Olympic/Freestyle & Greco




WRESTLING: – FIRST American EVER to win GOLD MEDAL in Greco Roman International/World Competition – Won 14 GOLD MEDALS in the Armed Forces Wrestling Championship – Won 4 GOLD MEDALS in the Military World Championships – 1977 U.S. National Greco Roman Champion – 1977 U.S. National SAMBO Champion – 1979 U.S. World Team member – 1979 U.S. World Cup Greco Team member COACHING: – Assistant Coach on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Teams – Head Coach U.S. Army “All Army Wrestling Team” 8 Years – Recruited and trained SEVERAL Olympians along with UFC/Wrestling Legend Randy “The Natural” Couture as U.S. Army Head Coach – 2 x National Champion Head Coach – USA Wrestling’s 2006 US SAMBO Coach of The Year-Led Team to 2nd Place finish at SAMBO World Championships – Assistant Coach West Point Military Academy – Coached USA teams in numerous World, World Cup and International Championships – USA National Coaching Staff 25 Years & Wrestling Official for 30+ years – Head Coach, United States Air Force “All Air Force Wrestling Team” – Snake Pit U.S.A. Catch Wrestling Association Head Coach & Head Coach Snake Pit U.S.A. Board of Directors FOLLOW THE LINKS! www.facebook.com/SnakePitUSA/posts/1615351348530002 http://www.afimsc.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/1403592/af-selects-2018-all-air-force-wrestling-trial-camp-candidates/

Randy “The Natural” Couture joins Snake Pit U.S.A.’s Board of Directors!


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We are very blessed and thankful to have such an amazingly inspirational leader on our famed board of directors. Stay tuned folks, we’re just getting warmed up!

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

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

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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Another seminar in the books! Great day of training at “Team Believe Medford” Long Island, NY!

Another seminar in the books! Great day of training at “Team Believe Medford” Long Island, NY!

Team Believe

This special event featured legendary wrestler and coach, Floyd “Bad News” Winter on the mats teaching to a very focused audience full of competitive grapplers and fighters. Coach Joel Bane came in halfway through and as usual went into a highly detailed series after series ranging from leg locks and neck cranks to a few smooth transitions and set ups.

Special thanks to all those in attendance for their continuous dedication and commitment to excellence and of course to Snake Pit USA Rep Coach Anthony Spataro for hosting us every year.

For the absolute best in REAL NO-GI Submission Wrestling Catch-as-Catch-Can style, in Medford, New York area, check out Team Believe MMA at http://www.teambelievemma.com

2014 Catch Wrestling Championship! CACC World Championship!

Catch Wrestling Championship !


Presented by Snake Pit U.S.A. and The MMA World Expo

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The 2014 Catch Wrestling World Championship will be held at the 2014 MMA World Expo at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City on Sunday 27 July 2014. This will be the first Catch Wrestling World Championship in over 90 years! Former U.S. Olympic Coach and first American to win Gold in World/International Greco Roman competition, Floyd “Bad News” Winter will be our head official and all match announements will be conducted by the Godfather of MMA Media, Eddie Goldman from No Holds Barred Radio.

The Catch Wrestling World Championship will be held in honor/memory of the legendary Wrestler and Coach Billy Robinson. All competitors will receive FREE admission to the 2014 MMA World Expo on Sunday July 27th, and FREE Billy Robinson memorial tee-shirts. All division winners will receive Trophies and the Absolute/Open Weight division winner will receive the 2014 Catch Wrestling World Championship Belt!





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For more info on THE MMA WORLD EXPO visit: www.MMAWorldExpo.com

Biography: Randy Couture

The 10 Best Wrestlers in the UFC Right Now

MMA: UFC on FOX 8-Johnson-Moraga

10. Demetrious Johnson

As the quickest fighter in the UFC, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson is able to do things that other fighters simply can’t.

Although the flyweight phenom makes a living off quick striking and often unfathomable footwork, his wrestling abilities are remarkable.

Capable of taking the fight to the ground at any point and utilizing a strong base to keep it there, Johnson has efficiently recorded 22 total takedowns over his last three title fights.

He may not possess the same pedigree and accomplished background as many of the other standouts on this list, but his sheer athletic prowess helps fuel a rather potent wrestling game.

MMA: UFC Fight Night 26-Rua vs Sonnen

9. Chael Sonnen

With one of the best double leg takedowns in MMA today, the always entertaining Chael Sonnen comes in at No. 9.

While the former top middleweight contender hasn’t dominated on the ground at light heavyweight, his overall capability and knowledge of the discipline keep him dangerous at all times.

