INTERNATIONAL SPORTS HALL OF FAME AWARDS
Saturday, March 5, 2022 | Arnold Sports Festival, Columbus, Ohio
HRH Prince Gharios – Martial Artist & Humanitarian
His Royal Highness Prince Gharios is the Sovereign Prince of the Arab Dynasty of the Ghassanids, writer, scholar, humanitarian, artist, and Master of martial arts.
Prince Gharios is internationally recognized as the heir of the Ghassanid Dynasty, descendant and heir of Christian Arab Kings, Byzantine Emperors, and also from the Lebanese Sheiks Chemor. His ascendants ruled from biblical times in Yemen until 1747 CE in Lebanon. The titles of the El Chemor family were recognized by the Ottoman empire until its end (1924 CE) and also by the Lebanese Republic until the present date. The family’s history was kept and validated for centuries by the Maronite Church under the Holy See (Vatican) and the authority of the Pope. For 30 years The Prince has been a martial arts practitioner, holding the 5th degree of black belt in Aikido and recently promoted to 8th Dan by the Japan Budo Association, also holding black belts in Karate and Kobudo (ancient Japanese weapons). He also practiced Judo, Kung fu, Jiu-jitsu, Fencing, and Silat.
Very active in the film industry, in 2013 was appointed as a Board Member for the Monaco Film Festival. In 2015, was named a Member of the Honorary Committee of the Asian World Film Festival. In 2014, received the United States Special Congressional Recognition and was invested as a Knight of the Pope (Vatican) in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, one of the oldest, most respected, and recognized Orders of Chivalry in the world. In 2017, he received the US Presidential Award for Volunteer Service, his second United States Special Congressional Recognition, and also the title of Goodwill Ambassador.
In 2019, was promoted to “Knight Commander” in the Papal Chivalric Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. In the same year, the Royal House of Ghassan was officially recognized by the Government of the Lebanese Republic by Presidential Decree. In 2020, was inducted in the Martial Arts Hall of Honors and in 2021 have received the “Action on Film ICON award”, received by action stars like Michael Jay White, David Carradine, Jeff Speakman, Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Cynthia Rothrock, amongst others.
The Prince is fluent in four languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian and also speaks basic Japanese, French, and Arabic. His humanitarian and charitable works are recognized globally.