Relson Gracie on Helio Gracie Belt System [Spoken in Portuguese]
Aiden Pena, Sensei Virgil’s son, randomly went up to one of the instructors and shared his idea on fighting [fighting challenges] and getting strong. Great advice Aiden.
Sean Springer, an instructor at RSA, recently sent the following articles on Jiu-Jitsu styles and effectiveness. I believe they are important reads for the serious, experienced and novice practitioner.
RSA will have a special promotion event on Labor Day at 7:30 PM. Please show your support for your hard working team mates.
"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
Win or lose at the Triple Crown or how you faired in your last training session, your RSA instructors are proud of you and each of you are a continual source of inspiration to all of us.
You guys are my heroes.
Friday, April 5th
Normal Friday classes canceled that night.
“I wrote this song [Star Bright] while traveling abroad. Some of these places I’ve been while others I have yet to explore. Regardless, what a wondrous and magnificent planet we inhabit and most of all, it’s the beautiful and kind souls we meet along the way that really make it feel like home.” - Duff Kelly
Please mark down the following information on your calendars:
Birthday Party Details
Location: Champs Sports Bar on Waialae
Date: March 9, 2019
Time: 8:00 PM
Come down and celebrate Justin, Phil, Kalani and Eric’s 29th birthday.
Please drink responsibly and cab or get a designated driver. Thank you.
The academy will be completely closed on the following days:
Beginning on Tuesday, December 4th, No Gi will change to a mixed level Gi class [for both men and women of all ranks].
Tuesday night activities are as follows:
6:15-6:45 Strength and Conditioning *New [overlapping with beginner class]
6:45-7:15 [30 minutes] Gi instruction *New
8:15 clean up
Tonight was a very special night with a packed Relson Gracie seminar and two of our longtime students obtaining the monumental rank of Black Belt - a significant milestone on the never ending path of Jiu-Jitsu mastery.
Phil and Justin have proven themselves in competition and teaching throughout the years as well as embodying the Helio Gracie standards of character required to be a Black Belt at the RSA [Dedication to the art, Respect, Honor and the list goes on]. We are fortunate to have these guys added to our reservoir of Black Belt teachers and want to congratulate them wholeheartedly. You guys are awesome.
We want to welcome Mitchell Johnson to the RSA family of Black Belts.
Mitchell began training in 2003, and has been one of our top competitors [winning multiple belts at NAGA, the Hawaii Triple Crown and two champion cups at Hawaii Allstars of Jiu-Jitsu].
After an intensive Black Belt examination by Grandmaster Relson Gracie, Mitchell passed with little mistakes.
Mr. Johnson is a great example of how dedication to the art can change a person in mind, body and spirit for the better as well as becoming an excellent practitioner of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Congratulations Mitchell.
Ceremonial lashing is tomorrow at 4:00
Relson Gracie Seminar Information
RSA members are invited to attend a special Relson Gracie seminar to be held on Tuesday October 2, 2018 starting at 6:45 PM. Cost is $40.00 for association members and $80 for visitors.
Kids Class Update
Intermediate and Advanced kids will have No Gi practice on the First Thursday of every month. Please be sure to have your kids wear a rash guard or t-shirt and gi pants or surf shorts to class.
Kids class is on at 5:15 pm
Adult class will switch to an open mat format at 6:45 pm
Have a great Labor Day!
RSA will be closed on:
Thursday Evening [Kids and Adult classes]
and All day Friday.
As of Friday afternoon [posted on our social media outlet] we will close through Saturday and resume classes on Monday.
The 8 AM morning class will be on hold for the entire month of August as the head instructor, Orlando, will be on vacation. Please adjust your schedule accordingly and keep in mind that the 11:30 am class will run as usual. Safe travels Orlando.
RSA will be closed on July 4th in observance of Independence Day [Wednesday]. Please have a safe and relaxing holiday!
Special Limited Run
We had great feedback on our last RSA/DayxDay Collaboration “water” gi regarding its quality ultra-light weave, premium cotton pants and clean design [with contributions from members and instructors].
However, there were many who were bummed out when, for one reason or another, missed the preorder deadline.
But, we are very happy to announce another collaboration gi sentimentally named the Relson Gracie Edition. Dedicated to the Grandmaster. The smooth woven tags and patches will bear the name of Ronn’s mentor and friend, Relson Gracie, made with deep red color threading to represent the highest rank of Red Belt. It is also symbolic of the blood Relson has poured into the training and development of his students here in Hawaii as well as remembering how he tirelessly traveles around the world to share his knowledge to both the novice and expert and 0-100% creontes alike.
Relson Gracie’s dedication to passing on his Father’s vision and legacy is priceless and the many lives he has literally transformed by his technique and unique personality is definitely worth commemorating.
Orders are now being taken until June 30. Please call or email RSA Admin for out of state orders.
Special thanks to AJ Mendoza and Day by Day Jiu-Jitsu, Eric Manongo and Vince Krause for assisting with graphic arts and the RSA women for their design input.
We would like to thank Orlando for his generous contribution of a new refrigerated water fountain to the school. Also, thank you goes out to Virgil for installing the unit against the makai side of the main mat which will provide convenient hydration for all of our memebers. We also added a GE water filter [takes out chlorine, microbes and more] so everyone can enjoy clean and cold water during practice; making lugging around a hydroflask, well, optional. Stoked!
Starting on June 1st, the RSA women’s class will practice No Gi Jiu-Jitsu every first Friday of each month. Please wear a rash guard or standard t-shirt with shorts or gi pants to practice. See you soon!
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.