It was a special treat tonight to have William Tetsch [Head Instructor of Leon Jiu-Jitsu] come to the academy and show us some amazing techniques. A true gentlemen and student of the art. Thank you Professor Bill for the priceless experience to practice with you.
Congratulations also to Leon Jiu-Jutsu student and RSA friend, Art on his promotion to Black Belt.
A very special Mahalo goes out to Tehrell Porter Designs for the genius addition to our dojo wall. Tehrell is a true artist in every definition of the word and we would recommend him highly to anyone.
We also want to thank John Nichols for his contribution of his masterful and iconic rendition of Helio Gracie - setting the tone for what we have today. John is also a creative mural artist and another great person to call for your next project.
W have to also mention those who contributed their resources to make this project a reality:
About the Mural:
Relson Gracie and Helio Gracie have changed the lives of countless individuals who have realized the priceless benefits of the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. John Nichols’ powerful rendition of Helio set the tone for the rest of the mural. Tehrell Porter brought his talents to task adding 1) Black Belts (Mika and Virgil) sparring 2) a sure to be acclaimed piece of the legendary Kobe Bryant - a tribute to his surviving family [the Kobe mural has been getting international recognition] and 3) our highly esteemed Relson Gracie.
All of the people in the Mural are symbols of Courage, Inspiration and Passion. This is our way of honoring and expressing deep gratitude for their contributions to the World and hope it inspires everyone to live their dream. Fully. Truly.
A photo would not do Justice to the power these artists (John and Tehrell) have captured with paint. Therefore, we hope you can stop by and take a look in person and feel for yourself when you’re in the area.
737 Kapahulu Ave. on the ocean side wall facing The Cure Oahu parking lot.
Please do not park in the Cure parking lot instead park at 737 Kapahulu Ave.
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.