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Thursday, Apr 16, 2015
Scientific Wrestling Competitive Updates and Training Opportunities!
By Jake
Thursday, Apr 16, 2015 12:31

Don't miss early-bird registration savings for our annual East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp at Daytona Beach, last weekend of May 2015! Full price goes into effect after April 17th, sign up now AND SAVE!

If you are in the UK or nearby, you will want to sign up for our legendary three day training camp coming this fall! Sign up with the link below:

Also, SUPER huge congratulations to our very own Kenny Lester! He just won his division in the Oceania Championships (it is the first Olympic Qualification event) in the Greco-Roman Super Heavyweight by ALL pins!

Kenny went 3-0 INCLUDING defeating 2x Olympian and 3x defending Oceania and Pacific Games Champion Florian Temingale!

Kenny is a longtime student of Scientific Wrestling Head Coach Wade Schalles and assisted at our most recent East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp in San Diego (he will also likely be at our next East Coast training camp at the end of May in Daytona too)!

Way to go Kenny!!!!!

No Holds Barred: Dan Kanagie on 2015 Virginia Shooter's Challenge and King Of Catch Wrestling

The next King of Catch Wrestling Tournament is upon us! Listen to Dan Kanagie spill the beans on Eddie Goldman's NO HOLDS BARRED podcast!

Here is the event page on Facebook and the official registration page!

No Holds Barred: Wade Schalles on the Crisis in Wrestling

Listen to the prophetic words of Scientific Wrestling Head Coach Wade Schalles about the impending death of amateur wrestling on Eddie Goldman's podcast too!

Josh Barnett M4 Breakdown

Playing Magic The Gathering With Josh Barnett: Fightland Meets

Bobby Lashley vs. James Thompson Added to 'Bellator 138: Unfinished Business' Fight Card

Our friend (and Scientific Wrestling UK Training Camp attendee) James Thompson will be fighting Bobby Lashley at Bellator MMA 138. Check out this link for more info!

"I Pity the Fool Who Can't Wrestle..."

Did you know that Mr. T was a winning amateur wrestler?!?

Steve Buscemi vs. Jack Fiorvanti wrestling 1974

Did you know that the great actor Steve Buscemi was a winning amateur wrestler too?!?

How To Wrestle (1947)

Old-School Wrestling Demonstration with Catch Wrestler Earl McCready

Wrestling with the Past: The Man of a Thousand Holds

Gotch vs. Hackenschmidt: 107 years ago this month there was an epic 2 hour 3 minute catch wrestling championship match...

Remembering Billy Robinson...

Check this old photo of Sakuraba training with Billy...

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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015
CATCHING UP: One Year After Billy's Passing...
By Jake Shannon
Tuesday, Mar 03, 2015 12:18

Last year I put together a compilation of footage from some of our Scientific Wrestling Training Camps with Billy. It has only been available to supporters/members of "DO IT AGAIN" is an exclusive mini-documentary honoring the memory of Scientific Wrestling's Head Coach of seven years, Billy Robinson. I am only going to put this out for free for this week. Here it is, enjoy:

DO IT AGAIN - Lost Training Camp Footage with Billy Robinson

Here is another fun Billy Robinson mini-documentary I put together to document our first European Training Camp back in 2011, "SCIENTIFIC WRESTLING REVOLUTION - BILLY ROBINSON'S RETURN TO ENGLAND":

Here is a really nice YouTube video highlighting some of Billy's work too:


We had a truly epic training camp in San Diego with Scientific Wrestling's outstanding new Head Coach Wade Schalles last month (FYI, Wade is the winner of 15 different national championships, a collegiate world champion, All-American in five combative disciplines (Sambo, Judo, Freestyle, Folkstyle and Greco-Roman wrestling), the father of Funk Wrestling, Guinness Book of World Records holder of the most wins and pins of anyone who has ever competed, National Record Holder for defeating the most NCAA champions, and World Record Holder for defeating the most World Champions and pinning the most World Champions!) Participants at this incredible camp came from as far as Florida and Kentucky!

Women's MMA pioneer Shayna "Queen of Spades" Baszler with the Ace of Pinning at our 2015 Scientific Wrestling Training Camp in San Diego.


The Virginia King of Catch Wrestling Tournament!
April 25th, 2015
Amherst, VA




Here's a fun article but it is sorely missing a mention of American Heavyweight Catch Wrestling Champion Tom Jenkins being appointed as head self-defense instructor for West Point Military Academy by Roosevelt...



