From the beginning, Scientific Wrestling's mission has been to ignite a revolution in grappling based on the pursuit of traditional Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling and training, competition and camaraderie.
Our people practice under the rules of Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling in our tournaments and in our clubs; players win via pin or submission, no points, where actual matches are contested as the best 2 of 3 falls. We know that this can be done almost anywhere. We've proven that the beach, the backyard, the garage, and the warehouse are as good places as any for creating dominant and competitive Scientific Wrestlers.
Since 2003, the Scientific Wrestling grassroots movement has provided an alternative and compliment to the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu grappling establishment. Our people are legitimate Scientific Wrestling practitioners united around competition, innovation, grueling physical conditioning and the sharing of reliable resources all underneath the Scientific Wrestling banner.
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Scientific Wrestling Certification Reviews:
Just returned home from the audit. I can't believe how much stuff we covered this weekend! Billy really is a great coach and
person. And you were a great asst coach ;-)
I wrestled at West Point and started at 190 lbs my first 3 yrs. Placed 5th and 6th in the eastern regionals (EIWA- Divison I).
While I was in the Army I wrestled for the All-Army Wrestling Team and placed 2nd in the University Nationals '93 (greco- 220 lbs) and then placed 7th in the Senior Nationals '94 (Greco Roman All American- 220 lbs). Also placed 6th in the World Team Trials, Dec '95 (greco - 220).
...The way he broke down every move in minute detail was amazing. Thanks again for putting this together. I appreciate all your hard work. I look forward to attending the next audit.
- Alex Porcelli
"Jake, I just want to say thank you for your great class. Billy was amazing. He pointed out things that have never been brought to my attention. It was easy to understand and implement the adjustments into my style. What I enjoyed most, were the submissions and how they fit into my wrestling.
In my first grappling tournament, I followed the class instruction and used the double wrist lock that Billy taught to submit my opponent in my first championship match. Then, in my third place match, I used the cradle ankle crank. Both times, my opponents did not see these moves coming, and they both fit right into my natural style. I'm excited to master the other submissions taught.
"It was incredible, I really enjoyed myself. I learned a ton of new things. Catch-As-Catch-Can is a really full system and working with a master like Billy Robinson was incredible. I feel really privileged to have been a part of this program." -Jacques Abellira Former Marine Hawai'i State Super-middleweight Kickboxing Champion Chief Firearms and Defensive Tactics Instructor, City and County of Honolulu Blackbelt in Kodokan Judo, Kyokushinkai-kan Karate, and Valencia LAMECO Eskrima Instructor ranking in Krav Maga (Law Enforcement, Series I), US Navy Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor
"Thank you so much for the training all weekend. It was awesome, amazing, and it was like I got to experience training along with a history lesson. So cool!" -Jesse Kristofferson King of Catch Wrestling Western Qualifier Middleweight Champion Student Instructor, USA Shooto Association
"I'm freaking sore in every muscle of my body after the Scientific Wrestling Audit this weekend! Thanks for putting it together!!! I learned a ton of usable stuff I've never seen before." -John "Kid Justice" Fabbricatore
Toughman Boxing Champion (10-2)
Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Certified Federal Physical Fitness Coordinator
Certified Federal Defensive Tactics Instructor
Former Federal Law Enforcement Academy Instructor
"It was damn hard -- almost a right of passage! The two days of training was hard as hell, nonstop (except for some water breaks) and packed full of info. I came away feeling like all the things I learned up to that point had finally started to jell. It was a true immersion into the material. I recommend training for and participating in the audit for any serious grappler. I often find myself thinking 'why didn't I learn this years ago?'"
International Guild of Danse de Rue Savate
"Thank you very much for the great weekend, I learned a lot of things and I really had a fun time with all you guys, I hope to be able to come back soon!!!
You guys have really made me fall in love with catch-as-catch-can, and I can't wait to learn more and keep on learning!
