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Gene Simco

Biography and Training History

Gene Simco began his Martial Arts training at the age of nine and trained through his childhood until stopping for a brief time to pursue Musical interests. Gene returned to his martial arts training after high school by enrolling himself in both a Jeet Kune Do school and a school of Japanese Martial Arts that specialized in the practice of Jiu-jitsu, Aiki-jitsu and Judo. Sometimes attending two classes per day, he began a rigorous strength-training program and committed himself to better health. It was at the school of Japanese Jiu-jitsu that Gene would meet with friends from extensive backgrounds in Greco-Roman Wrestling and Western Boxing. He eventually devoted his time fully to the philosophy and study of Jiu-jitsu. Gene eventually earned the respect of his peers and instructors and was asked to join the Black Belts during their training sessions. Here, he was introduced to the secrets of Japanese martial arts passed down through generations of warriors. At this time, Gene was also training at Brazilian Jiu-jitsu academies all over the United States searching for the best instruction he could find; with the information learned there, he began to improve his grappling skill and depth of understanding in the art of Jiu-jitsu.

His passion for education and his entrepreneurial instinct soon drove him to establish the NYMAG academy in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where he began teaching the art of Jiu-jitsu as taught to him by his first master. As his study of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (Gracie Style) continued, his pursuit of the world's finest training in order to develop a more complete and diverse program for his students led his across the country to seek out as much knowledge as possible. When Gene reached the rank of Purple belt in BJJ, he removed his Traditional Jiu-jitsu Black Belt as an example to his students. As business improved, the prospect of traveling extensively to train became less likely, so he employed many leading Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Black Belts and Champions to teach at NYMAG, where he became a student at his own school and learned to teach authentic Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. It was through this training that Gene had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and gain some of his most valuable experience. During this time, Gene's reputation as an instructor grew by leading many fighters to victory, causing his academy to flourish.

Gene had noticed that BJJ lacked a formal teaching curriculum - this, along with language barriers caused him to begin organizing his notes into what would eventually become the first "BJJ Student Handbook" written in the English language. Gene founded the largest resource for Jiu-jitsu on the Internet,, becoming the first to offer online illustrated BJJ techniques and the first to author multiple books on the subject of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. In 2005, after ten years of BJJ training, authoring several titles and producing numerous champions, he was awarded his Black Belt from Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Champion, Marcelo "Nigue" Sandes. Gene holds a Black Belt Diploma from the Federação de Jiu-Jitsu do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, the oldest federation of BJJ founded by Helio Gracie.

Gene has starred in several instructional DVDs and is recognized as the Leading American Author of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu books with seven titles to his credit, including Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Basics: Mastering the Essential Techniques, No Rules Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, and the largest BJJ book ever written, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, The Master Text. He has served as the Principal Instructor at the NYMAG Academy of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu since 1997. You can contact Gene at his website:

Left; With Royce Gracie. Right: With Renzo Gracie.


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