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…
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…