Gene Simco Fraud? Competitors Spread Rumors Through Fourms and Wiki Pages.
Gene Simco Wiki pages made by competitors claim fraud and make false allegations.
Through disgruntled ex-students and jealous business competitors, rumors would spread that Gene Simco was a fraud. Although no substantial proof was ever offered and the source of the information clearly outlined motive, the information was allowed to spread on certain websites run by unethical moderators, some of whom were competitors themselves.
What Gene Simco has accomplished in the martial arts industry and specifically the world of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu is not easy when your last name isn't "Gracie". He was the first to publish BJJ books and online techniques, has a large and thriving school and has produced students who can prevail over fighters from the most reputable academies in the world at high level competitions such as the World and Pan Am Championships; these are all a testament to his credibility and legitimacy. When surrounding schools striving to meet the same goals fell short, they decided to employ unethical business practices in order to spread lies and steal students; doing something worse than what they claimed about Gene Simco.
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.
Amaury Bitetti & Marcelo Nigue presenting Gene Simco with his Black Belt Certificate
Gene Simco's International Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Federation Black Belt ID Card
Gene Simco - 2nd Degree Black Belt & US Representative for Bitetti Team
Gene Simco was promoted to Black Belt by Marcelo Nigue (4th degree black belt under Amaury Bitetti) in 2005 after 10 years of training. In 2011, Gene was promoted to 2nd Degree Black Belt and awarded a diploma from the Federaçăo 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 Awarded Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu after 10 Years of Training
Gene Simco was promoted to Black Belt on June 18, 2005 by Marcelo Nigue Sandes in the presence of 20 or more of his students, friends and long-time training partners. Attendants paid Marcelo Nigue directly for a seminar that took place before the ceremony, but no money ever changed hands for the belt itself; that was something Marcelo stated Gene Simco had earned through knowledge, dedication and skill.
"The essence of a great Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor lies in his/her ability to communicate both the theory and practice of the art. Mr. Gene Simco embodies both; weaving both BJJ philosophy and application in to all his teachings. Since 2005, I have thrived at the New York Martial Arts Gym (NYMAG) under his guidance and instruction. From formalized lectures and demonstrations- to friendly stories and talks - I have learned a great deal from Mr.Simco. He is humble, yet extremely knowledgeable; qualities that are rare in current BJJ practice. Like many of the old masters of BJJ, he is respectful of his students and is not afraid to share his knowledge and expertise. I am proud to say that I am a NYMAG student. NYMAG provides a safe and comfortable environment to learn. Not to mention, a great place to network with experienced BJJ students, competitors, and professionals. At NYMAG I am afforded the opportunity to meet some of the best and brightest in the field. One of my fondest memories was when I met Marcelo Nigue during Mr. Simco’s promotion to Black belt. I acted as translator.
As far as a BJJ instructor, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Mr. Simco is not only a mentor, but also a friend. His character is second to none. Not to mention, his is a great business man and entrepreneur. Mr. Simco understands the sprit of BJJ. Having followed BJJ legends such as Roleta, Feitosa, Leozino, Fabio Gurgel, Amaury Bitetti, Roberta Altala since 1997, I feel confident in saying that I am a good judge of BJJ technique and instruction. During my time at NYMAG I have always been treated with respect and dignity. At NYMAG I have learned that you can’t always be the strongest, but you can strive to be the most technical; something I will continue to aspire to under Mr. Simco’s leadership." - Mr. JR Avilez
"But, it seems as though a lot of you have deidcated your life to thinking about Gene every day. So, the funny thing is, you are wasting a lot of your time being obsessed with Simco. He obviously teaches well. Yeah, he markets himself on his website and maybe had some information that looked like he was bragging.....but you are supposed to alk yourself up when you are marketing yourself ... He can teach and he looks to promote BJJ as the best MA, that is all he is doing" - Greg "The Train" Davis (posted on NHB Gear)
"I don't know who this Garcia guy is but I can personally attest to Aranha's (Gene Simco) skill on the mat. If you have ever trained with Michael Jen (Bolo) you will know that he doesn't give belts away either. I believe he only has two brown belts. So whatever your motive is for badmouthing him get a grip." - Brian Burrow (posted as Blend120 on NHB Gear Forums - October 13, 2003, 05:25:20 PM)
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