Catch Wrestling in Bolton
I was wondering if you guys have ever trained any Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling with original Billy Riley student Tommy Heyes at the Bolton Olympic Wrestling Club? Or maybe taken one of the seminars with Roy Wood at the resurrected Snake Pit (http://www.snakepitwigan.com/) in Wigan?
(Mr. Heyes came from the same crop of Catch students as Billy Robinson and Karl Gotch, I believe, and only charges £2.50 a class. Amazingly spry for an older gentleman!)
I'm a bit far away from these last pockets of Britain's ancient grappling heritage to make use of them, but I'd love to hear what guys a bit nearer think. Do you think it's important to try to keep Britain's history of native sub-grappling alive through training and competition today, and if so, what can be done to make sure CACC survives "last horsemen" such as Mr. Heyes and Mr. Robinson, and bring them more notoriety while they're still around?
I know Brock Lesnar's coach Erik Paulson and Josh Barnett both swear by Catch, and Randy Couture was "belted" in it after the Toney fight, but as far as I can tell the most famous practitioner of British grappling is probably still Sakuraba!
I was about to make a thread about this. Gonna pm you whitedragon, anyone else been there?
I trained under Trevor Roberts who was from the old Snake Pit gym, he and his son train at his sons gym around the corner, the wrestling club in Bolton has a ridiculous depth of olympic and catch wrestlers. The club has always been £2.50 and instructors don't pocket anything, it all goes to the club, large training area and a newly refurbished upstairs room. I would recommend it.