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COACH BILLY ROBINSON

(Sept 18, 1938 – March 3, 2014)

Born in England in 1938 Billy Robinson dreamed of becoming a boxer until a childhood accident damaged his eye and took away that dream. Luckily his family was full of competitive athletes and his uncle who was an outstanding wrestler got him into wrestling. He fell in love with it from the very first workout and the rest is history.

Billy Spent twelve years under the watchful eye and expert tutelage of Legendary Coach Billy Riley at the original “Snake Pit” Gym in Wigan England and as an amateur wrestler he achieved notable success when he won the 1957 British National Wrestling Championship and the 1958 European Open Wrestling Championship in the light Heavyweight Class, defeating an Olympic Bronze medalist in the finals.

During the 1960s he firmly established himself on the British circuits as one of, if not the best of the best wrestlers around. He was the golden boy of British Heavyweight Wrestling and arguably the best wrestler that ever came out of Wigan. Of his contemporaries (the likes of Geoff Portz, Georgios Gordienko and Billy Joyce) there were few who could beat him and none who could match his technical skill. There was little doubt he would be British Heavyweight Champion before long and indeed he lived up to the expectations when he captured the Title on January 18, 1967 from Billy Joyce and would hold it for slightly over three years before he vacated the title so that he could travel to America and join the AWA.

In the AWA he established himself as one of the best wrestlers in a promotion known for hiring great wrestlers. In the AWA he captured numerous Tag Team Titles and held the AWA British Empire Heavyweight Title three times. While with the AWA he also travelled to Japan and Canada and became a major success in those areas, winning the Stampede North American Heavyweight Title and the IWA Heavyweight Title in Japan and Australia. He also had a legendary match against Antonio Inoki that was billed as “The Match between the World’s Top Two Technicians”.

He made his name as a Catch Wrestling icon along with Karl Gotch by helping create the world of Mixed Martial Arts in Japan. He became a major influence in the “Shoot” style of wrestling and started the UWF Snake Pit in Japan and also trained several Mixed Martial Arts legends such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Josh Barnett, and Megumi Fujii just to name a few. Up until his passing in March 2014 he was still training new talent, working with fellow Coach Jake Shannon at Scientific Wrestling, training fighters at the Snake Pit gym in Japan and overseeing and working with the Head Coaches at Snake Pit U.S.A.. Coach Robinson will be dearly missed as our friend and mentor.

For more Catch Wrestling history and information on outstanding Catch Wrestling products, including more information about Billy visit www.ScientificWrestling.com.

To purchase Billy Robinson’s bestselling book “Physical Chess” written by Jake Shannon visit www.Amazon.com and get your copy today! This book not only provides an amazingly detailed bio on Billy’s life, but unveils the real history behind Catch as Catch Can Wrestling.Print

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COACH ERIK PAULSON

Coach Erik Paulson grew up in Minnesota and began his training in Judo in 1974. He started training competition Tae Kwon Do in 1976. To get his hands better he joined Golden Gloves Boxing in 1978 and competed all throughout his junior and senior high years while still competing in many karate tournaments and full-contact kickboxing matches.

For over thirty years Erik Paulson has studied the art of grappling. He has gained world-wide fame competing in many pay-per-view no-holds-barred tournaments. He is undefeated in Japan where he is the World Light-Heavyweight Shoot-Wrestling Champion. Erik has not only fought, but defeated five different champions in Japan.

Coach Paulson has spent the last two decades training under the Gracie Brothers and the Machado Brothers in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Erik’s Combat Submission Wrestling system blends Judo, Freestyle wrestling, and Greco-Roman wrestling with techniques and submissions from Shoot-Wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Sambo and Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling. Erik is famous for his unbelievable repertoire of submission holds and is recognized as a virtual encyclopedia of leg locks.
Erik is a Full Instructor in the art of Jeet Kune Do/Jun Fan Gung Fu and an Associate Instructor in Filipino Martial Arts under Guru Dan Inosanto, and one of the chief grappling instructors at the Inosanto Academy.

