Skip to 34 min 23 Seconds to hear the discussion on Catch Wrestling
It’s nice to hear them talk about some Catch Wrestling history and lineage. I do think it’s important to clarify a statement made by Cormier Catch Wrestling is NOT Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a Wrestling base. That is an inaccurate description and I really want people who haven’t tried it to understand Catch Wrestling is it’s own complete and distinct style of grappling. KJ Gould of Catch Wrestling United recently posted what I believe to be a much more accurate description. KJ writes;
“Although Catch arguably has never been a pure style. It’s taken best parts of Irish Collar & Elbow, Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling etc. It evolved when it went to USA, and when it went to Japan. I think as long as the core basics remain in tact, the starting positions, the ethos and sport rules, branching out from this with experimentation is great as long as it doesn’t undermine this core.”
Josh Barnett really quickly went through how Catch Wrestling was passed down to him. He mentions 3 primary teachers Matt Hume, Erik, Paulson and Billy Robinson. In case you didn’t catch it all I laid out the linage of each of his teachers below. What I want people to understand is that Catch Wrestling has been legitimately passed on and is still very much alive!
Catch Wrestling ==> Lancashire Wrestling ==> Billy Riley == > Karl Gotch ==> Yoshiaki Fujiwara ==> Masakatsu Funaki ==> Matt Hume ==> Josh Barnett
Catch Wrestling ==> Lancashire Wrestling ==> Billy Riley == > Karl Gotch ==> Satoru Sayama ==> Yori Nakamura ==> Erik Paulson ==> Josh Barnett
Catch Wrestling ==> Lancashire Wrestling ==> Billy Riley ==> Billy Robinson ==> Josh Barnett