Catch-as-Catch-Can is defined as “using or making due with whatever means are available.” Jiu-jitsu translates to “the gentle art” and Judo translates to “the gentle way.” Catch as Catch Can Wrestling is regarded throughout the world as “the violent art,” due to its aggressive nature when compared to these other popular styles. It is also the father of Olympic Freestyle Wrestling (once commonly known as Amateur Catch as Catch Can) and Collegiate Folk style Wrestling.

Hundreds of years old, it originated in Lancashire England and was developed and refined during the British Empire (1490’s – mid 1900’s). Its dominance in matches against other wrestling styles gained worldwide notoriety around the mid 1800’s. During this same time it found its way to North America via immigrants and world travelers and became the top sport in America by the turn of the 20th century. This grappling art is comprised of takedowns, throws, ground based wrestling rides, breakdowns and transitions combined with a surplus of excruciating submission holds. The term “No Holds Barred” originated with Catch Wrestling, as there are no illegal submissions, holds, pins or takedowns, which makes it extremely effective and efficient for both combat sports and self defense.

Primal Gym is an official Snake Pit U.S.A. training facility who proudly carries on the history and tradition of the legendary Snake Pit name.

For more information on training please contact

Primal Gym

2103 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd

Hamilton NJ 08619





The rumor on the street is that Primal Radio will be back on the air soon after a lengthy hiatus. Primal Radio was a huge hit that aired internationally weekly with listeners in 171 different countries. Primal Radio featured interviews with Top Athletes, Coaches, Celebrities, and Entertainers along with irreverent and opinionated talk of the world we live in.

20170826_142242PRIMAL Gym Fight Night a Great Success.

Sunday afternoon Primal Fight Night IV August 27th was a huge success. Boxers from throughout NJ and PA showed up to test their skills. The athletes ages ranged from 11 years old to 30 years old. It was an incredibly entertaining and competitive show.

Primal Gym would like to thank all the coaches and boxers who participated in the event and especially Jackie Atkins the President of NJ USA Boxing and the officials for being true professionals.

Look out for our next event in November.

Also, if you are looking to train in boxing in an Official USA Boxing Gym with Official USA Boxing coaches then Primal Gym is for you.

Available Training:


  • USA Boxing
  • Mixed Martial Arts
  • Brazilian Jujitsu
  • Shingitai Jujitsu
  • Kickboxing
  • Catch Wrestling
  • Submission Fighting


  • Military Close Quarter Combatives (CQC)
  • Jeet Kune Do (JKD}
  • Self Defense


  • Kajukenbo
  • Bujutsu Kempo
  • Arnis, Kali
  • JuJitsu


  • Warrior Fit
  • Boot Camps
  • TRX Suspension Training
  • Kettlebell Training
  • Speed
  • Agility
  • Strength & Quickness Training


  • One on One
  • Partner Plus
  • Personal Team
  • Youth & Adult

Primal Gym is located at 2103 Whitehorse Mercerville Rd Hamilton NJ.

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Gym # 609-584-8500


Chinatown jkd book cover
Today, only a handful of people in the world have studied Jeet Kune Do under my husband, Bruce Lee. Bob Bremer is one such student, and we are fortunate to have his recollections of Bruce’s teachings recorded in this volume. In the 40-plus years that I have known Bob, his legendary status among JKD practitioners is well-deserved. To my knowledge, Bob has always strived to pass on only the techniques and aspects of Bruce lee that he himself experienced without branching out, elaborating, embroidering on or interpreting anything beyond Bruce’s teaching. I respect Bob’s approach to teaching Jeet Kune Do, for Bruce had much to offer that did not require updating, revising or adapting. With Bob Bremer, you get the real deal.

Tim Tackett was among the first of the second-generation students, and I have known him nearly as long as Bob. Throughout the years he has studied Jeet Kune Do, Tim has also had a well-respected career as a high-school teacher, drama coach and published writer. Together with Bob, they have been passing on Bruce’s art of JKD in Tim’s garage to small groups of privileged students. This practice harkens back to Bruce’s beginnings in the early ’60s, when he taught his art to only a few friends for no compensation. In the ’70s, this was continued during Tim’s first years of Jeet Kune Do training in the original “backyard” group, and the tradition still exists in Tim and Bob’s Wednesday Night Group.

It is of utmost importance that the thoughts and recollections of Bruce’s original students are recorded for the benefit of martial artists who are interested in Jeet Kune Do teachings because they come directly from Bruce Lee. I appreciate the time, effort and primarily the love that Bob and Tim have put into transcribing their experiences. With the publication of this book, the art and philosophy of Bruce Lee will be preserved for the benefit of generations to come.
~ Linda Lee Cadwell

Learn Original Jeet Kune Do right from the source. Small group & private training avaiable at Primal Gym Hamilton NJ.



Primal Gym is incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to train these fine athletes. Two years straight these kids have won the NJ District 12 Little League Championship. How? By their hard work and dedication. In the off season the team would meet at Primal Gym for hours of Boxing, MMA training combined with a unique blend of Speed and Agility Training. The training covers everything from the toes to the nose increasing the athletes hand eye coordination, muscular endurance, mental toughness the list goes on and on.

Why Boxing Workouts May Benefit Hitters


PRIMAL GYM is proud to announce our newest location Dundalk, Ireland.

Headed up by one of the most talented martial artists anywhere Anthony Cunnane.

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Only available in Europe at these locations:

Primal Elite, Belgium with Head Instructor of Primal Europe Dieter Casier

Krav Maga Systems Ireland with Head Instructor Anthony Cunnane

Primal Raw Training is nothing but the bare essence of combat.