For more information on Coach Erik Paulson, CSW and CSW merchandise please visit: www.ErikPaulson.com

 

Floyd-for-Snake-Pit-272x300COACH FLOYD “BAD NEWS” WINTER

Coach Winter was the first American to win a Greco Roman Gold medal in International/World Competition in 1972 and went on to win 14 Gold Medals in the U.S. Armed Forces Championships and four more medals in the Military World Championships. He also made the 1979 U.S. World Team and World Cup Greco team and was the assistant coach on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Teams.

He is responsible for the development of THREE, U.S. Olympians as Head Coach of the U.S. Army’s “All Army Wrestling Team” not to mention recruiting and training UFC Legend Randy “The Natural” Couture on the “All Army Team” as well.

Coach Winter was the 1977 U.S. National Greco Roman Champion and the 1977 U.S. National Sambo Champion and USA Wrestling’s 2006 U.S. Sambo Coach of the year, having led the U.S. World Sambo Team as Head Coach, to a second place finish at the World Championships in Turkey. Some of his other notable acheivements include:

–          Head Coach “All Army Wrestling Team” 8 years

–          2 X National Champion Head Coach

–          The Assistant Coach for the West Point Military Academy Wrestling Team

–          USA National Coaching Staff 25 Years

–          Coached USA Teams in numerous World, World Cup,  and International Championships

–          High school varsity wrestling official for the past 30 yrs

Coach Winter will be assisting us in ensuring only the highest quality wrestling techniques find their way into our wrestling foundation and programs.

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SNAKE PIT U.S.A. CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD COACH: JOHN POTENZA

Coach Potenza began training in the martial arts in 1981.In his 30+ years as a martial artist he has trained in many styles including: Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, Combat Submission Wrestling, Muay Thai Kickboxing, Judo, BJJ, Close Quarter Combat, Military Combatives, American Vadha Kempo Karate, Kung Fu, Kendo, Kenjutsu, Iaido, Iaijutsu, Kali, Escrima, & Aikido achieving Black Belt rank (or equivalent) in the majority of them. Some of his most notable ranks are:

Catch as Catch Can Wrestling (Scientific Wrestling) Assistant Coach: ONE OF ONLY SEVEN IN THE WORLD! Under legendary Catch Wrestling Coach Billy Robinson.

CSW Representative Instructor: Combat Submission Wrestling with 16 years under Sensei Erik Paulson.

3rd Degree Black Belt in Kendo: Under Hanshi George Alexander, and the International Budokan Kendo Federation.

2nd Degree Black Belt in American Vadha Kempo Karate, & Certified Instructor: Under Master John Salvaggio, (the systems founder).

Fifth Degree Black Belt and recognized founder of Integrated Fighting Systems: Under the Combat Martial Arts Practitioners Association.

Member of USA Wrestling, “New Jersey State Wrestling Association”

Certified USA Wrestling Coach: Copper and Bronze levels certified

Certified U.S. Army MACP (Modern Army Combative Program) Level 2 Tactical Instructor: Under the U.S. Army’s 98th Div Combative Cadre, Fort Dix, NJ

**COACH POTENZA IS AN EIGHT TIME MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE**

World Karate Union Hall of Fame 2000- Instructor of the year: American Vadha Kempo Karate.
Action Martial Arts Magazine’s Hall Of Fame 2001- Excellence in teaching Martial Arts.
I.A.M.A. Hall of fame 2001- Instructor of The Year: Kendo – Iaijutsu
USA Hall of Fame – 2004 – instructor of the Year: Grappling
USA Hall of Fame – 2005 – Founder of the year – Integrated Fighting Systems.
Budo International Hall of Fame -2005- Instructor of the Year: Mixed Martial Arts
Action Hall of Honors 2009 – Outstanding Contributions to the Martial Arts
Newbreed Fighters Hall of Fame 2011
**SOME OF HIS MOST NOTABLE TITLES**

