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Jake Shannon

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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