Grappling Hall Of Fame

The Official World Grappling Hall of Fame was founded in 2004 by Brian Cimins, Founder of Grapplers Quest with help from some amazing standout people who believe in our sport and respect it enough to help us recognize our sport's living legends and fund an amazing project in the making for nearly 7 years now become a reality. For the inducted athletes or coaches, this is not an end to their career by any means, but the start of a whole new journey in the sports of mixed martial arts, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Wrestling or Grappling.


Presented and Sponsored by: Bad Boy, RevGear & Grapplers Quest

The Sports of Submission Grappling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu have grown at an extraordinary pace over the past decade. In order to recognize the efforts that made it all possible, the World Grappling & Jiu Jitsu Hall of Fame was founded in early 2004 at the 2005 ADCC Canadian Trials as a simple discussion between some top level american grapplers and I about how cool it would be to have a "Baseball Hall of Fame" style building or traveling grappling history memoirs to help write the stories of grappling's past, 80-100 years from now. We took and ran with it and it's one of the best feelings in the world watching someone be appreciated in such a grueling sport, as a coach, referee, fighter, competitor and sometimes all at the same time. These men and women are extraordinary individuals, we are all lucky and proud to have amongst us.

Grappling, after being granted approval from FILA is now a recognized international wrestling style. We are archiving thousands of photos, signed apparel for charity and much more through this traveling Hall of Fame.

The mission of the Grapplers Quest Submission Grappling & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Hall of Fame is to honor and recognize men and women, past and present for their loyalty, dedication, determination and efforts within the sport of Grappling. As fighters and or trainers and by the example of their lives, on and off the mats, or inside or outside of the cage, they all personify the warrior spirit within the sport of Grappling, and to enshrine such individuals into Grappling''s History.



HALL OF FAME - Sponsored by Grapplers Quest

The 2009 Inaugural Class were inducted on Saturday, March 21st in the Wyland Building at Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, CA. was:

Greg Jackson

Coach to UFC Champions,

Rashad Evans & Georges St. Pierre

6-Time Overall Grapplers Quest Team Champions

Diego "Nightmare" Sanchez

7-Time Grapplers Quest Champion

Ultimate Fighter Season 1 Champion

Saulo Ribeiro

2-Time Grapplers Quest Superfight Absolute Champion

Multiple-Time Abu Dhabi World Champion

Coach to Thousands of Students Around the World and main studio in San Diego (
Multiple-Time World Jiu Jitsu Champion

Gazzy Parman

14-Time Grapplers Quest Champion,

Winner of the TapouT Most Technical Fighter Award in 2002 at 2nd Grapplers Quest West winning her Weight Class and Absolute Divisions

#1 RATED Female in Grapplers Quest History

In 2006, She as named: The Best American Female Grappler in the World"

Owner of LVL5 Martial Arts & Fitness in San Diego

Earned Her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt in 2006

Pan-American champion

National Champion

California State Champion

World Champion

Most Experienced Female Referee in the World

World renowned Grappling Coach (her Team won Overall National Team
champion''s for 3 years in a row)

Kurt "Batman" Pellegrino

Undefeated 4-Time Grapplers Quest Superfight Champion
2-Time Fighter of the Night Award Winner at UFC
2011 Grappling Hall of Fame Inductee

Rafael Lovato, Jr.

2nd American Black Belt World CBJJ Champion

Frankie Edgar

UFC Lightweight Champion (5 title defenses)


Ricardo Liborio

Marc Laimon

Brandon "The Truth" Vera

Dean Lister

Joe "Daddy" Stevenson

Jeff Monson

Eliot "The Fire" Marshal

Alexandre Ribeiro

Kenny Florian

and many more to come!