World Renowned Instruction
Our Principal Instructor, Gene Simco has been certified by several
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Associations and trained with many different top
instructors on both coasts of the US and in Brazil. He holds Black
Belts in both Brazilian and Classical Jiu-jitsu; this diversity has
helped create a full palate for our students to choose from; in this
way, you'll never be caught off guard or left with unanswered
Mr. Simco is highly respected as one of the foremost authorities on
Jiu-jitsu in the World and is America's Leading Author on the subject;
this, along with his diverse experience at so many Jiu-jitsu schools
makes him one of the most sought after American Instructors of
Brazilian Jiu-jitsu teaching in the United States.
He personally teaches Group Jiu-jitsu & MMA Classes and
is available for Personal Training, which will accelerate
Many of our clients
either busy career people who can not attend at the scheduled Group
Class times or professionals who have a need for privacy and/or
accelerated learning. If you are interested in Private Instruction,
please be sure to make a note on your
Online Application form.
Gene Simco: Founder, Head Instructor
Gene Simco brought Brazilian Jiu-jitsu to Dutchess County in 1997 when he
founded the NYMAG academy. He has a lifetime of Martial Arts experience
in several styles and holds a Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. He is
the author of several Books on Jiu-jitsu and is a World Renown expert in
the field. He has Coached and Produced Champions at the highest levels of
BJJ & MMA competition and has an outstanding relationship with the Law
Enforcement and Military community.
Steven Olivier: Assistant Instructor
Steven began his BJJ training with Gene Simco and is an excellent example
of how well the program at our school works. In a short time training,
Steven has captured titles at several Grappling tournaments, including
Gold Medals at the Pan American and World Championships of Jiu-jitsu.
John Riley & James Tobin: BJJ Instructors
John and James have been dedicated students who got their start in BJJ
training at NYMAG and are now giving back to the at the academy by
teaching what they've learned. Both have extensive competition experience
and are veteran World and Pan Am competitors.
"I have trained with John Riley and James Tobin for a little less than
three years and I believe they have one of the most effective approaches
to the development of BJJ. They allow a practitioner to attain a level of
technicality to BJJ unlike any other instructor I trained under in other
schools. BJJ is a major part of my life and I will never stop doing it."
- John Staton
Anthony Vetro: Kickboxing/MMA
Anthony is a dedicated martial artist and MMA veteran with over 15 years
experience; he brings his knowledge to both recreational and competitive
students at NYMAG in his Kickboxing Classes.
Dave Arnold: Striking Instructor
In addition to being an avid Jiu-jitsu practitioner and life-long Martial
Artist, Dave has been training in the striking arts for over 30 years and
has been teaching in the Hudson Valley for a large part of that time.
Dave brings his lifetime of experience to NYMAG's MMA program, teaching
students valuable insight gained through experience that is hard to find
Brendan Weafer: Muay Thai & MMA Coach
In addition to World Class Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu instruction,
we offer our students the opportunity to learn from Professional MMA
Fighters like Brendan Weafer. Brendan is a training partner for some of
the best fighters in the world like Georges St-Pierre and John Bones
Jones. Brendan has an impressive list of MMA victories and is a rising
star in the MMA World.
Brendan has lived, trained and fought in Thailand.