Thank you and all the other guys for making it such a wonderful experience for me,
-Mike Raho Vicenza, Italy
"Thank you so much for letting me be a part of history. It is an honor to be a part of the rich history of Scientific Wrestling. Having Dick Cardinal there was like capturing a piece of American history and meeting a legend all at the same time. What I loved about the audit is that you really have to know how to wrestle. There were no gimmicks, no tricks, no crazy moves that would never work. It was good, old fashioned, applicable wrestling. The submissions were fantastic. They all flow naturally off of technical wrestling and are easy to set up. Your diligence and respect of the past is amazing. You have created something special with Scientific Wrestling and I am proud to be a small part of it." -Jesse Marez
Wrestling Coach, MLK High School
Black Belt Champion's Martial Arts
Certified Head Coach Western Combat Arts
"That was the greatest class I've ever had. Billy is awesome. His attention to detail is fantastic. I'm completely overwhelmed. I trained with top BJJ black belts for years and never had a class this good. Now, they are geniuses on the mat, but, many times the teaching skills are lacking.
I actually had a problem teaching last night because I had so much information swimming in my head! -Glenn Chang Torrence, California
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Rashid Abdul-Salaam, Florida
Jacques Abellira, Hawaii
Martin "Oz" Austwick, Surrey UK
Michael Bann, Salem OR
Shayna Baszler, South Dakota
Billy Burns, North Carolina
David Brown, Seattle
Cliff Byerly, San Antonio, TX
Matt Cavilee, Salem, OR
Glenn Chang, Southern California
Moushaid Choudhury, Michigan
Doug Cota, New York
Chris Cruz, Texas
Barry Danielian, New Jersey
Thomas Doty, Colorado
John Fabbricatore, Colorado
AJ Fales: North Carolina
Amel Figueroa, New Jersey
Gary Fitzpatrick, Las Vegas
Chris Foran, London UK
Todd Franks, Illinois
Jack Gallagher, Manchester, UK
J. Grooms, Kentucky
Rob Hannis, Leicester UK
Victor Henry, Orange County, CA
Ryan Jeschke, California
Brandon Johnson, North Carolina
Brian Johnson, North Carolina
Stefan Johnson, Doncaster UK
Dan Kanagie, Pennsylvania
Tanwir Kazimi, Hertfordshire UK
Michael Keys, Sheffield UK
Ibrar Khan, Wakefield UK
Jesse Kristofferson, California
Jody Kristofferson, California
Nathan Leverton, Leicester UK
Alan Livelsberger, Pennsylvania
Bobby Luffman, Tennessee
Matt Lumsden, Australia
Luke Mannion, Dorset UK
Kolbjorn Martens, Thailand
Scott Matthews, Liverpool UK
Dewayne McCue, Fresno CA
Tim Moura, Sacramento, CA
Brian Moody, Visalia CA
Ana Murcia, California
John Napier, Michigan
Philip O'Connor, Liverpool UK
Victor Parlati, Virginia Beach
Matt Porath, Florida
Don Powers, Orangeville, IL
Harold Reddick, Philadelphia, Pa
Manny Reyes, Sr., Chicago
Griffen Reynaud, Utah
Jose Rodrigues, IL
Bryan Roig, AZ
Ivan Rolls, Liverpool UK
Joshua Ryer, Pennsylvania
Colleen Schneider, Los Angeles CA
Duran Sheets, Kentucky
Sam Sheets, Kentucky
Laura Shipley, Liverpool UK
Robert C. Tessier, San Diego
Cary Tope-McKay, Malibu
Burlay Toukam, Michigan
Chris Winget, TN
Ryo Yagashita, Auckland NZ
LEVEL 2 Scientific Wrestlers
Tony Altermatt, Minnesota
Glenn Boodry, Idaho
Andy Crittenden, Doncaster UK
Eric David, Kentucky
Padriac Gavin, Illinois
Jeramy Hunt-Loveless, Utah
Shawn King, San Diego
Brandon Kiser, Utah
Kirill Kocheshkov, Utah
Robert Le Dentu, Maryland
John C.S. Lehman, New York
Michael Long, California
Edward Makarus, Alberta, CA
Dana McLorn, Oxnard, CA
Florian Neuber, Ludwigshafen DE
Jason Phillips, Texas
Jez Ritchie, Northumberland UK
Ian Sirois, Boston
Timo Seel, Ludwigshafen DE
Joe Shay, Ohio
Tom Sullivan, New York
Brian Yamasaki, Utah
Qin Yunquan, Singapore
LEVEL 3 Scientific Wrestlers
Joel Bane, New Jersey
Garry Davis, New Jersey
Mickey Hall, New Jersey
Monty Hendrix, North Carolina
Brandon McCleese, Kentucky
Alex Porcelli, New York
Mike Raho, Italy
Raul Ramirez, Los Angeles
Gillian Silver, New Jersey
Jake Shannon, Salt Lake, UT
Sam Kressin, La Jolla, CA
Ricky Lazaro, Sacramento
Jesse Marez, Inland Empire, CA
John Potenza, New Jersey
Harry Smith, Florida
Alex Cook, United Kingdom
Luis Ojeda, Chula Vista CA
Members of ScientificWrestling.com cut through the internet clutter and access the TOP-OF-THE-FOOD-CHAIN accumulated wisdom of the world's most successful and proven grapplers, including:
Billy Robinson - Legendary Wigan-trained catch-as-catch-can expert credited with teaching Sakuraba submissions. British National Wrestling Champion in 1957, and in 1958 was European Open Wrestling Champion in the light heavyweight class, beating an Olympic bronze medal winner in the finals.
