When I started working with “Dr. D” David Schultz on his autobiography, David came across a book given to him by his mentor, Herb Welch. As soon as he told me about it, I knew this was something that fans of golden age wrestling would love to see for themselves.
In the days before wrestling became “sports entertainment,” aspiring wrestlers went through a rigorous training to reach the squared circle. Men like Herb Welch began their training classes not with running the ropes and taking bumps, but by teaching them how to take care of themselves. The art of “shoot wrestling” has been lost to history, but in this booklet, Herb Welch shared his knowledge of the holds and maneuvers that he and others used to protect themselves and their reputations. With a new foreword from Herb’s protege “Dr. D” David Schultz, Herb’s wisdom appears here in print for the first time, just as he originally presented it.