Master Relson Gracie
The 2nd oldest son of Helio Gracie, Relson Gracie moved to Hawaii in 1988. He began learning jiu-jitsu at 2 and entered his first competition at the tender age of 10! He was the Brazilian National Champion for 22 years straight, and during this period went undefeated in his weight and the open weight division. He became so popular that he attained the nickname “Campeao” or “Champion” among his friends and fans. Relson represented his family’s style in the rough streets of Rio De Janeiro against all challengers. At this time, he was considered the meanest of the Gracie Representatives. There are still stories circulating in Brazil about some of the challenges Relson answered. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a well rounded fighting style with punches and kicks but the Gracie’s have become famous for their ground fighting techniques. Anyone can throw a punch but when you master the ground aspect of a fight you truly become a fighter.
Although Relson’s techniques are deeply rooted in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, as taught to him by his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, his personal style has focused on “street effective” techniques. As such, he has developed a Jiu-Jitsu designed for defending yourself in a survival situation where there are no rules.
Today, Relson Gracie has over 40 associations that he regularly visits across the US and internationally and is growing rapidly. Because of this, he has traveled the world and taught his style of Jiu-Jitsu to a wide range of students, including local law enforcement, the U.S. Military, Secret Service, D.E.A., and F.B.I., in addition to individuals who simply sought mental and physical improvement.
The Shark is an early mascot of Relson’s Academy in Hawaii. It still remains very popular with his students everywhere.
Grandmaster Helio Gracie
The founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Relson Gracie’s father recently passed away at 95 years old. Helio Gracie is a true legend and his teachings will always be with us.