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Karl Gotch Week: Rest In Peace Kamisama, 'God Of Wrestling' 1924 - 2007

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Karl Gotch Week continues on the anniversary of his death on July 28th, 2007. KJ Gould reminds us of the importance of Gotch and pays tribute to the arguable forefather of Japanese Mixed Martial...

Karl Gotch Week: Yoshiaki Fujiwara And The Tradition Of Submission

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Karl Gotch Week continues with a look at Yoshiaki Fujiwara, Gotch's best student and the only man to be endorsed by Gotch in his style of Catch Wrestling. Find out Fujiwara's influence in Shoot...

Karl Gotch Week: This is the first professional wrestling match Karl Gotch had in Japan, back in...

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Karl Gotch Week: This is the first professional wrestling match Karl Gotch had in Japan, back in 1961 against Michiaki Yoshimura in the JWA. It would be 10 years later that Gotch returned to Japan to put over upstart Antonio Inoki in the first New Japan Pro Wrestling show, and set forth in motion the beginnings of what would become Japanese MMA.

Karl Gotch Week: Satoru Sayama, Shooto And The Style Of Japanese Catch Wrestling

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Karl Gotch Week continues with a look at how his Catch Wrestling student Satoru Sayama would form perhaps the first MMA promotion in the world Shooto, which also became a hybrid martial arts style...

Karl Gotch Week

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From July 23rd to July 29th, it's Karl Gotch Week at Bloody Elbow. Find out more about one of the lesser known but equally important forefathers of Mixed Martial Arts, Catch Wrestling and...

Book Review: Say Uncle! CACC Wrestling

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A review of Jake Shannon's "Say Uncle! Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling and the Roots of Ultimate Fighting, Pro Wrestling, and Modern Grappling."

Karl Gotch style leg ride with nelson, shoulder lock, neck crank and 'Twister' Wrestler's...

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Karl Gotch style leg ride with nelson, shoulder lock, neck crank and 'Twister' Wrestler's Guillotine finishes. By Laren Umphlett, Catch Wrestling coach for Kamal Shalorus in Austin, Texas.

Happy Belated Birthday Billy Robinson

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A salute to catch wrestling legend and MMA coach Billy Robinson.

Karl Gotch. Catalyst of MMA

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Karl Gotch. Catalyst of MMA

Proto MMA Evolves Out of Worked Pro Wrestling

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I know last time I mentioned talking about the entry of olympic wrestlers into MMA but I realized I needed to talk a little more about the evolution of the sport in Japan first. Here's Sam Chan...

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