Thursday, February 2, 2012


Catch Wrestling, otherwise know as CACC, is one of the earliest modern day forms of nogi grappling that contains pins, takedowns, locks and chokes. Some say it's history leads directly to the Greek gods of Olympus. This form of nogi grappling found its niche in Wigan and Lancashire England where it flourished from the late 1800's until 1960's. One particular section of England became know as the place where the best of the best trained. Lancashire catch as catch can wrestling and Billy Riley's Snake Pit developed a who's who of wrestlers that dominated both sport and entertainment forms of grappling.

Even though Lancashire catch was a force to be reckoned with, it waned throughout the years and has often been substituted or mixed with other arts such as BJJ, Sambo, and Judo. Much of it's true origin, mentality and techniques have been lost and very few original members of the Snake Pit remain with us. Tommy Heyes is one of the few, and he is still alive, kickin', and catchin' his way in Lancashire. Sit back, learn some history and enjoy almost an hour worth of Catch from the legend Mr. Heyes.

Tommy Heyes and The Snake Pit

Tommy Heyes Part 1

Tommy Heyes Part2

1 comment:

  1. Great article, lots of respect, but man that guy's accent is thick and kinda hard to understand!


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