Wade Schalles - Also known as "The King of The Pinners", Wade holds the record for the most pins over World Champions, the most pins over National Champions, the most pins over NCAA Champions, and being wrestling's all-time leader in victories with 821, and in falls with 530. Wade also holds a 9th degree blackbelt in the combat sport of Sambo.
Yoshiaki Fujiwara - Karl Gotch's best student, reknowned Submission Grappling Master and teacher of MMA Founding Fathers Suzuki, Funaki, and K. Shamrock (among many others).
Karl Gotch (RIP) - Also known as "The God of Wrestling" in Japan, feared American submission grappler and professional wrestler, 7-time Belgium Greco-Roman, 7-time Freestyle Champion, and Olympian.
Erik Paulson - Shooto Lockflow expert and the first foreigner to take the Shooto Light Heavyweight Championship belt from Japan, a Machado Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt, and trainer/coach whose expertise has been sought out by such excellent MMA athletes as Ken Shamrock, Sean Sherk, Brock Lesnar, and Josh Barnett.
Josh Barnett - Youngest UFC heavyweight champion, King of Pancrase, and top-of-the-food-chain MMA competitor.
Dick Cardinal - Feared Athletic Show carnival wrestler.
Mark Fleming - Lou Thesz's only true protege; a high school wrestling champion, and veteran of 19 tours in Japan with shootfighting and pro-wrestling organizations like the UWFi and NJPW.
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Joining Scientific Wrestling Online doesn't just mean learning techniques, tricks and secrets to win grappling and MMA contest; it also means being an integral part of the grassroots movement to bring 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, but to be honest it has happened to all of us at one point or another, but why did your opponent catch you?
It is safe to assume that it was simply because your opponent had access to better techniques, better conditioning methods or worse, both! Access to the right information is the difference that can make all the difference in the world.
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Takada with Lou Thesz, Danny Hodge, and Billy Robinson
We're here to show you that real, tough, submission wrestling is back and we're here to bring back credibility and respect back to the world of professional wrestling.
There are too many styles in the world of pro-wrestling today and we feel that is responsible for the bad reputation that wrestling is sometimes associated with. In particular we are talking about the "loud-mouthed", popular style that puts a premium on appearance and useless muscles, silly costumes, and trademark "cartoon" characters but very little premium on competitive wrestling, character, or proven skill.
In our opinion, that kind of show only encourages body abuse and sends the wrong sort of message to audiences, especially younger ones. Our message is to get into the gym; get on the mat, learn from your elders and betters, respect your opponents, and do your best.
We believe in discipline, strength, spirit, technique and ability. We don't promote anyone for any commercial reason or allow anyone to advance except by virtue of their guts and ability. This is the way it used to be and for us, this is the way it should be.
We've fought all types of people; boxers, kickboxers, wrestlers, martial artists. We've done it show to all how effective our style is. Now we're here to bring real professional wrestling back to the America!
You may not know this but LONG before Ultimate Fighting Championships and before the Pride Fighting Championships, the UWFi was THE original fighting organization to definitively answer the question;
"What REALLY happens when you mix martial arts styles in competition?! Who will come out on top of everyone else?"
In the early 1980's a group of wrestlers electrified the Japanese pro-wrestling scene. At the height of their popularity they quit pro-wrestling and joined a new promotion called the U.W.F. Their style was called "SHOOTING" (and old wrestling term for when you mean to really do someone in).
