Virgil Pena Black Belt. Removed.
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.
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.