“The greatest moment in my whole career is when I became the first non-Brazilian to win the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu World Championship” – BJ Penn
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Helio Gracie told me the first time I was lucky enough to meet him in August 2004, the day I signed his grandson, RYRON GRACIE to face Marc Laimon in the historic superfight,
“Keep pushing No Gi like we pushed No Rules” elated Helio Gracie at Rorion’s first tournament in 2003, through his son, Rorion Gracie’s translation. It was one of the most special days of MY life. I miss you Grand Master Helio, thank you for facing adversity for all of us to be BLESSED with Jiu Jitsu. I vow to keep making you proud and keep pushing No-Gi to the World stage with Grapplers Quest Worldwide!
Taking off the first few months of 2013 has allowed a lot of time of reflection about the past, present and future of Grappling and my overall life balance in general. I’m proudly doing 1-2 hours per day of meditation to help quiet my mind, relax my body and heal my mind and soul.
Spending time with my two children along with working on several Coaching clients and the 2013 Grapplers Quest season keeps me busy, but not overwhelmed or stressed.
During one of my meditation sessions, I focused on remembering my proudest professional moments in life and wanted to share a few with you…
One of my proudest accomplishments and life moments was when Women could finally stand alongside Men at the “ADCC World Championships in 2005”. I’m proud that the “Professional Female Grappling” legacy has been maintained since inception, but It didn’t come easy and no one ever told the full story how it all came to fruition against all odds.
I forgot how hard I struggled to petition and literally beg for Women to be involved in the first ever Abu Dhabi Combat Club World Championship Grappling Event in the United States in May 2005. I remember overhearing, “The Event could never be held in Abu Dhabi again once Women were invited.” I couldn’t believe the resistance, but I refused to take NO for an answer.
For two months, I battled with the ADCC committee, which was completely against allowing Women into the tournament until they finally approved the proposal for Women to Compete at ADCC, but sadly refused to pay the Female Purses. I refused to give up, accepted their challenge of, “Approved But We Won’t Pay for it” and immediately sprung into action to secure the Female Tournament Purses and sponsorship for the ADCC 2005 in Long Beach, California. I pushed hard, but in the early days, even $1,000 was a lot from a sponsor, so it was a long uphill battle.
Our one main sponsor who promised to cover ALL of the Women’s Purses, only to have them completely bail on us just three weeks before the competition, abandoning their investment into paying for the Women’s Cash Prizes, but we still didn’t give up.
Gilberto from Jiu Jitsu Pro Gear (http://JiuJitsuProGear.com) and I (Brian Cimins from Grapplers Quest) paid for the Women’s Division Purses out of pocket from retail sales from the event because the ladies deserved the same honor and opportunity. I couldn’t let this opportunity pass for Women in Grappling, I knew it’s significance.
I would do it over, again and again, because I’m so glad to see how far the sport has come since the dark ages. I never fully grasped how the “Women in ADCC” was actually a Gender Equality and Female Empowerment movement victory and was a turning point in the history of grappling.
Sometimes when you are pushing forward so hard, down in the trenches, you forget to look up once in a while and realize all of the amazing people you met along the way and how many challenging situations you faced – and the Women of Grappling deserved the same spotlight, it was TIME. Remembering this proud moment makes it all worth it for me.
Another crazy memory popped up while writing this, I remembered that Alicia Anthony and Gazzy Parman and many of the Top Female Athletes in the Sport put together a Plaque and Beautiful book of hand written “Thank You” cards, but the ADCC Committee blocked the presentation of the award at the 2005 World Championships, so instead, the ladies presented it to me at World Grappling Games 2005 hosted by http://OnTheMat.com – that award meant the World to me and still proudly hangs on my wall today.
Ultimately, I want to Thank ALL of the amazing WOMEN who helped be pioneers for Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and inspirations to many future generations to come.
Searching through old Grapplers Quest tapes, I came across footage from the first Professional Female No-Gi Grappling Tournament ever held in the World on Saturday, February 21, 2003 at Grapplers Quest, nearly two years before ADCC “approved” Women to compete alongside Men.
