Online MMA Course
Course number 1 is geared specifically for those interested in a MMA career. You will learn all pertinent tactics from stance to striking to ground work. These are some of the same techniques I use to train professional MMA fighters here in Chicago.
Online Self Defense Course
Course number 2 is geared specifically for self-defense. Many of the techniques involved in this course are illegal in all sport competitions, and are designed for serious life and death situations. This is a vicious and devastating course.
Online Catch Wrestling Course
Course number 3 is geared specifically for the competition grappler. This course does not cover any strikes or rips and is what I use to train my competitors for such competitions as NAGA and other sport grappling environments.
"My name is Brian Klaus. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with a background in powerlifting and wrestling. In 2005 I won the AAPF National Powerlifting Championships, setting three World Records in the process. However, while trying to exceed my World Record Squat in training, I completely ruptured the ACL in my right knee. While in rehab I began looking for a way to maintain my strength while achieving a more complete level of fitness than what I had while powerlifting. A friend of mine had purchased several of Tony Cecchine’s DVD's including the “Lost Art of Hooking”, and the “Lucky 13”. I began utilizing the information on the videos and eventually enrolled in Tony’s Catch Wrestling Certification Course. Training with Tony has really changed my life, I’ve seen my technique, conditioning, and agility increase every week, and I’m only getting started.
For anyone looking for the finest instruction in martial arts, wrestling, and self-defense, or if you’re interested in being in the best shape of your life, you can find no better source than Tony Cecchine."
Brian Klaus MS, CSCS
2005 AAPF National Powerlifting Champion
AWPC Powerlifting World Record Holder
"I am writing to show my support to Tony Cecchine and his Tri-C instructorship program. I was one of the first to sign up on the course in July 2006 and to date, am the only guy in the UK in the program. Tony has provided incredible support and encouragement throughout the whole time that I have known him and is always ready to help. As he states in his ad for the program, it is not an easy course where you are just given a certificate, you are expected to work hard and show full commitment to your training - if you aren't prepared to do that, then don't sign up as you are wasting both your own money, and Tony's time.
I have sent Tony numerous DVD's showing my progress and he reviews the material as soon as you send it to him, giving you his opinion of all things good and bad that he has seen. It is quite common that I am on the telephone to Coach for hours at a time discussing training and I always learn something new, but more importantly, something that can be used in a real life situation. That is what the training is all based on - reality.
As a coach, in my opinion, Tony is the best I have seen in my 13 years of training martial arts and I can name many famous guys that I have trained with on seminars and private classes. He explains things clearly and concisely and motivates you to push yourself to your best abilities and beyond. Personally, I am now in the best shape of my life since starting the course.
In March 2007, I am flying out to Chicago to train with Tony (and other members of the Tri-C program) for 2 weeks and I can't wait!
Thank you Tony for making the Tri-C program available. As promised, it has been and is continuing to be a life changing experience and I am in your debt, whilst also being extremely proud and honoured to be called your student."
Paul Dodds, UK
"Since I have been studying Tony's Catch Wrestling, I can truthfully and clearly understand the art of submission. As you know, I am willing to lay it on the line against anyone, and Tony's catch techniques will make 'em scream!!!"
SHONIE "MR. INTERNATIONAL" CARTER, 4x UFC Veteran, King of Pancrase, Extreme Fighting, King of the Cage, Shidokan Champion, U.S. World Team.
"In this day and age of hype and exaggeration, Tony has shut up a lot of people. When I witnessed his curls on this tape I knew that this man knows what he's talking about....in all arenas. It is astonishing the power he possesses and thankfully by applying his exercises, I have now added 35 pounds to my curl in 6 weeks."
