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Our adult members can be described as respectful, considerate and help each other train to be the best they can possibly be. The RSA culture is based on all-around authenticity, positivity and maximum effort.
Relson Gracie Belt System
In order to fully appreciate the art and lifestyle of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, internal methods of assessment such as self-satisfaction should be the absolute goal. However, adult RSA belt promotions do have an important role and follow the Relson Gracie tradition of integrity and fairness. There are no formal or paid tests (except when obtaining a Black Belt certified by Grandmaster Relson) to obtain rank and belts are based on number of classes, time in grade and according to the careful observations of all of the RSA assistant and head instructors. Brown Belts and above must be able to perform and teach all techniques found in our RSA Gracie Basics Curriculum. Receiving a belt at the RSA is not an easy task - but every advancement will be a meaningful and rewarding affirmation of one's dedication and training.
We are dedicated to each other’s success, striving to better ourselves through bettering our fellow teammates. Our tight family culture is built on the principles of loyalty, humility, generosity and commitment to the larger vision of the RSA mission of Jiu-Jitsu instruction and training excellence.
A Grandmaster’s Perspective
[79 years old]
Gracie Standing Self-Defense
For the last 16 years, I have been a local and federal law enforcement officer. Five years ago I found the art of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, the teachings of Ronn Shiraki and the RSA family. I found Ronn's understanding of the art to be motivating and was inspired how he encouraged a positive learning environment. Ronn's teachings were presented in a technical, clear and practical manner; inspiring me to want to consume more of his teachings. Ronn's humility and humbleness is like no other. Through his leadership, these attributes filter down to his students. During my time with RSA, I also had the privilege to observe Ronn's ability to teach children's classes. Here I truly recognized Ronn's commitment to Gracie Jiu Jitsu. He displayed a passion to develop the youth, so much so I enrolled my son and watched Ronn teach my son to be a more confident young boy. Should one ask me to describe Ronn Shiraki and the RSA family, it would be "honor." It was an honor to have met Ronn, an honor to have learned from Ronn and an honor to be a member of his RSA family.”