NYMAG ACADEMY HISTORY
NYMAG is Duchess County's First Mixed Martial Arts and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Academy and this area's only school to produce 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 or 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
WEC, King of the Cage, the Pan American Games & World Championships.
NYMAG provides a diverse learning environment and has this area's
strongest working relationship with local law enforcement and military
personnel. Our reputation for producing real results for real life
professionals is well established and unsurpassed.
The NYMAG Academy was founded in 1997 by Jiu-jitsu Expert,
Gene Simco. It
began as "New York Martial Arts Gym", where Gene ran a Classical Jiu-jitsu
program for his first teacher of the art. He also hosted a Jeet Kune Do
Program, Boxing, Arnis and Karate classes, brining together instructors
from the area to create Dutchess County's first true Mixed Martial Arts
Academy. The diversity of training was the foundation on which NYMAG was
built and a tradition that would continue throughout its existence. The
School flourished and grew to include Ninjitsu, Aikido and Kickboxing
classes. During this time, Gene broadened his own experience not only by
training in many of the programs taught there personally, but in
continuing his Jiu-jitsu training to include the Gracie style of
Jiu-jitsu, hosting several Champions of the art including Renzo Gracie,
Ricardo Almeida, Sean! Alvarez, Edson Carvalho, Marcio Simas, Michael
Jen, Marcelo Nigue and several Instructors from Brazil, some of whom
taught weekly classes. This diversity of styles within a style gave him
and his students a broader picture of Jiu-jitsu and made the program
complete. After ten years of training in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Gene would
eventually earn a Black Belt in that style as well and become recognized
internationally as one of the foremost authorities on the art through his
books and personal instruction. The NYMAG Academy gained a reputation for
excellence as students from all walks of life benefited from the education
obtained here. Mr. Simco continues to act as the program director for
NYMAG and Head BJJ instructor.
At NYMAG, students come to us for many reasons. Over the years, we have
helped military and law enforcement personnel stay safe on the job,
recreational practitioners have fun, individuals looking for self
improvement or self defense reach their goals and those who chose to
compete have illustrated the effectiveness of the Jiu-jitsu and Mixed
Martial Arts techniques taught here.
The members of NYMAG are truly an outstanding group of people; if you'd
like to join the ranks and be on your way to self improvement, fill out an
Application Online today.
Although competing is not required for promotion at NYMAG, the
students who have represented the academy in competition have
illustrated the quality of education we provide.
"Gene Simco is one of the most technical jiu-jitsu instructors on the east coast.
His students are a testament to
-- Brian Cimmins
Grapplers Quest tournament director
Learn the Proven Method for Making World Champions
In only three years of training with Gene Simco and no previous BJJ
experience, Steven Olivier has won in advanced divisions at several grappling
tournaments, a Gold Medal at the Pan Ams, and a Gold Medal at the
Championships of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. At the World Championships, Steven won
all of his matches by submission, leaving no room for dispute; such a feat at
this level caught the attention of Koral Fight Gear, who offered him a
sponsorship on the spot. Steve is continuing his training at NYMAG and acts as
an assistant instructor. By enrolling in classes, you will learn the same proven
method that Steven uses to win and have the benefit of training with the highest
level of instruction in the area.
"Gene Simco has an excellent system for teaching BJJ that has helped my game
continue to grow. 3 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
Over the past six years that I have been training jiu-jitsu I have
been greatly influenced by the instruction that I have received from
Gene Simco. He has played an instrumental role in shaping me as an
instructor, BJJ competitor, MMA fighter, and in general as a warrior.
Gene has always been willing to go out of his way to hone not only my
technical skills but also my fighting strategy. When I am hungry for
the answers of what really makes techniques work in order to win Gene
always has a detailed and concise response. When I have a problem
handling group dynamic as growing teacher Gene has a new perspective
to clear my way and reestablish growth for me and my students. I very
much appreciate Gene's openness and lack of ego when it comes to
jiu-jitsu. I have been shown that with an open mind I can learn from
all that I encounter. Gene has also been very open and patient with
my transient ways of traveling about the country to train. Aside from
the training environment, Gene is just a really nice guy that I like
to hang out with; I feel comfortable just being myself with Gene and
the guys at NYMAG. I really like that Gene has not lost his
perspective of jiu-jitsu as a combative art and not just a sport.
