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Remembering Karl Gotch

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  1. KJGould

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    Died just over 3 years ago, 28th July 2007. Survived 3 years in a German Labour Camp during World War 2. Represented Belgium in the 1948 Olympics in amateur wrestling. Learned Catch wrestling at the famous Snake Pit in Wigan under Billy Joyce and Billy Riley. Wrestled in Japan beating all comers in legit shoot matches, becoming known as the God of Pro Wrestling.

    Taught Antonio Inoki, Hiro Matsuda, Tatsumi Fujinami, Yoshiyaki Fujiwara, Satoru Sayama, and Akira Maeda among others.

    Cornered Inoki in his match with Muhammed Ali.

    Coined the name 'Pancrase' from pankration, for the shootfighting organisation in Japan we know spawned Funaki, the Shamrocks and Bas Rutten as well as had champions in Josh Barnett and Nate Marquardt.

    Gone but hopefully never forgotten.
     
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    Gotch on Wrestling / Grappling:

    "Wrestling is opposite of what people think it is, it is not strength but knowledge, balance, and timing, leverage and where to place the fulcrum, that
     
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    [​IMG]Gotch/Barnett

    [​IMG]Gotch/Kimura

    [​IMG]Gotch/Ripped
     
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    Gotch and his near brush with BJJ

     
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    I wasn't sure, but I looked at that page and the translation could be interpreted as Gotch not wanting to face the Brazillian.

    Could do with a better translation then google, if anyone could help out?

    Inoki leva Ivan para o Jap
     
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    more about Gotch:

    Catch As Catch Can | FIGHT! Magazine
     
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    Maybe my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I could have sworn the words "German" and "Brazilian" were the other way around just now :icon_lol:

    Gotch spent his last years in Tampa, Florida I believe. How long have you been there? Did you even know?
     
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    I had no idea I have been here most of my life except for a few years beween 98-01.

    My understanding is several CACC based grapplers have lived in the area at one time or another but at the time I did not know.
     
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    To the top :icon_chee
     
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    it's kind of a shame when these old fightsport masters die, the new generation doesn't seem to be as good. too much wanting to shortcut things about techniques and conditioning, and arrogance. it's true in boxing and doubtless others more wise than I could make the case for the other major sports.

    I read where roger gracie dominates because he uses basic techniques for example.
     
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    you are crazy
     

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