Primal Curriculums Includes;

Close Quarter Combatives – Hand, Stick, Knife, Gun

Combat Sports – Boxing, Kickboxing, Submission Fighting, Mixed Martial Arts.

Jeet Kune Do – Learn the training methods of Bruce Lee as it was originally taught.

Primal Training covers in detail both Breadth and Depth of the topics at hand.

Breadth of learning refers to the full span of knowledge of a subject.

Depth of learning refers to the extent to which specific topics are focused upon, amplified and explored.

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HAMILTON >> Knowledge of proper self-defense not only saves lives, but also builds confidence and can improve other areas in life as well.


That’s the lesson Trenton Police Youth Explorers are learning over the course of six months as they participate in self-defense training courtesy of Primal Gym in Hamilton, the training grounds for a few local amateur boxers.

Since January, the Explorers have trained twice a month at the gym, where they learn mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, hand-to-hand combat and other self-defense skills.

“I’ve always wanted the kids to learn some type of self-defense skills,” Detective Phil Peroni said. “We can teach them what we know as police officers, but this is a more structured setting.”

The TPD Youth Explorers Program, which was reinstated in 2014 after a three-year hiatus, is just one of the initiatives local police are using to connect with the city’s young population. The program’s goal is to help young people develop into positive community influences regardless of what career field they choose later in life.

Although self-defense training will be necessary if the kids decide to join the police force, the skills are also useful in everyday life, especially in an urban city where neighborhood cliques often distance themselves from teens who seem mentally and physically weaker than others.

“This type of training can change lives,” Primal Gym owner Jim McCann said. “It gives them direction and a sense of purpose. I’ve seen introverted people all of a sudden become extroverts on some level because they found something they were good at.”

Peroni and now-retired Officer Elsie Vega-Medina started searching for a way to incorporate extensive self-defense training into the Youth Explorers program about two years ago. They eventually connected with McCann who agreed to train the kids for free because TPD doesn’t have the funds in its budget. The Explorers will train every other Sunday through June, and McCann has agreed to continue training some of the kids throughout the summer.

“It’s a way for me to give back to the community,” McCann, who has been training in martial arts and self-defense for the past 43 years, said. “I’ve already seen growth in some of these kids and hopefully they will take that back into the world.”

Just as the goal of the Explorers program is not to convince kids to become police officers, the goal of self-defense training is not to convince teens to become champion fighters.

“Boxing is not only about fighting,” 17-year-old Shinard Bunch, a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic Boxing team, said while taking a break from training the Explorers. “It teaches discipline and respect.”

“Boxing is a great sport that gives kids something to focus on to help them stay out of trouble,” 20-year-old Junior Abel, who won the Diamond Glove tournament as a sub-novice last year, said.

Police Director Ernest Parrey Jr. and Mayor Eric Jackson stopped by the gym Sunday to witness the positive growth of the Youth Explorers as well.

“It makes me feel great to have local kids in the ring inspiring these younger Explorers,” Jackson said. “We don’t talk enough about the good things that are happening around here. Our youth are doing great things not only to inspire themselves, but to inspire younger kids as well. They’re not only using their body, they’re using their minds too. It’s wonderful to see kids working in a positive environment, staying out of trouble and doing things to create a career path. They inspire me as a mayor.”

About the author.


Penny Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 16 years experience in print, digital and broadcast media. Prior to working in New Jersey, he served as editor of Homicide Watch D.C. Reach the author at or follow Penny on Twitter: @Penny_Ray.


We just finished TWO INTENSE DAYS of Training at Dundalk, Krav Maga with Head Instructor Anthony Cunnane who is a super talented instructor. Both Hock and I covered tons and tons of material included:

  • Impact Weapons 
  • Knife / Counter Knife
  • Street Boxing
  • Street Ground Combatives
  • Brutal Clinches & Ruthless Combat Takedowns and Counters to Takedowns
  • In the Clutches Of…
  • Caveman Jiu-Jitsu – Joint Cranks, Locks, & Breaks

It was a great honor to have had the opportunity to go train with such dedicated fighters.




JULY 15 & 16,


Hock McCann Ireland 2017

2 FULL DAY’S of Knife/Counter-Knife and police, military and martial stick/impact -weapon training, Street Boxing, Ground Fighting  with Force Necessary Founder, Hock Hochheim and Primal Gym Founder Jim McCann.

This course is open to all “MARTIALISTS” affiliated or not to The Dundalk Krav Maga School Of Self Defence. To get the UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY to train with these two LEGENDS of UNARMED COMBAT and WEAPON TRAINING! Contact us here to secure your place or call us on 0851114604″ – Anthony Cunnane

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Street Boxing

This Art of Boxing

Ground Combatives

Close Quarter Combatives

The Great Escapes

Brutal Clinches & Ruthless Combat Takedowns and Counters to Takedowns

In the Clutches Of…

Top of Form 1
Caveman Jiu-Jitsu – Joint Cranks, Locks, & Breaks

Getting Back Up!!

Weapons Ground Fighting

Worst Case Scenarios

Riot on the Dance Floor – Real Combat Trapping from the Mosh Pit!!

Unarmed vs. Weapons

Quick Kills

Military X Knife Fighting

Invading Knife

Knife Takedowns

Death Grip of the Knife, Extreme Close Quarter, Hand-on-Hands, Blade-on-Blade Battle

Knife Speed Flow Drills

Impact Weapons

Pacific Archipeligo Combatives

Original Chinatown Jeet Kune Do – Wednesday Night Group

Explosive Trapping

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