This is where training with Gene early has given me a solid foundation
to apply my skills in a sport tournament, an MMA fight, a self-defense
situation, or even in a spur of the moment challenge match.
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- John Kessler
BJJ & MMA Competitor
Arizona Grappling challenge 3rd place White belt open weight
NAGA Battle at the beach 1st place White belt open weight
Arizona State Jiu-jitsu Championships 1st place White belt
Budweiser Jiu-jitsu world cup 1st Blue belt and 1st place NO-GI
NAGA Georgia State Grappling Championships 2nd place
Purple belt (as a Blue) and 1st place NO-GI
IBJJF US Nationals 3rd place Purple belt open weight
Arizona Grappling challenge 2nd place Purple belt
IBJJF Pan-Am competitor Brown belt and NO-GI
Grapplers Quest US Nationals Brown belt 1st place
MMA 4-1 (King of the Cage)
W via triangle choke from guard
W via triangle from top of North-South
W via arm bar from mount
W via RNC
L via TKO
NYMAG Students Win at the 2009 New York International BJJ Championship
Team NYMAG students bring home medals at the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
Federation's New York International Tournament in NYC. Steven Olivier Won
Gold in his division, along with Lindsay Vanzandt. John Riley brought home a
Bronze in his division.
Gold Medal Wins for NYMAG at the 2008 No Gi Pan Ams of Jiu-jitsu
Team NYMAG brings home three Gold Medals at the 2008 No Gi Pan American
Jiu-jitsu Championship. Dave Edwards, Robin Duran and John ORieley were
the Gold Medal winners at this year's tournament.
NYMAG Wins Pan Am Gold in 2007
Out of only two competitors representing NYMAG at the 2007 Pan Am Games,
both Steven Olivier and David
Edwards won Gold Medals in their Divisions.
Below is a list of the awards won by many different NYMAG students
prior to 2006.
3 Gold and 5 Silver Medals out of 8 Competitors at the North
American Grappling Championship, October 2005.
1 First Place, 1 Second Place and Two Third Place Medals out of four
competitors at NAGA World Championships, March 2005.
2 first place medals and one third out of 3 competitors at Catamount
1st place and 3rd place at East Coast Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Championships, May 2004.
2nd place at 2004 Grappler's quest 2004 US Nationals.
3 first place, 2 second place out of 5 competitors at The 2003
3 trophies out of two competitors at NAGA's 2003 New England
4 medals at NAGA's Battle at the Beach - 2003.
2 First Place Medals out of 2 competitors at 2003 Grapplers Quest
3 First Place Trophies, 2 Second Place Trophies, and one 3rd at 2003
NAGA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
3 Title wins out of 3 Competitors at 2002 Freestyle Fury
8 medals out of 8 competitors at 2002 Copa Atlantica
2nd Place at US Grappling Championship
1st Place win at April 2002 Grappler's Quest.
1st and 3rd place wins at 2001 Kimono Kombat
1st at Grappler's Quest 2001 NYC
2 1st Place Trophies at NAGA's 2001 Garden State Championships
1st and 3rd place wins at NAGA's 2001 North American Grappling Championship
4 Trophies, including 2 first place at NAGC 2000
1 first place, one 3rd place at NAGA's Garden State Tournament
9 trophies (including 3 first place) at 2000 Grappler's Games
5 Trophies at 2000 Kimono Kombat Tournament
5 medals at Submission Fighter Magazine's Mat Maddness.
1st place trophy at 2000 JBA submission challenge.
First, Second, Third and Fourth Place Trophies at the 1999 North American Grappling Championship
Winners at 1998 Grappler's Challenge - 1st & 2nd place trophies
Winners of over 6 medals in 4 divisions at 1998 NE Grappling Championships
2 Trophies & 4 medals at 1999 NE Grappling Championships
7 trophies out of 10 competitors at 1999 New York State Grappler's Challenge - Including first place in 2
Gold & Bronze Medals at the Florida State Championships
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