Congrats to Gene LeBell trained Ronda Rousey on her record breaking win! Lest we forget the UFC record for fastest submission was held for nearly two decades by one of my coaches, Frank Shamrock (it is still the men's submission record):

Shamrock vs Jackson

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Thursday, Feb 05, 2015
Here's to a NO HOLDS BARRED 2015!!
By Jake
Thursday, Feb 05, 2015 12:47

CONGRATS to our newest West Coast King of Catch Wrestling Tournament winners!

King of Catch Tournament qualifier 2015 results - 1/11/2015

Weight class:

Under 160lbs 1st Charles Burbhour 2nd Javier Garcia 3rd Saman Hadavand

Over 160lbs 1st Adam Roman 2nd Braedon Ward 3rd Javier Garcia

Over 200lbs 1st Travis Newaza 2nd Jonathan Bastien 3rd Missael Rodriguez

Absolute Division: 1st Travis Newaza 2nd Braedon Ward

Outstanding competitor award: Travis Newaza (all submissions)

Congrats everyone that was game enough to step up and try their hand at our sport of pinning and submissions!

Ok, on to news and announcements:

1) Our first major site update in a decade!!

Soooooo excited for the rebrand relaunch! Our flagship site design hasn't fundamentally changed since 2005 (a decade already, wow!),.

We aim to make our DVDs available streaming and continue to give huge discounts on DVDs & live trainings for members, plus we are adding tons of free content for non-members while still offering the very best to fans of catch wrestling of all stripes. Thank you for your support of our efforts to grow the sport of catch-as-catch-can wrestling over the years, we are really beginning to make a difference!

As a celebration, here is a lengthy article I've recently wrote detailing the wild journey of strangles in the sport of catch-as-catch-can. Enjoy!

Barring Strangles:The Evolution of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling

2) Josh Barnett joins the Scientific Wrestling Training Camp team!

Very excited to announce the addition of Josh "WARMASTER" Barnett to the Scientific Wrestling Training Camp team!

We have the very best in pinning with Head Coach Wade Schalles and now with MMA legend Josh Barnett we have the very best in catch wrestling submission coaching! (Note: Due to Josh's training schedule we have not announced any submission training camps with him yet.)

Stay tuned...! Somewhere our Coach Billy Robinson is grinning...

Enjoy this heartfelt, lengthy, recent Josh Barnett interview on Eddie Goldman's NO HOLDS BARRED podcast! **A MUST LISTEN**

Meanwhile, Josh is hosting another day of Catch-as-Catch-can Wrestling technique and wrestling matches. The seminar portion will be 2 hours then after a lunch break we will referee matches for anyone wanting to get out there and wrestle!

When: Saturday, February 14th Location: CSW Headquarters 4080 N. Palm Ave Fullerton CA 98235 Cost: $50 ($40 to CSW students) cash or credit

The seminar starts at 11am to 1pm. Catch Wrestling starts at 2pm until finished

3) King of Catch Wrestling American Heavyweight Champion Luis Ojeda on Catch Wrestling, Challenges, and Schwingen with Eddie Goldman.

Congratulations to Coach Ojeda's athlete Roberto Ala Torre for bringing home the gold medal from Holtville. Roberto is one of Ojeda's team captains from San Ysidro High School. He won via "funk style" Ben Askren cradle!

Here is Luis Ojeda's recent interview with Eddie Goldman:

King of Catch Wrestling American Heavyweight Champion Luis Ojeda on Catch Wrestling, Challenges, and Schwingen

Wade and I are excited to do our next Scientific Wrestling Training Camp this weekend at Luis' gym in San Diego. It promises to be amazing with not only Wade Schalles and myself in attendence but asst. coaches Sam Kressin, Jesse Marez and Luis Ojeda too. Plus, pro-MMA fighters Shayna Baszler, Colleen Schneider (both past camp attendees) and Jessamyn Duke will be there at camp, sharpening the saw, too!

4) Two of the top competitive catch wrestlers out there.

My good buddy Joel Bane ( wrestling my close friend (and old gym partner) Brandon Ruiz showing gameness AND sportsmanship at the latest FILA world team trials!

So proud that both of these beasts are multiple Scientific Wrestling Training Camp attendees and both are true leaders in our grassroots catch wrestling revolution!!

*thanks to Brandon Ruiz for sharing his photos from the event.

5) Miscellaneous media

Check out this great compilation video of Billy:

Fun article over at the Bleacher Report, "Tracing the Evolution of Pro-Wrestling Submission Holds".

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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)


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"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

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"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