Black Belt Memorandum
The IBJJF belt system is not the Helio Gracie system. It was made up by the IBJJF administration.
Relson Gracie and RSA abide by the same system Helio established with his family. No one can argue that the development of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu derived from inspiration—the belt system when closely studied appears to be just as inspired. The Helio system [whether Purple Belt or Black Belt] as opposed to other systems maintain the value of what each rank represents as well as help students to stretch toward meaningful goals without watering down the significance of each level.
Black Belts desiring to continue on the path toward master and receive degrees need to teach at their home academy. In an association meeting with Hawaii and Mainland chapters in attendance, Relson strongly emphasized what it takes to get promoted—the way Helio Gracie did for him.
As we move into "safer" waters - we invite our members and new members alike to start thinking about training at RSA soon.
It’s been almost a year since we closed our doors and things have been extremely rough for everyone. We hope that you are all safe and recovering in all areas of your life.
Fortunately for RSA, with the help of many generous and loyal friends, a kind and patient landlord and a lot of creative problem solving, we are still here.
We hope that you can remember the benefits you received while training: community, exercise, developmental goals and well, you know the rest.
If you want to restart your journey toward Black Belt, please send us a shout out by filling out the form below.
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Tuition has been modified to fit the new class format. Please go to the Tuition Page for more information.
As of September 9, 2020 RSA has removed all social media accounts.
The misuse of this technology by advertisers, data miners, corporate owners and end users with a lack of regulation or change surrounding the destructive social and psychological impact on people gave strong impetus for this decision and position.
This decision wasn’t made overnight but after a long period of deliberation and lingering cognitive dissonance and seemed like the natural and right thing for our organization - as we are more than just a small business with marketing needs.
In no way do we discredit or judge anyone using this platform (who are we to soap box billions of users). However, we stand by our conviction until alternative means of digital connection free from pernicious activity is created or discovered, if ever.
Please check the news page regularly once we start up classes again when the turmoil and conditions surrounding the pandemic takes a turn for the better.
For more information on our social media perspective, please check out the following sources:
Documentary on Netflix:
Keep checking back for information on school. Businesses are being shut down and losing their pants. We still have Gi pants.
Bobby Le unexpectedly passed away on August 29. We mourn this tragic loss. He was a friend to many and one of the most selfless people anyone could have known. He was a talented person and generously shared his gifts, never refusing to help his friends with their problems and difficulties. His deep voice, genuine smile, sense of humor and kind heart touched the lives of everyone who had the privilege to have met him. You will be missed Bobby, more than you could have possibly known.
Your Friends and Family,
You were more than a friend to me, you were and always will be a brother. You have helped me out so many times and taught me the importance of humble and selfless service. You made me laugh and feel joy every time I saw you. I love you Bobby, “now you are free, I will see you again.”
The following schedule changes are in effect as of 3/18/2020
In accordance to the recommendation of social distancing, RSA classes will be on hold until things recover. Stay well everyone. Contact us if you need anything at all.
Team, we've gotten inquiries from student/parents about what RSA will be doing to minimize the threat of the Coronavirus. Here are a few measures we are taking.
All instructors please let your class know to stay off the mats if they feel even some what under the weather.
Instruct everyone who uses the restroom to wear slippers provided and wash hands thoroughly before returning to train.
Ben George will be picking up a sprayer and Mano will be providing disinfectant solutions. On top of mopping the mats please ensure that the clean up crew sprays down the wall mats, water fountain, the stairway railing, table near the lockers, and the railings people lean on (where the windows use to be) 1:10 bleach ratio will be used when refilling the sprayer.
Remind students/parents to take home water bottles. Minimizing the use of the water fountain also might be a good idea.
Lastly, there are some students that are on a financial agreement with the academy. They are required to stay and help clean.
Any other input would be appreciated.
Students please remember that Jiu-Jitsu is a close contact sport and if you have any reservations about training, please remain off the mats.
Yannis and Jay get their second and first Balck Belt degrees from Cyborg. Congratulations...Super cool. Miss you guys, come visit us in Honolulu soon.
RSA would like to thank Rhalan Gracie for showing some great techniques from the guard tonight. The seminar was a great success and vibes positive prevailed.
We will be closed on Thursday in observance of Thanksgiving as well as on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Years Day.
Please be safe everyone. 2020 is coming soon :)
Wednesday October 9, 2019
Ronn Shiraki Academy
The Relson Gracie Ronn Shiraki Academy (RSA) is a small, low-key but highly advanced Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school located in the heart of Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu. We are dedicated instructors who strive to provide a pure "art" and soul martial arts environment with a focus on traditional methods of training.