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The Origin of the "Grovit"

We posted this image of American Catch Wrestling master, William Wicks doing a front face lock, or "Grovit." Many people had questions about the term, "Grovit."  Here is an explanation by Dr. Stephen Greenfield. 

"The original meaning was associated with a local word for an animal such as a sheep with a misshapen jaw (usually overshot). I believe it was applied to the name of a tool as a reference to the shape. As far as the Wigan Grovit, I would suspect it was in reference to the appearance of someone who had it applied to them."

Dr. Greenfield is a physician, wrestler, and historian who works with the Snake Pit Wigan

The Future of Catch: Drew Persson Interview

Olympics Highlight Need for Catch As Catch Can Wrestling

How many points can you score in six minutes? That is how many Olympics wrestling matches are decided. Getting points for passivity and pushing your opponent out of the circle are not in the spirit of wrestling. If the goal of wrestling was to pin your opponent, then adding points and short time limits change the goal. A wrestler can win by out scoring the opponent. It seems like the rules of freestyle are designed to make sure that the wrestling event is over quickly. An example of this would be the aforementioned push out, or awarding a point if a wrestler cannot score after being put on the shot clock.

The tragedy of wrestling and grappling events is that wrestlers and fans are emotionally devastated when a wrestler loses by a small difference in points. Catch Wrestler, and former captain of the Michigan State wrestling team, Curran Jacobs stated in a recent interview for Takedown Wrestling that he always fell short of becoming an All American wrestler because of a slight point dif…

Catch Wrestling Seminar at Gracie Barra Glendale

Why Lineage is Important and Why it's Not

By Jon Strickland, head coach of American Hook Wrestling

Why Lineage Matters
The human race typically gains it's knowledge from a specific source or sources. Look at the Ivy League, they hold a very long tradition of the pursuit of excellence in education and professional studies. Harvard being one of those schools, is known for its law and business schools. Other schools not Ivy League, like MIT, have a long tradition of science and engineering.  These schools produce top professionals more often than not. Wecould take specific collegiate sports, like football, and see a traditional within them. Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State are usually good and hold numerous championships. Not only do they send a lot of guys to the pros, they also produce the future coaches who are sought out so highly.  Today we see a lot of these for profit colleges who don't produce such things. In fact, very often they have no credibility and base graduation on pay not knowledge. Lineage should have years of…

Takedown Wrestling and Catch Wrestling Alliance Working Together to Keep Real Wrestling Alive

The global wrestling news leader, Takedown Wrestling Media will now feature the growing sport of Catch Wrestling. Catch as Catch Can Wrestling is the style that started it all for modern wrestlers. Freestyle and Folkstyle wrestling, both are rooted in the style of the great wrestlers of the turn of the century, like Frank Gotch, "Farmer" Burns, and others.Takedown Wrestling and Catch Wrestling Alliance will be working hard to bring this great wrestling sport to the widest audience.