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America's First Catch-As-Catch-Can Champion, the feared Evan "The Strangler" Lewis.
Since 2003, Scientific Wrestling has provided martial artists and athletes with the very best wrestling instruction, especially with regards brutal submissions, crushing cradles, painful pins and terminal takedowns (i.e., catch-as-catch-can wrestling).
We are the biggest and first grappling organization of our kind to provide undisputed top-of-the-food-chain coaching, competition and camaraderie for martial arts athletes from all backgrounds. We live and breathe the entirety of Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling (from its rough & tumble origins to its evolution into modern "freestyle"). In our tournaments and in our clubs, players win via pin or submission, no points, where actual matches are contested as the best 2 of 3 falls.
NEXT Training Camp with LEGENDARY Champion (and coach of champions) Head Coach Wade Schalles - SAN DIEGO, CA - February 6th - 8th, 2014
At Scientific Wrestling we pride ourselves with working with only the very best. We are incredibly proud to say that our dear friend and mentor, the inimitable Billy Robinson, made the deliberate decision to make Scientific Wrestling his wrestling home for the last seven years of his amazing life. Please take a moment to join our memorial page for Coach Billy.
We are also blessed and excited to welcome our new Head Coach Wade Schalles to our team. Just in case you've been living in a cave, Coach Schalles has held the Guinness World Record for Most Pins (530) and Most Wins (821) in all of wrestling. He's had an unparalleled career as both athlete and coach and we are proud to say he's been with Scientific Wrestling since our very inception. During his competitive days, Sports Illustrated said of Mr. Schalles, "the most exciting wrestler to ever walk onto a wrestling mat!". Dan Gable has called him "the greatest pinner he's ever seen!". Gable said, "I've never seen anyone so unorthodox who is so good. You never know what Wade will do next."
In the course of his career Wade defeated 36 national champions (pinning an AMAZING 17 of them) as well as defeating 8 World titlists (each total is considered a record). He earned a 9th degree black belt in Sambo (this is when he was on the Sambo World Team, when FILA awarded such ranks) and a 4th degree black belt in Judo as well. If you want to win, you want to train with the proven best; Scientific Wrestling.
Jake Shannon, Salt Lake City, UT
Sam Kressin, La Jolla, CA
Ricky Lazaro, Sacramento
Alex Cook, United Kingdom
Luis Ojeda, Chula Vista CA
John Potenza, New Jersey
Harry Smith, Florida
Jesse Marez, Inland Empire, CA
LEVEL 3 Scientific Wrestlers
Alex Porcelli, New York
Brandon McCleese, Kentucky
Joel Bane, New Jersey
Ian Sirois, Boston
Garry Davis, New Jersey
Mickey Hall, New Jersey
Gillian Silver, New Jersey
Jez Ritchie, Northumberland UK
Monty Hendrix, North Carolina
Mike Raho, Italy
Raul Ramirez, Los Angeles
LEVEL 2 Scientific Wrestlers
Jeramy Hunt-Loveless, Utah
Martin "Oz" Austwick, Surrey UK
Tony Altermatt, Minnesota
Glenn Boodry, Idaho
Andy Crittenden, Doncaster UK
Eric David, Kentucky
Padriac Gavin, Illinois
Shawn King, San Diego
Brandon Kiser, Utah
Kirill Kocheshkov, Utah
Robert Le Dentu, Maryland
John C.S. Lehman, New York
Michael Long, California
Edward Makarus, Alberta, CA
Dana McLorn, Oxnard, CA
Florian Neuber, Ludwigshafen DE
Jason Phillips, Texas
Timo Seel, Ludwigshafen DE
Joe Shay, Ohio
Tom Sullivan, New York
Brian Yamasaki, Utah
Qin Yunquan, Singapore
LEVEL 1 Scientific Wrestlers
Shayna Baszler, South Dakota
Victor Henry, Orange County, CA
Barry Danielian, New Jersey
Jesse Kristofferson, California
Jody Kristofferson, California
