By Jon Strickland, head coach at American Hook Wrestling in South Carolina
Submission wrestling or grappling is a generic term CACC is not. CACC is a style of submission wrestling. A high level amateur who learns Jiujitsu or another submission art would be a submission wrestler.
All striking isn’t karate or Kung fu. I’m not sure why it’s so hard for this generation to grasp this? Your knowledge will speak for itself not your style. Often though people like to have a specific name because without such they don’t feel credible or their credibility is questioned. It’s the ultimate moving of the goal post to suit the ego. Whether it’s dishonest on purpose or not it’s dishonest.
This was the opinion of every old timer I ever spoke with. I don’t have time for dishonest people.
1. The more people you train with the better you will be. 2. Letting go of a hold because the next one is always better. 3. Don’t ask “what if.” 4. (Fill in the blank) is the best because I think he or it is. 5. Popularity must mean its good. Now the answers: 1. Often I get these folks and they always lose to my 18 year old. He’s never crossed the highway much less left town. 2. Again this isn’t always the case. Often if you can’t get the submission with one hold, it’s often due to a true lack of understanding the hold. Once you let go now you start over again. 3. This is my pet peeve in combat arts. You’d better ask, “what if” because demonstration is very different than resistance against an actual resisting opponent. Flashy stuff works on fish, and usually dead fish. 4. Opinion is usually based on experience which is usually static in nature. 5. McDonald’s anyone?
On Dec. 16, 1917, the greatest wrestler in American history died in Humboldt, Iowa. Therefore, the 100-year anniversary of Frank Gotch’s death is on Saturday. Gotch was the biggest sports hero of his day. Teddy Roosevelt invited him to the White House and he starred in a stage play that toured the East Coast and Europe. He was even being recruited to run for governor of Iowa in 1920.
Here is what the 1954 book “100 Greatest Heroes” had to say about Frank’s passing.
“When the news of his death reached the people of his native Iowa, the whole state went into mourning. In Humboldt, his hometown, every store closed down, the schoolhouse was shuttered and empty, on the day of his funeral. Thousands of weeping mourners, gathered from many parts of the land, trudged the icy path to the little rural cemetery, on a cold December day, to bid a final farewell to the farm boy who had been the greatest wrestling champion in history.”