Joining Scientific Wrestling Online doesn't just mean learning techniques, tricks and secrets to win grappling and MMA contests; it also means being an integral part of the decade-plus old grassroots movement that has been bringing back LEGITIMATE old school Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling!
We've already unearthed the hard to find resources and organized clinics and seminars to pass along effective techniques from those men that went to the post and have the championship records to prove it. Now, and for less than one cup of coffee a week, your membership to Scientific Wrestling Online gets you instant access to:
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Suffice it to say that without catch wrestling there would be no mixed martial arts. Catch wrestling's influence in the American amateur circuit and its profound effect on the Japanese pro wrestling scene have helped shape the development of MMA into what it is today. And while catch wrestling may have become something of a niche style today, it's still going strong thanks to the likes of Scientific Wrestling's Jake Shannon, and in 2014 has had one of its more noteworthy years of late. In a conversation with MMAWeekly.com, Shannon discussed the influence he sees catch wrestling having in MMA, the year the sport has had and the future of the Scientific Wrestling community. keep reading
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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.
What is Scientific Wrestling?
Scientific Wrestling (aka catch-as-catch-can wrestling) is a distinctly Western 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 largely 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, Scientific Wrestling is sometimes referred to as the "Great Granddaddy" of Ultimate Fighting, Professional 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.