The Prince of Ghassan sends congratulations to UAE’s new president and Emir of Abu Dhabi

In my name, and in the name of the Imperial and Royal Family of Ghassan, I’d like to send our best wishes to the Al Nahyan family, and to all the Emirati around the world, for the election of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as the Third President of the United Arab Emirates and the new Emir of Abu Dhabi. May Allah Bless and Guide His Highness.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan “de jure” Al=Numan VIII – Head of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan

The Prince of Ghassan sends condolences for the passing of HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan

In my name, and in the name of the Imperial and Royal Family of Ghassan, I’d like to send our deepest sentiments to the Al Nahyan family, and to all the Emirati around the world, for the premature passing of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Second President of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Abu Dhabi. May Allah have mercy on him.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan “de jure” Al=Numan VIII – Head of the Sovereign Imperial and Royal House of Ghassan

One Voice Foundation organizes event under the patronage of the Lebanese Minister of Culture

The dignitaries patronizing the event, the Lebanese Minister of Culture and the Armenian Ambassador in Lebanon, here with the One Voice Foundation’s President and other VIPs

The One Voice Foundation, an “arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in the Middle East, organized a panel discussion on the book of the researcher Tigran Yeghavian entitled “Minorities in the Orient: The Forgotten of History” at the Monastery of Our Lady of Albert – Qenaya – on April 9, 2022.

The event was a partnership between the One Voice Foundation and the Armenian embassy in Lebanon under the patronage and presence of the Lebanese Minister of Culture, Mr. Muhammad Wissam Al-Murtaza.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII, head of the Royal House of Ghassan and chairman of the One Voice Foundation, has congratulated the Foundation’s president and CEO, His Excellency Mr Antoine Kalaydjian for another very successful initiative.

The event was reported by the official Lebanese governmental News agency and can be read (in Arabic) HERE

Also, the event was reported by the Beirut Observer and can be read (also in Arabic) HERE

More about the One Voice Foundation HERE

Lebanese Minister of Education participates on One Voice Foundation’s conference in Lebanon

The Lebanese Minister of Education Dr. Abbas Halabi

The One Voice Foundation, one “arm” of the Royal House of Ghassan in Lebanon, organized the “Permanent Renewal” conference, entitled: “To Walk Together for the Establishment of the State of Justice, the Homeland of Man”, at the Monastery of Our Lady of El-Bir – Qenaya, in the presence of the Minister of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Abbas Al-Halabi, and with the participation of: Adyan Foundation The Ora Union, the Kamal Youssef El Hajj Chair for Lebanese Philosophy, the Lebanese Foundation for Citizenship, and the Lebanese Green Party. The conference dealt with education, justice, administration, and the Levant.

The conference was attended by the representative of the Armenian Catholic Patriarch Raphael 21 Minassian, Patriarchal Vicar Georges Asadorian, the Syndicate of Editors Joseph Kassifi, the Secretary General of Catholic Schools, Father Youssef Nasr, the President of Caritas Lebanon, Father Michel Abboud, the President of the Ora Union, Father Tony Khadra, the President of the Green Party Fadi Abi Allam, the President The Heart of Jesus family Salwa Estefan, along with a number of media professionals, jurists, academics and thinkers.

The meeting opened with a speech by the President of the One Voice Foundation, Antoine Kalajian, in which he spoke about “the association’s goals, the most important of which are consolidating Lebanon’s identity, protecting freedoms and human rights in it, and keeping it a wonderful model of coexistence, despite all the difficulties that beset it.”

He called on the Lebanese to “transcend sectarian affiliation to national affiliation to build the state and the nation.”

He praised the association’s work in social affairs, pointing out that “it has secured 50,000 cartons of milk for children, in cooperation with the Caritas Association, and seeks to secure other medical services in the future.”

Al- Halabi and the Minister of Education delivered a speech in which he commended the “conference and its objectives”, speaking about “

He also addressed the “workshop that was held in the Saraya for this purpose, and gathered all the people of education without exception at one table”, considering that “the Ministry of Education is not the only responsible for the education sector, but rather the responsibility of all the Lebanese, to provide the best means of education for students through accreditation.” on human competencies.

then launched the conference, which was moderated by lawyer and media figure Rola Elia, and the first lecturer was Dr. Nayla Tabbara, who spoke about “the foundations of education on active citizenship and incubating diversity, based on the experience of Adyan Inn at the level of curricula and cooperation with the Ministry of Education and the Educational Center, or on the level of programs that Interfering with formal or informal education, i.e. outside educational institutions. 
She also stressed the “importance of raising male and female teachers”, considering that “accepting religious and cultural diversity and positive interaction with different viewpoints is the most important axes of upbringing on active citizenship and incubating diversity and immunization from any attempts to manipulate the feelings of citizens.”

