NYMAG Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu – Est. 1997 Gene Simco founds Upstate New York’s FirstBlackBeltBrazilianJiu-jitsuAcademy
NYMAG is DuchessCounty's First Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Academy and has produced fighters and champions at the Highest Level of competition in both Grappling and MMA. In addition to recreational practitioners who enjoy the benefits of fitness and self defense, fighters who have trained at NYMAG and have been coached by our instructors have gone on to claim victories at the Highest Levels of MMA and Grappling Competition in reputable & established venues such as the UFC, King of the Cage, the Pan American Games & World Championships.
World Muay Thai Champion, Cosmo Alexandre talks about training at NYMAG with Gene Simco and his teacher, Marcelo Nigue. Watch the video to the right for exclusive training footage as Cosmo prepares for his MMA debut with Gene and Nigue at NYMAG in Duthcess County, NY.
Cosmo Alexandre was promoted to Purple Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu by Gene and Marcelo Nigue, who is Cosmo's first MMA coach. In this exclusive interview, Cosmo explains, "Nigue is the best ... we can just train like four or five days and it would be like one year with another guy."
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Gene Simco Student & NYMAG Instructor, Steven Olivier Dominates at the World Championships of Jiu-jitsu!
Steven Olivier began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu with Gene Simco just over 3 years ago and in that time, has managed to secure victories in several tournaments, including the Pan American Championship. His recent wins at the World Championship, where Steven submitted all of his opponents is a testament to the instruction at the NYMAG academy.
"Gene Simco has an excellent system for teaching BJJ that has helped my game continue to grow. 3.5 years of training under Gene and I’m a Purple Belt World Champion! ‘Nuff Said!” - Steven Olivier, Pan American BJJ Champion, World BJJ Champion, Koral Sponsored Fighter
The “Black Belt” Watch Gene Simco, being an avid timepiece collector, wanted to share his passion for these fine instruments with his most dedicated students by awarding them with a very special watch as a reward for their achievement of Black Belt. Students at the NYMAGAcademy who graduate to the level of Black Belt receive a watch designed by Gene Simco, made exclusively for his Black Belts.
Check out an article about the watches below.
Preta Watches – A New Exclusive Timepiece Inspired By Martial Arts.
The "Preta Chrono" is the first in a very limited and exclusive line of watches designed by Martial Artist, Gene Simco in conjunction with Giulio Bonaccio of Orologio, Inc. How Exclusive? These watches are so exclusive, they aren't for sale …. Yet. The design of these fine timepieces was insipid by Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a Martial Art that is responsible for making the increasingly popular sport of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) what it is today. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is know as one of the most difficult Martial Arts to earn a Black Belt in, sometimes taking up to ten years or more to accomplish. The word for Black Belt in Brazilian Portuguese is "Faxia Preta" and is where the name for these watches is derived. Even the design reflects the Black Belt in the style of the watch – Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts have a red band on one side, which has inspired the red and black coloring of this rare timepiece. So exactly how rare are they? The first manufacturing of these watches was limited to ten. Ten watches reserved for Gene Simco's first ten Black Belts. That's right, you not only have to be a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt to get one, but you must receive it from the designer himself. Now that's exclusive. But there's hope for those not committed enough to submit themselves to ten years of ass-kicking(s) just to get a watch you like the looks of. Gene Simco has stated that it is this first production run that is specifically reserved for his students in order to offer them something special for their dedication. He intends to work from the reputation and history of this watch in order generate interest in both the Martial Arts and Watch Manufacturing communities. So there will, most likely be productions of this watch brand available to the public in the future.
The blending of Martial Arts and Watch-making; it makes sense that two things which have some much in common in the way of dedication, style and craftsmanship would pair together nicely … and that's just what occurs with the Preta Chrono.
The Preta Chono was designed by Gene Simco, a timepiece collector and huge fan of the "big watch" movement made popular by action stars like Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. When he approached Bonaccio about making the watches, it was obvious where the design direction would go. This fine timepiece features a display back, revealing a beautiful handcrafted movement. It is manual wound with a 56 hour power reserve. The watch is DLC coated for anti magnetic and finish protection. The carbon fiber style strap (which is interchangeable) gives the watch a sporty feel that is echoed nicely on the face of the watch with the Audemars-like square pattern. This watch is a very cool blending of Simco's favorite designs that come together to make a very strong statement on the wrist.Simco has also stated that future designs (for sale) will feature a more unique and original design.
Although not currently available, future versions of these watches will most likely find their way into high end watch shops in the next year.
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