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SNAKE PIT U.S.A. COACHES ASSOCIATION
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.
COACH 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 Coaching the “All Army Wrestling Team” 8 years winning 2 National Championships during that period. He was also the Assistant Coach for the West Point Military Academy Wrestling Team, and served on the USA National Coaching Staff 25 Years. Coach Winter also Coached USA Teams in numerous World, World Cup, and International Championships. He has also served as a High school varsity wrestling official for the past 30 years. Coach Winter is the Had Coach of the Snake Pit U.S.A. Board of Directors and will be assisting us in ensuring only the highest quality wrestling techniques find their way into our elite Catch Wrestling program.
COACH RANDY “THE NATURAL” COUTURE
Coach Randy Couture is a true Legend in Combat Sports. He is also an avid supporter of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling. He is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame, Greco-Roman Wrestler and former All-American collegiate wrestler. We are extremely proud to have Coach Couture as a member of our Board of Directors. Please take the time to check out his websites: www.XtremeCoutureMMA.com and www.RandyCouture.TV.com MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Ultimate Fighting Championship – 6X World Champion
- UFC Heavyweight Championship (Three times)
- UFC Light Heavyweight Championship (Two times)
- Interim UFC Light Heavyweight championship (One time)
- UFC 13 Heavyweight Tournament Winner
- Fight of the Night (Two Times)
- UFC Hall of Fame
- UFC Viewer’s Choice Award
- Winner of The First UFC Hall of Famer vs. UFC Hall of Famer bout in UFC History
- Most Championship reigns in UFC history (Five times)
- Most Championship fights in UFC history (Fifteen times)
- Oldest fighter to win a title in UFC history (43 years, 255 days)
- Oldest fighter to defend a title in UFC history (44 years, 65 days)
- Oldest fighter to win a fight in UFC history (47 years, 68 days)
- First fighter to hold Championships in two weight classes
- First fighter to hold an Interim UFC Championship
- Tied (Tim Sylvia) for most successful Heavyweight title defenses (Three)
- Tied (Tim Sylvia; Brock Lesnar) for most consecutive heavyweight title defenses (Two)
- All time leader in UFC fight cards headlined
GRECO-ROMAN WRESTLING Pan American Games
- Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90kg –2nd (1990)
- Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90kg – winner ( 1991)
- Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 90kg – 2nd(1992)
- Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97kg – 3rd(1997)
- Pan American Championship Greco-Roman Seniors 97kg – 2nd (1998)
- Pan American Games Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – winner (1991)
FILA Wrestling World Championships
- FILA test tournament Greco-Roman Seniors 97 kg – third place (1998)
- FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (1991)
- FILA World Cup Greco-Roman Seniors 90 kg – third place (1992)
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COACH DERRICK WALDROUP
The 1996 Olympic Wrestler and Four-time National Greco Roman Champion
Coach Waldroup was a three-sport athlete who left behind a fairly solid, yet far from spectacular, list of credentials when he graduated from the Midlothian school in 1980. Although the Illinois native was a better-than-average wrestler, football player and shot putter and discus thrower for his High School track and field team, he never was crowned a state champion in any of the three sports. Derrick went 30-0 during the regular season in wrestling as a senior, only to lose in sectionals. He then enrolled at Eastern Illinois University. Away from home for the first time in his life, he had a hard time adjusting to college life and transferred out after a short period. He then enrolled at Triton Junior College, and that’s where his fortunes began to turn. Determined to get the most out of his wrestling abilities and armed with a newfound fire and encouragement from former Triton coach Art Craft, Waldroup dominated the junior college circuit, eventually winning the 1985 National Junior College Athletic Association championship at 190 pounds. After Triton, Waldroup joined the U.S. Army and continued to dominate over time, twice being named Army Athlete of the Year, winning a silver medal at the 1991 Pan American Games and being crowned a World Military Games champion. After a few unsuccessful attempts at making the U.S. Olympic wrestling squads in 1988 and ’92, Coach Waldroup, then a 33-year-old staff sergeant, finally made the cut for the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Derrick went on to win four matches in Atlanta at 198 pounds, finishing seventh overall. Coach Waldroup is a an absolutely amazing coach and an even better mentor and leader whom we are very proud to have as a member of the Snake Pit U.S.A. Coaches Association.
Eighth in 1995 Concord Cup
Fourth in 1995 Granma Cup (Cuba)
Fourth in 1994 World Cup
Third in 1994 Spring Cup (Israel)
Fifth in 1994 Petrov Cup (Bulgaria)
Fourth in 1993 Concord Cup
Third in 1992 Andre Guerin Tournament (France)
Third in 1991 World Cup
Third in 1991 Trophe Milone Tournament (Italy)
Second in 1990-91 World Military Games
1988 World Military Games champion
1987 U.S. World Cup team member
1986-87 U.S. World team member
Second in 1987 Pan American Games
Second in 1987 & 1990 Concord Cup
1986 & 1989 Concord Cup champion
Third in 1989 and 1996 U.S. Nationals
Third in 1995 World Team Trials
Second in 1995 U.S. Nationals
1994 Winter Classic champion
Second in 1990-91 & 1993-94 World Team Trials
Four-time U.S. Nationals champion (1986-87, 90, 94)
Second in 1991 and 1993 U.S. Nationals
Seventh in 1992 U.S. Nationals
Second in 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival
Sixth in 1988 Olympic Team Trials
Fourth in 1988 Final Olympic Qualifier
1987 U.S. Olympic Festival champion
Owns 15 Armed Forces titles, eight in Greco-Roman (1986-88 & 1990-95) and six in freestyle (1987 & 1990-94)
COACH JAKE SHANNON
Coach Shannon is the author of Catch Wrestling best sellers “Say Uncle”, and “Physical Chess”. He is also the founder of Scientific Wrestling.com, inventor of the Macebell, and a master hypnotist. He holds a B.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.Sc. in financial engineering from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.
