Introduction to American Catch Wrestling

  • August 4, 2018
    12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

When: August 4th, 2018, Noon to 4pm
Where: Ars Gladii/Salle d’Troit, 36745 Amrhein Rd, Livonia MI 48150
Instructor: David Farrell
Audience: grappling experience useful, but not required

Catch, or Catch as Catch Can, wrestling is a sportive grappling form that originated in Great Britain and dates to the late 19th century. It came to the US primarily through British immigrants, and was a dominant wrestling style amongst professional wrestlers until the rise of fixed “Professional Wrestling” in the modern sense in the 1950s-70s. It has a close connection to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu through Judo, as a result of the east/west cultural interactions of the late 1800s and early 1900s.

This class will provide a brief introduction to a lineage of Catch Wrestling from the US, which I learned from Dr. Les Moore, who in turn learned it from Billy “Pops” Wick and Tim Geohegan. We’ll start with a background of the history of the art, and move into basic grappling safety. Then, we’ll look at some basic wrestling mechanics and rules, then use them as context for the set of submissions or pain compliance techniques that typified this lineage: double wrist locks, arm & leg scissors, heel hooks & achilles locks, chokes and the face-lock.

Required equipment: comfortably fitting light-weight exercise clothes with no hard parts (soft shorts & t-shirt are fine), water bottle, towel

Recommended equipment: athletic cup, rashguard (if wearing short sleeves or shorts), knee pads, mouthguard, notepad & pencil, wrestling shoes

Cost: Free for Ars Gladii members (full and associated); $10 for non-members

Total Attendees: 30


Venue Website:

36745 Amrhein Road, Livonia, Michigan, 48150, United States


Ars Gladii has a new home! We are now hosted by Salle d’Etroit, a modern fencing school in Livonia, MI.