When Roma was a kid in Russia he played soccer and continued doing so when he moved to US. Unfortunately, he developed an injury in high school that made him unable to run for long distances. Because he has always been an active person throughout his life, he felt that he needed something to channel his energy into. Once he became injured and became unable to play soccer, he decided that he wanted to learn martial arts, and eventually found The Boxing Club. He started out just like everyone else, and his first classes were Power Boxing and Kickboxing. Artem Sharoshkin then introduced him to Muay Thai, and that was when he realized Muay Thai was his passion.