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Physical Chess: My Life in Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling Kindle Edition

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"[A]n opportunity to learn about a legend not only in professional wrestling internationally but in mixed martial arts as well . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who was interested in learning about the early days of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling." —onlineworldofwrestling.com


"In this book Billy Robinson takes the opportunity to set the record straight on a number of subjects, but it is much more than that. It is an opportunity to learn about a legend not only in professional wrestling internationally but in mixed martial arts as well. . . . I would recommend this book to anyone who was interested in learning about the early days of Catch-As-Catch-Can." —www.OnlineWorldOfWrestling.com


"Along the way we hear great stories about some of the legendary wrestling cities and stars like Karl Gotch. At 141 pages it's a great quick read with great stories for anyone that is a fan of catch-as-catch-can (today MMA) and pro wrestling." —www.RedCarpetCrash.com

About the Author

Billy Robinsonis a British professional wrestler and catch wrestling instructor. He has trained in Japan with mixed martial arts fighters in catch wrestling, and he has won titles nearly everywhere he has wrestled, including the United States, Europe, North America, Asia, and Oceania. He lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. Jake Shannon is the author of "Say Uncle!" and the founder of www.ScientificWrestling.com. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3690 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1770410627
  • Publisher: ECW Press (June 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: June 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008U2HYDG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Jake Shannon (1973 - ) was born in Colorado to mixed race parents and worked in a hodge podge of professions including "quant", entrepreneur, luchador, and book store clerk before settling upon pursuing an unwitting vow of poverty as an independent writer and more importantly, as a stay-at-home dad (his greatest accomplishment). He currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah (which still surprises him) with his wife, three children and three dogs.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MMA Encyclopedia on June 14, 2012
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Robinson is a bonafide wrestling legend, and with the help of Jake Shannon, tells the story, not just of his own career, but of British wrestling. Robinson and his mentors and peers were a unique bunch of tough blokes, capable of taking the average man and twisting him into pretzels.

Catch wrestling hasn't been very careful with its heritage. These great legitimate wrestlers were about to be lost to history. I'm glad that Robinson and Shannon grabbed them in a front facelock and dragged them into the limelight.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By WolfhoundFC on June 4, 2012
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This book is a gem. Besides being a biography of one of the greatest men to ever wrestle, it is a time capsule into an oft times forgotten era of both British and American Pro Wrestling. Billy discusses men such as Billy Joyce and Billy Riley, Jack Dempsey, Gideon Gida, all true greats who have almost been lost to time and marketing trends. Billy Robinson is a living legend who has led a life to be celebrated. Jake Shannon did us a favor in helping record forever the life of a Catch-as-Catch-Can master.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2012
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Great book and a fascinating read for anyone who wants to know the history behind catch as catch can wrestling. As a practitioner of the grappling arts it is great to get a different perspective than the one that I had heard of in terms of the origin of the moves that we are doing in Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fred E Nimmon II on September 4, 2012
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I found this book to be a great historical read on Catch Wrestling. It's not so much a history of Billy Robinson as it is him paying homage to all the great Catch Wrestlers that trained him. He talks a lot about the mental game of chess wrestling and the strategy that goes on. I liked how he talked about how he was humble and his coach never gave him praise until he won Nationals. I think his quote from Billy Riley was "I'm hear to tell you waht you did wrong. Not wht you're doing right." Very good book and quick read as I read it less than a day. If you liked the Snowden book called "Shooters" than you will really like this book also.
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In this memoir, Billy Robinson gives a unique insight into both "show," and "catch" wrestling. A product of the legendary Wigan style. Robinson grew up in a style of wrestling known as one of the toughest and most punishing in the world. Robinson himself had a well earned reputation as one of the toughest, legit performers to ever enter the ring.

This little book is filled with his observations of such famous stars of the last century as Lou Thesz, Vern Gagne, Dick Hutton, Karl Gotch, Rikidozan, Giant Baba, and Dan Hodge. He also provides stories on many of the lesser known, but no less remarkable wrestlers who toiled in obscurity.

He provides insight into an era when top promoters kept "policemen" on their payrolls to keep order in the ranks, and the line between "work," and "shoot," was sometimes blurred. My only quibble is that as is so often the case with wrestling autobiographies, this one covers a lot of ground without really providing much about it's subject. Perhaps that will come in another volume.
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By matmanhatton on September 23, 2012
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Billy Robinson is an international legend in professional wrestling and was a pioneer trainer in the Japanese mma scene. This autobiography, written in conjunction with Jake Shannon, tells of Billy's early life in competitive wrestling and his travels across the globe, mingling with royalty and celebrities. As others have mentioned, one of the book's great strengths is not just in the stories that Robinson tells of his own exploits, but the credit he gives to many forgotten or near-forgotten wrestlers. A wrestler first and a showman second, Billy covers his philosophy on competitive wrestling and highlights some of his best 'shoots' and gym matches against catch wrestling's elite including Karl Gotch and Billy Joyce. My only wish is that the book had been longer!
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If wrestling is an art form, then Billy Robinson is an artist. This book is an easy read about the lost art of wrestling. If you think pro wrestling has always existed as you see it TODAY, then you need to read this book. I've read many wrestling biographies. Most wrestling books have a certain amount of fluff. Many tell stories and tales that have been told in other wrestling bios. Not this one. This is a true insight into the exciting life of a living legend. Highly recommended for both MMA and wrestling folks. This book will educate you. (Check out the documentary that accompanies the book on youtube)
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Billy was a champion. I couldn't put this book down. I still eat at his table every day. I bought it from him after his marriage dissolved. Billy has outlived his wife, Ulla, a Germanic lady of movie star beauty and dominating personality. At best, Billy could wrestle her to a draw.

Compared to real wrestling everything else is a pussy sport.
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