Frank Gotch’s Step Over Toe Hold

Posted on Saturday, May 14th, 2016 by John Wood

Frank Gotch’s step over toe hold was the most feared submission move probably of all time. It could be applied quickly and efficiently from almost any angle and few people knew how to defend it — his opponents never knew what him ’em.

He used it to dispatch the likes of George Hackenschmidt, Benjamin Roller and Stanislaus Zbyszko.

Gotch, as masterfully trained by Farmer Burns, had two main weapons: a precise execution of his moves and holds, and an almost superhuman level of conditioning — and it should also be noted that neither of which require innate talent.

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