"Tony and Bruce make a helluva combo. Where Tony is so hyper and aggressive, Bruce is laid back and a smooth operator. These two guys are something else. It's great to watch the interplay and even greater to pick up these wonderful ideas and techniques. I was especially impressed at how Tony moves on the ground. I have not seen anyone move like that. What's even more impressive is that just months before this, Tony was not even able to walk. It's a testimony to his grit, determination and strength. It's also a testimony to his art that he teaches. He lives Catch Wrestling while all of us just try to practice it."
"I received the Seminar Series as part of the Titanium Package. I am speechless at what I saw. I learned so much. Like Tony promised, I am no longer stuck on the bottom. I no longer fall victim to the B.S. that being on the bottom is superior. Tony's Catch Wrestling is what's superior. it's truly changed the way I think and fight."
"When will you be having another get together like that? I want to be a part of it for sure."
Steve Wendell, folkstyle wrestler
"What's so great about this tape is that I can actually do all of the exercises, albeit not even close to the level you'll have us attain. These are functional and are a serious threat to that roll of fat around my middle. The plyometrics is what's needed with me. I have to be pushed. This tape does that in spades."
"Tony, you evil, evil man....What are you trying to do kill me? I got Lucky 13 on Saturday. On Saturday night I got as far as the shuttle run then collapsed. After 10 minutes of sprawls and 10 minutes of jumps I could hardly catch my breath. Sunday morning I could hardly get out of bed. My calves hurt, my legs ache, even my arms hurt. Thank you very much. I own a ton of tapes. This by far is the best conditioning work out I have ever had. It's specific enough for wrestling but you don't have to wrestle to get the benefits. I don't know anyone who could last for the whole tape. It's 55 minutes of the greatest pain anyone could have. Tony, thank you. "
"I like the quick tap outs against experienced grapplers. When I say quick I mean 30-60 seconds to the finish."
"I trained wrestling, judo, and jiu-jitsu directly with a UFC veteran. I spent about a year training with him until I went out to Tony’s. That day I think I came closer to death than I did to submitting any of Tony’s students."
"I first came to train with Tony Cecchine as a high blue in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In my butterfly guard, I was submitted by a shin lock by one of Tony’s students, who I outweighed by 40 pounds. I later found out he’d been training for only five months."
"While I am familiar with Leg Locks and have been taught numerous variations on the Achilles and heelhook by various instructors I have never seen the positions that Tony demonstrates. Tony's body and leg positioning is such that he completely controls his opponent the whole time he is applying the leg lock, from entry to finish."
Online Video Review
"Simply put, being exposed to CACC completely changed my personal style of grappling. It turned me from a lazy no-gi BJJ guy to an aggressive grappler. I look and see submissions everywhere and even if I can’t always pull them off it usually gets me to a place where I can get something else."
“After seeing Tony Cecchine demonstrate the holds of catch wrestling, it's hard to see anyone else's performance in the same light.”
Online Quote, J.C.
"What a terrific video! It covers the fundamentals and it enters into strategies that I would never have thought of. Just the way Tony teaches to slip punches was worth it for me, but add in Bruce's stuff and you just can't go wrong. This is really great stuff."
" I was fortunate enough to watch a preview of this series. I must admit that I was amazed at the subtleties and details that it covers. It goes beyond "just wrestling." Tony's secret to slipping and catching punches was eye-opening to me. I have a kickboxing background and have worked some with boxers, yet I have never seen the slip and catch explained so openly and soundly. It never leaves you out of place or off balance.
The way Bruce demonstrates his front headlock is simply superb. This single takedown is one of the most effective you can use on the street. It's low risk and as Bruce explains, it's a great "heavyweight" takedown. He doesn't just leave you at that however. He shows how to control the man on the ground to get into a position to use your grappling or striking knowledge.
The section on back arch exercises was great as well. Now I can see first hand how the wrestlers develop this skill.
The footwork section was just so sound. It explains all the needed basics and Tony puts his twists on it as well. I can go on and on about it, but the reviews will be coming in shortly I am sure. Great job Bruce and Tony!"
