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Jake Shannon

Wednesday, Oct 01, 2008
We're Moving Out of California!
Wednesday, Oct 01, 2008 03:40
1) We are moving to Salt Lake City, Utah!

We are trying to work out the logistics on our new HQ but we know the Utah grappling/MMA scene is outstanding so we are very happy to be there.

Yes, this means that the December Scientific Wrestling Certification will happen in SLC! Bring your snowboard and hot cocoa!

By the way, check out the latest entry at the blog by clicking on Tamura below:

2) Gut Check Fitness

For those of you who haven't checked out the new hardcore conditioning program, check out the video on the main page here for a taste. Trust me, no program out there will earn you more respect than a Gut Check:

3) Pinups for Pups

As many of you know, I help out with my wife's animal rescue organization, Pinups for Pups. This year's calendar is ready for pre-sale and the proceeds go to rescue abandoned and abused dogs!

The girls in this year's calendar are pretty hot too (these are not the pics in the calendar. THOSE are top secret...)

Sugar from Survivor: Gabon

Shelly Martinez from WWE and TNA

...and many more. Please help this great cause by ordering your calendar gifts today!

4) Fedor vs. Josh Barnett??

Lots of talk this week (here and here) of this epic clash of the titans BUT it seems it won't be happening anytime soon... :(

5) More Madness Over at!

Newly Certified Macebell Mauler Kevin Wikse killing 100 reps with the 45lb Macebell!

If you can make it to Southern California (our last one here before we move!) and want to earn the Certified Macebell Mauler designation, sign-up here.

6) Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice Oct 4th. Watch it!

6) Deluxe Expanded Editions of Karl Gotch's Conditioning for Combat Sports AND Submission Master now available!!!

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Wednesday, Sep 24, 2008
Stuff to Perk Up Your Week!
Wednesday, Sep 24, 2008 11:30
1) Gary Albright: The Suplex Machine

The Best of Bushido DVD, Volume 1 is here:

Pre-order Gary Albright: The Suplex Machine deluxe 4-disc set now, ships October 6th!

2) New Certified Macebell Strength Trainer: Kevin Wikse, MAULER

We've taken to calling MST certified folks "Maulers". So far there are only two. Here's our newest Mauler, Kevin Wikse:


- Membership drive ends October 1st, 2008! The individual responsible for the most new members (invite your friends!) will get a free copy of the new Gary Albright: The Suplex Machine deluxe 4-disc set!

- The Scientific Wrestling Digital Library price goes back up tomorrow!

- After tomorrow The 2006 Submission Master Clinic will only be available as a bonus disc for those who buy Fujiwara's"target="_blank">Submission Master DVD set.

- Today is the last day to buy My Cigar with Karl: A Conversation with Karl Gotch and Jake Shannon by itself. After tomorrow it will only be available to those that buy Conditioning for Combat Sports as a bonus disc.

4) VOTE! - Scientific Wrestling Certification Location

- Remember, since we're moving you can get a near new training ring for a steal!! Check out the auction at Ebay here! Hurry only a few days left...

We are putting the location of the next certification on December 13th and 14th to a vote. The Eastern certifications will still take place in Montreal, Quebec in Canada. However, we are trying to determine which will be closer to you. Go to the front page and place your vote on the right panel, thanks!

5) Frontsight 4 Day Handgun Course and 30 State Conceal Carry Permit!

For those of you who are into the Constitution and especially the self-defense amendment (i.e., the 2nd Amendment), check out this unbelievably generous deal:

Front Sight
Front Sight in US News and World Report
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Front Sight in National Enquirer
Ignatius Piazza in Gun World the magazine
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Ignatius Piazza in Chicago Tribune
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Front Sight in Register-Pajaronian Online

6) Check out the new footage of the Quebec Toe-Hold Club

We should have Kris Iatskevich's new instructional DVD ready very soon!


There is a lot of talk about "hard" or "challenging" workouts but I guarantee you they have NOTHING on Joe Decker. Check out his program at GUT CHECK FITNESS!

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Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008
Last Week's Certification Reviews, plus HUGE SALE!
By Jake
Tuesday, Sep 16, 2008 03:39
1) The Scientific Wrestling Certification Reviews Are In!

...and our Certification's effectiveness is apparent not just to grapplers, but to Law Enforcement and Military departments as well!

"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)
3-1 MMA
Pro Wrestler
Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Certified Federal Physical Fitness
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?'"
-Michael Long
International Guild of Danse de Rue Savate

"I just wanted to write and tell you what a great time I had at your [Level 1] certification. You really opened my eyes as to what can be accomplished with catch-as-catch-can wrestling. It is definitely the most superior grappling art out there. You're a great teacher and I learned a lot.

The level 2 audit was everything i expected and more. We took the concepts learned in Level 1 and went into even greater detail. They explained the major principles of Catch wrestling and gave many examples of each concept in order to solidify the idea in our heads. Top notch class. I can't wait for Level 3!!"

With unlimited gratitude,"
-Harry Yotis
Montreal, Canada

"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, Take care!"
-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

For more information on authentic Scientific Wrestling Certification, please follow this link.


Who ever signs up the most annual members to will win a free copy of our upcoming Best of Gary Albright DVD and a Scientific Wrestling tshirt! Contest ends October 1st!

3) Scientific Wrestling Digital Library

I've seen other publishers now trying to sell a few books individually that have been available in the Scientific Wrestling Digital Library for way less AND they've been available like this for years.

This week only get this enormous classic grappling library (over 10,000 pages of historical proof and kick as information) for just $59.95! Price goes back up next Wednesday.

4) Available once again, the legendary 2006 Submission Master Clinic with Fujiwara and Dick Cardinal!

For years this DVD has only been available to those that sign up for an annual membership to Scientific Wrestling. However, for a very short time (just one week to be exact), we are making this DVD available by itself until next Wednesday! After that, it will be bundled into the Submission Master course...

5) The Last Interview with Karl Gotch

We will also be making available the very last captured interview with Karl Gotch for just one week as well. This has been only available to members of Scientific Wrestling as well but for one week we are going to make this available on DVD. After next Wednesday it will be permanently bundled into Karl's Conditioning for Combat Sports DVD set.

Click the picture below to get your copy of My Cigar With Karl: A Conversation with Karl Gotch and Jake Shannon:


We are packing up and moving out of California in the coming months! As a result we are selling our 14 square foot Mixed Martial Arts ring. Red, white, and blue ring ropes, corner pads, canvas AND vinyl mats, that's it in the background (female model not included, lol)...

It is perfect for a small gym interested in doing Pride style fight training or grappling. We are only selling locally (Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, and San Diego), email me at We will take the highest bidder, starting at just $2,000! Bidding ends in one week.

7) Josh's Fight Postponed...

There's a Sports Illustrated article on the latest developments here...

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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
Certified: Jeet Kune Do Instructor,
Filipino Martial Arts Instructor,
Shamrock Submission Fighting Instructor

"Your website is a Beacon in the fog out there for Wrestlers/Grapplers &Submission Stylists." - David Tamura