About Gene Simco
Gene Simco is a Brazilian Jiu-jitsu
who is one of the few
Americans to be awarded a Diploma signed by Carlos Robson Gracie (Renzo's
Father) from the Oldest Federation of BJJ in Rio De Janeiro Brazil,
Founded by Helio Gracie. He is regarded as the first American Author of
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Books. His Books and DVDs sell world-wide; he is best
known for writing the largest book of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu written,
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text. Gene has produced Champions at
every level of MMA and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, including the World and Pan Am
Championships. Coming from a traditional Martial Arts background, Gene
has a strong interest in Combatives over Competition; he has taught many
elite military and law enforcement personnel and is a member of the
Special Operations Combative Arts Association.
Gene currently resides in the Mid Hudson Valley, NY with his Wife and
Daughter where he operates
(New York Martial Arts Gym), a Mixed
Martial Arts School offering instruction to recreational students for self
defense and champions of Jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and Mixed Martial Arts.
Although NYMAG has a large staff of instructors, Gene has personally
produced champions of MMA, and at a World Level in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.
Gene is also an avid Muay Thai Practitioner.
"As a Green Beret, every skill that I train for the battlefield must
prepare me to fight and win in the worst conditions. Martial Arts
training is no exception. What I learn must be practical, simple and
effective - but it must be taught in a way that I can understand quickly
and incorporate in my skill set.
Gene Simco has trained and searched for most of his life in order to be a
better Martial Artist - and he has had much success. Gene was doing Vale
Tudo, when there were literally No Holds Barred and before MMA became a
household word or sanctioned sport. He has also become a very dynamic
instructor - intelligent, approachable, and able to convey all the
subtleties of his martial art to his students. He is cool, respectful and
one of the best instructors I've had; and I've been fortunate to work with
some of the best in the world. Not every great fighter makes a great
instructor, but the team of trainers at NYMAG are all skilled and
accomplished in their disciplines, as well as very effective teachers.
Everyone is welcome to train here. The atmosphere is relaxed but intense.
If you want to get in better shape more efficiently, train here; if you
want to compete in Jiu Jitsu or Muay Thai, train here. And if you need to
learn how to defend yourself and your family in today's world, you BETTER
come here, Gene and his Instructors know that the disciplines they teach
all come from a need to survive and win on any battlefield -- a dark
alley, an MMA cage, or the unforgiving streets of the Middle East.
When you train at NYMAG you will have fun, but you will be pushed. You
will meet friends who will fight you with all they've got. You will get
stronger, faster, tougher and develop skills that make you a better
fighter and a better person. That's why I'm here - I don't have time for
stuff that doesn't work, so I train with Gene and his staff at NYMAG --
and that's why you should be here too."
-- Terry Schappert, US Army Special Forces Medic, and host of History Channel's "Warriors with Terry Schappert"
"I've been training under Gene for a year and a half. Pan Am - Blue Belt - Gi Champ. 'Nuff said!"
- Steven Olivier, Pan Am Gold Medalist
"My Name is Dave Edwards. I have been a student at Gene Simco's/NYMAG for 5 months. I entered as a white
belt and after 5 months of training, earned my blue, then only two weeks later, won the Pan Ams, No Gi (Gold
Medal) and a Bronze in Gi. Gene is a Real-Deal technician."
- David Edwards, Pan Am Gold and Bronze Medalist
"The Special Operations Combative Arts Association is especially excited
to announce the newest member of our elite Instructor Affiliate Team.
GENE SIMCO of the New York Martial Arts Gym and JIU-JITSU.NET is a
world-class instructor and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu entrepreneur that
transcends multimedia with his quality teaching technique and dedication
to fighting excellence. This martial arts innovator is exactly the kind
of craftsman that exemplifies the principles we endorse as critical in the
military combatives training of our Special Operators. Gene welcome to
– Master Sergeant Randy McElwee
Director Special Operations
Combatives Arts Association
Gene Simco teaching combatives to
Army officers and cadets at
United States Military Academy
I recently had the pleasure of having Gene Simco teach a BJJ class to a
group of Army officers and United States Military Academy cadets. I am
currently in my sixth year as a practitioner of BJJ. I have served as a
combatives instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia and
currently I am teaching combatives at the United States Military Academy at
West Point. Gene organized a quick drill to quickly access the level of
proficiency of each fighter in the room, and then began to teach. Gene has
the unique ability to simplify the simple and get you focused on the
importance of the basics. He personally worked with every fighter in the
room, and at the end of two hours every student had improved their ground
fighting game. For the next three days, we drilled the techniques taught by
Gene, and our ability to pass the guard has improved drastically. Many
folks that I have trained with always want the high end "flying arm-bar"
type of instruction. Gene quickly showed us where we were sloppy with our
basics. Within seconds of listening to Gene, watching him teach and move on
the ground, you realize that he is world class and worth listening to. Gene
has a professional but personable style and is able to speak and teach at
the appropriate level to each student. I would recommend learning from Gene
personally or through the use of his books and videos to anyone wanting to
improve their military/police combatives, sport BJJ, MMA, or self defense
– MAJ Chuck P.
States Military Academy
Gene Simco happens to be a very important part of The Pit, our
curriculum, and our fight team. Gene is a valuable resource to us, as
well as a good friend. He worked Gan McGee's corner in his last UFC
fight, Chuck Lidell, Team Quest (Randy Coture, Matt Linland, Dan
Henderson), BJ Penn all respect Gene and find his book (The Master
Text) a great learning tool.
– John Hackleman
He is, after all, a real Martial Artist.
I recently had the opportunity to train with Gene Simco while I was in
New York visiting. As a beginner in the art, Gene dramatically
improved my skills with his vast knowledge and easy to understand
teaching style. Gene was sensitive to my job as a Police Officer and
incorporated skills that would help me on the street. Gene is a great
teacher and an asset to all students under his instruction. Thanks.
– Officer Chris Irsa, SWAT Team,
Gene Simco is one of the most technical jiu jitsu instructors on
the east coast. His students are a testament to that statement.
– Brian Cimmins,
Grapplers Quest tournament director
I've studied with Gene for over six years and in that time I've seen a
few things. I've used his BJJ in both self defense and in tournament
matches. It works, and it works well. His teachings are lessons that
I will carry with me forever and they continue to be useful.
Due to personal reasons, I had to take a break from training. I
enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where I just recently
returned from Iraq. While I was deployed in a forward position in the
Al-Anbar province Gene's grappling techniques were helpful in handling
insurgents. I was able to restrain, manipulate, and maneuver enemy
combatants with ease.
On the boat ride home from the desert I began training again with some
Force Reconnaissance Marines. I am intimate with both the Marine
Martial Arts program and the various individual arts that the special
forces Marines brought to the gym. Through all of the training, BJJ
was at the forefront. Through working with superior professional
warriors, men who train to fight because their lives depend on it, I
began to realize just how incredible the training Gene gave me really
was. I earned the Recon Marines' respect through my proficiency in
fighting, even after I'd been out of daily training for almost two
years. It's tough business I'm in and there is no place for empty
talk, respect is all about who can deliver. Gene's teaching helped me
earn the respect of my fellow Marines as well as get the job done in
– Juan Morales, USMC