The EMA Grappling "Toe Hold" club at Essential Martial Arts is one of a handful of officially recognized "Toe Hold Clubs" through Scientific Wrestling (www.scientificwrestling.com).  

The club focuses heavily on training primarily under Catch Wrestling Rules.  However, where applicable, the concepts and techniques taught will also be shown for Street Defense as well as Mixed Martial Arts.

Catch Wrestling is a painful and brutal form of Grappling that was developed in Europe and became popular in America through organized bouts as well as carnival matches. The crowds at the carnivals loved the matches.  However, over time some promoters decided that matches with predetermined outcomes were more exciting than legitimate matches and with that "Professional" wrestling was born. However, legitimate catch wrestling matches still took place around the world. 

Today Catch Wrestling is sought out by: Competitive grapplers, Mixed Martial Art competitors, Former wrestlers looking to learn submissions, Martial Artists wanting to expand their knowledge base, self defense aficionados who understand the importance of take downs, take down defense and ground control. Regardless of the reason for training, Catch Wrestling is a unique sport that is nearly extinct in the mainstream. The aim of the Grappling "Toe Hold" Club at Essential Martial Arts is to help keep this dying sport alive.

EMA's Grappling "Toe Hold"  Club meets at EMA of Greensboro every Wednesday night from 7:00-8:00 pm.  Club members should arrive and begin warming up at 6:45 pm. 

The class is headed up by Mr. Monty Hendrix who is a Certified Level 3 Catch Wrestler through Legendary Coach Billy Robinson and Scientific Wrestling. Coach Robinson trained extensively at the fabled "Snake Pit" under legendary trainer Billy Riley. The Snake Pit was located in Wigan, Greater Manchester, England and was one of the most respected catch wrestling schools in the world.  Legends such as Karl Gotch had trained there.  To learn more about coach Robinson click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Robinson . To learn more about Scientific Wrestling click here: http://scientificwrestling.com/ 

Monty Hendrix training with Coach Billy Robinson

Hendrix with Scientific Wrestling Founder:  Coach Jake Shannon


*Hendrix training Catch in San Diego                     *Hendrix training Catch in Salt Lake City                 *Hendrix training Catch in New Jersey

Additionally Mr. Hendrix has a varied background in various grappling disciplines giving him a diverse background and perspective:
  • Holds the rank of 4th Degree black belt in HapKiDo (A Korean off shoot of Japanese Jiu Jitsu)
  • Holds the Rank of Full Instructor in Contemporary Jeet Kune Do, a style which encompasses Brazilian JiuJitsu for street defense.
  • Trained five years in pure Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu prior to starting Catch Wrestling.
  • Level 2 (of 2) Judo Certification from Judo World Champion & Olympian Mike Swain.
  • Former MMA cornerman in the State of North Carolina through the NC Boxing Commision.