Osama Bin Laden hated the Ghassanids

The infamous Osama Bin Laden hated the Ghassanids. In his speech “Resist the New Rome” he said: “… If we seek to deter them (the West) with any means other than Islam, we would be like our forefathers, the Ghassanids. Their leaders’ concern was to be appointed kings and officers for the Romans in order to safeguard the interests of the Romans by killing their brothers, the peninsula’s Arabs.
Such is the case of the new Ghassanids, the Arab rulers…

The Ghassanids had been allies to the west for over 1,800 years and HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor and the Royal House of Ghassan stand with the victims of 9/11 and their families! #911 #osamabinladen #ghassanids

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor inducted to the “Ultimate Warriors Hall of Fame”

It’s no secret that HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has over four decades dedicated to the study of the martial arts and Asian culture. More HERE

Being born and raised in exile in Brazil, a reputed very violent country, since very young age he has studied several disciplines of martial arts as Judo, Kung Fu many styles of karate, Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Kali Silat, European fencing, etc. currently, holds black belts in Karate, Kobudo (Japanese weapons) and his main martial art, Aikido, holding the 5th degree of black belt certified by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan having trained with several great grandmasters like Yoshimitsu Yamada 8th Dan and direct student of the founder O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. The prince is known by a very practical and strong style of Aikido being a direct disciple of great grandmaster Steven Seagal 7th Dan from 1997 until 2002 being the pioneer of his teaching technology in South America and was responsible for forming several instructors in Brazil that are active masters today. The prince has received his first black belt in 1992.

The prince with Steven Seagal in his residence on Mandeville Canyon Drive, Los Angeles circa 1999

Last month, HRH was inducted to the “Ultimate Warriors Hall of Fame” presided by the great grandmasters Al Dacascos and Ron Van Clief.

Acceptance video by HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor

An interesting fact is that the very first martial arts book owned by the prince was “Kung Fu for beginners” in Portuguese, co-authored by great grandmaster Al Dacascos, father of the action star Mark Dacascos.

HRH prince Gharios very first martial arts book circa 1985

The “Ultimate Warriors Hall of Fame” has many huge names in the martial arts and action entertainment like Michael Jai White, Cynthia Rothrock, Silvio Simac, etc.

HRH Prince Gharios with the Great Grandmaster Ron Van Clief, the legendary “Black Dragon”

The prince declared: “I’m extremely honored and humbled to be part of the first class of the ultimate warriors hall of fame, along with many of my heroes.”

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor inducted in the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame

The beautiful katana (samurai sword) signed by Great Grandmaster Ernies Reyes Sr., representing the induction in the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor started in the martial arts (Judo) in 1978, initially forced by his father. After that, fell in love with the Asian culture and all its aspects. Studied also Kung Fu, several styles of Karate, European fencing, Japanese swordsmanship, Jiu-Jistu, Kali Silat, Kobudo and his passion, the Aikido. Holds the 5th (fifth) Dan (degree black belt) in Aikido (certified by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan) and also holds black belts in Karate and Kobudo (Japanese weapons).

Started Aikido in 1986 and became an instructor for beginners in 1991. Got his black belt in 1992 being registered in Japan in 1993. In the same year founded the Shinken Institute, active until 2017 operating schools of Aikido and Japanese Culture in five cities in Brazil. One of the masters who most influenced him was Steven Seagal being Seagal’s direct disciple, business associate and personal friend for 5 years (1997-2002). Gharios was the only teacher in South America to have such a relationship directly with Seagal being the pioneer of Steven Seagal method of Aikido in South American continent.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with Steven Seagal at his home in 1999

Steven Seagal, well known star of Hollywood is also a master of various martial arts styles and 7th. degree black belt in Aikido, and was (before the fame) the first Westerner to own and operate a school on Japanese soil.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor on the cover of a Brazilian martial arts magazine in 1997 as the pioneer of Steven Seagal’s method of Aikido in Brazil

In 1999, received “The Sports Merit” a governmental award for his work for the martial arts. From 2003 until 2017 was a direct student of Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei 8o.Dan (one of the few direct disciple of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba still alive). Is responsible for forming dozens of black-belt instructors that are active today all over Brazil.

