The traditional English catch as catch can wrestling, often simply called Catch Wrestling, provides a tremendous edge in Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts. The wrestling base provides effective takedowns that are similar to the takedowns in freestyle or American folkstyle wrestling. Catch wrestlers are very strong top players once they are on the ground. They are skilled at using tremendous body pressure, gravity, and cross-faces to make their opponents miserable. Catch wrestlers also have excellent pins, and have an outstanding submission offense. Catch wrestlers tend to be some of the most aggressive grapplers around. Catch wrestling training arms them with a wide range of submissions, including joint locks, neck cranks, chokes, slicers, and especially leg locks.

About Catch Wrestling

Catch wrestling, which originated in Lancashire, England in the 1800s, was once referred to as Lancashire wrestling. "Catch as catch can" is a British term that means catch a hold anywhere you can. This reflects a deviation to traditional Greco-Roman wrestling, which does not allow holds below the waist.  The sport was shunned by the Olympics until 1904 because of its violent nature, which gave it a reputation of being “the most barbarous of the English systems”. By the early 1900s, it had become one of the most popular sports in the United States.

In the 1920s, American catch wrestler Ad Santos introduced catch wrestling to the Japanese by defeating Kodokan Judo campions. This lead to catch wrestling techniques becaming integrated with Judo, and later into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. For example the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu kimura submission was an incorporation of catch wrestling’s double wrist lock. Some of today’s most successful MMA fighters, including Ken Shamrock and Josh Barnett, incorporate catch wrestling techniques to give them an edge in the cage.

Catch Wrestling Classes at Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu Club
Official Snake Pit USA Affiliate

Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu Club is an affiliate of Old School Grappling., whose mission is to lead the revolution for revival of catch wrestling in mixed martial arts and submission grappling. This means that Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu Club is an official catch wrestling school with affiliate catch wrestling coaches that use a formal, well-design curriculum.


Black Flag Jiu-Jitsu Club believes that catch wrestling provides students with a tremendous edge in their Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA skills. Please see our class schedule for days and times for our catch wrestling classes.