Combining elements of kickboxing, Sambo, jiu-jitsu, and catch-as-catch-can wrestling into a new exciting, dangerous and deadly sport, they took the science of wrestling to new heights. The addition of kicks and hitting created the toughest combat style ever seen.
Some of the members found the fighting too physically grueling and injury causing. They retired from the ring or they went back to the pro-wrestling circuit. The remaining fighters regrouped and quickly rose to great popularity. At their peak they were able to sell out the 50,000+ seat Tokyo Dome in three hours (a feat the UFC hasn't even come close to). People lined up the day before and slept in the streets to see them.
Former wrestling greats and real fighters came to Japan and passed their style of wrestling to the eager, young fighters. Men like Karl Gotch and Lou Thesz trained them in real submission wrestling. They also employed legendary shooter Billy Robinson (the U.W.F. Snake Pit Japan) as a trainer in their gym, and occasionally even the legendary Danny Hodge as well. Our shoot-style wrestling promotion features All-Star wrestling and martial art legends like:
Bad News Allen
...with the likes of Lou Thesz (acting commissioner of UWF), Billy Robinson, and Danny Hodge acting as trainers and judges!
A fight is won by knockout, submission, Doctor/referee order stop or points. The point system works as follows: Opponents start with a set number of points. In a singles match it is 15 and in a tag team match it is 21 points.
One point is deducted when a man grabs the rope to stop the action. One point is deducted for a good suplex (a take-down from behind throwing the opponent on his back and head, a dangerous, painful move). Three points are deducted on a colored scoreboard as the fight is in progress for a knockdown.
Some offensive tactics are prohibited: you cannot headbutt, punch to the head with a closed fist (to the body, however, is ok), scratch, bite, eye gouge or attack the groin. Pretty much everything else is allowed.
You can slap or use the heel of the hand to the head. Time limits are set to between 20 and 60 minutes, but fights rarely go to the limit. When a fighter has both hands and knees on the ground, an opponent may attack to anywhere but the head. If even one hand is raised, the head may be attacked.
When a submission hold is applied, the referee pays close attention as it is very dangerous. It is easy to break bones, snap tendons and joints with such tactics. The referee will break the action if an opponent submits and will award the fight to the winner.
If a fighter grabs the ropes, the referee stops the action and a point is deducted. That's why you see a fighter try to get his opponent in the middle of the ring so he can't escape. If the wrestlers naturally roll into the ropes, action is stopped and points are not deducted. A 10 count is given for a knockdown, as in boxing.
However, point wins were rare since the wrestlers, despite how far behind on points, could still win by simply submitting their opponent (in a tag match, the legal opponent) or knocking them out cold.
The commitment to brutal realism was instrumental in the UWFi becoming the smashing success that it did. In fact, Thesz and Takada offered legitimate challenges to other Japanese Pro Wrestling promotions (like New Japan Pro Wrestling) and Takada took on genuinely tough men such as Russian wrestler (and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion) Salman Hashimikov, and fought former WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick (in one of the most bizarre shoots in modern history. It really has to be seen to be believed).
With over countless hours of fights, you will be shocked and amazed. We are proud to set the Mixed Martial Art history books straight on the origins of the sport.
Gary Albright Dan Severn Mark Fleming Victor Zangiev Salman Hashimikov Vladimir Berkovitch Bob Backlund Gene Lydick JT Southern James Stone Bad News Allen Tom Burton Steve Nelson Mark Silver Billy (Jack) Scott Dennis Koslowski Tommy Cairo Steve Cox Greg Bobchuck Pez Whatley Jim Boss Bowy Chowaikun (kickboxer)
REBIRTH - Today's Scientific Wrestling Renaissance:
Western-style submission grappling is not new. With roots in the English Lancashire style, it 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, they knew how to break bones, they knew how to make their opponents scream "Uncle", and sometimes they even knew what is was like to kill (e.g., Scientific Wrestler Charles Olsen killed an opponent with the full-nelson).
Bear in mind they didn't wrestle on cushy pads or mats, they rolled 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).
Today, under the auspices of ScientificWrestling.com, there are now Catch-As-Catch-Can tournaments, clubs, and a plethora of legitimate educational resources never before available!
What is Scientific Wrestling?
