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  1. Gotch's Bible: Conditioning Challenge

    Gotch's Bible: First, shuffle a full deck of cards (Jokers included). Black cards mean squats and red cards mean push-ups. Every time you deal a black card, you do twice the amount of repetitions ... keep reading

  1. My Conversations with Karl
    Jake Shannon

    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

  1. Jake Shannon - Scientific Wrestling Founder & Head Coach

    I have done my very best to vet as many of the sources of catch-as-catch-can and I have been very fortunate to call men like Karl Gotch, Billy Robinson, Wade Schalles, Dick Cardinal, Yoshiaki Fujiwara... keep reading

  1. Barring Strangles: The Evolution of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling
    Jake Shannon

    For those new to our sport, catch-as-catch-can is a tough sport with a rich and diverse history. Catch wrestling, as it is known for short, was born near the end of the industrial revolution in the no... keep reading

  1. A New Dawn for an Old Style
    Drew Price

    The Golden Age of Professional Wrestling is often thought of as the era of Frank Gotch, however the golden age, in terms of "technical" wrestling, occurred thereafter. During the early 20th... keep reading

  1. BEFORE MMA #3 - The Zenith of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling - Tigerman John Pesek versus Nat Pendleton
    Mark Hewitt

    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

  1. Before MMA #1: Wrestlers versus Boxers, Even the Promoters Got into the Act
    Mark Hewitt

    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

  1. BEFORE MMA #2 - East Meets West-1905: Catch-As-Catch-Can Takes on Jiu-Jitsu
    Mark Hewitt

    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

    Jeremy Seaton

    Highlight videos about mixed martial arts stars are all over the internet these days. This one starts in an arena as conversations stop, a hush goes over the crowd and then even the hush is drowned ou... keep reading

  1. Climbing Down The Mountain: Monotonically Descending Your Way to 500 Hindu Squats

    How many of us have set a goal to get to 500 hindu squats and 250 hindu push-ups only to fall short? Well I have prepared a method I call "Climbing Down the Mountain" and if you can do 1... keep reading

  1. Conditioning Programs from subscribers to the SCIENTIFIC WRESTLING TIMES!
    Jake ShannonConditioning Programs from subscribers to the SCIENTIFIC WRESTLING TIMES!

    The response was really outstanding to my request to share some work out programs and I wanted to share them. Try these suggestions out (from the loyal subscribers to THE SCIENTIFIC WRESTLING TIMES, H... keep reading

  1. The Modern Day Functional Grappler
    Robert Verdell

    Every time I look at old photos of catch wrestlers of the past, I immediately want to drop down and do 500 push ups, press a keg over my head, pump out 1000 squats and do one-handed cleans with a 200l... keep reading

  1. DO IT AGAIN - Lost Training Camp Footage with Billy Robinson
    Jake Shannon

    An exclusive film compilation honoring the memory of Scientific Wrestling's Head Coach of seven years, Billy Robinson.... keep reading

  1. Pinning for Police: Subdue Suspects While Protecting Due Process and the Innocent
    Jake Shannon

    I have long known that wrestling (in particular the catch-as-catch-can style with its complimentary toolkit of surgical takedowns, pins, and submissions) is the single best style of Close Quarter Combat (CQC) for law enforcement officers (LEO).... keep reading

  1. Catch-as-Catch-Can (E. Lancashire, England)
    Ruslan C Pashayev

    Catch-as-Catch-Can (E. Lancashire, England)... keep reading


    Welcome to the World's Leading Catch-As-Catch-Can Organization! Scientific Wrestling was established in 2003. An independent association of grappling and catch-as-catch-can wrestling practitioners, h... keep reading

  1. Scientific Wrestling's Catch-As-Catch-Can Training Camp UK 2014!
    Jake Shannon

    Very Special Thanks to Everyone Here: Kneeling - Coach Wade Schalles (World Champion Wrestler, pinning Master and SW Head Coach). Standing, from left to right: Marty Jones&nbs... keep reading

  1. "Buddy" Weight Conditioning
    Jake Shannon

    Live Partner Lifting for Strength... keep reading

  1. The Physical Body: Indian Wrestling and Physical Culture By Vincent Giordano
    Bill Cogswell

    This DVD is a fantastic in depth look at the Indian Wrestler's methods of physical conditioning. Vincent goes in depth as to the equipment/tools the Indian Wrestlers use as well as rituals that accomp... keep reading

  1. My Christmas with Karl...

    My Christmas with Karl... I don't really like to talk too much about myself but if you are reading this, you probably know that I live, eat, and breathe wrestling. I've tried to experience it all, fr... keep reading

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