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Jake Shannon

Thursday, Aug 28, 2014
Catch-As-Catch-Can EVERYWHERE!!
By Jake Shannon
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014 11:46
1) King of Catch Wrestling Tournament THIS WEEKEND! Determining the first ever American Heavyweight King of Catch Wrestling!

Register here, learn more or just go be a spectator to history!! --> KING OF CATCH WRESTLING TOURNAMENT

Eddie Goldman interviews two-time West Coast King of Catch Heavyweight Champ Luis Ojeda

Journalist Eddie Goldman interviews East Coast King of Catch Heavyweight Champ Anthony Sansonetti:

2) Training Camp UPDATES: Upcoming camp early-bird extended (SHORT TIME ONLY).



Also, for those of you in Europe and England, we will be in the UK for seminar and training camp next weekend. Contact our man Andy to meet up with us while we are over there!

3) Shayna Baszler Rocks the UFC this weekend!

Just when you didn't think Catch Wrestling could be in more places this week, Shayna Baszler is fighting in the UFC this weekend!

Here's a great article on Shayna:

For Love and Gas Money: Shayna Baszler's Long Road to the UFC

Here is Josh Barnett speaking about Shayna:

4) Josh Barnett interviewed by Eddie Goldman after his Big Metamoris Win!

5) Nice historical article on Luta Livre and it's connection to catch-as-catch-can.

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Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014
Terminal Takedowns, Brutal Submissions and Crushing Pins...
By Jake Shannon
Tuesday, Aug 05, 2014 11:57

A new Golden Era for Catch Wrestling is dawning. There are more ways for you to get involved with the growing catch-as-catch-can revolution than ever before!

1) Early Bird Registration closes VERY soon, don't miss out! At least get your deposit in so you can save $$$ hundreds!

I posted a bunch of video clips with techniques at the Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp page. Hopefully it gives you a taste of a few moments of the "unorthodox" winning techniques and concepts we teach at each an every one of our highly acclaimed training camps, enjoy!

Also, we will be in the UK in just ONE MONTH! Come train with us if you are in the UK or Europe!


3) 2014 Catch Wrestling World Championships Results

Our friends over at the SnakePit USA put on the 2014 Catch Wrestling World Championships Tournament at the recent World MMA Expo. Here are the results from this historic event!!

4) 2014 King of Catch / Liberty Bell Classic to Determine the American Heavyweight King of Catch Wrestling Champion

On the heels of the 2014 World Championships we have less than a month until we crown the American Heavyweight King of Catch Wrestling, check out the site (you can register there!)

If you want to help out and get some REALLY awesome deals, check out our fund raising page here.

5) Cool Macebell Article and a Review of my latest book: Strange Attractor

Our friends over at the Pro-Wrestling Historical Society have posted two new articles, the first is on the Macebell and the other is a review of my latest book "Strange Attractor". Thanks guys!

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Friday, Jul 11, 2014
Our Catch Wrestling Revolutionaries Continue Their Quest!!!
By Jake Shannon
Friday, Jul 11, 2014 12:59
1) YouTube Footage from the East Coast Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp led by Coach Wade Schalles

A scant 26 minutes YouTube clip from our most recent three day Training Camp in New Jersey with the LEGEND Coach Wade Schalles.

Registration for the next camp is open, first come first served (NOTE: several spots have already been reserved)...

BONUS THREE NEW, FREE TECHNIQUE CLIPS FOR YOU TO : Fall 2014 Certified Catch Wrestler Training Camp in Salt Lake City

2) The 2014 CATCH WRESTLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP! Presented by: Snake Pit U.S.A. and The MMA World Expo

THIS IS HUGE. More eyes will be on catch wrestling at this event than any other event in about a century.

Be a part of history by competing in the first Catch as Catch Can Wrestling World Championship in over 90 years! This event will be held at the 2014 MMA World Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on Sunday July 27th.

Register today here

3) Metamoris 4: Countdown - On Saturday August 9th Dean Lister will battle Josh Barnett for the Heavyweight title.

4) Amateur Wrestlers, BJJ, SAMBO, Judo, ALL GRAPPLING STYLES Finally a place for everyone!!! Pins & Submissions WIN No Points Best of 3 Falls

As Karl Gotch used to tell me, "Talk is cheap but money buys whiskey." If you want to get involved at a grass-roots level in our catch-as-catch-can revolution like many of us have been for years, check this out:


It is a way for you to get a deal and help us host the FIRST competitive Heavyweight American Catch Wrestling Champion since Frank Gotch!

Register HERE for the next King of Catch Wrestling Tournament in New Jersey!

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"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.

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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

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"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!

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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.

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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

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"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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