Catch Wrestling Techniques

If you are interested in learning catch wrestling techniques, you may be surprised to find that catch wrestling, also known as "hooking," is generally considered a lost art that is no longer commonly practiced. However, it has experienced a resurgence in recent years, as many modern submission grapplers and MMA fighters now incorporate catch wrestling techniques into their overall game. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or more common styles of wrestling tend to emphasize securing a type of control position and then gradually working for a match-ending submission hold. The emphasis in catch wrestling, on the other hand, is on quickly snatching or "catching" a match-ending submission hold without necessarily first establishing a control position for its own sake.

  1. Neck crank from guard. This move can work very well against more traditional BJJ-type grapplers. When facing a grappler who is trying to work his guard game on you, pop up to your feet inside his guard, then pinch your knees together and drop your weight hard on the back of his thighs, preventing him from moving. At the same time, lock both of your hands on the back of his head, pinching your elbows together tightly on either side of his neck, pulling his head down into his chest while your weight crushes him until he taps.
  2. Toe hold. While standing over your opponent, grab under his right heel with your left hand. Pull his lower leg into your chest with your right forearm, then grab your left wrist with your right hand. At the same time, rotate your left hand from underneath your opponent's heel to the top of his foot. With the grip secured, drive forward and twist your opponent's leg as if trying to touch his foot to his lower back. He'll tap long before it gets that far!
  3. Calf crush. If you attempt the toe hold, rolling your opponent to his chest, but he then escapes, switch to the calf crush. With your opponent on his chest and his leg bent at a right angle, step your leg around his from one side to the other, so that your shin is pressed horizontally into the back of his knee and thigh and his shin is pressed against your chest. Drive your weight forward and down to crush his thigh and calf muscles against your shin — an extremely painful technique when done correctly!
  4. Bulldog choke. Similar to the more common guillotine choke, the bulldog choke is performed from a front headlock position, either standing or kneeling. From the front headlock, slide your right forearm all the way across your opponent's throat until their windpipe is in the crook of your elbow. Lock your right hand inside the elbow of your left arm, grabbing your left bicep. Brace your left hand against the back of your opponent's head and squeeze the hold tight, shrugging your shoulders back and upward.
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