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Sunday, February 15, 2015

No Holds Barred: Adam Roman on Catch Wrestling, Grappling, and BJJ 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with grappler and catch wrestler Adam Roman.

With a varied background in wrestling, jiu-jitsu, judo, and Hayastan grappling under Gene LeBell and Gokor Chivichyan, Adam Roman is currently an instructor at 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu Costa Mesa's locations in Buena Park and Orange, California, and the Reign Training Center in Lake Forest, California.

He has also joined the many grapplers and wrestlers who are competing in catch wrestling.

On January 11, 2015, he was victorious in the middleweight division of the West Coast King of Catch Wrestling Tournament held in San Diego, California.

We spoke with Adam Roman by phone Sunday.

He explained how he had decided to compete in this tournament, while accompanying his friend, Travis Newaza, who won the absolute division at it, to this event.

What he saw, he liked.

He said that catch wrestling, where you win by pin or submission, has "an interesting ruleset" because "it brings several unique challenges to it that you don't necessarily get in a jiu-jitsu match. Specifically, the ability to be pinned for a fall, really changes the game."

"I like the idea of it, because I feel like it's very applicable to a certain mentality that you may need in like a street situation," he said.

"It's good to be able to submit people from more than just your back, which is probably the most common way in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. It gives you just an interesting dynamic and challenge."

We also discussed more on his experience at the West Coast King of Catch Wrestling Tournament, his ongoing participation in competitions in numerous grappling styles, his plans to continue competing in catch wrestling, the need for all these styles to encourage action and discourage stalling, the potential of catch wrestling to grow as a spectator sport, the need for smart promoters, and much more.

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