"This is one of those quiet little goldmines that exists. I was really pleasantly surprised at how well both of you guys worked together on video. The techniques are in a class by themselves. I've viewed other collaboration tapes and it seemed more like a macho contest with the viewers missing out on the finer details. You guys cover everything from proper hand placement to even where to put your foot. That kind of detail can only come from very knowledgeable people. You guys are at the top of the list."
"I especially like the flow of the video. Tony's no-gi stuff followed by Shawn's gi work. It makes this tape easy to follow and easy to implement in practice."
"Wow. You and Shawn sure spell it out for me. I always had trouble doing the achilles and now I see it step by step. Great explanations and awesome moves. I really, really like this tape."
"Shawn and Tony work very well together. I especially like seeing how I can use the leglocks from LAOH with a gi. Although I don't like the gi, I'm forced to use it at class. Now I'm finishing the submissions. I hope they do more tapes together."
"The truth is that this workout surpassed anything I have tried before. Fitness is a passion of mine and while I thought the tape would be good because I have purchased your other products, I thought that on this note I would be up to the task. Boy was I wrong. The Routine is simply an amazing workout regimen. This is far and away the best bodyweight fitness course I have ever seen. Tony, you are at another level and I so appreciate you sharing your knowledge. You have a customer for life."
"This is a hard workout. Certainly I know of no one that can just go right through it. It leaves plenty of room for development. I really am overwhelmed at how well the exercises work with each other. At first I thought I would not get through it, but within a short time I was making gains that I just thought wasn't possible. This is now my favorite workout tape. Thanks Tony. I'm sticking with this for a LONG time."
"What gems! This tape is a fountain of knowledge."
"Tony, you are a dangerous man. I felt sorry for the guys in this video......ouch!!"
"Hey man. I love the audio stuff. I have this and the Wristful Thinking and I listen to it at times on my drive to and from work. It helps me to reinforce what I'm learning. I wish you all the best."
"Thanks so much for making this addition to your fitness combo. As I wrote to you earlier I wasn't in as good a shape as I thought I was. What is really neat is that I witnessed with my own two eyes your students going through the Lucky 13 so there is no excuse for me not to get through this audio CD. Once again, I thank you."
"This CD ROCKS!!!!!!!!!"
"This is just the kind of material I needed. I've been a coach potato for too long and not only did the CD motivate me to workout, it truly got me in better shape then I have ever been before."
"I cannot believe how great this tape is!!! The fact that I only made it through the first 12 minutes is more of a testament to how good the video is as opposed to how bad I am, as I am a competitive triathlete so being in shape is common to me. Without a doubt this tape is WORLD CLASS level fitness unlike any other product."
"This is the best workout I ever had. It's that simple."
"OK so I'm not in as good a shape as I thought. At least now I can do it. I have the plan, I have the tape, the rest is up to me. Great stuff Tony!"
"I'll make this short because I'm dead tired. I just did the workout. It's the best I have ever seen. I'll write more when I wake up. This is off the scale!"
"Tony's methods of entering into the heel hook are light years beyond anything I've ever learned. I thought that since I wasn't a wrestler, but a BJJ practitioner, I wouldn't be interested in learning something completely new to me. But he and Shawn explain it perfectly, and my leg lock game has gone to new levels."
"Tony demonstrates his knowledge of Catch Wrestling and his respect for other arts by teaching students how to incorporate elements of his style (and incorporate them successfully) into a gi-grappling situation"
Online Video Review
"Tony Cecchine's Wristlock Seminar tape...is an outstanding glimpse into the superiority of old-time Catch Wrestlers. It's sad in a way, because after watching this tape you wish that more people had been exposed to these brutal techniques."
Online Video Review
"This is the best video on armbars available. Nothing, repeat nothing I have ever seen comes close to the level of technique displayed here. It has changed the way a lot of people now approach submissions. This is the benchmark!"
