Fourth Degree Black Belt
"I believe that technique, timing, and creativity are all very important but to me loyalty, humility, and compassion is everything." - Ronn Shiraki
Ronn is among the few in the U.S. who has personally taken hundreds if not thousands of group and private instructionals directly from Grandmaster Red Belt Relson Gracie. Since 1996, he was one of the few known as a gatekeeper at the Relson's main academy on Queen St. in Honolulu. He consistently bled and sweat on the mats with some of the world's top Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belts who came from every corner of the globe to train with Relson.
He has also won on all levels of competition locally and on the mainland US - including the State Championships in Honolulu, Hawaii, Arnold Schwarzenegger-Gracie World Submission Championship in Columbus, OH and many others.
Nicknamed "Jedi" by some of his peers, Ronn is considered to be one of Relson's most technical and dynamic instructors. His teaching and competing experience, proficiency, and genuine approach has allowed him to draw students from all backgrounds and occupations including members of the HPD, FBI, DEA, and every branch of the US Military. He loves teaching those who embrace the art of Jiu-Jitsu and finds joy in connecting with his loyal students and watching them evolve.
Ronn also holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. In conjunctuon with his passion for Jiu-Jitsu, he finished his master's project titled Elite Athletes Experiencing Flow: From Construct Development to Outcomes and Challenges (a comprehensive study on peak performance and professional athletes).
Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Lineage: Helio Gracie > Relson Gracie > Ronn Shiraki
Contributed by Ren Miyamoto