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Since 2003, Scientific Wrestling has blazed the trail providing world-class instruction and competition for the sport of catch wrestling. We were the first Catch-As-Catch-Can wrestling organization of its kind and we continue to lead the way providing top-of-the-food-chain coaching, competition, and camaraderie for both aspiring and accomplished grapplers from all walks of life. We live and breathe the entirety of the sport; from its rough & tumble origins to its evolution into modern grappling and "sports entertainment" and to our own NO-HOLDS-BARRED King of Catch Wrestling competitions. Scientific Wrestling sincerely appreciates your loyal support over all these years. We couldn't have don't it without your belief in our mission, thank you!
BEFORE MMA #3 - The Zenith of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling - Tigerman John Pesek versus Nat Pendleton
If I could pick just one combat sports contest to travel back in time and witness live, it would be the side bet shoot- match between Tigerman John Pesek, the policeman- of the Sandow/Lewis camp and the Olympic hero Nat Pendleton which took place in Boston in 1923. These two grapplers represented two schools of early 19th century catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Pendleton practiced the highly competitive catch wrestling that emerged in the northeastern United States under such master grapplers as Hugh Leonard and George Bothner. The Tigerman sprang up from the mid-western rough and ready school, which was just a step or two removed from all-out frontier brawling. They also represented rival promotional groups that were vying to control the developing professional wrestling game.... keep reading
BEFORE MMA #2 - East Meets West-1905: Catch-As-Catch-Can Takes on Jiu-Jitsu
Later Olson offered some comments about jiu-jitsu. He told a reporter in Albuquerque, New Mexico, I have seen the Japanese system of wrestling, the widely heralded jiu-jitsu, tried out pretty thoroughly a good many times and my conclusion is that it is a false alarm. In my opinion jiu-jitsu got its vogue while the Japanese were in the limelight during the war with Russia and there is a great deal of superstition about it. I have seen the Japanese go up against some of the best catch as catch can wrestlers in America and in no instance have I seen the Jap make good or even make a creditable showing against the ordinary method of wrestling. As a means of getting the best of an ordinary man who is not a trained wrestler the famed jiu-jitsu may be all right; but try it out with a man who knows the game and the Japanese is quite out of the running.... keep reading
Before MMA #1: Wrestlers versus Boxers, Even the Promoters Got into the Act
Goates went on to quote McCullough as stating, "Wrestling is the most scientific as well as the best self-defense sport known to mankind"... keep reading
My Conversations with Karl
In remembrance of my friend and mentor Karl Gotch (aka "The God of Wrestling") I am sharing a handful of my conversations with this respected catch-as-catch-can wrestler and MMA founding father with the world, enjoy!... keep reading
DO IT AGAIN - Lost Training Camp Footage with Billy Robinson
An exclusive film compilation honoring the memory of Scientific Wrestling's Head Coach of seven years, Billy Robinson.... keep reading
MMAWeekly.com: CATCH WRESTLING EXPERT JAKE SHANNON WEIGHS IN ON THE SPORT'S CROSSOVER INTO MMA
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
Say Uncle!: Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling & Modern Grappling
Includes explanations of the methods of catch-as-catch and is accompanied by clear illustrations that show how to use them most effectively, and the background of this unique sport is traced through America, Japan, and England.
Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling
In this fascinating autobiography, Billy Robinson recounts his upbringing in post-WWII England amid a family of champion fighters, his worldwide travels as a wrestler, his time as a pro wrestling TV star, and his career as a coach to some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts.
The Fighting Library!: THE MOST COMPLETE COLLECTION OF FIGHTING INFORMATION OF ITS KIND!
Forget everything else you think you might know about martial arts. Jake Shannon from Scientific Wrestling has compiled out-of-print classics from his private Western Martial Arts library, along with other original items he has uncovered, PLUS several exclusive interviews!
The Double Wrist Lock DVD starring Billy Robinson
This DVD is a game changer, learn the bread and butter hold of REAL catch-as-catch-can with the LEGENDARY Billy Robinson. This 45 minute long crash course in how to apply the feared catch-as-catch-can finishing hold, the Double Wrist Lock, will change the way you think about grappling. It's is loaded with practical and little know tricks that will take your game TO THE NEXT LEVEL!
Wade Schalles' LEGAL PAIN DELUXE 4 DVD SET.
For those of you who know of Wade Schalles and his astonishing career as an athlete and coach, you know he knows pinning.
Josh Barnett's Leglock Seminar: BREAK A LEG
Josh Barnett has proven himself time and time again against the world's toughest competition. A former UFC Heavyweight Champion,King of Pancrase, and Metamoris champion, Josh stands at the top of the MMA food chain.
In this stellar nearly ninety minute long seminar, Josh shares never before seen methods to set-up and finish one of the most popular submissions in modern grappling and Mixed Martial Arts - "The Leglock"
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Our Highly Acclaimed PIN & SUBMIT Seminars will BLOW YOUR MIND!
Training with Scientific Wrestling has ALWAYS meant training with the best. Our coaches and former camp attendees have included world-record holders, champions, and athletes from UFC, PrideFC, WWE, UWFi, Pancrase, UWW (formerly FILA), USA Wrestling, NJPW, and more.
Now YOU can bring the Scientific Wrestling experience directly to you. Booking a Scientific Wrestling PIN and SUBMIT Training Camp for your fight gym, wrestling organization, MIL/LEO agency, or martial art school offers your facility the opportunity for increased visibility and improved retention by bringing our legendary coaches and proven, top-of-the-food-chain competitive CACC techniques and strategies.
Scientific Wrestling paved the way for the first CACC competitions in nearly 100 years with our King of Catch Wrestling open tournaments in 2007. Scientific Wrestling also developed the first Coaching Catch-As-Catch-Can certification (formerly known as the Certified Catch Wrestler program) and the ONLY CACC coaching program co-developed by Billy Robinson himself! Additionally, we were the first to introduce the Macebell, the very first modern steel Gada, instructional, and certification program for combat sport strength and conditioning.
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
"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)
"[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
"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.
"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.
"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
"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!
"I just want to say thank you for your great class. It was easy to understand and implement the adjustments into my style. What I enjoyed most, were the submissions and how they fit into my wrestling. In my first grappling tournament, I followed the class instruction and used the double wrist lock that Billy taught to submit my opponent in my first championship match. Then, in my third place match, I used the cradle ankle crank. Both times, my opponents did not see these moves coming, and they both fit right into my natural style. I'm excited to master the other submissions taught." - Jeramy Hunt-Loveless, Veterans US Freestyle Nationals 2010 Champion.
"My head's still spinning from all the game changing knowledge that was dropped at this years Scientific Catch Wrestling Seminar this past weekend. Jake Shannon and Wade Schalles' Catch Wrestling Seminar was totally game-changing. It's only a question of time until this explodes onto the MMA scene and evolves… taking MMA to the next level. It works, which means it's just like a force of nature… it can't be stopped. It's that simple."- James "The Colossus" Thompson, PRIDE FC and Bellator veteran.
"Jake Shannon and Josh Barnett are definitely the best. You'll find out soon how much knowledge and professionalism they have, but mostly, you are going to feel the original essence of CACC. Scientific Wrestling is where legendary trainers such as Karl Gotch, Billy Robinson and Yoshiaki Fujiwara left a piece of their soul and I feel deeply honored to have set foot on that mat, listening, learning and… do it again." - Vito Rea, Pro Wrestler, INOKI GENOME FEDERATION