Rashid Abdul-Salaam, Florida
Jacques Abellira, Hawaii
Kaiwi Amina, Oregon
Michael Bann, Salem OR
Billy Burns, North Carolina
David Brown, Seattle
Cliff Byerly, San Antonio, TX
Matt Cavilee, Salem, OR
Glenn Chang, Southern California
Moushaid Choudhury, Michigan
Doug Cota, New York
Chris Cruz, Texas
Thomas Doty, Colorado
John Fabbricatore, Colorado
AJ Fales: North Carolina
Amel Figueroa, New Jersey
Gary Fitzpatrick, Las Vegas
Chris Foran, London UK
Todd Franks, Illinois
Jack Gallagher, Manchester, UK
Paul Genualdo, Texas
Jim Grantonic, Long Beach, CA
J. Grooms, Kentucky
Rob Hannis, Leicester UK
Ryan Jeschke, California
Brandon Johnson, North Carolina
Brian Johnson, North Carolina
Stefan Johnson, Doncaster UK
Dan Kanagie, Pennsylvania
Tanwir Kazimi, Hertfordshire UK
Michael Keys, Sheffield UK
Ibrar Khan, Wakefield UK
Nathan Leverton, Leicester UK
Alan Livelsberger, Pennsylvania
Bobby Luffman, Tennessee
Matt Lumsden, Australia
Luke Mannion, Dorset UK
Kolbjorn Martens, Thailand
Scott Matthews, Liverpool UK
Dewayne McCue, Fresno CA
Tim Moura, Sacramento, CA
Brian Moody, Visalia CA
Ana Murcia, California
John Napier, Michigan
Philip O'Connor, Liverpool UK
Bryan Parker, Conneticut
Victor Parlati, Virginia Beach
Travis Patton, Alabama
Jason Perna, New York
Matt Porath, Florida
Don Powers, Orangeville, IL
Mark Randall, UK
Harold Reddick, Philadelphia, Pa
Manny Reyes, Sr., Chicago
Griffen Reynaud, Utah
Jose Rodrigues, IL
Bryan Roig, AZ
Ivan Rolls, Liverpool UK
Joshua Ryer, Pennsylvania
Colleen Schneider, Los Angeles CA
Duran Sheets, Kentucky
Sam Sheets, Kentucky
Laura Shipley, Liverpool UK
Derek Sierra, Virginia
Robert C. Tessier, San Diego
James Thompson, UK
Cary Tope-McKay, Malibu
Burlay Toukam, Michigan
Chris Winget, TN
Reggie Wong, Hong Kong
Ryo Yagashita, Auckland NZ
REBIRTH - Today's Scientific Wrestling Renaissance:
Western-style submission grappling is not new. Likely originating in Ireland and first recorded and popularized in the Lancashire county of England, catch-as-catch-can wrestling was by far the most popular American sport during the post-Civil War period up until just before World War I. Wrestling events drew crowds larger than boxing, baseball, and basketball combined!
These men knew how to control their opponents, they knew how to take them down, they knew how to pin their opponent and how to make their opponents say "Uncle". Bear in mind they didn't wrestle on cushy pads or mats, they grappled on hard floors and grassy fields (this is the reason they did NOT like being on their backs. Try playing bottom game on the asphalt and you too will see why they hated being in that position) after a hard day working a grueling blue-collar job.
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What is Scientific Wrestling?
Scientific Wrestling (aka Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling) is a distinctly American and Western European style of grappling and where the terms of the contest were agreed upon by both parties but in general a winner is determined by pin OR submission. No points, no politics, and most matches are held for the best 2 of 3. A true spectacular martial art, Scientific Wrestling is being rediscovered due to it's merits as a:
- Exciting Spectator Sport
- Means to Exceptional Fitness & Sportsmanship
- A Gateway to Western Combatives History and Traditions
- A Brutally Effective Form of Self-Defense
As a result, such scientific wrestling is sometimes referred to as the "Great Granddaddy" of Cage Fighting, Pro-Wrestling, and Olympic Freestyle Wrestling. In fact, the term "No-Holds-Barred" was specifically coined to describe early 20th century American Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling matches and Olympic Freestyle was originally called "amateur catch-as-catch-can".
