|Ring name(s)||Karl Krauser|
|Billed height||185 cm (6 ft 1 in)|
|Billed weight||111 kg (245 lb)|
|Died||July 28, 2007|
|Trained by||"Billy Joyce" Joe Robinson|
Karl Istaz (August 3, 1924 - July 28, 2007) was a professional wrestler and trainer born in Antwerp, Belgium, best known by his ring name Karl Gotch. ||-||-||-||} Antwerp ( Dutch:, French: Anvers) is a City and Municipality in Belgium and the capital of the The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those Billy Riley is a practitioner of Catch wrestling. The Briton taught some of the figures in catch wrestling at his training school called "The Snake Pit" Events 8 - Roman Empire General Tiberius defeats Dalmatians on the river Bathinus. Year 1924 ( MCMXXIV) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1540 - Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of Treason. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Professional wrestling, or pro wrestling, is a non-competitive professional Sport, where all matches are scripted by the promotion's booking staff ||-||-||-||} Antwerp ( Dutch:, French: Anvers) is a City and Municipality in Belgium and the capital of the The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those A ring name is a Stage name used by a professional wrestler, or in some cases a Martial artist or boxer. The German Suplex is named after Gotch. A suplex is an Offensive move used in wrestling both in competitive Sport wrestling, including Olympic and collegiate wrestling and Professional wrestling
In Japan, Gotch was known as "The God of Pro Wrestling" due to his influence in shaping the Japanese professional wrestling style. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Japan topics. God is the principal or sole Deity in Religions and other belief systems that worship one deity. He is of German and Hungarian ancestry and he was a Holocaust survivor. The German people (Deutsche are an Ethnic group, in the sense of sharing a common German culture, descent and speaking the German language as Hungarians (or Magyars, magyarok are an Ethnic group primarily associated with Hungary.
Karl Gotch excelled in amateur wrestling, competing (as Charles Istaz) for Belgium in the 1948 Olympics in both freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling. Amateur wrestling is the most widespread form of sport Wrestling. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games Freestyle wrestling is a style of Amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world Greco-Roman wrestling is a style of Amateur wrestling that is practiced throughout the world Gotch also trained in the Indian martial art of Pehlwani. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Martial arts are systems of codified practices and traditions of training for Combat. Pehlwani ( Hindi: पहलवानी Urdu: پہلوانی or Kushti ( Hindi: कुश्ती Urdu: کشتی which come from This training led to Gotch's regime of calisthenic bodyweight exercise, which were used by Indian wrestlers and other athletes to build leg endurance and strength. Calisthenics form a category of Physical exercises closely related to but not a part of Gymnastics. He also adopted other Indian exercises, such as the bridge, Hindu squats, and Hindu press ups in his wrestling. Bridge is an Exercise. Many variations of this exercise are employed throughout the world most commonly the balancing of the body on the head and feet  Gotch's philosophy was later passed on to several of his students. 
Istaz's professional wrestling career began after training in the "Snake Pit", run by the renowned catch wrestler, Billy Riley. Catch wrestling is a style of Wrestling. Catch wrestling is arguably the ancestor of modern Grappling, Professional wrestling, Mixed martial arts Billy Riley is a practitioner of Catch wrestling. The Briton taught some of the figures in catch wrestling at his training school called "The Snake Pit" Istaz debuted as a professional wrestler in 1955 under the ring name Karl Krauser, beginning his career in Europe. After establishing himself as arguably the best wrestler in Europe, Gotch ventured to the United States in 1959. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the First staying in Eastern Canada with Eddy (Carpentier) Wiecz before moving to the United States.
In 1961, he adopted the ring name of Karl Gotch (after Frank Gotch). Frank Alvin Gotch ( April 27, 1877 - December 17, 1917) was an American Professional wrestler credited for popularizing He captured his first major championship, the American Wrestling Alliance (Ohio) World Heavyweight Title in 1962 by defeating Don Leo Jonathan. Don Heaton (born April 29, 1931 in Hurricane Utah) (more commonly known as Don Leo Jonathan) is an American former Professional wrestler Gotch held the belt for two years before dropping the title to Lou Thesz, one of the few American wrestlers he respected because of the similarities of their styles (the two also share a common German/Hungarian heritage). Aloysius Martin Thesz ( April 24 1916 - April 28 2002) also known as The Great One, was a professional wrestler and
Gotch had a notorious behind-the-scenes feud with "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, starting when Gotch asked for a shot at the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, born Herman C Rohde Jr, ( February 20 1921 &ndash June 26 1992) was a Professional The National Wrestling Alliance (NWA World Heavyweight Championship is the primary Professional wrestling title in the National Wrestling Alliance Rogers wanted to avoid getting into the ring with a wrestler he feared would shoot on him and legitimately "steal" his championship. In Professional wrestling, a shoot refers to any unplanned event &ndash that is an event that is "real" and not staged This led to a locker room fist fight between the two, ending when Gotch broke Rogers' hand; incapacitating Rogers for several weeks. These events only served to alienate Gotch from the American promoters, who already felt there was no place for his style in the world of American pro wrestling.
During the early 1970s, Gotch had a brief run in the World Wide Wrestling Federation. World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, He won the WWWF Tag Team Championship with Rene Goulet on December 6, 1971. The World Tag Team Championship is a Professional wrestling world tag team championship in World Wrestling Entertainment. This page is on the former pro wrestler Rene Goulet For the former Canadian champion tennis player see Robert Bedard (tennis. Events 1060 - Béla I of Hungary is crowned king of Hungary 1240 - Mongol invasion of Rus: Kiev
Gotch then left the United States for Japan, where he became very popular. He wrestled in the main event of the very first show held by New Japan Pro Wrestling, defeating Antonio Inoki. is a major Professional wrestling federation in Japan and is a member of the National Wrestling Alliance, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972 real name, born February 20, 1943) is a Professional wrestling promoter and retired Japanese Professional wrestler and mixed martial His more athletic, less entertainment-based wrestling style was passed on to Inoki, who further developed it into the strong style that has been the norm in New Japan Pro Wrestling ever since. is a major Professional wrestling federation in Japan and is a member of the National Wrestling Alliance, founded by Antonio Inoki in 1972
After retiring, Gotch went on to train other wrestlers, including Tatsumi Fujinami, Hiro Matsuda, Osamu Kido, Satoru Sayama, Matt Furey, and Yoshiaki Fujiwara. is a Japanese Professional wrestler who is famous for his gimmick as "The Dragon. Yasuhiro Kojima (July 22 1937 &ndash November 27 1999 was a former professional wrestler and the trainer of Hulk Hogan, "Mr (born November 24, 1957) is a Japanese Professional wrestler, best known as the original Tiger Mask. is a Japanese Actor, and professional wrestler who has worked for New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling Some of these students, including Satoru Sayama and Yoshiaki Fujiwara, formed the original Japanese UWF, where the matches were entirely shoot wrestling. The original Japanese based Universal Wrestling Federation (UWF was a Japanese professional wrestling promotion from 1984 to 1986, formed by Shoot wrestling is a Combat sport and a general term that describes a range of Hybrid fighting systems originating
Gotch died on July 28, 2007 in Tampa, Florida. Events 1540 - Thomas Cromwell is executed at the order of Henry VIII of England on charges of Treason. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the