Historic Free Catch Wrestling Demonstration July 2, in Bicknell Park

A free demonstration of catch wresting will be held at 2 p.m. on July 2, in Bicknell Park. The demonstration is being put on by Dr. Raul Ramirez, head of the Catch Wrestling Alliance in Los Angeles, and Roy Wood, longtime coach at the legendary Snake Pit in Wigan, England.“This is an incredible opportunity for sports fansContinue reading “Historic Free Catch Wrestling Demonstration July 2, in Bicknell Park”

Dr. Stephen Greenfield: Catch Wrestling is a Distinct Wrestling Style

Dr. Greenfield with the successor of Billy Riley, Roy Wood If I hear “it’s just a ruleset” or “it’s all grappling” – yes it is a form of grappling, as is Judo , BJJ, they all have their distinctive points, techniques, nuances, history and strategy. Yes CACC had a rulset (it is a little moreContinue reading “Dr. Stephen Greenfield: Catch Wrestling is a Distinct Wrestling Style”

Regarding Lineage

The Snake Pit in Wigan and American Hook Wrestling work together because their lineages can be verified and the mat wrestling techniques are virtually identical. This became apparent during the week of our event, CAW Singapore. We held numerous Catch Wrestling seminars at Kapap Academy Singapore that were lead by Matt Tran representing American HookContinue reading “Regarding Lineage”


****** Over £1,000 of training seminars for FREE!! ****** Snake Pit Wigan is the home of Catch wrestling. Roy Wood is the Head coach and has dedicated his life to coaching wrestling. More recent years he has committed to reviving the original style of Catch. Members are usually required to do online applications followed byContinue reading “SNAKE PIT WIGAN SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY!”

New Video! Curran Jacobs (USA) vs Christopher Crossan (UK)

Check out the excitement of authentic Catch Wrestling when Curran Jacobs (USA, Catch Wrestling Los Angeles) takes on Christopher Crossan (UK, Snake Pit Wigan)!

The Essence of Catch Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games

Many of the wrestlers on team England have links to Aspull Olympic Wrestling Club where Catch Wrestling master, and lineage holder of the great wrestler Billy Riley, Roy Wood is head coach. Here is a quick rundown of how team England performed. Team England got 5 medals, 4 bronze and 1 Silver.Silver: Yana Stadnik (aContinue reading “The Essence of Catch Wrestling at the Commonwealth Games”

About the Snake Pit Wigan

The Snake Pit Wigan is the historical and current “Home of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling”. The head coach is Roy Wood. Roy was taught his wrestling craft over many years under the great Billy Riley who also then would watch and instruct him on the finer aspects of coaching when he entrusted his gym to him. RoyContinue reading “About the Snake Pit Wigan”

The Snake Pit Wigan and Billy Wicks Foundation Join Forces to Support the Catch Wrestling Alliance

LOS ANGELES, June 16, 2014 — After months of talks, the two of the last remaining historical Catch Wrestling lineages in the world are uniting their efforts under the Catch Wrestling Alliance banner. The Billy Wicks Foundation (United States) and the Snake Pit Wigan (United Kingdom) are joining forces to support, strengthen, and grow theContinue reading “The Snake Pit Wigan and Billy Wicks Foundation Join Forces to Support the Catch Wrestling Alliance”

CWA in WIN Magazine!

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 sportContinue reading “CWA in WIN Magazine!”