What makes Sonnen’s wrestling game even more formidable is the fact that he never skews from his bread and butter.  Opponents know he’s going to shoot, but more often than not, they’re unable to squander his efforts.

In any case, the aging veteran still gets it done as an elite takedown tactician hellbent on imposing his will.

 MMA: UFC on Fuel TV-Munoz vs Weidman

8. Chris Weidman

As Chris Weidman evolves into one of the more well-rounded fighters in the UFC, so does his wrestling.

The newly instated middleweight champion has always possessed the ability to stifle opponents with his takedowns, but he’s finding new ways to pressure unsuspecting victims and set up different techniques.

His Octagon prowess is the perfect example of how wrestling can shape and form a fighter’s ability to polish old skills into new tools.

Look for Weidman to continue his reign atop the middleweight division by implementing strategic game plans highlighted by suffocating ground-and-pound.

 MMA: UFC 159-Davis vs Magalhaes

7. Phil Davis

Phil Davis is as decorated of a wrestler as they come.

He has transformed athletically by taking a transcendent career at Penn State and turning himself into a dynamic force in the UFC ‘s light heavyweight division.

His ability to attack and defend the takedown is so well respected that other elite contenders, such as Alexander Gustafsson, have trained under his tutelage.

The results have been astonishing, evident by the Swede’s performance opposite pound-for-pound king Jon Jones earlier this year.

As long as Davis is able to nurture his striking and naturally evolve, his ground game should forever prolong divisional success.

 UFC: UFC on Fox 2

6. Rashad Evans

Even though Rashad Evans sports his own impressively clad wrestling resume, the more prominent reason why he commands the No. 6 spot is the fact that he out-hustled Phil Davis back at UFC on FOX 2.

As one of the very best takedown defenders in UFC history, Evans often utilizes raw strength and overwhelming athleticism to hone an already potent ground game.

He has gone toe-to-toe with some of the best Octagon wrestlers of the past decade, such as Jon Jones, Dan Henderson, Chael Sonnen, Tito Ortiz and the aforementioned Davis.

Once Evans gets a hold of an opponent and drags him to the canvas, it’s like witnessing a starving lion devour a lifeless gazelle.

  MMA: UFC 159-Jones vs Sonnen

5. Jon Jones

The versatility of UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is something unseen in the sport before.

With an unimaginable appetite to learn new techniques, the 25-year-old is practically a human sponge. 

However, through all of his abilities to implement punishing back fists, flashy front kicks and devastating elbows, the phenom’s wrestling expertise occasionally gets masked.

As one of the toughest fighters ever to bring to the ground, Jones often utilizes size and positioning to keep the fight standing.

But when the champ feels like scoring some points and sharpening his elbow on a defenseless forehead, he skillfully dominates fighters by tripping, sweeping, dragging and overpowering them to the mat.

MMA: UFC 154-St-Pierre vs Condit 

4. Georges St-Pierre

The progression of Georges St-Pierre’s wrestling comprehension is borderline genius.

His accomplishments on the ground mirror any fighter in the history of the sport, yet the UFC welterweight champion lacks any formal wrestling background.

He’s able to snack on weaker opponents by perfecting his takedown artistry through natural athleticism and mental fortitude.  That’s why GSP stays afloat one of the toughest divisions around.  

The fact that he has efficiently mastered the footwork, angling and positioning needed to be a good wrestler by feeding into his Karate tool bag, is downright mind blowing.

 MMA: UFC 158-Hendricks vs Condit

3. Johny Hendricks

Even though Georges St-Pierre rivaled Johny Hendricks’ wrestling game for five straight rounds at UFC 167, two national championships suggest “Bigg Rigg” is slightly better.

As one of the most decorated collegiate athletes to ever grace the Octagon, Hendricks possesses unreal tenacity and persistence on the ground.  It’s like he’s defending his Oklahoma State title every time he goes for a takedown.

The only problem is that the Texan rarely has to use his wrestling wizardry.  His hands are so consistently deadly that he opts to strike.

In any case, Hendricks is the type of athlete that only comes along once in a blue moon and one that fuses superior wrestling with blue-collar American bravado.


2. Cain Velasquez

With some of the most dominating victories in UFC heavyweight history, titleholder Cain Velasquez can already be considered the best big man to ever grace the Octagon.

Velasquez has commanded such notoriety by incorporating a tumultuous ground game in a division known for simple-minded power punchers.

His wrestling has been so effective that it almost seems unfair to allow it.  Combine those skills with a conditioned motor better suited for a Mack Truck and you have potency at its best.

