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

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 Arts and resurgence of Catch Wrestling.

Karl Gotch Week: Yoshiaki Fujiwara And The Tradition Of Submission

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 Style Wrestling as a preface to Japanese MMA

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

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 that has influenced past UFC champions.

Karl Gotch Week

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 Submission Grappling.

Book Review: Say Uncle! CACC Wrestling

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

Happy Belated Birthday Billy Robinson

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

Proto MMA Evolves Out of Worked Pro Wrestling

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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