To celebrate the historic moment for the “First Female Professional Grappling Tournament” and commemorate this historic moment for eternally, I will be posting all of these previously lost matches for Free on YouTube at: http://LiveGrappling.com during this week sponsored by Super Body Care (http://SuperBodyCare.com), Onnit Supplements (http://StressExpo.com) and Meditation and Hypnosis training from http://HowToHealYourLife.com
Thank you for believing in Grapplers Quest, the Sport of Grappling and yourselves – we are evolving and will continue to push through the peaks and valleys of life, together as one.
On the horizon, the first women’s match headlines UFC 156 with Rhonda Rousey. The future is bright for men and women alike in Grappling, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts!
With Your Happiness and Success in Mind Always,
Brian J. Cimins,
Founder of Grapplers Quest
Please listen to this interview and life strategy discussion with former UFC Fighters, Kurt “Batman” Pellegrino and Joe “Daddy” Stevenson who fought each other back in August 2007 to a decision-war, which could have gone either way. Kurt broke his hand on Joe’s face and Joe broke his nose – they are competitive and both submission grappling masters in their own right. We discuss some very important LIFE CYCLE discussions that need to happen for ALL FIGHTERS in their career.
On Saturday, July 21 at 1:00 PM in Morristown, New Jersey, they get to settle the score in a submission-only grappling superfight grudge rematch at the 2012 Grapplers Quest U.S. Nationals at the Mennen Arena. Get more information here: http://www.grapplersquest.com/events/gaspari-presents-2012-grapplers-quest-us-national-championships-2-day-event-weekend-huge-venu
Grapplers Quest CEO Leaks Submission Only Format for UFC Fan Expo Superfights and 4-Man – New Grapplers Quest Pro Rules!
Look out for WORLDWIDE press release tomorrow with ALL the details and major superfights announced!
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Abu Dhabi Pro World Jiu Jitsu Champion, Fernando Viera took on Brazilian Top Team Black Belt and CBJJ World Champion, Renan Borges (coached by Fabio Holanda from BTT Montreal) at the 2012 Grapplers Quest Toronto Championships in a 10 minute regulation Superfight which extended to a heart pounding five minute overtime with an epic battle to the end. Enjoy it, I loved being there LIVE, Canada really supported Grapplers Quest, it was a true honor to be there!
This was easily one of the best Grapplers Quest superfights in our recent history – I hope you truly enjoyed it. If you like to watch exciting Grappling and Brazilian Jiu JItsu Matches, please subscribe to our YouTube channel at: http://LiveGrappling.com – Join us on Facebook at: http://GrapplingFans.com – Join us on Twitter at: http://Twitter.com/GrapplersQuest – For Upcoming Grappling, Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling events worldwide, visit: http://GrapplersQuest.com
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I love Grappling and with strong VISION, passion and burning desire, I created Grapplers Quest. It became everything I dreamt it would be and more – jam packed events worldwide, partnered with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to create UFC Fan Expo Grappling Tournaments, 26-Episode Television deal with FightNow, Events at Mandalay Bay and other Famous Casinos in Las Vegas, licensed UFC Fan Expo brand for first event Grappling Superfight DVD, amazing Sponsors like TapouT, Gaspari Nutrition, Zebra Mats, and Super Body Care and many other accolades and special moments in my life.
As a hobby, throughout my 15 years in the grappling and Mixed Martial Arts world, I have been coaching many of my friends and sponsors with sales and marketing techniques, brand development and how to effectively build strategic partnerships, but I always really flourished on a personal level with many of them. I saw when I focused on healing their personal lives and meeting their human needs, MASSIVE change occurred, not just in business, but in their personal relationships with their Children, Partners, Parents, Friends, Spouses, you name it.
In 2004, I went full time with Grapplers Quest and within 5 years all my dreams came true. I realized that MY QUEST (journey) came with many pitfalls and challenges that if not properly coached through the tough times by people like Bruce Buffer (UFC Announcer), Dan Caldwell (Punkass), my Mastermind mentor, Tony Robbins and Relationship Expert Chloe Madannes, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
I realized the POWER and great feelings that were generated when helping others was profound, something my father, Paul John Cimins always instilled in me. The more I helped others succeed, the better I felt, the harder I worked to help HEAL people’s lives, families and businesses, the BETTER I felt.
Starting in January 2013, I will be helping Business Owners & Entrepreneurs grow their Business, Achieve Better results, and Design Their Life Blueprint, personally and professionally, but most importantly, HELP YOU LOVE LIFE AGAIN!