Wout Westra, Former Pack leader and official Primal Games referee
In the early days of the Primal Games the most dominant grappler of the year could earn the title ‘Packleader’. Very few were able to obtain this title. Wout Westra was one of them, in 2016 he put on an impressive performance throughout the year. Winning almost every grappling match he entered and submitting most of his opponents. This year Wout will be back on the Primal Games mats, not only as a competitor but also as an official Primal Games referee.
We asked Wout some questions about the Primal Games:
How do you experience the Primal Games?
I experience Primal Games as a fun event. Well organised tournament, friendly environment, good grappling matches and overal just a good day on the mats. The rules and point system is different from what you usually see in BJJ or even Grappling events, so it’s always fun to see how competitors adjust their strategie/gameplan to this different ruleset.
What appeals to you in the function as a referee at the Primal Games?
The interaction with the competitors. Watching Grappling fights of all levels (from beginner to elite) and seeing how everyone has their own game, style, and strategie that they try to apply during the fight. If I can ‘help’ make the matches run smoothly by doing as little as possible (aside from assigning points) then hopefully that means everyone had a good experience, win or lose.
What do you consider important as a referee during the tournament?
Sportsmanship. Everyone comes to this tournament to compete in a sport that we all love. There is no need for unsportsman-like behavior. Offcourse I understand that you are dissapointed when you lose, and yes sometimes it is due to a mistake made by the referee (we are all humans), but at the end of the day the most important part is that you had a good experience and learned something from what went right and what went wrong. We all love grappling, your opponent is not your enemy, and the referee is not out to get you, so there is no reason to act unsportsman-like.