Catch Wrestling is considered by many to be the original North American ancestor of MMA, modern submission grappling, and even professional wrestling. Catch wrestling’s origins lie in the regional wrestling styles of Europe such as Collar-and-elbow, Cumberland, and Lancashire catch-as-catch-can.
Originating in traveling carnivals during the late 1800s, Catch Wrestling differs from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in a variety of ways including its extra attention to leg locks, its variations on traditional submission holds for increased effectiveness, and its emphasis on gaining and maintaining the top position. This last idea is especially important to Catch Wrestlers while they do train their off-the-back guard game just as Judo and Jiu-jitsu players do, also firmly believe that “life is better on top”.
Mr. Franco proved the effectiveness of Catch Wrestling in his first-place finish at the Oregon State Jiu-jitsu championships, and his former training partner Josh “Warmaster” Barnett has also carried the Catch Wrestling banner through many victories in organizations including UFC, Strikeforce and Pancrase.