Catch Wrestling is the Great Granddaddy of contemporary Submission Grappling, modern Pro-Wrestling (sports entertainment), and competitive American Folkstyle Wrestling. Karl Gotch, Lou Thesz, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Gene LeBell, Kazushi Sakuraba, Erik Paulson, Josh Barnett, Frank Shamrock, and Ken Shamrock have all fallen under the shadow of its influence at some point in their training.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 4, 2006
MMA.TV, the world's best source for Mixed Martial Arts information, unveiled it's latest information resource today with the addition of the Scientific Wrestling 'Catch Wrestling Forum'. For the uninitiated, Catch Wrestling is a time-tested alternative and complement to other popular combat sports like Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, and Amateur Wrestling.
As described on the splash page for the new Catch Wrestling forum:
"Catch Wrestling is the Great Granddaddy of contemporary Submission Grappling, modern Pro-Wrestling (sports entertainment), and competitive American Folkstyle Wrestling. Karl Gotch, Lou Thesz, Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Gene LeBell, Kazushi Sakuraba, Erik Paulson, Josh Barnett, Frank Shamrock, and Ken Shamrock have all fallen under the shadow of its influence at some point in their training."
MMA.TV was motivated to create the forum in response to numerous email requests from fans of Scientific Wrestling's corporate mandate, which is to promote the legacy of competitive Catch Wrestling as a legitimate sport, a means of superior physical fitness, and a brutally efficient form of self-defense. Jake Shannon heads up the list of moderators and is the Managing Director of Scientific Wrestling, a lifelong wrestler and student/coach of grappling, and the producer of several well-received books and DVDs on the topic of Western Combatives.
Other moderators of the new forum include include C. Nathan Hatton, a wrestling historian currently pursuing a Masters in History, focusing on pre-Depression era wrestling in Northern Ontario. He has had articles published in The Journal of Alternative Perspectives on the Martial Arts, The Scientific Wrestling Times, G.A.I.N magazine, and was a research contributor to Catch Wrestling: A Wild and Wooly Look at the Early Days of Pro-Wrestling in America, and The Authoritative Encyclopedia of Scientific Wrestling.
Moderator Mark "Scuffler" Jones has been involved in martial arts for 30 years, coaching boxing, kickboxing, grappling, and mixed martial arts (former coach for Team Ironlock, now coached by Jason Coomer). He began researching and practicing catch-as-catch-can wrestling in the late 80s and has a solid reputation as a debunker of myths in martial arts.
When asked to comment, Jake Shannon said, "I am glad to have the opportunity to show that Western submission grappling is not new. With roots in the English Lancashire style, it 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! This is going to be a great partnership for both MMA.TV and Scientific Wrestling."