I'm into recreational and submission wrestling - anything from light roll arounds with pins, scissors, straddles, grapevines etc., to submission with armlocks, chokes and strangles. Have done martial arts and wrestled for over 50 years and am very adaptable. Very happy to teach beginners - I look younger than my age - keep fit with grappling, Tai Chi, mountain hiking and biking. Matted attic room 12 ft X 10 ft (4m X 3m) and wrestling lawn in Cumbria. Took early retirement in July 09, now permanently based in Cumbria, but will travel.
- United Kingdom, Allerdale
(I'm here from 2/11/2018)
StatsAge: 68-year-old Male
Stats: 5'10" (178 cm), 168 lbs (76 kg)
Languages spoken: English
Gear: by agreement
Olympic / Greco-Roman
Last login: 32 minutes ago
Last modified: 3/04/2018 12:00 PM
Start of membership: 4/07/2009 6:54 PM
Past OpponentsARGONSA1 ArmwrestleAndMore bassman blackwrestleruk Broc Captainandy DazzFighter eastcheshireguy frits Gambo Glasgow Glasgow1971 grappler2112 greg1969 Lancs guy Leanmachineuk marcobpool MCRLON30UK mr_marcus muscldfighter polo62 Rick Royal ScotLaird1 scotpal Scrapmerchant_1 Sir David steviebak subcontest Subswrestlerfife tupsi Tynesider WeeJimmie Wresslefun wrestle570 wrestling4fun
mikecumbria is recommended by Wresslefun
I wrestled Mike in his house in Cumbria last December and was surprised by his strength,his agility and technique.Mike can apply holds that can leave you totally immobilised.We wrestled hard and i gave as good as I got but was overpowered by his strong legs.
I spent 3 days in Cumbria surrounded by the gorgeous landscape.Mike was an excellent host and we became pals.We found lots in common and had endless conversations.He came to visit me on Anglesey where I lived briefly.
He's an erudite with impeccable manners and few people know him like I do.If you ever meet Mike you'll have trouble making him submit but off the mats treat him like you'd treat someone precious.
mikecumbria is recommended by Merseywrestle
Met Mike at his home where we wrestled in his mat room.
A genial host who made me feel welcome and a great wrestler on the mats highly skilled and enjoyable comapny who live in a beutiful part of the UK - The Lakes.He teaches you that age is a number and you should enjoy wrestling at any age.
Look forward to grappling him again soon.
mikecumbria is recommended by Glasgow1971
Mike is a great guy a very skilled wrestler, can't believe it was nearly 6 years ago that he was kind enough to host me and give me my first introduction to wrestling. I seem to remember him pinning me lots and not been able to quite work out how as I definitely had the height and weight advantage. Mike is very patient and a great teacher, it would be a pleasure to wrestle again. Off the mats he's a genuinely nice guy with years of experience and generous to a fault.
Hopefully catch up soon.
Glasgow1971 is recommended by mikecumbria
Mark came to my matroom in Cumbria for his first wrestling experience about 6 years ago. Although he seemed a bit nervous at the prospect, he soon relaxed and let me show him a few manoeuvres on the mats and then he responded well, picking techniques up quickly and using his slightly greater height and weight than mine to his advantage, so it turned into an excellent give and take session. Lovely guy off the mats, too, so he's highly recommended.
mikecumbria is recommended by WeeJimmie
Mike is something of a maestro. He weighs two stone less than me, is significantly older and usually keeps me on my back for long periods of time while I do all the work. A great teacher, puts you at your ease and lets you learn from your mistakes. If he invites you, don't miss the opportunity.
mikecumbria is recommended by Tynesider
Mike pasted me! He had me pinned under him and I could hardly move. It was a good match though and well worth the drive over. As he says I don't give up easily. He's a good bloke.
Round 3 (or is it 4?) with Mike yesterday. On his lawn in the blazing sunshine. Again I had a great time and he gave me some coaching too. I'd recommend Mike to anyone; no matter what their level of skill.
I went to Mike's yesterday (December 6th 2014). I had another good day and a great wrestling session. Mike is a good opponent and also gives me tips and advice. Thanks again Mike.
16/1/16 - Another session with Mike at his place and another great time. We wrestled for a while and he gave me much needed guidance. I got a couple of subs out of him but I'm never totally sure if it was all due to my skill. A great bloke, good company and one of the men I'll return to over and over again.
Tynesider is recommended by mikecumbria
Brian is a very strong, experienced, skilled wrestler who likes to come out on top and will fight long and hard for it, but also a very friendly guy, too - great to relax with after the fight.
We met again last Saturday, 6th December, for an excellent hour and a half's grappling on the mats. After a gentle roll to warm up it became another great tussle for dominance. Highly recommended!
mikecumbria is recommended by eastcheshireguy
I met Mike at his place in the Lake District while visiting the area. We had a great flowing training session where he threw in loads of tips (and me around!) while we grappled - a very informative and enjoyable meeting. Mike is also a very interesting and hospitable guy off the mats and I look forward to a return visit to enjoy a session on his lawn in this stunning location.
eastcheshireguy is recommended by mikecumbria
Just met Andy for a training session. He's a strong, fit novice, with powerful arms and legs and some good basic techniques and he's learning fast. He picked up lots of ideas about balance, leverage, positioning and controlled breathing quickly during our hour on the mats, and he'll soon become a formidable opponent. Highly recommended.
mikecumbria is recommended by Rick Royal
Had the real pleasure of meeting and wrestling Mike last weekend.
