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.
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.
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.
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 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 Americancontinent.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
You may download the Muslim journal’s full edition here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
We believe that the endless and unfruitful debate about the merit of “who has more right to the land” or the continuation of the “blame game” will only assure the prolongation of the hostilities and destruction. Both Palestinians and Israelis are entitled to have their land, their country and their dignity. However, that should not, in any way, shape or form, be achieved at the expense of the other side’s suffering and demise. We unrestrictedly condemn any violence against civilians and any violations of international law. We strongly support the peaceful dialogue and the urgent final resolution of this terrible ongoing suffering for Palestinians and Israelis.
Due to the recent events involving the Jordanian Royal Family and high Jordanian officials, in the name of the Royal House of Ghassan, I’d like to reinstate our full support and appreciation to His Majesty King Abdullah II, his leadership and vision. May God Bless and Protect Jordan, his king and people!