Date: Friday 16th September, 2011 (6pm to 9pm)
Location: Leicester Mixed Martial Arts Academy
Price: £35 (book online or pay £10 deposit at gym to secure place)
Mr Robinson is the only coach of his generation still teaching Catch Wrestling who trained under Billy Riley at the world’s most legendary Catch Wrestling club, “The Snake Pit” in Wigan England.
In 1957 he was the British National Wrestling Champion and 1958 the European Open Wrestling Champion (defeating an Olympic bronze medallist in the final). He went on to wrestle all over the world for many years in pro wrestling organisations. His 1975 professional wrestling bout against Antonio Inoki was billed as “The Match Between the World’s Top Two Technicians” by the Japanese press.
Having taught wrestling extensively in Japan he is also the only coach still teaching who bridges the gap between Lancashire Catch as Catch Can (England’s very own Submission Grappling style) and the Japanese Shoot Wrestling movement (a Submission Grappling and “hard style” of Pro Wrestling that led to modern Japanese MMA promotions such as Pancrase, RINGS, Shooto and PrideFC). His students in Japan included Kazushi Sakuraba and Josh Barnett.
In 2003 Billy Robinson was inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Josh Barnett on training with Billy: “I didn’t know what to expect but he had a very high reputation from many people so I felt very strongly about wanting to learn from him. First thing was first and beside an introduction I got to know Billy by getting on the mat and wrestling! He taught many finer points to the double and top wrist lock that night, showed me what I call “the Billy Neck Crank” and coached me and Miyato-san as we wrestled.”
Mr Robinson’s knowledge is in high demand and has been sought out by grapplers the world over, including last year (2010) teaching a seminar at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas for Randy Couture and his grappling coach Neil Melanson, an enthusiast of CACC.
BJJ Black Belt Roli Delgado on Billy: “The man understands the body like no one else.”
This is likely to be Billy’s last trip to teach in the UK and the tour is gaining a lot of interest. It is the chance to train with a legendary and influential grappler who has a truly unique experience of teaching and training wrestling around the world.
Let’s help bring home an almost lost art!