Jake has been a key leader in the Catch Wrestling Revolution. He has helped spread the word with his outstanding and very informative website www.ScientificWrestling.com, and by traveling with Coach Billy Robinson and training and educating people in Catch Wrestling all over the world.
COACH PATRICK STANO
Coach Stano brings 25 years of Wrestling and Martial Arts experience to the team as a former AAU Freestyle Wrestling National Champion and six-time Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World Champion. Recognized as an exceptional international grappler, he did not give up a single point in more than 20 matches over a three year span competing in Brazil.
- Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under Carlos Catania
- Captain of College Wrestling Team
- Began competing in Submission Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in 1998
- Promoted to Blue belt in 1999 by Royce Gracie
- Promoted to Purple Belt in 2002 by Saulo Riberio and Steve Maxwell
- Received a Black belt in Thai Jitsu from Joe Priole in 2004
- Began fighting professional Mixed Martial Arts matches in 2000
- MMA career includes fights with UFC legend and Hall of Fame member, Dan “The Beast” Severn and former UFC Heavyweight Title contender, Jeff “The Snowman” Monson
- 2014 Catch as Catch Can Wrestling, World Heavyweight Champion
- Former AAU Freestyle Wrestling National Champion
- Two-time Michigan, All State wrestler
- Div. II Wrestling National Qualifier
- 2000 Pan-Am Jiu-Jitsu Champion: Masters Blue-belt Heavyweight
- 2000 Rickson Gracie Jiu Jitsu Tournament, World Champion
- 2001 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion-Masters: Super-heavyweight Blue-belt
- 2001 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion-Masters: Blue-belt Absolute Division
- 2002 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion-Masters: Super heavyweight, Purple-belt div.
- 2003 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion-Masters: Super heavyweight, Purple-belt div.
- 2003 Jiu-Jitsu World Champion-Masters: Absolute Div., Purple-belt div.
- 3rd place HW in the 2009 Abu Dhabi N. American Qualifying Tournament
- Eight time Grapplers Quest Submission Grappling Champion
- Six time NAGA Submission Grappling Champion
- Winner of several other tournament championships
COACH SEAN “DOC” DAUGHERTY
Coach Daugherty “Doc” has over 25 years of Martial arts training and experience. Having been a multiple state undefeated kickboxing champion as a teenager and original member of Ken Shamrock’s famed Lion’s Den he brings a ton of knowledge and versatility to the team. He is also the understudy of Coach John Saylor who is a former U.S. Olympic Judo Head Coach and 3-time National Heavyweight Judo Champion who is also regarded as an expert in Catch Wrestling, Sambo, and Dutch Kickboxing. Coach Daugherty is widely regarded as an innovator and legitimate genius when it comes to MMA/Submission Grappling movement, footwork, transitions and scrambling techniques.
1990 – Age 14 began Martial Arts in Moo Duk Kwan and Kickboxing and exposure to various other styles.
1990-1993 – 15-0 record in Kickboxing, winning state championships in Indiana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio
1992 – Achieved Blackbelt ranking in Moo Duk Kwan.
1994 – Competed in UFC II at 18 years of age; Big John McCarthy’s first fight as a referee
1994 – Lived and trained with Ken Shamrock, becoming a member of the original Lion’s Den. Trained as a Shoot Fighter and Catch As Catch Can Wrestler.
1997 – Began training under John Saylor (Former U.S. Olympic Judo Head Coach and 3-time National Heavyweight Judo Champion) in Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu, Judo, Sambo, Catch Wrestling and Dutch Kickboxing.
2000 – Placed second at the first ever Arnold Classic Submission Grappling Tournament
2000 – Competed in Pancrase 2000 Trans Tour against Catch Wrestling legend/Founder of Pancrase, Minoru Suzuki
2004 – 2006 – Opened first International Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu Dojo in Okinawa Japan.
2005 – 2006 – Hand to Hand Combat instructor to Special Operation Forces: USAF Pararescue/Combat Controllers and U.S. Army Green Berets while stationed in Okinawa.
2007 – 2009 – Hand to Hand Combat instructor to Army Combative Instructors while stationed at Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst.
