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Catch Wrestling Alliance: Curran Jacobs vs Christopher Crossan

Catch Wrestling Alliance: Adam Laporte (CAN) vs Jon Strickland (USA)

Catch Wrestling Alliance: Amin Nazer (UK) vs Christoper Morales (USA)

Happy Holidays from Catch Wrestling Alliance

Catch Wrestling Alliance 2014 Highlights

Happy Holidays from the Catch Wrestling Alliance!

Glimpse into the Exhaustive History of Riley's Gym

Stephen Greenfield, one of the authors of the thoroughly researched history of the greatest Catch Wrestling gym in history has posted a picture online giving us a glimpse into this forthcoming book, set to launch November 8, 2014 at the Catch Wrestling event being held in Bolton, England that will feature pure Catch Wrestling matches with wrestlers from around the world.

The next big Catch Wrestling event is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Bolton, England.

September 10, 2014

Los Angeles, California

The next big Catch Wrestling event is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, 2014 in Bolton, England. The Snake Pit Wigan will host an upscale event that will feature eight matches of authentic Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling. Wrestlers will come from various countries around the world. The location, Platinum Suite, Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, De Havilland Way, Bolton, BL6 6SF. This event will also feature the launch of the new, and extensive Catch Wrestling history book produced by the Snake Pit Wigan. Doors open at 6:30 PM.

More information about the event will be released soon.

The Essence of Catch Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

Many of the wrestlers on team England have links to Aspull Olympic Wrestling Club where Catch Wrestling master, and lineage holder of the great wrestler Billy Riley, Roy Wood is head coach.
Here is a quick rundown of how team England performed.
Team England got 5 medals, 4 bronze and 1 Silver.

Silver: Yana Stadnik (a former Ukrainian wrestler who wrestles out of the Manchester Academy)
Bronze:
1)  Leon Rattigan (Yana's husband) from Bristol
2) Chinu (Only has the one name, just like Madonna, Prince etc!  His passport actually shows Chinu XXX - so he's being referred to as triple X!) From Wolverhampton.
3) Michael Grundy - now wrestles at Wigan & Leigh Wrestling Club which his dad, Dave Grundy founded about 7/8 years ago. Up to then Michael trained at Aspull under Roy from being a little boy.
4) Louisa Porogovska now trains at Bolton but wrestled at Aspull from a young age up until 2/3 years ago. She is Roy's great niece, Paul Woods niece.
Unfortunately, Philip Roberts who is an…

About the Snake Pit Wigan

The Snake Pit Wigan is the historical and current “Home of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling”. The head coach is Roy Wood. Roy was taught his wrestling craft over many years under the great Billy Riley who also then would watch and instruct him on the finer aspects of coaching when he entrusted his gym to him. Roy had a long career in professional wrestling as a wrestler and promoter, he went on to become arguably one of the most successful coaches in freestyle wrestling in the UK with wrestlers taught by him achieving national,international and commonwealth success. In 2012 he was asked to be Olympic coach for wrestler Maria Dunn from Guam achieving one of his lifelong goals to travel to the Olympics. In the 1990s Roy was invited to Japan after recommendation by Bob Robinson (Billy Joyce) widely regarded as one of best Catch as catch can wrestlers.he travelled to Japan a number of times over the years coaching many of the professional wrestlers in catch as catch can.Winner of many awards …

The Snake Pit Wigan and Billy Wicks Foundation Join Forces to Support the Catch Wrestling Alliance

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 -- After months of talks, the two of the last remaining historical Catch Wrestling lineages in the world are uniting their efforts under the Catch Wrestling Alliance banner. The Billy Wicks Foundation (United States) and the Snake Pit Wigan (United Kingdom) are joining forces to support, strengthen, and grow the Catch Wrestling Alliance. The goal is to preserve and grow the sport of pure Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling.The Catch Wrestling Alliance organized by Raul Ramirez, L.Ac., Ph.D., is excited about the collaboration between the two organisations. “It is great to have the greatest Catch Wrestling lineages working together to preserve our great sport and to bring authentic Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling to the world."Administrative aspects of the Catch Wrestling Alliance remain under the direction of Dr. Ramirez, but the Billy Wicks Foundation and the Snake Pit Wigan will pool their worldwide networks of wrestlers to develop the sport and support future …

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No Holds Barred: Kyle Johnson on Catch Wrestling in L.A. and Japan

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with catch wrestler Kyle Johnson.
Originally trained in the martial arts of Tae Kwon Do, Tang Soo Do, Aikido, Capoeira, and Sanda, he has now been training in catch wrestling both at Catch Wrestling Los Angeles and at the Snake Pit Japan.
He will be wrestling on the card of the Catch Wrestling Alliance International Invitational: The Rebirth.
This event will take place Saturday, June 7, in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA, at 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095-1612. This invitational event will be held under catch wrestling rules, where you can only win by pin or submission. His opponent will be announced shortly. We spoke with Kyle Johnson by phone Wednesday. Discussing the rapid growth in popularity of catch wrestling and his training at Catch Wrestling Los Angeles, he said, "We've been having a lot of students becoming more and more interested in this now, and cl…

CWA in WIN Magazine!

