I've been recently turned onto catch wrestling by a class Itook in Houston, and it seems like it has a few things in its favor. It's closer to combative wrestling, being that it grew out of the really hardcore stuff in the European and later American wrestling traditions. It's also a bridge to modern wrestling, meaning any of you guys with high school wrestling experience could probably fill in a lot of blanks. Also, it can in turn fill in the blanks to some of Kampfringen's unshown basics. Plus, it's cool. It's submission wrestling with a historical twist, which means we can practice actually rolling with it.
Here's the catch: we need the martial arts room in the SRC to do it well. Or maybe the wrestling room in the old KNES building, if it's available, but that's always really spotty. Anyway, is anybody interested in trying this out? I'm not trying to announce yet another new study group here, but Ringen is always going to be part of our curriculum anyway, and I think that the catch wrestling stuff is in the right tradition and enough of a light to shine on general Ringen that it would be pretty helpful. Plus, it's cool. And fun, from what I've done grappling with people just in jiu-jitsu stuff.
Anybody in? I have two sources in book form, both instructionals from around 1912 or so. I'm also looking at a DVD series but I'm waiting to get some feedback from some more experienced guys on whether it's the right stuff or not. We might be able to pool some money to get a copy for the group if we really like it.
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