Welcome to the new digital age where youngsters can create YouTube channels and podcasts from the comfort of their own homes.
Let me tell you a little bit about a young Canadian podcaster named Simon Romero. Romero runs a YouTube podcast called “Behind the Grind”. The show covers everything in the MMA and boxing world.
How can a 14-year-old become adept at navigating and understanding the world of combat sports you ask?
The Scrap recently had the opportunity to chat with the teenager behind “Behind The Grind”.
At his young age, Romero’s mind is full of combat sports knowledge, both through training and life experience. Romero started his training on the Jiu-Jitsu mats at the age of four.
He competed in Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and became a provincial champion several times over. At 9-years-old, he participated in the Kids Pan Am Tournament in California where he took home a bronze medal.
Romero began kickboxing at 6-years-old but eventually fell in love with boxing. Now at the age of 14, he is 5-0 in his amateur boxing career. “Boxing is a challenging sport,” said Romero. “It takes a lot of discipline and hard work, but my participation in the sport has been a rewarding experience”.
Simon also gained MMA experience and knowledge by having a front-row seat to some regional events. His older brother Anthony “The Genius” Romero is a pro-MMA fighter. For the past four years, Simon had the opportunity to watch his brother compete in IT Fight Series, Pinnacle FC, Bayfront Brawl and King of the Cage promotions. He also holds pads for his brother.
The grade 9 student has interviewed some big names including Coach Mark Henry, Vicente Luque, Sam Alvey, Gilbert Burns and Eryk Anders using only his iPhone and a microphone. Romero does his own graphics and editing along with contacting fighters and managers to set up all his interviews.
When questioned why he started a combat sports podcast, Romero responded, “I want to see how fighters feel and I want people to realize what the life of a fighter looks like. Fighters are real people with interesting lives inside and outside the field of sport and everyone’s story is different”.
Behind the Grind can be found on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyV5TmroTCxnNUiCoIYFrqw
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The Scrap’s Caroline Romero is a journalism graduate and has 3 children involved in combat sport. Make sure to follow her son Simon Romero on his Behind The Grind podcast on YouTube.