In 2020, was inducted in the in the Martial Arts Hall of Honors during the largest martial arts event in the world, the Mega Martial Arts Hall of Honors 20th Anniversary at the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, NJ.

The moment that great grandmaster Ernie Reyes Sr. is bestowing the ceremonial sword on HRH Prince Gharios inducting him in the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame

This year, in Las Vegas, during the ceremony in which the prince has received the prestigious AOF Icon Award for his four decades long martial arts career, his over 25 years entertainment career and his international humanitarian work; he was surprised by the speech given by the legendary Great Grandmaster Ernie Reyes Sr., bestowing a sword and the induction to the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame of the World Martial Arts Masters Association counting on several major names in the international martial arts as Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee, Ip Man, Royce Gracie, Samuel Kwok, Randy Couture, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace, Benny “the Jet” Urquidez, Steven Seagal, Don Wilson, Al Dacascos, Cynthia Rothrock, Ron Van Clief, Keith Vitali, etc.

Letter of induction to the Grandmaster’s Hall of Fame

Special Thanks to the Masters of the Executive Council: GGM Ernie Reyes Sr., GGM Eric Lee and GM Mike Gerry. Also thanks to GM Dr. Robert Goldman

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor receives the prestigious AOF Icon Award 2021 in Las Vegas

Event’s poster

The Action On Film International Film Festival, also known as the Action On Film Festival, was founded in 2004. It was held in California until 2017 when it moved to Las Vegas.

Last Saturday, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor has received the prestigious AOF Icon Award for his four decades long martial arts career, his over 25 years entertainment career and his international humanitarian work.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with the action star and master Jeff Speakman
Cover of the event’s magazine

The prince is a classically trained actor, director, musician and producer with over 400 credits mostly in Brazil in film, TV, radio, theater, etc. also, is a martial artist since 1978 when with only five years old started Judo. Currently, the prince holds black belts in Karate, Kobudo and the 5th degree black belt in Aikido. Has received his first black belt in 1992. He was the close combat instructor to the Brazilian Federal Police (FBI equivalent) and the VIP security bodyguards of the HSBC Bank executives in Brazil. Today, hundreds of students practice Aikido in Brazil under the instructors formed by the prince.

The AOF Icon award was received by many Hollywood starts and world class martial artists like: David Carradine, Jeff Speakman, Cynthia Rothrock, Don “the dragon” Wilson, Randy Couture, Bas Rutten, Art Camacho, Michael Jay White, Nick Mancuso, Tom Sizemore, Michael Madsen, Bill Duke, Bob Wall, John Saxson, Kim Coates, etc.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor meets the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

During the Ecumenical Prayer Service’s reception cohosted by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor met with His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros (Lambriniadis) of America, Most Honorable Exarch of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, (the eighth Archbishop of America elected since the establishment of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese in 1922) The event took place at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC on last July 14.

Below some candid moments with His Eminence and His Excellency Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General of the WEA – World Evangelical Alliance

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor featured on the cover of the America’s largest Muslim newspaper

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor on the cover of America’s largest Muslim newspaper

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor joined spiritual leaders representing Christians and Muslims from around the world in the Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque, in Washington, DC on July 13 to discuss relations between the two communities and celebrate the launch of a book titled, God Needs No Defense: Reimagining Muslim – Christian Relations in the 21st Century. More details here

The volume 46, number 46 of the Muslim Journal, America’s largest Muslim newspaper, featured the prince’s participation on the aforementioned event.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor presenting the highest rank of the Order of Michael Archangel to Archbishop Schirrmacher and Dr. Christine Schirrmacher

You may download the Muslim journal’s full edition here

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor joins Christian leaders praying for Hagia Sophia

Religious leaders praying for Hagia Sophia

HRH Prince Gharios E Chemor joined In Defense of Christians (IDC), the nation’s leading advocacy organization for Christians and religious minorities in the Middle East and Africa, for an Ecumenical Prayer Service with the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington, DC on last July 14.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor sitting on the VIP box

The Ecumenical Prayer Service fell on the one-year anniversary of the reconversion of the Hagia Sophia cathedral in Istanbul, Turkey, into a mosque, and solemnly commemorated the event.