Wrestling on the lawn was brilliant , and , Mike is an excellent technical wrestler.
Happily we had a really good give and take bout.
Mike is an excellent host , and , the location was in absolutely beautiful countryside.
Thank You again Mike.
mikecumbria is recommended by DazzFighter
Mike makes you feel welcomed and is a great host and showed me a few things about wrestling and had a great time....well worth the journey from London...can't wait till the summer to learn some Cumbrian Wrestling outdoors. Hopefully I would have learnt a few more things by then LOL.
I had my second meet with Mike 12th April - 14th April 2013. Again great host, great mat room to wrestle in....he taught me a couple more moves and need to improve on my strength to hold the bear hug for longer length of time....but really enjoyed the wrestles we had.
tupsi is recommended by mikecumbria
Frank and I wrestled several times over a couple of years at my old matroom near Windsor. He is strong, fit, and amazingly flexible (it must be all that wonderful Yoga!) and our struggles lasted for up to two hours at a time. Beware of his strong legs, which he applies like a carpenter's vice. He's also an extremely pleasant and likeable guy, who was excellent company when we had a meal afterwards. Very strongly recommended.
mikecumbria is recommended by Lancs guy
Mike is a friendly genuine accomodating guy.
Have visited him a number of times in the Lake District & have always found him to be the perfect host
mikecumbria is recommended by Sir David
Met Mike today, great training, patient, taught me in order to wrestle, you need to breathe also, valuable lesson which will follow through, excellent host, could not ask for more
mikecumbria is recommended by subcontest
A really good meet. Mike is a very skilled and experienced opponent, totally safe - and generous on the mat with those of us still in need of a bit of direction. He's also very hospitable and good company, so recommended all round.
subcontest is recommended by mikecumbria
Ian is a delightful guy, both on and off the mats. He is very strong, fit and flexible, looks 10 years younger than his age and has some very powerful techniques as well as sharp elbows, knees and chin - with a bit more training he will become a formidable opponent!
mikecumbria is recommended by ARGONSA1
Mike is very good at pinning you , without you noticing it !
Broc is recommended by mikecumbria
Broc and I had 3 really excellent wrestling matches at my old matroom near Windsor in the summer of 2007. He's strong, fit and determined and came back for more - also a really nice guy on and off the mats - I can't recommend him too highly - my Wrestler of The Year Award 2007.
mikecumbria is recommended by wrestling4fun
Mike is a true gent and an excellent wrestler/judo fighter: very skilled and tough and dominating. He's also thoroughly nice and generous off the mats, so it's well worth a trip to see him.
wrestling4fun is recommended by mikecumbria
Richard is a great joy to wrestle - strong, flexible, agile, determined and quick-witted, with powerful legs and lots of good techniques. I can recommend him to any guys wanting a really good, competitive, safe, sane and sensible match. Hope to meet up again soon.
Glasgow is recommended by mikecumbria
Pete is a great guy to wrestle - reliable, fit, friendly and fun, he introduced me to the great delights of oil wrestling in a plastic swimming pool yesterday. He's strong and flexible as well as determined and persistent - thoroughly recommended.
mikecumbria is recommended by ScotLaird1
Thoroughly enjoyed wrestling with Mike though Mike outclassed me in strength, technique and experience. If there's one thing I learned its how to breath properly when you have an opponent trying to control you and how to shift your balance! Mike is a lovely guy and a first rate coach when it comes to grappling technique.
ScotLaird1 is recommended by mikecumbria
Robert is a star - thoroughly reliable, fit, lean and strong, and extremely determined not to be pinned and he will fight for ages, using his very strong legs and arms. We grappled for over 2 hours this afternoon in some heat and both enjoyed a thoroughly good workout - I can recommend Rob to anyone wanting some serious submission wrestling: you won't be disappointed! Mike
mikecumbria is recommended by marcobpool
Mike is a very experienced wrestler and like many others had me pinned in an instant. He was patient,helpful and understanding of a novice and adjusted his skills down several notches to ensure it was a good experience.You may believe you are good ....and if so arrange to meet Mike you will not be dissappointed ,but you will probably be beaten!.Most imp for me was his warm friendly welcome,a true gentleman in every way.
mikecumbria is recommended by wrestle570
Really nice person and wrestling partner, able to teach you and make you fun. We had nice wrestling together. Very hospitable and honest man. I recommend him to everyone. Thanks
mikecumbria is recommended by polo62
Mike is a great guy and very skilful in wrestling and judo. He provided excellent facilities,hospitality,training and workout and I would fully recommend him to anyone.
mikecumbria is recommended by blackwrestleruk
Mike is a highly skilled competitive grappler, who is safe and sane and can wrestle to any level. You can definitely learn from him and he will make you feel welcome and comfortable...