Showing posts with label Catch wrestling. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Catch wrestling. Show all posts

July 14, 2015

Happy Birthday Saku

Wanted to send out a cheers to my all time favorite MMA fighter Kazushi "The Gracie Hunter" Sakuraba!  I hope someday to meet you and shake your hand, until then please accept a remote Happy Birthday, and thank you for your contributions to martial arts and MMA. 

Here is a great HL tribute to the one of the most respectful fighters ever, one whom never knew the word fear though many coughRicksonGraciecough feared him...

October 12, 2014

A Historical Developement of Western Wrestling by Antonio Graceffo

Antonio Graceffo over at Wrestling Roots has just written a comprehensive and impressive chronological overview of the development of wrestling in the west.  Accompanied by a great bibliography make sure to check this out and spread word to any students, scholars, or other interested historians. 

Click here for the entire article.

1848, Greco-Roman wrestling was born in France. The Greco Roman style is unique in that it forbids attacks to the legs. The wrestlers must possess powerful upper bodies and have the ability to lift and throw their opponents. (Sparta Club, history of the Greco)
1870’s Catch-as-catch-can, or Lancashire wrestling, or just “Catch wrestling” was invented in Lancashire, England. Catch wrestling matches can be won by pin, choke, or submission. They had no time limit. And a title fight once lasted for over 11 hours. (Launchpad)
1896 Greco-Roman wrestling was included in the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 and has been included in every summer Olympics held since 1908. (,WRESTLING GRECO-ROMAN)
1904 Catch wrestling was included in the St. Louis Olympics. All of the competitors were Americans. And consequently, the US won all of the medals. It was also included in the 1908 London Games and the 1920 Antwerp Games. (Nash Aug. 2012)

March 4, 2014

CACC's Billy Robinson (1939-2014)

Wanted to send out our condolences to the family and friends of Billy Robinson who passed away in his sleep yesterday at the age of 74.  One of modern MMA's most influential coaches and figures, Robinson taught his style of Catch As Catch Can wrestling to the likes of Sakuraba, Yoji Anjo, and Megumi Fuji.  Most viewers of the UFC will never have a deep understanding of just how important Billy Robinson was to the sport.

Rest in Peace.

October 31, 2011

Reilly Bodycomb Interview Regarding Leg Locks

Reilly Bodycomb is a practitioner of Sambo teaching down in Dallas, TX.  I have been following him for a number of years now and his DVD's on Leg Locks are simply the best available on the market!  Not to mention he is one of the most down to earth, nicest cats in the grappling game today. 

Here is an excerpt from an awesome interview by Reilly brought to us by US Combat Sports.  

What are some of the common mistakes/misconceptions practitioners make when learning/using leg locks?

Reilly: As far as the misconceptions, I would say the most common one I hear is that you abandon position when attacking the legs. I have controlled people in leg control positions for minutes on end, both in sparring and competition. Going to leg control is not giving up position, it is changing position. For most people, it is changing to a position they are not familiar with, so they lose it quickly. I equate it to when new grapplers take the back sloppily and then just end up on the bottom of full guard. Or, when they take mount but are immediately rolled over. Their instructors don’t discourage them from taking the back or mount, they just teach them more and more until the student can learn how to change positions smoothly and maintain control, even when his opponent is rolling around and defending. Leg locks are like this: once you really learn how to do it, you can stay in control of your opponent for quite a long while before submitting them. Sadly, there are few good examples of athletes in the USA who can do this properly. That number is growing steadily, however, and we are seeing more and more Americans who can control the legs as others control the back.

January 26, 2011

Catch Wrestling vs. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Hilarious post over at Part Time Grappler on the oh so subtle differences between BJJ and Catch as Catch Can!  Check out the chart below and then read the whole post.  So far my vote for post of the year....

Click here to read the whole post!

Funny as hell!

December 3, 2009

Wrestling vs. Jujitsu - 104 year old article

Originally published in the May 1905 issue of "The Cosmopolitan," this article (thanks to EJMAS) sheds some interesting light on the subject of grappling in general, western wrestling (CACC) and Judo specifically. Take a peak at the way these arts were portrayed over 100 years ago! Very interesting.


October 26, 2009

Sakuraba Technique Breakdown

I stumbled across this cool video of one of my favorite fighters of all times, Kazushi Sakuraba. In this video the editor has broken down Sak's technique base, which is largely from Catch Wrestling (CACC). Regardless of where Sak's technique base comes from he is an amazing grappler, and dominated Pride FC back in the day. Endless fun to watch and just an amazing inspiration to all grapplers and fighters!


October 2, 2009

Catch Wrestling Interview

For those of you unaware Lockflow is a great martial resource that is based out of the Pac NW, and they have recently made a "newsletter" for anyone interested in the various martial arts. This months focus just so happens to be on Catch Wrestling and they have an interesting interview with Kris Iatskevitch about the art. It is short and sweet, but to the point.

Check it out!

October 1, 2009

Modern Catch as Catch Can Wrestling

Catch as Catch Can (Catch Wrestling) is gaining in popularity as all grappling based styles or systems have been so far this decade, so I wanted to include a great article by Kris Iatskevich.

Click here to read the whole article!

Kris is the head instructor of the Quebec Toe Hold Club, and offers some really interesting insights into the grappling phenomenon and Catch wrestling's influence on, and from, various other grappling based systems.

Those of you unfamiliar with CACC can look towards the likes of Kazushi Sakuraba for a modern day popular warrior that uses CACC in his MMA fighting and is actually very, very proficient in the ring utilizing the strategies and techniques found in CACC.

Hope you enjoy the article. I hope to get Kris' DVD's sometime in the future.

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