2009 – Present – Achieved 4th Dan Shin Gi Tai Jujitsu as a Ronin instructor for various MMA training camps and Head instructor at “The Barn of Truth” Dojo in Ohio. Sean also holds a Black Belt in Kodokan Judo under Coach John Saylor (former U.S. Olympic Training Center Head Coach and 3 time National Heavyweight Judo Champion) and a 4th degree Brown Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He is now proudly serving as one of the leaders of the Snake Pit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling Association, Coaches Association.
COACH DAN BOCELLI
Coach Dan is not only our Team Captain but the Director of Marketing here at Snake Pit U.S.A. He is a fully certified Catch Wrestler and Coach under Snake Pit U.S.A. Head Coach Joel Bane, and owns and manages SNAKE PIT U.S.A. CATCH WRESTLING’S WORLD HEADQUARTERS in Hammonton, New Jersey. Coach Dan also currently studies and practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu as an IBJJF Black Belt under Master Brad Daddis at Daddis Fight Camp and holds the rank of Judo Black Belt under 3 time National Heavyweight Champion and Olympic Training Center Head Coach, Sensei John Saylor.
A natural leader and competitor, he is the owner and full time instructor at his Hammonton, New Jersey’s Razors Edge Mixed Martial Arts. From age 15 he began to study both Kickboxing and Muay Thai under the direction of Jerry “The Jersey Devil” Smith and Kru Niran Choulalandanna. His love of combat, the respect of the Martial Arts and correct age created the perfect opportunity for Dan to join the United States Army, where he served as an Infantryman for 6 years with highly respected units such as the 101st Airborne and the 82nd Airborne. During his time at the JFK Special Warfare Center he became friendly with a US Army hand to hand combat instructor which sparked his initial interest in militarized close quarters combat. In 2002 Coach Dan attended the National Institute of Bail Enforcement and returned home to New Jersey. He immediately began work as a fugitive recovery agent (bounty hunter as they are more commonly referred to) for the National Association of Bail Recovery Agents (NABRA) in Philadelphia. After a few short months, a recruitment offer came from a group of agents inside of NABRA know as the Fugitive Task Force, which is assigned to the highest profile cases. These cases include bail skips which are known to become aggressive and confrontational, and are usually previously convicted of felonies or wanted for skipping bail on violent crimes and weapons charges. During this time, lead agents Andre King and Myron Carr took notice in Dan’s ability to subdue aggressive individuals, both armed and unarmed. He was eventually asked to teach his hand to hand methods to the agents of NABRA. Coach Dan is now the full time Self Defense and Combative Tactics Instructor for the Hammonton Police Department.
In 2003, Coach Dan met his current instructor Master Brad Daddis. Since that initial meeting, Brad has become a great mentor and friend. During his time he has traveled and competed in numerous grappling tournaments, both BJJ and Judo all over the United States. Coach Dan also had the pleasure of training several years under Muay Thai World Champion, Coban The Cruncher Lookchaomaesaitong. The field of Martial Arts and Self Defense isn’t Coach Dan’s only area of expertise. He holds many certifications under the IFPA including Certified Personal Trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist, Functional Trainer and Strength Coach to name a few. He is Safe Sport certified through Team USA and has been helping people achieve their Health and Fitness goals for over 20 years. Coach Dan Bocelli is a long time good standing member of the Team USA Olympic governing organization | USA Judo, the United States Judo Federation, International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation, United States Jiu-Jitsu Federation, International Freestyle Judo Alliance, Snake Pit USA Catch Wrestling and the International Fitness Professionals Association. His Black Belt ranks are Recognized and Certified through the IBJJF, USJJF and USA Judo AND his school, Razors Edge Mixed Martial Arts is a registered IBJJF, USJJF and USA Judo school. Check out his school at: www.RazorsEdgeFightFitness.com
COACH STEPHANIE KEENAN
Coach Stephanie Keenan is the founder of the SKFitLife Challenge and www.stephaniekeenan.com. She has spent the past 5 years of her fitness journey as a figure & bikini competitor, fitness model, and competitive fitness coach. She has not only transformed her physical life from “chasing skinny” to living and loving a truly FitLife, but she is an adventurous entrepreneur who went from serving as a nuclear engineer in the US Navy to working as a cubicle-dwelling office worker to living the life of her dreams where her new “uniform of the day” is flip flops and linen pants while in Costa Rica.
From engineer to competitive fitness coach to online wellness expert and lifestyle designer, she is passionate about fitness, living a healthy life, and dreaming big.
Stephanie is a world renowned Nutrition and Fitness expert and coach that has trained 1,000’s of athletes including Combat Sports athletes. Every year she helps thousands of people achieve life altering nutritional and fitness goals.
2011 WBFF World Championships Fitness Model, Top 5; Bikini Model, Top 10 2011 Fitness America Pageant, New England, Bikini & Figure, 4th 2010 WBFF World Championships Figure, 3rd 2010 Fitness Universe Pageant, Miami, Bikini & Figure, Top 10 2008 Fitness America Pageant, New York, Bikini & Figure, Top 10 2008 Fitness Universe Pageant, Miami, Bikini & Figure, Top 10 2008 Fitness America Pageant, Atlantic, Bikini, 3rd Place