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“Razzle Dazzle” Billy Robinson

Posted by Sam Kressin in Billy Robinson, Catch Wrestling

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From A.W.A. Wrestling All Star No. 138 Circa 1975. To read more about Billy Robinson and his life as both a Professional and Catch Wrestler make sure to check out Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling


When one mentions Manchester, England, there is no doubt who the wrestler could be. Of course it is the extremely handsome Billy Robinson. Upon meeting Billy , he was friendly and casual. He is quite a stylish person. while talking with him, one can sense this man’s gentleness and tenderness. This coupled with kindness and compassion makes him an excellent wrestling instructor for the handicapped. he is truly a humane person.

Irregardless of his wrestling-boxing background, Robby desired to become a schoolteacher. This was his area of concentration while he attended Hetmorr college. Since he started his professional wrestling career, Robby has not lost any of his titles. When he left Britain to tour and study, one of his British titles was forfeited since he did not defend it during a twelve-month period. At this time, Robby was living in Japan. When the new British Heavyweight champ, Albert Wallsh, arrived in Japan, Billy fought Wallsh and regained his title. Robby studied different styles of wrestling in Europe, but basically he studied in Germany and Hungary especially under one man, Gidean Gida.

Whenever he appears, the fans roar and cheer. Despite his popularity, Billy has remained a very down-to-earth person. He is extremely friendly, and he will talk with any of his fans; he is never too busy to be pleasant. Robby is an extremely exciting wrestler, and everyone adores him. One understands why all people feel this way about him.

The Great Billy Robinson

Posted by Sam Kressin in Catch Wrestling

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Yesterday last year after the news broke of Billy’s passing I spent 3 days tied to the computer. Just reading everything that was posted about Billy. Reading all the articles and news that broke out around the world about his passing. It seemed like that was all I could to to mourn his loss and deal with his going away. I broke down and cried once and had to coach a kid the next day how to stand up the Billy Robinson way the way Billy taught me to stand up. At that time (and still currently) I was teaching 2-3 martial arts classes and or private lessons a day. For the next week after that every time I showed someone something Billy had taught me my mind would go back to the exact moment in time I had learned it. I could hear Billy’s voice in my mind and remembered how it felt to finally discover the position or movement he was trying to explain to me. For several weeks something would come up in training and I’d say in my mind I’ve got to ask Billy that and then I would be reminded that I can’t. I’ve been a martial artist my entire life. I never identified myself as a Jiu-Jitsu guy I never did just that exclusively I was always working on my Boxing, Karate Kicks, Wrestling and everything else I felt had value that I could pull off in an actual fight or a match. Billy’s stuff was gold to me. If anyone could master Billy’s techniques to the level of perfection he wanted them performed that person would be unstoppable. Billy was the most knowledgeable martial artist I’ve ever met. I wouldn’t say he forgot more than most people ever learn because Billy remembered everything! He knew more about wrestling than anyone else on the planet. He knew about bare knuckled fighting, boxing, street fights, European History, Wrestling History, he’d talk to me about what it was like to Wrestle the highest level Judoka’s in Japan, taking on olympic wrestlers who didn’t believe Catch Wrestling would work. He told me about Viking stories his father read to him as a child containing “beautiful depictions of Saltos and Suplexes” We discussed things such as Battle Axes and Strong Holds, Japanese Comic Books and Cartoons of which he was the subject of, even talked once about how to draw anatomy, the things Billy knew about never ended and everything was some how always brought back to wrestling. I wasn’t just sad that the training was gone but that the person was gone, the conversations and stories the jokes and now even the yelling and swearing.

Rich Salamone Clinic Excerpt

Posted by Sam Kressin in Catch Wrestling

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Here is a short exceprt from the the excellent Clinic I hosted last month featuring 7X National Freestyle Wrestling Champion and World Cup Silver Medalist Rich Salamone. We had a great time and Rich really went into wrestling from the clinch, wrestling with your entire body, pummbling, overhooks, underhooks along with several throws and take downs. If you missed out on this clinic don’t worry we will be bringing Rich back! Until then stay tuned and don’t forget to check in from time to time so that you don’t miss out on the next one.


Wrestling Clinic with Rich Salamone

Posted by Sam Kressin in Catch Wrestling

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Rich SalamoneI’ll be hosting the following Clinic Next Month; Wrestling for Martial Arts with Rich Salamone.

Train with 7x National Freestyle Wrestling Champion (USA Wrestling and USWF) Rich Salamone at Swift-Kick Martial Arts in Rancho Bernardo. Cost is $40, Pre-Registration only. Attendance limited. No Video Taping. This will be a no gi Clinic, Wrestling Shoes optional. Date and time; Friday January 9th 2015 technique training from 6pm – 8pm followed by open mat Q&A from 8-9 pm for Rich to give you specific feedback and critique on your grappling.

This clinic will cover Wrestling technique specifically applicable to Martial Arts and Catch as Catch Can Wrestling. This, our first, clinic with Rich will focus on solid fundamentals, wrestling from the clinch and several throws and takedowns that can be used effectively in Martial Arts, Submission Grappling, Catch Wrestling and MMA.

As a 105 pounder Rich Salamone always had to wrestle up in weight throughout his college career forcing him to become extremely technical. In addition to Rich’s extensive Wrestling background (which includes 7 National Titles, a Pan American Silver Medal, World Cup Silver Medal and Canada Cup Champion) Rich is also a Brown Belt with 16 years of experience in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Currently he is the Wrestling Instructor at Absolute Jiu-Jitsu in Bristol, Tennessee. The application of wrestling to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and other martial art styles is something Rich has been doing for well over a decade. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn from such a highly accomplished expert Rich Salamone.