2 TIME Vadha Kempo Karate Mixed Martial Arts elimination Tournament Champion:
1st Place -Heavy Weight Brown Belt division
1st Place – Heavy Weight Black Belt division.
Super Heavyweight Submission Grappling World Champion: “2002 USKBA Action Sport World Championship.”
Submission Fighting Heavyweight Champion: “2003 Gathering of Warriors.”
Knife Fighting Champion: “2004 “Gathering of Warriors”.
Knife Fighting Champion :“2005 “Gathering of Warriors the Summit”
1st Place Champion in 3 divisions: “The Gathering of Warriors 2005 International Tournament” in Manila, Philippines:
Gold Medal – Long Sword
Gold Medal – Sword & Dagger
Gold Medal – Knife Fighting.
1st Place Champion in 3 divisions “2006 Masters of the Blade:”
Gold medal – Long Sword
Gold Medal – Stick & Knife
Gold Medal – Knife Fighting
2006 S.I. JUDO INVITATIONAL
1st Place – Division Champion
For over a decade John Potenza has been the Owner, Head Instructor & Fight Team Coach of the Modern Martial Arts Fight Clubs in NJ (Snake Pit U.S.A. headquarters). Producing countless champions & title holders in Submission Grappling, MMA, Muay Thai, Judo & Weapon based arts.

He was also the Head Coach for 98th Division Combative team – 2012 All Army Combative Tournament at Ft. Hood Texas & 2012 Division Tournament at Ft Dix NJ.

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SNAKE PIT U.S.A. CO-FOUNDER AND HEAD COACH: JOEL BANE

Certified Catch as Catch Can Wrestler & Level 3 Coach: Under legendary Coach Billy Robinson (Scientific Wrestling)

Certified Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) Coach: Under Coach Erik Paulson (CSW Founder)

NI-DAN (2nd Degree Black Belt) in Shin-Gi-Tai Jujitsu: Under Coach John Saylor (former U.S. Olympic Training Center Head Coach and 3 time National Heavyweight Judo Champion)

IBJJF/USBJJF Certified Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Under 6X World Champion, Coach Patrick Stano, under Coaches Carlos Catania and Sergio Penha

Black Belt in Kodokan Judo: Under 3 x National Heavyweight Judo Champion, Coach John Saylor

3-Time Member, 2-Time Team Captain and former Assistant Coach of the United States Air Force “All Air Force Wrestling Team,” Under the expert tutelage of 2X U.S. Olympic Wrestling Coach, Floyd “Bad News” Winter

Certified USA Wrestling Coach: Copper and Bronze levels certified

Certified Fitness/Personal Trainer: International Sports Science Association (ISSA)

Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach: American Sport Education Program (ASEP)

Certified Modern Army Combative Program (MACP) Instructor: Levels I and II

Instructor: Global Combatives LLC: Military and Law Enforcement hand to hand combat

Instructor: Modern Martial Arts Fight Club LLC: “New Jerseys Official Toe Hold Club”

Member of the “International Network of Wrestling Reaserchers” (INWR)

Member of USA Wrestling, “New Jersey State Wrestling Association”

Achievements:

Competitive Mixed Martial Artist: “Reality Fighting” and “Combat in the Cage”
Won or placed in USA Wrestling’s U.S. Open & Armed Forces Wrestling Championships, NAGA, Grapplers Quest, U.S. Grappling, Mission Submission and Good-fight (expert/advanced No-Gi divisions) including North American and World Championships.
U.S. World Grappling Team Heavyweight alternate, No-Gi and Gi divisions, 2013 FILA World Championship
Member & Captain of The United States Air Force “All Air Force Wrestling Team” (2013, 2014 & 2015)
Coached 2008 Delaware State Championship Submission Grappling team.
Combat Sports and self defense instructor to U.S. Army MACP Instructors (2008-2011)
Has taught Grappling/Combative techniques to over 500 U.S. Military and Coalition Force members in the United States, and Afghanistan
Completed Krav Maga Personnel Security Detail (PSD) Combative training, (Afghanistan 2005)
Coach Bane is a 3 x Veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom and 1 x Iraqi Freedom. He is a USAF Security Forces Senior Non Commissioned Officer with over 19 years of Active Duty Military service. While deployed he led counter intelligence operations including but not limited to counter IED missions, personnel security details, weapons cache seizures and convoys. Joel is one of very few U.S. Air Force Sharpshooters and is a highly skilled small arms weapons expert.