"Tony, thanks to your advice I became the Illinois and Missouri State Bench Press Champion, and I was over 50 years of age when I won! You are one of the strongest and fittest men I have ever met and I owe my success all to you."
"Tony is the best plain and simple. Many others have been teaching Tony's materials without giving him the credit. Of course they cannot understand and transmit the proper intricacies, and they lack experience and understanding. That's why I only come to Tony and learn straight from the source. No one in the world knows as much about submissions as he does. NO ONE!"
"After years of lifting weights, I thought I was fairly strong overall. Tony's ROUTINE Tape hit me where it hurts. This is an amazing compliment to any weightlifting program. The exercises are not only thorough, but are clearly demonstrated and laid out just like the titles says; as a routine. Five stars without a doubt!"
"I now laugh at what exercises I used to do. I bought the hype. I made a mistake. This tape is what has really gotten me into shape. Within two weeks I finally broke the thousand rep squat barrier. I couldn't do it before even though I followed the directions. I finally figured it was all B.S. until Tim let me watch your tape. I immediately could tell just by looking at you that you knew fitness. I gave it a try and now after two months I am beyond my wildest dreams."
"Tony, thanks a million for this tape. It was a wise investment on my part. I am amazed at how good of condition your guys are. What's also nice is that they are just your average Joe's. I'm actually bigger than both them. It's good to see smaller guys be so tough and solid. You are an excellent coach and I know this tape will be a great motivator for many people."
"At last a truly monumental bodyweight course that won't bore you to tears, or take months and months to see results. This IS bodyweight exercising."
"This goes far beyond what I learned in Karate. You have made this into a science. It is unbelievable. Thanks for making this."
"This is the stuff I love. It's all about protecting yourself at all times. Too many folks train with that sport mentality and when you open up on them they cry foul. Well that is why I like this set. It's pure torture."
"This is not only my favorite tape, but the ONLY cardio tape that I will be using. I can't believe the simplicity yet thoroughness of these exercises. I tried the endless amount of rep scheme, but it took forever for results, used up a lot of time, and really left me feeling like I was missing something. This tape is EXACTLY what I've always wanted. The workout, as well as the Routine Tape is without a doubt the finest instructional video set on the subject of bodyweight exercises. Another hit for you Tony!"
"Tony's videos are simply the finest available on the market today. His attention to detail, coupled with the techniques themselves make everything he does a breakthrough. I've never seen anyone so concerned with controlling the body. He explains not only how to do, but why to do something."
Joe Raffin, folkstyle, freestyle wrestling
"You guys really need to pick Tony's brain here on self-defense. I will even go out on a limb here, his real world application of fighting is light years beyond what he knows about Catch and YOU ALL know how good his CACC is. Pick his brain draw him out and learn some incredible stuff."
Mike Anderson, Kenpo
"I think Tony got me maybe three or four times in the top wristlock, all within about thirty seconds total. That has never happened to me before. I was in shock."
R.K., bjj blue belt
"It's so simple that you just sit in amazement and wonder why no one else teaches this. I literally held a man's arm in the shoulder lock position with two fingers."
"Tony, your top wristlock is the greatest thing I have ever seen. The way you set it up is brilliant, and I've been tapping guys left and right with your holds."
"Without being overly dramatic, I will say calmly that it is a series that I will watch attentively many times. For the number of techniques and strategies that Cecchine teaches us, it is indeed an excellent series."
Review of Tony's Lost Art of Hooking Catch Wrestling encyclopedia series, translated from Italian, found at http://www.fightordie.it
"Leg locks are becoming more and more popular and effective in MMA style competition and I have absolutely no doubt that Tony Cecchine's insights into this area will help your game. These techniques work."
Submission Fighting U.K. review of Tony's Leg Lock Instructional Tape
"Tony's never-ending arsenal of crushing hold downs, bone bending submissions, and body cranking moves will amaze and astound."
Team Bison review of Tony's Catch Wrestling seminar