Velasquez is the only fighter in UFC history to post triple-digit strikes (111) and double-digit takedowns (11) in the same fight.

 MMA: UFC 166-Cormier vs Nelson

1. Daniel Cormier

As good as Cain Velasquez is at dragging an opponent to the ground and triggering optimal punishment, his madness had to start somewhere.

That somewhere, or better yet someone, is none other than former Oklahoma State standout and Olympian Daniel Cormier.

Arguably the most decorated wrestler to ever compete in MMA, Cormier’s blend of calculated exactness and admirable aggression simply transcends all other ground games.

He is the predecessor to Velasquez’s barbarism, a future title threat and one of the more athletically inclined individuals in the sport today.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?
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Two-Day Gold Medal Wrestling Camp-Just in time for Wrestling Season!

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Snake Pit U.S.A. is proud to present the “2013 GOLD MEDAL WRESTLING CAMP!”

Join us for this exciting, FOUR-STYLE-TWO-DAY camp with the legendary Wrestler and 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. Coach Winter also made the 1979 U.S. 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.   

WHEN? Oct 12-13th 2013- 09:30-3:30 PM both days

WHERE? Modern Martial Arts, 36 Main St Englishtown, New Jersey 07726

HOW MUCH? ONLY $100.00


1.) Folkstyle, Freestyle, and Greco Roman wrestling with an Introduction to Catch as Catch Can Wrestling with plenty of technique/drilling time and live wrestling in each style

2.) Athlete time w/Coach Winter & group discussion: “What it takes to be a champion”

3.) Strength Training and Conditioning tips

4.) Nutrition tips for elite performance


 Who will be assisting Coach Winter?

– Coach Joel Bane: Snake Pit U.S.A. Co-Founder and Head Coach

Current member of the United States Air Force “All Air Force Wrestling Team”

 U.S World Grappling Team Heavyweight Alternate: FILA, Gi and No-Gi divisions

 Certified Catch as Catch Can Wrestler and Coach

 Certified Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) Wrestler and Coach

 International Sports Science Association (ISSA) Certified Personal Trainer

 Certified USA Wrestling Copper and Bronze levels Coach

 Member of NJ State Wrestling Association 

Coach John Potenza: Snake Pit U.S.A. Co-Founder and Head Coach/Owner Modern MA

– One of only 7 certified Assistant Coaches in Catch as Catch Can Wrestling in the World.

 Certified Combat Submission Wrestling (CSW) Coach with 15 years under Coach, Erik Paulson

 Certified USA Wrestling Copper and Bronze levels Coach

 Member of NJ State Wrestling Association  


Ages: This Wrestling Camp is intended for ages 13 and aboveAdults are welcome but we encourage you to bring a training partner.

PREREGISTER: www.SnakePitUSA.com  in our “Shop” section under “Seminar”. Or mail us with your Athletes information and a check for $100 to:

Coach Joel Bane

4075B Andrews Ln McGuire AFB

Trenton, NJ. 08641


PARENT/GUARDIAN APPROVAL FORM: Be sure to download and print a copy of the “Parent/Guardian approval form” and have your child/athlete bring it with them to camp.

Lunch: Lunch WILL NOT be provided. However, we will have plenty of Water available at no additional cost. Please have your child/athlete bring a lunch.

SPECIAL: Each Coach that brings 5 athletes will receive the opportunity to train for FREE all weekend!  

Our #1 priority is Safety: We will have CPR & Emergency First Aid Certified personnel present at All TIMES.

Questions or Concerns? Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have at Contact@SnakePitUSA.com

Floyd “Bad News” Winter added to the Snake Pit U.S.A. Coaches Association!

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Coach Winter was the first American to win a Gold medal in Greco Roman, International/World competition. Not to mention the following:    

          The assistant Coach on the 1984 and 1988 U.S. Greco Roman Olympic team

          Head Coach “All Army Wrestling Team” 8 yrs

          2 X National Champion Head Coach

          USA National Coaching Staff 25 Years

          Won 14 Gold Medals in the Armed Forces Wrestling Championships as a competitor

          Won 4 Medals in the Military World Championships as a competitor

          Coached USA Teams in numerous World, World Cup,  and International Championships  

          High school varsity wrestling official for the past 30 yrs

          California State Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee

          Recruited and trained MMA & Wrestling legend Randy Couture on the “All Army Wrestling Team

Coach Winter will be assisting us in ensuring only the highest quality wrestling techniques find their way into our programs. We hope you will join us in welcoming him aboard.

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