Influence Upon Folkstyle & Olympics Freestyle Wrestling
Just as Jigoro Kano removed the dangerous maneuvers from jiu-jitsu to create the safer sport of Judo, so were the more dangerous holds and submissions of Catch removed to allow people to safely participate in wrestling. Hence "Amateur" or freestyle wrestling was born.
Influence Upon Pro-wrestling
The legitimate contests became "worked" or fixed when greedy promoters decided that scripted matches with predetermined outcomes were more profitable than the legitimate Catch-As-Catch-Can contests. Outraged journalist learned of the fixed fights and this betrayal of the public's trust sadly spelled the end of authentic scientific wrestling in America. Unfortunately, it still attracts unsavory and opportunistic individuals today (many of whom never even entered an amateur submission grappling tournament!), so "caveat emptor" applies when looking for instruction. However, the rules you see on today's televised "Sports Entertainment" still reflect the old Catch-As-Catch-Can rules where a pin or submission win the contest.
Influence Upon Mixed Martial Arts (MMA):
The first modern match between a striker and a grappler happened in 1887 between heavyweight boxing champion of the world John L. Sullivan and Greco-Roman wrestling champion William Muldoon. Sullivan was slammed to the mat in two minutes.
The next big mixed match took place in the late 1890s when boxer Bob Fitzsimmons challenged European wrestling champ Ernest Roeber. Roeber took Fitzsimmons to the mat and applied an arm lock, making Fitzsimmons quit. In 1936, heavyweight boxer Kingfish Levinsky challenged professional wrestler Ray Steele in a mixed match that saw Steele win in just 35 seconds.
Scientific Wrestling has cut through the B.S. to bring you the best information jam-packed techniques and strategies for those that are dead-serious about excellence in their study of wrestling, MMA, (mixed martial arts), grappling, and/or Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
Joining Scientific Wrestling Online doesn't just mean learning techniques, tricks and secrets to win grappling and MMA contest; it also means being an integral part of the grassroots movement to bring back LEGITIMATE old school Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling!
Now if you are interested in Grappling or Wrestling and been game enough to give it a try, then you've probably been "tapped" or maybe even pinned before. Sure it's embarrassing, but to be honest it has happened to all of us at one point or another, but why did your opponent catch you?
It is safe to assume that it was simply because your opponent had access to better techniques, better conditioning methods or worse, both! Access to the right information is the difference that can make all the difference in the world.
We've already unearthed many hard to find resources, organized clinics to pass along legitimate techniques from the men that went to the post, and moderated quality informational internet forums. Now, and for less than one cup of coffee a week, your membership to Scientific Wrestling Online gets you instant access to:
Your favorite instructional and fight clips (including full-length episodes of the UWFi's "Bushido: Way of The Warrior") anytime and anywhere you can access the web!
An amazing 20% discount on all books and DVDs!
Instant access to every issue of the highly acclaimed Scientific Wrestling Times
Read the newest developments and research regarding Scientific Wrestling, BKB, and Western Combatives
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Takada with Lou Thesz, Danny Hodge, and Billy Robinson
UWFi was a proto-MMA organization that aimed to show that real, tough, submission wrestling is back. Their aim was to bring back credibility and respect back to the world of professional wrestling.
There are too many styles in the world of pro-wrestling today responsible for the bad reputation that pro-wrestling is sometimes associated with. In particular the "loud-mouthed", popular style that puts a premium on appearance and useless muscles, silly costumes, and trademark "cartoon" characters but very little premium on competitive wrestling, character, or proven skill.
From the UWFi perspective, that kind of show only encourages body abuse and sends the wrong sort of message to audiences, especially younger ones. The UWFi message is to get into the gym; get on the mat, learn from your elders and betters, respect your opponents, and do your best.
The UWFi matched all types of athletes; boxers, kickboxers, wrestlers, martial artists to show how effective the UWFi style is. The UWFi aimed to bring real professional wrestling back to the world!
