Exploring the ancient Western martial art of catch-as-catch-can grappling, this definitive book covers the history, players, and strategies of the sport. Rich in history and full of painfully brutal techniques, catch-as-catch-can, or catch wrestling for short, is the great-grandfather of today’s mixed martial arts, professional wrestling, freestyle wrestling, and many reality-based self-defense systems. Say Uncle! includes explanations of the methods of catch-as-catch and is accompanied by clear illustrations that show how to use them most effectively, and the background of this unique sport is traced through America, Japan, England, and Ireland. Full of exclusive interviews with legends such as Karl Gotch, Billy Robinson, and Josh Barnett, this guide brings together all aspects of this little-known sport that is the root of modern MMA and professional wrestling.
Jake Shannon is the founder of www.ScientificWrestling.com and the inventor of the Macebell. He is the author of The Authoritative Encyclopedia of Scientific Wrestling; The Classical Pugilism & Bare-Knuckle Boxing Companion, Volume 1; and The Sport of Catch Wrestling. He lives in Salt Lake City.