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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Future superstar and his biggest fan
The picture above is Jeff Glover and I at IGJJF 2003 (or 2004)
Thinking back to the 1st International Gracie Jiu Jitsu Federation Tournament back in the Summer of 2003, when one of our mutual friends, Gazzy Parman, introduced me to a very young and new Blue Belt competitor, Jeff Glover. I remember watching him in awe all day on Saturday watching him submit opponent after opponent with a no-time-limit format and then on Day 2 (Sunday) in the Absolute division competing for a Free Cruise, where I saw a “legal” slam nearly knock out my new friend under Rorion Gracie’s new Jiu Jitsu Event rules. I guess though, it might have been The Day a Grappling Legend Was Born – for sure it was the Day I’d never be able to forget the name Jeff Glover again.
Like many of you, yesterday, I received Jiu Jitsu Magazine and proudly saw Jeff Glover gracing the front cover. Jeff Glover is a 27-Time Grapplers Quest champion and holds the best grappling record in Grapplers Quest history, losing only 4 times over 8 years of active competition, nearly 6 events nationwide per year.
In 2009, Jeff Glover was signed to the UFC Fan Expo to compete in the first ever Grappling superfight in front of 60,000 fans live from Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at Grapplers Quest – it was a dream come true, but that was Saturday, Jeff wanted to compete Friday too, winning his weight class and the Absolute Division in impressive fashion.
In 2010, Jeff Glover released a great 6-DVD series with Budo Videos, Jeff Glover’s Deep Half Guard available here: http://www.budovideos.com/shop/customer/product.php?productid=29007&cat=&page=1 with several other titles already in production.
I always believed in Jeff Glover, because I saw how much he loved grappling and how naturally it came to him, he was “The Natural”. I’m so very proud of you Jeff and always want you to know that you are a wonderful person who can achieve anything in life. Also, please know that Nanny* loves you like another Grandson and my Mother loves you like a younger son. Keep turning heads
Your friend, fan and promoter for life,
Brian J. Cimins, CEO
Grapplers Quest Worldwide
*Nanny is my 84-year-old grandmother who’s watched Jeff Glover compete since the very beginning. She described his excitement level on the mats comparing him to “A young Mike Tyson style aggressive grappler, I Love Him!”.
My nephew, Jonathan Cimins was born on April 16, 2003 as a seemingly healthy, beautiful blue eyed baby boy. At 18 months old, soon after his booster vaccination, his speech rapidly declined, his behaviors started becoming repetitive, spinning for hours, jumping for hours, making strange noises and even seriously injuring himself without fear, we were lost. Sadly, he’s never been able to say, “Daddy, I love you,” but his father, Paul Cimins NEVER gave up Hope. UPDATE: On May 6, 2013, Jonathan said “Daddy” – check out: http://AutismRadio.org
Cimins’ mastery in the Culinary Arts as a graduate of Culinary Institute of America and consulatations with DAN Doctors and Nutritional Experts propelled him to create the world renonwn, “Autism Spectrum Diet”, voted “best tasting gluten free and cassein free recipes”. He sought out international Autism experts and doctors, herbalists, phychiatrists, alternative biomedical treatments and most importantly, family crisis support groups throughout the World. The family support radio show, Hope Saves The Day is free on iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/hope-saves-the-day/id368234896
There was very little information available, no health insurance support and no guidance or help for families who learned their child or children had Autism. There were no treatments or hope for many of these families. The Divorce rate amongst parents of Autistic Children is 75%. With one in 91 boys being diagnosed with Autism, now is more important than ever to help raise funds to directly support families. Other Autism organizations boast “awareness” campaigns, but lack in the true families that need their help the most.
Paul Cimins and the entire family is on a QUEST to help cure and treat Autism and help the families it can potentially devastate.
WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Grappling Autism was founded by Brian Cimins in 2007 to help raise funds for families with AutismRadio, a 5013c charitable organization you directly helps these families, most desperately in need of support, both emotionally and biomedically to help recover their child. Cimins is the President and Founder of Grapplers Quest currently donates $1 from every competitor worldwide directly to AutismRadio and with annual donations exceeding $10,000+ annually, still just helps ONE family per year, that’s how expensive Autism can be to treat properly.
Autism Families desperately need our support.
Instructors, Family and Friends come up to up to us every tournament and say, “How Can I help?” – here’s how:
In-House Tournament Fundraising Program to
Benefit AutismRadio.org to Help Desperate Families in Need.
Your $250 Direct School Donation includes:
TOOLS TO RUN THE EVENT:
– Tournament Bracketing Software ($50 value)
– 1 Flipper Scoreboard ($35 value)
– Referee Wristbands ($10 value)
– One Set of Competitor Ankle ($10 value)
– Guide How to Run an In-House Tournament
– Guide How to Plan and Market Your Event
– Guide How to Teach your Youth Students and their Families the Values of Charity
MARKETING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS:
– How to get AMAZING local and national Press (PR) from supporting Autism
– Interview on Hope Saves The Day on AutismRadio (30,000 weekly listeners)
– News Promotion on GrapplersQuest.com
– News Promotion on GrapplingFans.com
Your SCHOOL Fundraising Goal:
To Raise $2,500+ per event for GRAPPLING AUTISM (AutismRadio, 501c3)
50 competitors at $50 each = $2,500 + $500 donation === $3,000
Note: This pays for 3 months of biomedical
treatment in Hyperbaric Chamber for one Autistic Child
Sign up your ACADEMY today to help support families in need and get the best possible exposure possible for your charitable good deed, don’t delay, go to: http://www.grapplersquest.com/products/grappling-autism-house-tournament-fundraising-kit-and-donation-autism-radio-501c3-charitabl
STAND OUT AMONGST YOUR PEERS,
HELP FAMILIES IN NEED,
AND HELP US MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE
FOR CHILDREN WITH AUTISM, GO TO:
HOLY SUPERFIGHT!!! Pablo Popovitch called me the day after Davi Ramos submitted Joao Assis and Jeff Monson at the 20th Grapplers Quest West Championships back in July. Pablo wanted to grapple Davi Ramos, Andre Galvao, Bill Cooper or anyone else on the World Class level to challenge him – DAVI RAMOS accepted.
Davi Ramos is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black belt under Master Cesar Guimaraes (AKA “Casquinha”) from the Top Brother academy, though he also fights for the prestigious Atos team. Already being named as one of the top BJJ competitors in his native Brazil, Davi Ramos solidified his career at an international level after submitting 6 of his 7 opponents at the Grapplers Quest competition (Las Vegas edition) in 2011, forcing the tap on big names such as Jeff Monson and Joao Assis.
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HERE’S A SNEAK PREVIEW OF RAMOS in his first Grapplers Quest match EVER:
Here’s a *SECRET* Pablo Popovitch Training Footage:
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