Former MP Ghassan Moukheiber 
spoke about “ways to develop justice and the independence, integrity and effectiveness of the judiciary,” saying that “justice in Lebanon is not good, and so is the judiciary.” 
He addressed his “vision of achieving justice and reforming the judiciary,” recalling “the symbolic image of justice represented by women who symbolize independence and impartiality from the authorities,” pointing to “impartiality that is not affected by the character of the litigating parties, and the integrity represented by the judge’s ethics so that the balance of justice does not twist.”

He presented “reform at the level of the judicial judiciary, the military court, the Judicial Council, the State Consultative Council, the Audit Bureau, the Constitutional Council, the Supreme Council for the Trial of Presidents, the various disciplinary councils, the religious judiciary, and the international judiciary.” 
, Dr. Joseph Rahma emphasized “the need for administrative reform in Lebanon through developing the performance of government services”, listing “the factors that require the administrative reform process and how to implement it through re-engineering public administrations in their structural dimensions and relying on mechanization, information technology and human resource development”, recalling that The many obstacles impeding the process of administrative reform in Lebanon. 
second session
The second session resumed with Dr. Ramzi Abu Chakra, who lectured on “Education on citizenship between the glut in texts and hunger and thirst in souls: in the dominance and authority of the hidden curriculum,” wondering about “the benefit of world citizenship if a person is not a citizen of his country.” 
He said: “Those who look at the citizen scene in Lebanon today realize the dangers facing our country, and feel the difficulty and accuracy of the stage.” 
He pointed out that “the educational goals of knowledge, skills and values ​​are similar to what they are in school education with an inverted pyramid that cannot be settled.” He said: “Education for citizenship begins in the field by challenging the geography that has accumulated in the minds, starting with the discovery and rediscovery of our country.” 
He considered that “the challenges facing education require confrontations that go beyond the official curricula and literature.” 
Dr. Rola Thebian, President of the “Dean Assad Thebyan Foundation for Peace Culture” gave a speech in which she addressed “the term transitional justice through four axes: highlighting the characteristics that distinguish it from traditional judicial justice, clarifying the relationship that binds it to individual and collective memory in the Lebanese regions that emerged in The modern history of Lebanon, from armed conflicts and clarifying the role it plays in removing society from the mentality of wartime conflict to the space of conciliatory thought that guarantees the building of man as an active entity, showing the role he plays in oral literature and witnessing the event from the victim’s perspective, so that the individual oral narrative becomes a reliable reference, The official recorded history can count on it.” 
Then Professor “Kamal Youssef Al-Hajj Chair for Lebanese Philosophy” and researcher in modern and contemporary Arab thought, Dr. Hoda Nehme, lectured on “The Oriental at the heart of modernizing the concept of living together”, introducing an “initial vision that establishes a contemporary orientalism based on the philosophy of authentic coexistence, in which different entities are formed A wonderful fabric of understanding and harmony of opposites, by motivating them to meet and communicate in an environment that extends over the area of ​​eastern humanity, which is called to recover from the instinct of violence and destruction to enjoy peace based on the principle of the union of life with God. A society in which Orientals are equal in the logic of mutual respect.

, Vice-President of the “Friends of the Lebanese University” Association, Dr. Antoine Sayah, spoke about the “political project of the Lebanese Gathering for the Entity, which launched the national document on December 7, 2021 with the aim of getting out of the political stalemate that Lebanon has been suffering from since the Taif Agreement today.”

Considering that “Lebanese society suffers from many existential problems and crises, both chronic and emergency,” he addressed the “five files raised by the project,” explaining “the reasons for limiting treatment to these files,” considering them “a starting point for a great national dialogue that would To set a road map towards building a just and capable state, as for the five files: constitutional reforms, the Senate, impartiality, expanded administrative decentralization, the civil state, and constitutional reforms.