You may not know this but LONG before Ultimate Fighting Championships and before the Pride Fighting Championships, the UWFi was THE original fighting organization to definitively answer the question;
"What REALLY happens when you mix martial arts styles in competition?! Who will come out on top of everyone else?"
In the early 1980's a group of wrestlers electrified the Japanese pro-wrestling scene. At the height of their popularity they quit pro-wrestling and joined a new promotion called the U.W.F. Their style was called "SHOOTING" (and old wrestling term for when you mean to really do someone in).
Combining elements of kickboxing, Sambo, jiu-jitsu, and catch-as-catch-can wrestling into a new exciting, dangerous and deadly sport, they took the science of wrestling to new heights. The addition of kicks and hitting created the toughest combat style ever seen.
Some of the members found the fighting too physically grueling and injury inducing. They retired from the ring or they went back to the pro-wrestling circuit. The remaining fighters regrouped and quickly rose to great popularity. At their peak they were able to sell out the 50,000+ seat Tokyo Dome in three hours (a feat the even UFC hasn't matched). People lined up the day before and slept in the streets to see them.
Former wrestling greats and real fighters came to Japan and passed their style of wrestling to the eager, young fighters. The UWFi shoot-style wrestling promotion features All-Star wrestling and martial art legends like:
Bad News Allen
...with the help of legends Lou Thesz (acting commissioner of UWF), Billy Robinson (head coach), and Danny Hodge (coach)!
A fight is won by knockout, submission, Doctor/referee order stop or points. The point system works as follows: Opponents start with a set number of points. In a singles match it is 15 and in a tag team match it is 21 points.
One point is deducted when a man grabs the rope to stop the action. One point is deducted for a good suplex (a take-down from behind throwing the opponent on his back and head, a dangerous, painful move). Three points are deducted on a colored scoreboard as the fight is in progress for a knockdown.
Some offensive tactics are prohibited: you cannot headbutt, punch to the head with a closed fist (to the body, however, is ok), scratch, bite, eye gouge or attack the groin. Pretty much everything else is allowed.
You can slap or use the heel of the hand to the head. Time limits are set to between 20 and 60 minutes, but fights rarely go to the limit. When a fighter has both hands and knees on the ground, an opponent may attack to anywhere but the head. If even one hand is raised, the head may be attacked.
When a submission hold is applied, the referee pays close attention as it is very dangerous. It is easy to break bones, snap tendons and joints with such tactics. The referee will break the action if an opponent submits and will award the fight to the winner.
If a fighter grabs the ropes, the referee stops the action and a point is deducted. That's why you see a fighter try to get his opponent in the middle of the ring so he can't escape. If the wrestlers naturally roll into the ropes, action is stopped and points are not deducted. A 10 count is given for a knockdown, as in boxing.
However, point wins were rare since the wrestlers, despite how far behind on points, could still win by simply submitting their opponent (in a tag match, the legal opponent) or knocking them out cold.
The commitment to brutal realism was instrumental in the UWFi becoming the smashing success that it did. In fact, Thesz and Takada offered legitimate challenges to other Japanese Pro Wrestling promotions (like New Japan Pro Wrestling) and Takada took on genuinely tough men such as Russian wrestler (and former IWGP Heavyweight Champion) Salman Hashimikov, and fought former WBC Heavyweight Champion Trevor Berbick (in one of the most bizarre shoots in modern history. It really has to be seen to be believed).
With countless hours of fight footage, you will be shocked, amazed and entertained.
Gary Albright Dan Severn Mark Fleming Victor Zangiev Salman Hashimikov Vladimir Berkovitch Bob Backlund Gene Lydick JT Southern James Stone Bad News Allen Tom Burton Steve Nelson Mark Silver Billy (Jack) Scott Dennis Koslowski Tommy Cairo Steve Cox Greg Bobchuck Pez Whatley Jim Boss Bowy Chowaikun (kickboxer)
“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 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)
"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
"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 Minnesota
"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 Mexico
"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 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?
- 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,
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