtering out the nonsense so those who seek the truth about Catch Wrestling can do so." - Michael Guzman

" is an excellent web resource, offering a large number of high quality videos... The information is top notch, especially for submission wrestling. I got a particularly good compression armlock from the welcome page alone" - Review from Fighters Review

"When I first sat down and watched Yoshiaki Fujiwara's Submission Master DVD I was blown away by it. I honestly love this DVD... Outside of the actual techniques there are some fantastic conditioning segments that present all of the latest and greatest methods for getting in shape. This is almost exactly the same stuff you've already spent your hard earned money on so that you could get the newest fitness innovations . . . except it was originally recorded before UFC 1!" - Review from

"Dear Jake, What you have put together is wonderful! Very insightful. You will run a great clinic and be a success. I have never seen anything like this." - Frankie Cain (aka The Great Mephisto), Carnival Wrestler and Boxer and Wild Bull Rider

"A tremendous, spectacular text filled with fascinating material!! ...Strangler Lewis, Earl Liederman, the notes on gouging, I'm only 1/3 of the way, I've found interesting thoughts and memorabilia on each page! Thanks for this treasure & congratulations!" - Dick Cardinal, former carnival wrestler and Catch As Catch Can Wrestling Legend

"This is a very nice and impressive book, and, as the author of 16 books myself, I know how much work goes into such a project. The book will be placed in our library here at the museum, so that others can have access to it." -Mike Chapman, Executive Director of the International Wrestling Institute and Museum

"The Sport of Catch Wrestling is a unique combination of historical information, a pictorial of authentic catch wrestling techniques, and a practical workbook. Jake is to be commended for his efforts to both preseve and spread catch-as-catch-can wrestling." - Mark S. Hewitt, author of Catch Wrestling: A Wild and Wooly Look at the Early Days of Pro Wrestling in America

"Jake is Southern California's true master of catch wrestling. Merely shaking hands with this gentleman can bring about an infinity of pain!" - Bob Calhoun, co-author of The Godfather of Grappling and author of BEER, BLOOD & CORNMEAL!

"Billy Robinson is like no one I've ever trained under. He is a true master. Jake Shannon and his are the real deal." - Tony Altermatt, Former Texas Peace Officer, JKD instructor, Former MN State Karate Champion

"Jake, you are a visionary in the world of wrestling. It amazes me how good your stuff is (which I am still studying), thank you!" - Master Sidartha Lonngi, 6º Dan

"I thank you for the education you have given me in western martial arts. It has been an eye opener and it was worth every penny. Many thanks," - Stephen Hore-Lacy
Victoria, Australia

"Got your books today - currently going for my Master's and just finished a cognitive development paper on religion and gotta say, I'm pretty damn impressed you have Paul Bloom as a reference in the Certification manual!!! Did not see that coming!! Great stuff, have you set a date yet for the next certification? Take care," - Ali O.

"My son was able to use 1 of the techniques from the Schalles DVD in his first tourney today!!!
As he got the chicken wing and he jumped over I was thinking 'Oh Sh$t !!! he's gonna use that technique we watched last nite!' Needless to say he got the pin. Thanks!" - Bobby Delos Santos

"I just got the Complete Catch Wrestler package today. Whoa! It's a lot of information and I'm not sure where to begin. I wasn't expecting as much stuff as I received in this package. I feel very good about my order now. Thanks!" - Rob Tewis

"I have purchased all of the gracie, saulo riberio, mario sperry, and bas rutten tapes, what I have seen from Scientific Wrestling truly is the best Real grappling instructionals on the net!" - Jason Bray

"I received Volume 1 today. I must say that it is well done. It is incredibly informative and well conceived. - Paul Britt

"Hello! I just wanted to let you all know that the DVDs have arrived today. I have had my first look into them and they are in excellent conditions, and it's excellent material, Thank you very much!!! Best wishes from Berlin, Germany" - L. E. Schwarz

"The Scientific Wrestling news is one of the highest quality informative reads that I have found... And thanks again for the integrity to stand up for what is right!" - Ben Benito

"Your site is the best... I'm glad there's someone out there keeping real grappling alive and well. I'm also glad you hooked up with one of my favorites, Karl Gotch..." - Mike Brown

"Thanks Jake, and I'll try to keep up with whatever project you come out with next! Your credibility is definitely SOLID; You're a stand-up guy." - Donald Pillow

"Thanks for doing great work, and thanks for reminding me the type of fighter I want to be. I'm am a big fan of pro wrestling and I forgot all about the shooters. BJJ is great, but at heart I want to be a catch wrestler." - Scott Buendia, President of Urban Warrior Incorporated
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"Your website is a Beacon in the fog out there for Wrestlers/Grapplers &Submission Stylists." - David Tamura