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What Is Catch Wrestling?


#1

While I was having a discussion with some of my friends about Mixed Martial Arts a style of wrestling that I've never was brought up. It was called catch as catch can wrestling or catch wrestling for short. My friend told me that it was a style of submission wrestling that originated in America. He brought up names as George Tragos, Frank Gotch, Lou Thesz and others. He also told me a story where a guy named Ad Santel beaten many Judo Champions of his time. I was wondering if anybody has heard about Catch Wrestling, has any information to this style or has ever trained in it.


#2

Check out Wikipedia:


#4

O yes Matt Furey is a stud at catch :wink:


#5

check out tony checcini's(sp) website


#6

There's another thread that I can't seem to find right now where I go in depth on the history of this.

So, search and if you still have any questions, lemme know.


#7

Please stop reading Fureys propaganda....


#8

has anybody ever trained in catch wrestling or experienced it first hand?


#9

Thank God!
Another reasonable person...


#10

I was lucky enough to train with Tony Cecchine for about a year back in 00-01. I learned a lot while I was there, but I can't say there was much carry over to where I train now, since I had to take about 3 years off due to work and finances. But I still have a few core moves I learned while there that work good for me. The biggest carryover was my ground control/pinning, which is still pretty good.

People will bash Tony for his involvement in Catch, as well as his background(which some have called into question--usually right before offering their own Catch products for sale). I don't know how or when he learned Catch, since I wasn't there. If he was faking it, then he was a damn good faker. I am not claiming to be able to spot a fake a mile away or anything of that sort, I am just saying the few times he was able to roll with us(he had/has a bad back and other health issues), he was light years ahead of any of us.


#11

Yes I trained in it. There are many aspects of catch wrestling that are far superior to jui-jitsu!


#12

I run an the world's leading organization dedicated to bringing back real catch wrestling.

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Enjoy!

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