Reprinted with permission. Check out the great wrestling news source WIN Magazine! By Mike Chapman
If you’ve ever wished you could climb into a time machine and travel back to the early 1900s and see what wrestling contests were like back then – when something called “catch-as-catch-can” was the most popular style of the sport – then you will want to go to the UCLA campus on June 7 to attend a very special event. Called “Rebirth,” the event will feature a series of matches under the old catch wrestling rules. Matches will be 20 minutes long and no points will be scored – the only way to win is by pin or submission. There is no punching, kicking or striking, as in mixed martial arts. A wrestler cannot linger on his back, like in MMA, because he will be pinned. Catch is a high-paced type of wrestling with an emphasis on skill and technique. “We are looking forward to showing high-level catch wrestling to the world,” said Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance, the company putting on th…

Snake Pit Wigan's Roy Wood to Attend CWA's First International Invitational Catch Wrestling Event, June 7 in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, April 22 -- Legendary Snake Pit Wigan Catch Wrestling and Olympic Freestyle Wrestling coach Roy Wood will attend Catch Wrestling Alliance’s First International Catch Wrestling Event, June 7 in Los Angeles. 
Roy took over the legendary "Snake Pit" gym after the passing of his longtime coach and Catch Wrestling master Billy Riley. Roy was one of three men that brought catch wrestling to Japan. He trained many of the great professional wrestlers in Japan as well as many wrestlers for the Commonwealth Games and 2012 Olympic freestyle wrestler, Maria Dunn.
Roy Wood will also be offering Catch Wrestling seminars at the Catch Wrestling Los Angeles gym. This will be the only Catch Wrestling instruction that Roy Wood will offer outside of the Snake Pit Wigan, England. Dates to be announced soon.
Tickets are now on sale for the Catch Wrestling Alliance first Catch Wrestling event, an international invitational event, entitled "Rebirth." It will take place in Collin…

Tickets on Sale Now for CWA's First International Invitational Catch Wrestling Event, June 7 in Los Angeles

Tickets on Sale Now for CWA's First International Invitational Catch Wrestling Event, June 7 in Los Angeles For Immediate Release: Witness the rebirth of the sport of Catch Wrestling LOS ANGELES, April 2 -- Tickets are now on sale for the Catch Wrestling Alliance's first catch wrestling event, an international invitational event entitled "Rebirth." It will take place in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, 221 Westwood Plaza, Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095. This event will be held under traditional catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, and no judges. Catch wrestlers with extensive wrestling and grappling backgrounds from around the world, including Europe, North America, and Asia, are confirmed to compete. Men's and women's matches will be held. "We are looking forward to showing the world high-level catch wrestling," said Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance. "It is …

Mike Chapman to Attend CWA's International Catch Wrestling Event, June 7, in Los Angeles

Distinguished wrestling author and historian Mike Chapman will be on hand at the first Catch Wrestling Alliance event being held on Saturday, June 7, at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095. He will also be displaying many artifacts from the early days of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling.

Mike Chapman's background includes attending 44 NCAA wrestling tournaments, two Olympics and two Wrestling World Championships as a media person. He created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa (now called the Dan Gable National Wrestling Museum, located in Waterloo, Iowa, the hometown of both Dan Gable and Mike). He created WIN magazine, and the Dan Hodge Trophy, often called "the Heisman Trophy of Wrestling."

Mike has also put on dozens of events. He ran the Dan Gable Classic for 5 years, bringing in the best U.S. wrestlers to face a top foreign team.

Mike loves Catch Wrestling. Frank Gotch…

Rest in Peace Billy Robinson

Legendary catch wrestler and coach, Billy Robinson passed away and will be deeply missed. Thank you for everything you have done for the sport of Catch Wrestling.

No Holds Barred: Jennifer Thomas, from Pro Wrestling to Catch Wrestling!

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Jennifer Thomas will be competing in our event June 7, 2014 at UCLA in Los Angeles. Come support her and the rebirth of Catch Wrestling!




CWA Holds First International Invitational Catch Wrestling Event, June 7, in Los Angeles

Witness the rebirth of the sport of Catch Wrestling

For Immediate Release:

Los Angeles, February 5, 2014: On Saturday, June 7, the Catch Wrestling Alliance will be holding their first catch wrestling event, an international invitational entitled "Rebirth." It will take place in Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095.

This event will be held under traditional catch wrestling rules, where you can win by submission or pin. There are no points, no politics, and no sandbagging. A team of American Catch Wrestlers will take on a team of international Catch Wrestlers in USA vs the World matches.

Catch wrestlers with extensive wrestling and grappling backgrounds from around the world, including Europe, North America, and Asia, are confirmed to compete. Men's and women's matches will be held.

"I am looking forward to showing the world high level catch wrestling," said Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wre…

Our first event is set for June 7!

The date of the first Catch Wrestling Alliance has been set for Saturday, June 7th in Collins Court on UCLA campus in Los Angeles.Collins Court is a spacious venue with seating on all four walls that will surround the wrestling mat. Every seat will provide a great view of all the explosive Catch Wrestling action.Here is a glimpse into Collins Court.

Interview of Qin Yunquan

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Qin Yunquan is one of the female wrestlers set to participate in the first show of the Catch Wrestling Alliance.  She has an extensive martial arts background that includes Freestyle wrestling, Wushu, and Catch Wrestling.

Check it out!


An introduction to the Catch Wrestling Alliance

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with our correspondent Raul Ramirez of the Catch Wrestling Alliance. Based in the Los Angeles, California, area, and working with the Snake Pit Wigan in the U.K., which is the home of catch-as-catch-can wrestling, he has set his sights on hosting a major international catch wrestling event this year in Los Angeles. We spoke with Raul Ramirez by phone Wednesday, New Year's Day. "Everyone who's involved with catch wrestling, it's their dream to really help revive it as a real, maybe even professional sport, hearken back to the glory days of catch wrestling," he said. "So basically this past year I've been working hard with the Snake Pit Wigan and reaching out to other people in the United States who have been involved with catch wrestling for a long time. A lot of them want to work together to try to provide wrestlers for a big event that we plan on having, most likely June of this…