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Exclusive Interview on Catch Wrestling with Raul, Yunquan and Matt

Catch Wrestling Alliance and Kapap Academy Singapore brings to you an exclusive interview on what exactly is Catch Wrestling, its revival, the future of Catch Wrestling and others.

Accommodations in Humboldt, Iowa for the Frank Gotch World Catch Tournament

People planning on traveling to Humboldt, Iowa, to watch the Frank Gotch World Catch Championships on July 3 have several options for lodging. Two motels in the area are designated as host motels for the event: the Super 8 in Humboldt (phone number is 515-332-1131) and the Sleep Inn & Suites (515-302-8508) located in Fort Dodge, about 15 miles south of Humboldt.Humboldt also has camping spots for RVs at Gotch Park and Sheldon Park but the campgrounds don't take reservations. They are $15.00 a night on a first-come first-serve basis.  Each of the parks can accommodate 40 RVs, but the Gotch Park usually fills up a week before the July 3-4 weekend.The Gotch Park campground also has a cabin that holds six people and is $30 a night but it does not have its own bathroom and people staying there have to use the campground’s showers and facilities.There is a link on the City of Humboldt website that has the phone numbers of all of the campgrounds.

CWA Singapore Results

Catch Wrestling Alliance Singapore was held in a 4 man tournament format featuring Chan (Singapore), Josh Robinson (USA), Matt Tran (USA), and Ryan Vance (USA).Semifinal 1: Matt Tran defeats Josh Robinson by pin in 1:46.Semifinal 2: Ryan Vance defeats Chan by pin in 4:51.3rd place match: Josh Robinson defeats Chan by heel hook submission in 1:05.Final: Matt Tran defeats Ryan Vance by decision in 20:00.

Op-ed: Catch wrestling will never be even remotely as popular as Jiu Jitsu

Catch wrestling will never be even remotely as popular as Jiu Jitsu. I will list the reasons why this is. 1. Nobody seems to know what actual Catch Wrestling is. They seem to think it's amateur wrestling mixed with other arts. Basically creating a self made system and applying a name that's not appropriate. (Where there's a student there was a teacher and you can follow that evidence rather easily. Personally I don't give two shits who that upsets. This alone killed the comeback before it could even start.) 2. Legit catch practitioners lack an association of checks and balances. (You don't claim a Blackbelt of any rank in JJ if it's not true. Those who have are normally called out.) 3. There's enough legit coaches in the world for this art to spread correctly but many start coaching way too soon and don't even fully known the system in a competitive sense yet much less of making someone else legit. 4. Without structure there's random chaos. 5. Havin…

The American Linage of Catch Wrestling Has a New Name!

EASLEY, S.C. - Exciting things are happening as Jon Strickland, head coach and Catch-as-Catch-Can (CACC) Hooker,  is revamping his at home wrestling program, now called American Hook Wrestling.  

"This is an exciting time," said Strickland. "There is so much that I want to be able to present to my students, but I was hindered by aspects that were just out of my control. All that has changed."

A new website, new camera equipment and organizational changes within the company are just some of the changes Strickland has implemented to make his company run more smoothly.

"I'm a wrestler, not a business man," he said. "And like most other wrestlers I know, I get so wrapped up in the sport itself, things like updating the website, editing new videos and sending out progress reports ended up sitting on the back burner. But not anymore."

With American Hook Wrestling, Strickland has brought together a team of professionals to take care of the business sid…

American Catch Wrestler Billy Wicks on Staying Relaxed and the Importance of Wrestling

Here's the points I'd like to make about catch wrestling. You never do anything well or to your best ability when you panic. Learning to relax is the single most important aspect of how I was taught and teach catch wrestling. It's hard to learn this part of wrestling. It normally takes quite a few years for most. 
People get far too anxious in getting the win. Therefore they blow themselves up or walk right into a hook. Often I hear, "how do you not panic if a person is beating or hurting you?" Its quite simple. You learn to wrestle. What's that? You must learn to escape, reverse, and block a move. That is all in the technique itself. Its not in your body. 
Until you learn to relax, you won't be considered a knowledgeable catch guy. This brings me to the holds. How many holds are applied when someone taps out? Normally just one, right. Guys don't often lose by a DWL and toe hold. They lose by one hold. You chain your wrestling. If you shoot for a leg, …