Notes from #BrianCimins: We are so very excited to have relaunched LiveGrappling.com YouTube Channel and slowly being merged with the #GrapplersQuest YouTube channel with great sponsors like WarPig Innovations, the “War Pigs of Wall Street”. Look for ALL classic matches and never-seen-before videos FREE at: http://LiveGrappling.com
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These amazing sponsorships have allowed us to recover 700+ hours of never-seen-before footage from now defunct YouTube Pay-Per-View channel http://LiveGrappling.com (which now points to our main channel, 100% Free and fully sponsored).
On Monday, October 16th, I called my old friend, BARRY GRIEFER, who has terminal brain cancer, to say hello, lift his spirits and pray with him. Even though its tough to ask, I always say, “How are you feeling? Any updates from the doctor?”
Today, Barry’s response was grim and filled with sadness…”Brian, the tumors are growing so fast, I’m now officially blind and the doctors told me I have less than 5 months to live.”
“Is there anything I can do Barry?”, I replied. He normally just asks me to pray with him or replies, “You already are just for calling me. How’s your family?” but today was different, today Barry confessed to me, “I am trying to plan my own funeral and do not have the money.”
It broke my heart and I replied, “Can I help you raise the funds, how much do you need?” Barry replied, “I’m very blessed, a local funeral home agreed to the minimal costs for my end of life requests, casket and above ground grave site for just $5,000”. I replied, “I will help you raise those funds within the Grappling and Jiu Jitsu community and Christian brothers and sisters community, is that ok with you Barry?” “Yes my son, thank you, ” Barry humbly replied.
That’s what got us here today.
Barry Griefer is now 72 years old and just received his Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu a few weeks ago, taking his test completely blind, sparring multiple opponents and performed the self defense portion of the test too. He is a spiritual warrior, child of God who never gave up, but now his time is near to leave this earth and he would just like to not be a burden on his family.
When people die, everyone spends $50-100 on flowers or donates to a charity, they honor the dead more than the living. Please help me honor a living legend, the most inspirational grappler on the planet, simply because, Barry Griefer never gave up.
Psalm 116:15 says, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the DEATH of His saints”. Barry knows Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior and dedicated his life to serve Him alone many years ago. Please consider donating to a warrior, on and off the mats, who will one day soon meet His Lord in heaven.
Please donate any amount you can, YouCaring takes 0% and 100% of the funds donated will be given to Barry and or the funeral home he has selected. We realize sometimes financial times are challenged, but every SHARE on social media helps raise $37 towards the goal.
God Bless YOU for reading, sharing, donating and CARING enough to read all the way through. We might cry when Barry leaves this earth, but we must remember, God will rejoice…please help us help him leave this earth with dignity, knowing he didn’t burden anyone, let’s help him “lie down in green pastures” and peacefully leave this earth.
NOTE: 100% of donations will help pay for the $5,000 final rites and funeral services for our brother, Barry. (YouCaring takes 0%) – We know sometimes financial strife exists in like, please know every SHARE on social media raises $37 from your friends and family members for someone you care about. Please share
Grappling With Theology Episode 15 with Matt Serra Jiu Jitsu Black Belt, Pastor Frank Mullis with Striving For Eternity Founder and Theologian, Pastor Andrew Rappaport Interview Grapplers Quest Founder, Brian Ciimins.
On this week’s episode, Frank Mullis and his guest co-host, Andrew Rappaport from Strivingforeternity.org discuss discipleship, training and being rebuked for watching the UFC. They also discuss the biblethumpingwingnut.com network and its outreach to the world. The special guest this week is Brian Cimins. He joins them to discuss his spiritual journey through his days as the president and founder of Grapplers Quest.
Finally, Questions From The Dojo, include: How to deal with an arrogant training partner, Where to get the best Sushi in NYC, OCD and Grappling and How to get your wife on the mat.
August 1997 – Elizabeth, New Jersey – More than 400 people packed into the Bayside Academy of Martial Arts in Elizabeth, New Jersey on a hot summer day. This was my first amateur shootfighting match and I was nervous. Our coach and instructor of Rising Sun asked for “tough matches” and the promoter obliged. My training partner “Big” John Makowski was unconscious in the center of the ring for nearly ten minutes without moving and I was up next. Everyone watched the stretcher come in and take him away, thank God he was fine, but everyone was worried he broke his neck. Minutes later, Big Dan kicked off the extra ice from the center where John was just lying and said, “Are you ready?” and I finally faced one of my greatest fears in life, to fight someone. Beyond the physical benefits, the psychological benefit of facing that fear proved to be pivotal in life, when things got challenging, physically, spiritually and financially in life. We all face tribulation in life, Jesus promised it, how will YOU handle it when it’s ‘your turn’?
BACK TO THE MATCH…What do you do when a Sambo Master heelhooks you? What do you do when you fall down in life? Do you give up? Well, in grappling or Jiu Jitsu, sometimes YES…but in life, NEVER GIVE UP…You Get Back up!!
Watch Brian Cimins (Black Shorts) vs. Rick McCoy (USA shorts) in 1997, when Ultimate Fighting Championship referee, Big Dan started hosting Shootfighting events in his gym in Elizabeth, New Jersey. This was their 2nd event in August 1997, but their first event was May 1997 and featured Matt Serra’s MMA debut.
In 1998, Brian Cimins founded Grapplers Quest and helped create America’s First Submission Grappling Tournament Circuit.
On October 7, 2000, Grapplers Quest led by President and Founder, Brian Cimins, hosted the first Submission Grappling Tournament in Las Vegas at Durango High School. Eddie Bravo won the Advanced Division and landed his patented “TWISTER” submission which is a wrenching spine lock for the first time on Camera.
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