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“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
"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.
- Stephen Hore-Lacy
"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
"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
"Phenomenal collection!!! Jake Shannon has put together a collection of very rare books that should be part of every wrestlers Library! I have been collecting rare wrestling books for years and I know that some of the books in this collection are worth hundreds of dollars each! Better yet, some of the books in this Encyclopedia are near impossible to find at all. Fantastically put together this is by far the single best collection of rare wrestling material ever compiled and I am grateful to Jake for his exhaustive work on this project! I look forward to future volumes of The Authoritive Encyclopedia of Scientific Wrestling!!"- Bill Cogswell, Sombo Blackbelt
"Hello Scientific Wrestling, My name is Greg Smit I had the very good fortune to train with Karl Gotch in 1993-4. He is the most generous and honourable man you could ever meet. It is good to see you honour his legacy as he is the greatest athlete of all time. He deserves to recognized for his immortal contribution to the sport and his generosity of spirit. True wrestling will never die because it is the sport that is inherant to humanity, thank you for keeping the faith. Congratulations on a very good website." - Greg Smit
"You have done a great job of bringing back western martial arts (i.e., wrestling)" - Rod G.
"I tremendously enjoy your website and admire the passion and encyclopedic knowledge bring to scientific wrestling." - Adam Hauptman
"Gentlemen, I would like to thank you for putting out such excellent legitimate information on the subject of catch wrestling. Although I am a novice at grappling, I am thrilled to have begun subscribing to your newsletter and I am eager to receive the next issue. Yours truly," - Kevin Baptiste
"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