In conclusion, the recommendations emanating from the conference were collected for study and formulation, defining an action plan and forming a follow-up committee to implement and keep pace with the conference’s conclusions

Click HERE for the article in Arabic from the official website from the Lebanese Ministry of Information

More about the One Voice Foundation HERE

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor inducted to the International Sports Hall of Fame

The International Sports Hall of Fame is a Non-Profit Foundation founded by the legendary Dr. Robert Goldman, MD, and established to honor the world’s greatest athlete legends in all sports. It’s one of the most prestigious Halls of Fame in the whole world. Just as important is what Hall of Fame candidates do later in life, in giving back to others and society, with charity work, and mentoring young people.

The induction ceremonies are held annually every March at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival, which is the world’s largest annual sports weekend, hosting 175,000 attendees and over 22,000 competing athletes. 

The list of inductees is beyond stellar: Arnold Schwarzenegger (first awardee and currently the head of the award’s board) the godfather of fitness Jack LaLanne, 5 time World Boxing Champion Evander Holyfield, UFC world champions like Royce Gracie, Randy Couture, Ronda Rousey, Bas Rutten, WWE’s Paul “Triple H” Levesque, action movie stars like Jason Statham, Michael Jay White, Cynthia Rothrock, Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson; bodybuilder legends like Dr. Franco Columbu, Lee Haney, Lou Ferrigno; amazing sports’ icons like Johnny Damon, Eddie George, Hershel Walker, Marcus Allen, Peter Westbrook, Earl Monroe, Johnny Bench, and martial arts’ references like GGM Ernie Reyes, AnnMaria DeMars, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez and Billy Blanks.

With HRH Prince Gharios El Chemor, the first Arab to be awarded, the class of 2022 inductees:

  • Grandmaster Ron Van Clief: 5X World Martial Art Champion and Actor
  • Vinny Paz: 5X World Boxing Champion
  • Burt Watson: Boxing/MMA Coordinator and Manager
  • Frank Shamrock: Former 4X UFC Middleweight Champion
  • Shannon Knapp: Founder Invicta Fighting Championships
  • Stipe Miocic: Former UFC Heavyweight 6X world Champion and Firefighter

Last Saturday, The prince of Ghassan was awarded for his multi-awarded (in four continents) global humanitarian work and his lifelong dedication to the martial arts being an internationally awarded grandmaster. HRH started in the martial arts (Judo) at only 4 years old, 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-Jitsu, Kali Silat, Kobudo, and his passion, the Aikido.

Acceptance speech

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 (previously Bushido Budo kai), 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). Prince Gharios was the only teacher in South America to have such a relationship directly with Seagal.

Steven Seagal, a 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, HRH has received “The Sports Merit” a Brazilian 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 disciples of the founder of Aikido Morihei Ueshiba still alive). Was a pioneer, being personally responsible for the promotion of Aikido (Aikikai) in Curitiba (Parana, Brazil) from 1991 until 2010. Was directly responsible for forming dozens of black-belt instructors that became masters and are active today all over Brazil, teaching thousands of students. In 2020, was inducted 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.

In 2021, has received the AOF Icon award from the Action On Film International Film Festival, also known as the Action On Film Festival. The AOF Icon award was received by many Hollywood stars 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.
In the same year, was inducted in the Grandmasters 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.

Holds the 8th Dan (degree of black belt) and the title of Shihan (Grandmaster) in Aikibudo, the 5th (fifth) Dan in Aikido (certified by the Aikikai Foundation in Tokyo, Japan) the 5th Dan in Combat Hapkido and also holds black belts in Karate and Kobudo (Japanese weapons)

The prince also founded his own martial art style known as Shinken-Ryu Aikibudo LEARN MORE

The 11th Anniversary Induction Ceremony for the International Sports Hall of Fame was held in conjunction with the Arnold Sports Festival, in Columbus, Ohio.

Watch here the full ceremony

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Official Statement from HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor about the Russian invasion in Ukraine

The last thing this suffering world by this pandemic needs now is a war, and specially one with the potential of involvement of multiple powerful nations. The Sovereign Imperial & Royal House of Ghassan condemns vehemently the unprovoked invasion of Russia in the sovereign nation of Ukraine. I clame that His Excellency, Russian President Vladimir Putin, listens to the whole world and spare the Ukrainian and Russian peoples of more death and destruction.

HIRH Prince Gharios El Chemor of Ghassan Al-Numan VIII