Posted this on the UG. But it's a lovely story, so I'll repost here:
I once trained with some Catch Wrestlers in Singapore. I was a BJJ 2-Stripe White Belt by rank at the time, about 3-Stripe White Belt by skill (It was about 1 year after I got my 2nd Stripe, but I had moved country so I hadn't gotten settled in a gym enough to get promoted, but I was training regularly), about 1.5 years of BJJ training total. Some wrestling training as part of MMA Gym >
I sparred with guys who admitedly had been training for six years. I tapped them all in less than a minute (towards the end one roll took about 3 minutes, but it was a guy I tapped twice previously, so I was in chill mode). Whats more embarrassing is the coach spent the prior to the live sparring teaching ways to counter Jiu Jitsu, using me as the Uke and openly telling the that I was a BJJ practicioner. Furthermore, the way they rolled that day was two people spar, while the whole watches and the coach gives tips to the gym members (not me). There were about 9 rolls that day, I participated in 7, so 7 rolls were the entire watching me humiliate one of their 6-years+ trained members. So it was essentailly a shark tank, I got almost no rest, while having to face a fresh opponent each time. The system was, the roll ends after one submission, short break, then next roll.
Their instincts were 1-stripe white belt at best. None provided much resistance. Im talking about them sticking both arms up to push me away while I had them mounted - resulting in easy armbars. Furthermore, they tapped very early. They would tap to armbars before I even had their arm fully extended, they tapped to RNCs before I even locked in the support hand (pretty much unintentional one-handed RNCs). The most trouble I ever got in was a half decent Omoplata attempt, that I front rolled out of (no arm on my back) and finished him with a RNC about 15 seconds later.
Furthermore, their Wrestling was awful. I took all of them down with Single or Double Legs (which is even worse considering we started on our knees). None took me down.
Albiet this gym was later featured on McDojoLife, though not for bullshit techniques, but more for a brutal initiation process (2-on-1 beating). Im not surprised, a few times when I tapped them, the coach would loudly criticise the member for the whole to hear. E.g. "This is because you guys dont train hard enough", or "That armbar set up was so obvious"
FYI the Coach/ Gym is Tony Cecchine Certified as well as Gracie Jiu Jitsu Certified (a Rener product most likely). But the training, and the coach's attitude was very Catch Wrestling based. He actually talked to me previous to the starting about how catch wrestling is beneficial because of the many "real world" disadvantages of Jiu Jitsu. Also the gym offered "Catch Wrestling" and no Jiu Jitsu >
Further FYI, I didn't outweigh any of the guys I rolled with. I was about the same weight as their lightest guy, and the two others were heavier. One was wider. The other was same build as me but maybe 2-3 inches taller.
Still don't believe you. There are crappy grapplers claiming to be catch wrestlers but your story sounds like something a two stripe white belt would spout after 6 beers.