FAQs About Gene Simco Was Gene Simco really the first to Author Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Books?
Although there were a couple of small manuals under 100 pages that had been printed by individuals, Gene Simco was the first Author in the U.S. to publish several books on the subject of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu in the English Language. For a complete listing of his books, visit www.GeneSimco.com. Who Did Gene Simco train under and who gave him his Black Belt?
When Gene Simco began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he was already an experienced martial artist and black belt. In fact, he did not even grade in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu during his first three years of training in the art. Gene had already established the NYMAG Academy as a Mixed Martial Arts school and was hiring instructors from several different arts to teach there. When he began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, he employed many different jiu-jitsu instructors to teach at his school in order to build his own school’s reputation.
Gene Simco was promoted to Black Belt by Marcelo Nigue (4th degree black belt under Amaury Bitetti) in 2005 after 10 years of training. Gene is a resgistered Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belt with the IBJJF. In 2011, Gene was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt and awarded a diploma from the Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado do Rio de Janeiro,the official certifying organization for the Gracie style of Jiu-Jitsu. His certificate was presented to him by World Champions Marcelo Nigue and Amaury Bitetti (the First 2x Absolute World Champion of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu). Gene is the US Representative for Bitetti Team under Amaury Bitetti.
Gene Simco - Accredited BJJ Black Belt
Gene Simco is one of the few Americans to be awarded a Black Belt Diploma signed by Carlos Robson Gracie (Renzo Gracie's Father) from the oldest Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil Founded by Helio Gracie.
I’ve heard Rumors about Gene Simco. Why is there any controversy surrounding Gene Simco at all?
There are always rumors about people in the spotlight. People who succeed in life always have their share of stalkers, jealous competitors, disgruntled ex-acquaintances, students, etc … who decide to take the “low road” and spread rumors.
Gene Simco began training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu around the time of MMA’s birth in the US. At this time, very little instructional information existed on the art of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Simco, already a life-long martial arts enthusiast and teacher, began training diligently in BJJ. Because it was so new in America and schools were few and far between, Simco would travel to seek top-notch instruction, and take notes of his training sessions with some of the top instructors in the world. He would then bring the information back to his students to make the martial arts program at his school better. As years passed, Simco began employing Brazilian Black Belts to teach at the school regularly, along the way, he would earn belts from them as he deserved them. The act of having many different instructors was seen by Simco and his students as a way to obtain the most information possible and create a diverse learning environment, but unfortunately, the sportive side of BJJ, which consisted of “teams” and aggressive competition didn’t see it the same way. Simco is a martial arts instructor and began training long before sport jiu-jitsu existed on a large scale. His reasons for training were for self defense, interest and recreation. His only objective was to create better students and in order to do that, he would have to get all the information he could from as many places as possible. This same philosophy then translated to his books and DVDs, where he would compile techniques and information from several instructors and years of experience training with them. Obviously, his tremendous success in the martial arts industry proves that people appreciate the amount of knowledge he has gathered and now offers in his products and services. However, there is a part of the BJJ community that has twisted what most feel to be a good thing and tries to make it look as if he were “belt shopping” and spread rumors about his relationships with certain instructors. It should be remembered that at the time Gene Simco began training in BJJ, there were very few schools in Upstate NY where he lived and certainly no Black Belts. Students today have sometimes several schools to choose from in their local area. At the time Gene Simco was training, he had to travel long distances to train with Black Belts or bring them in to his school - both of which he did.
The fact of the matter is that Gene Simco trained with many of the greatest instructors in the world for the purpose of learning and earned his belts along the way. The idea that he would seek speedy promotion or buy a belt is proven untrue by two facts: Simco trained for ten years before earning his black belt and when Gene Simco was promoted to Purple Belt in BJJ, he voluntarily removed his Black Belt in traditional Jiu-jitsu and never wore it again. There are many people of questionable integrity who wear their Karate or Judo Black Belts while holding a lower rank in BJJ, creating the illusion that they are a BJJ Black Belt. Gene Simco is not one of these people and never has been. He has always been forthright with his students and is only being criticized by his competitors who have failed in business where he has succeeded.
I’ve heard Rumors about Gene Simco being Arrested.
Contrary to Rumors, Gene Simco was never "locked up", "cuffed" or jailed at any time. The truth to this story is that a few associated business competitors conspired to make up allegations using the sister of one of the parties involved who had trained with Gene Simco six years earlier. Because one of the people involved in the conspiracy was an ex-law enforcement officer who abused his position, these allegations were given more merit than they deserved by the police who ignored the obvious unethical conflict of interest. These competitors then used the charge in their ongoing smear campaign.
The charge of Misdemeanor Sexual Abuse was dismissed in a court of law and in order to be as clear as possible about denying any sexual allegations, Mr. Simco's attorney made a statement that was formally accepted by the court denying all sexual charges. This was witnessed and published by a member of the press. Interestingly enough, none of the individuals claiming that these allegations were true were ever present in court to witness any of these events. The then 20 year old woman who made the false accusations never showed up to court, nor did any member of her family. Read more about the whole story.
Where did all of the Rumors start?
All of the rumors about Gene Simco were started by rival schools who were competitors both in business and in tournaments who have spread lies and distort the truth about Gene Simco in order to hurt his business by stealing students or dissuading people from purchasing his products. Much of this was facilitated Internet Forums that have limited moderation and participants who have a long history of defaming Gene Simco.
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