Hagia Sophia (/ˈhɑːɡiə soʊˈfiːə/; (Turkish: Ayasofya, Koinē Greek: Ἁγία Σοφία, romanized: Hagía Sophía; Latin: Sancta Sophia, lit.Holy Wisdom‘), a Late Antiqueplace of worship in Istanbul, designed by the Greek geometers Isidore of Miletus and Anthemius of Tralles. Built in 537 as the patriarchal cathedral of the imperial capital of Constantinople, it was the largest Christian church of the eastern Roman Empire (the Byzantine Empire) and the Eastern Orthodox Church, except during the Latin Empire from 1204 to 1261, when it became the city’s Latin Catholic cathedral. In 1453, after the Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire, it was converted into a mosque. In 1935, the secular Turkish Republic established it as a museum. In 2020, it controversially re-opened as a mosque.

Various Christian traditions were represented at the Ecumenical Prayer Service including Archbishop Thomas Schirrmacher, the Secretary General of the WEA – World Evangelical Alliance, the second largest Christian organization in the world with 600 million members.

You may watch the ecumenical service below:

The One Voice Foundation is officially launched in Lebanon

from left to right: the president and CEO Antoine Kalaydjian and the members of the board Khalil Melhem, HRH Prince Sheikh Selim El Chemor of Ghassan and Prof. Dr. Joseph Kéchichian

The One Voice Foundation, an inter religious arm of the Royal House of Ghassan, was officially launched in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the foundation’s co-founder and chairman, couldn’t attend.

The Foundation launched its first social activity with an intellectual symposium entitled “Lebanon One Living: Uniqueness and Challenges”, in which Judge Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, Dr. Harith Suleiman, Dr. Ahmed Al-Zoubi and researcher Ziad Al-Sayegh, and moderated by lawyer Rola Elia .


The seminar, was held yesterday at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Bir. Bqania, with a speech by the association’s president, Antoine Kalajian, in which defined the association’s goals and plans for social, civil and cultural development, and building active and responsible citizenship in a civil state.

More info: http://www.onevoicechristians.org/

A cedar was planted with the words: “ONE VOICE FOUNDATION With Lebanon saluting the message of peace, coexistence, freedom and human dignity July 26, 2021”

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor participates on historical inter religious event in Washington DC

HRH Prince Gharios E Chemor signing the Nation’s Mosque Statement with other Christian and Muslim leaders

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor joined spiritual leaders representing Christians and Muslims from around the world in the Masjid Muhammad, the Nation’s Mosque, in Washington, DC on July 13 to discuss relations between the two communities and celebrate the launch of a book titled, God Needs No Defense: Reimagining Muslim – Christian Relations in the 21st Century.

The main organizations behind the event were Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization; and the World Evangelical Alliance, a network of churches which represent 600 million evangelical Christians, lead by Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Secretary General/CEO of the World Evangelical Alliance, currently the second Christian leader in the world, second only to the Catholic Pope.

Imam Talib M. Shareef, President of the Masjid Muhammad, the organization hosting the event, pointed to the fact that “We are one human family under Almighty God” as a reason to recast Muslim-Christian relations, which have been strained by various conflicts in history.

HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor with with Dr Yahya Cholil Staquf, the Secretary General of the Nahdlatul Ulama from Indonesia, the largest Muslim organization in the world with around 100 million members

The event closed with a signing of the Nation’s Mosque Statement by representatives of the three sponsoring organizations, HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the only secular Christian leader in the Middle East with historical legitimacy (according to the Global Imams Council, the largest non-governmental body of Muslim leaders) and other religious leaders in the audience.

The statement reads: “Spiritual leaders of Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim organization; the World Evangelical Alliance which represents 600 million protestants in 140 countries; and Masjid Muhammad, The Nation’s Mosque, a community of the late Imam W. Deen Mohammed, in Washington, DC, the first mosque in the United States built by descendants of enslaved African Americans, call upon people of good will of every faith and nation to join in building a global alliance founded upon shared civilizational values. This global alliance seeks to prevent the political weaponization of identity, curtail the spread of communal hatred, promote solidarity and respect among the diverse people, cultures, and nations of the world, and foster the emergence of a truly just and harmonious world order founded upon respect for the equal rights and dignity of every human being.”

The signed Nation’s Mosque Statement