What is ‘Hybrid Grappling’?
Our system is hybrid of various grappling martial arts like judo, combat jiu jitsu, Greco-Roman wrestling, and most prominently, catch-as-catch-can wrestling (or ‘catch’).
Catch-as-catch-can, which is a Lancashire phrase that simply means ‘catch me if you can’, is a uniquely western martial art and the most influential combat sport of all time. Originating in England before arriving and spreading like wildfire in the U.S. in the 1800s, catch is the forebearer of what would eventually become today’s versions of Olympic freestyle wrestling, scholastic folkstyle wrestling, and even WWE and all other forms of ‘pro wrestling’. The first MMA promotions in the early 1990s—particularly Shooto and Pancrase—were inspired by the influence of legendary catch wrestlers Karl Gotch and Billy Robinson, as well. Catch wrestling has also left its fingerprints on today’s most popular grappling martial art, Brazilian jiu jitsu–Mitsuyo Maeda, who is credited with mentoring the Gracie family and catalyzing ‘BJJ’, developed his own fighting style in direct response to his experiences on prize-fighting catch-as-catch-can circuits during the early 1900s.
By emphasizing catch wrestling and combining with other grappling modalities, our curriculum emphasizes takedowns, pins, and ‘no holds barred’ submissions that can be transferred to any combat ruleset and self-defense situation. This style of wrestling has become the most formidable weapon in mixed martial arts (see graphic below), and is the best tool for self-defense applications.
Our Core Values:
- Integrity above all else
- Commitment to family and community
- Embrace diversity
- Continuous improvement and innovation
- Tangible, lasting results for all students
James Cole has dedicated himself to the practice and study of martial arts for most of his adult life. James is a certified catch-wrestler with Scientific Wrestling under head coach Jake Shannon (learn more here) Though he holds rankings in taekwondo, judo, and Brazilian jiu jitsu, his real passion is a submission-based style of wrestling.