Scientific Wrestling (aka Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling) is a distinctly American and Western European style of grappling and set of rules where the winner is determined by submission OR pin. 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 due to it's merits as a:
- Exciting Spectator Sport
- Means to Exceptional Fitness
- A Gateway to American History and Tradition
- A Brutally Effective Form of Self-Defense
As such, Scientific Wrestling is sometimes referred to as the "Great Granddaddy" of Cage Fighting, Pro-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.
Scientific Wrestling's 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.
Scientific Wrestling's Influence Upon Pro-wrestling
The legitmate 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 tounament!), 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.
Scientific Wrestling's 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.
“Jake Shannon has single handedly resurrected one of the world’s lost arts of grappling through his ScientificWrestling.com 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, YOU ARE THE VERY BEST INDIVIDUAL PERSON TO COME ALONG IN THIS GENERATION AND DO WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR WRESTLING, I CAN'T FIND WORDS TO EXPRESS MYSELF. MUCH RESPECT" - Billy Wicks, Catch-As-Catch-Can legend and retired law enforcement officer.
"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 ScientificWrestling.com. Thank you for filtering out the nonsense so those who seek the truth about Catch Wrestling can do so." - Michael Guzman
"ScientificWrestling.com 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 Maximumg.com
"The Authoritative Encyclopedia of Scientific Wrestling is an extrememly pleasant walk down the sport's memory lane. Almost 500 pages of century old techniques that every modern day wrestler thinks he invented. It's a must have for anyone who has spent more than one season in America's wrestling rooms."
-Wade Schalles: wrestling legend, NCAA Judo All-American, 9th Degree Black Belt and multi-time champion in Sombo, and the Guiness Book of World Records all-time leader in wrestling victories.
"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 ScientificWrestling.com are the real deal."
- Tony Altermatt, Former Texas Peace Officer, JKD instructor, Former MN State Karate Champion Minnesota
"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 Mexico
"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.
- 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?
- 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
"To The Scientific Wrestling team, I recently bought the 'Dominating the Mat" DVD starring Mark Schultz and Wade Schalles and I just want to say that the DVD is awesome stuff!!." - Martyn Smith Norfolk, England
"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
I will have to say that was the best produced instructional material that I have seen in a long time.
Was it shot on film or digital? Couldn't really tell at times... Seems like you guys had alot of fun. Fujiwara can still move! Take Care, Randy Cadiz
Hey Jake, I am almost through the 4 volumes of the encyclopedia and it is a tremendous work on the history of wrestling. My favorite books are by Burns and from Milos to Londos, mostly because of Burns' values on hard work and clean living and the latter because of the in-depth history on wrestling. I never knew much about Muldoon so it was great to see something on him because he grew up (Belfast)about a half an hour from my town. Thanks, Jeff Hackett
Just like to say the Mark Schultz Front Headlock and Leg Attacks DVDs are awesome. I have been going through the lot since I got them and seeing what material I can attach the moves to, follow ups, different entries, etc. Nice one!! Greg Hall
"Hey Jake, Had to write and let you know that I got the DVD's today. Came in, opened the envelope, popped the first one in and didn't move 'til it was over. It's got me ready to go, the amount of info is alot to absorb so I'll just have to go over it again!" - David Schlehuber
"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
"This is awesome. I found your website and man this is great. I am a wrester and am looking to get back into it. Currently I am however deployed in Iraq. When I return I want to jump right in. Thank you. - Tony Guld
"Got my copy of the DVD today- wow, great stuff! Exactly what the doctor ordered!" - Daryck Beyer
"Just want to let you know Mr. Shannon that I think you're doing a great job and I enjoy your magazine." - Kevin Walker
"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
"Grapplers: BUY THIS BOOK!!!! This is a great book, especially for people with a historical interest in wrestling. I've already collected several of the books that went into this and now it's great to have the whole series. I've been hunting for the rest of Ed Lewis' work for a while now& Anyone interested in Wrestling, Submission Grappling, BJJ, MMA, etc should get this book. Many Gems from some of the best." - Benjamin Bradley
"This collection is a testament to how the true champions of catch wrestling trained& I especially enjoyed the Scientific Wrestling Lexicon, it was packed with information and descriptions of techniques and short bios of the greatest catch wrestlers of the past era. It was money well spent and I eagerly await Volume II." - Jeremy Frost, Massachusetts
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