Rest in Peace Billy Robinson


Jake Shannon of Scientific Wrestling reported on Facebook that catch wrestler Billy Robinson passed away in his sleep at his home near Little Rock, AR, at the age of 74.

I am unbelievably sad to report that my very good friend Billy Robinson passed away today. I hadn't heard from him in days so I contacted his apartment complex to check in on him. When I called back for a progress report the apartment manager put the police on the phone, it seems he passed peacefully in his sleep. He was a lion of a man, bigger than life in so many ways, my wife and I named our youngest son, Lliam in his honor. You will be sorely missed, my friend. Thank you so much for living the life you did.

And Englishman, Robinson was a successful amateur wrestler who learned submissions at the famed Wigan school in the early 1960s.

He competed as a pro wrestler in Japan, Australia, Canada, and the US, achieving enormous respect for his immense skills. Retiring in the early 90s, he turned to coaching, and as a pro wrestling coach, he trained the likes of Ric Flair, The Iron Sheik, Sgt. Slaughter, and Ricky Steamboat.


He is known in mixed martial arts circles for being one of the few remaining threads connecting the present era to the tradition of submissions in Western rather than Eastern martial arts. Indeed, he brought the western submission tradition to Japan. His pro wrestling proteges in Japan that crossed over into MMA include, Yoji Anjo, Megumi Fujii, Kiyoshi Tamura, and above all, the incomparable Kazushi Sakuraba.Other noted students include Josh Barnett, and Shayna Baszler.

Robinson's legacy has been invaluably aided by Jake Shannon's

In addition, Robinson coached at Matt Hamilton and Roli Delgado's Westside MMA in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Billy Robinson
September 18,1938 – March 3, 2014

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dking site profile image  

3/7/14 8:53 PM by dking

May his knowledge & technique live on through his students

MarcVanBas site profile image  

3/7/14 7:02 AM by MarcVanBas


45forever site profile image  

3/7/14 6:52 AM by 45forever

TTT for the master.

Happiness Bunny site profile image  

3/6/14 3:35 AM by Happiness Bunny

Tonight the catch club celebrated Coach Billy's life. With technique in class and beer after class.Thank you again Mr. Robinson for what you dedicated your life to. Your influence and technique will never be forgotten.Edit. double negatives.

The Wizzle site profile image  

3/5/14 8:50 PM by The Wizzle


Hillary site profile image  

3/5/14 7:54 PM by Hillary

Not letting this thread disappear yet. TTT for Coach!

FrankGotch site profile image  

3/5/14 1:29 PM by FrankGotch

Wow, this has been a great thread for a sad, sad occasion. As someone else has said, he has forgotten more about pro wrestling and grappling than I have learned. Without men like Karl Gotch and Billy, the history of pro wrestling and mma in Japan would be vastly different, perhaps non-existent. We need to make sure the modern western style of submission grappling, cacc, does not die out and finds a way to flourish.RIP to a TRUE legend. Please say hello to Thesz for me.

Happiness Bunny site profile image  

3/5/14 12:15 AM by Happiness Bunny

Even up to the day he died Billy could kick the shit out of 99% of the people who post here.R.I.P.

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3/4/14 10:21 PM by Carson's Corner radio show

RIP Billy. Really a sad loss, both for the people close to him and in terms of his knowledge of wrestling history and technique. It was heartening to know that he was actively sharing both with people even well into his old age, so hopefully those who had the benefit of learning from him can continue to pass that knowledge on to others and keep some of what Billy represented alive. (Edited for tiny ass video window)

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3/4/14 9:44 PM by theshooter

Lou Thesz, Karl Gotch, and now Billy Robinson. Are there any old school hookers that are still alive?