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No Holds Barred: Raul Ramirez on the Global Growth of Catch Wrestling

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On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with our correspondent Raul Ramirez of Catch Wrestling Los Angeles. He has just returned from Wigan, England, where on November 9 he won both his matches at the second annual International Catch Wrestling Tournament, organized by the Snake Pit Wigan. He won his first match by hammerlock over Stephen Greenfield of Wales, and his second by pin over Ulli Koch of Germany. For these efforts, he also was awarded three trophies: the Alan Latham AKA Francis Sullivan Trophy presented by his daughter Karen Latham, the Billy Chambers AKA Jack Fallon Trophy, and the Roy Wood Trophy for Most Improved Wrestler of the Year, presented by Wigan head coach Roy Wood himself. In addition, it was announced that Catch Wrestling Los Angeles is now an official Snake Pit Wigan Training Group. We spoke with Raul Ramirez by phone Sunday. We discussed the opportunity wrestling has with the void being created by all the problems i…

Raul Ramirez Earns the Roy Wood Trophy

We are now a Snake Pit Wigan Training Group!

Catch Wrestling Los Angeles is now a official Snake Pit Wigan Training Group!  This occurred after Dr. Ramirez's second time competing for the Snake Pit Wigan in international Catch Wrestling competition.

Dr. Ramirez won both of his matches.  The first by hammer lock and the second by pin.

Check Out Cool New Banners Made by a Student!

Billy Robinson: Half Halch Salto

No Holds Barred: Is Catch Wrestling the Sleeping Giant of Combat Sports?

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses some of the many problems plaguing the combat sports, in particular MMA and boxing, and asks if catch wrestling, where you can only win by pin or submission, and which has been having a rebirth of late, can re-emerge as a popular spectator sport as it once was in the early 1900s. Also discussed is the devolution of professional catch wrestling into a fixed non-sport, which was most likely the worst case of corruption in the modern history of sports in the world.

Raul Ramirez with Billy Robinson and Great Training Partners

Had a blast training with Billy Robinson, Para Olympian, Scott Jones, and Ty Strang. Thanks to everyone! Hope to see everyone again soon.

Half Halch Salto, by Billy Robinson

Billy Robinson Raul Ramirez after three great days of Catch Wrestling training.

No Holds Barred: The Future of Wrestling, In Their Own Words

Host,Eddie Goldman discusses the future of wrestling, the continuing problems and crisis facing Olympic wrestling, and the rebirth and growth of catch wrestling. Highlighted are audio quotes we have gotten over the years on these topics from many people around the world, including: MMA pioneer and grappler John Perretti; Clint Kingsbury of Wrestling Canada Lutte; Olympic freestyle wrestling champion, coach, and former MMA fighter Kevin Jackson; MMA legend and former Greco-Roman wrestling US champion Randy Couture; NCAA Div. 2 wrestling champion and pro wrestler Bob Backlund; NCAA champion Teague Moore of Tour ACW; wrestling historians Nathan Hatton and Mike Chapman; Snake Pit Wigan catch wrestling legends Roy Wood and Billy Robinson; Garry Davis of Brazen Martial Arts; Steve Nelson of USWF Shootfighting and head wrestling coach at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas; Dan Kanagie of the North American Catch Wrestling Association; Jon Strickland of American Carny Style Catch as Ca…

Catch Wrestling Los Angeles Student Training at the Snake Pit Japan!

We are proud of our long time student, Kyle Johnson, for taking the initiative to train at the Snake Pit Japan while he visits Japan for the summer.  When he gets back, he will write a post about his experience practicing Catch Wrestling there.  In the meantime, here is a photo of Kyle and Mr. Miyato along with two other students.


Catch Wrestling: Stockport Seminar

More Photos from the Snake Pit Wigan International Catch Wrestling Tournament

I was honored to be selected to take part in the Snake Pit Wigan at the first Catch Wrestling tournament held in England in 50 years!  We are bringing Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling back!




Four Quick Reasons for Youth to get Involved with Amateur Catch as Catch Can Wrestling (Freestyle Wrestling)

1. An education in Catch wrestling qualifies students to compete in Freestyle competition. Coach Jones from team USA states that a student’s success in Freestyle wrestling competition increases the chances of being offered a college scholarship, over high school (Folkstyle) wrestlers.
2. Wrestling has been found to be number one in the top 5 hardest sports.  Difficult sports build confidence and a strong work ethic.
3. Forbes magazine released an article explaining why wrestlers make the best employees.  Wrestling primes boys and girls to be hard workers that achieve goals.
4. Wrestling is an important part of US history.  Wrestlers have achieved much in our history, in fact, many of our great presidents were wrestlers, like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt.  

We are the Los Angeles Toe Hold Club

Approved Catch Wrestling instruction by Billy Robinson and Jake Shannon of Scientific Wrestling

Billy Robinson, Jake Shannon, and Dr. Ramirez