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).Continue reading “The Origin of the "Grovit"”

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”

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. (WhereContinue reading “Op-ed: Catch wrestling will never be even remotely as popular as Jiu Jitsu”

SNAKE PIT WIGAN SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY!

****** 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!”

What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?

Here at the Catch Wrestling Alliance, our resolution is to “Keep Real Wrestling Alive!” We do that by honoring the wishes of the great wrestlers who came before us and not changing the way Catch As Catch Can Wrestling has been done for over a century. Many know the rules, but few know the art.Continue reading “What’s Your New Year’s Resolution?”

Frank Gotch World Catch Championships in Humboldt, Iowa 2016!

An event of epic proportions will be held in Humboldt, Iowa, on July 3, 2016, when the first ever Frank Gotch World Catch Championships come to the hometown of the most legendary figure in catch wrestling history. The Catch Wrestling Alliance (CWA) headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, has announced it will hold its third annualContinue reading “Frank Gotch World Catch Championships in Humboldt, Iowa 2016!”