Helio Gracie (1913-2009)
In the early 1900s, Brazilian businessman and politician, Gastao Gracie, befriended Japanese prize fighter Mitsuyo Maeda. In exchange for his friendship and hospitality, Maeda offered to teach Gracie’s son, Carlos, the Japanese martial art of Jiu-Jitsu.
Helio Gracie learned from Carlos Gracie, who founded a martial arts academy to pass on this knowledge to his family. However, Helio Gracie, while understanding the techniques in theory, had trouble executing them due to his frail physique. He modified the martial art to place more of an emphasis on leverage and timing over strength and speed, thus creating "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu".
Helio Gracie challenged all reputable fighters in Brazil, including boxers, wrestlers, and judokas. His victories proved the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and he has often been referred to as the first sports hero in Brazilian history.
The second-oldest son of Helio Gracie began learning Jiu-Jitsu at age 2 and entered his first competition at the age of 10. He was the Brazilian National Champion for 22 years straight and, during this period, went undefeated in his weight and the open weight division. He became so popular that he attained the nickname “Campeao” or “Champion” among his friends and fans. Relson represented his family’s style in the rough streets of Rio de Janeiro against all challengers. At the time, he was considered the meanest of the Gracie representatives. Relson, as a Master of Jiu-Jitsu, still learns and follows the promotion standards set by his father. Relson’s style of instruction is detail-orientated and technical. His world-renowned, submission-based style of Jiu-Jitsu is best suited for self-defense.
Mike & Chris Onzuka
"The Onzuka Brothers" Mike & Chris have been training since 1992 and with a combined experience of over 46 years in Martial Arts, makes them one of the most well rounded and experienced instructors in Jiu-Jitsu today. From judging, referee, and commentator for mixed martial arts (MMA) and kickboxing events, the Hawaii Shooto commissioner, and become a co-host for a local TV show called Fighters’ Club TV to Contributing Editor for Full Contact Fighter, one of the most respected periodicals in the sport of MMA they have become one of the most respect instructors in Hawaii and the US.
After more than 28 years of training and 18 years of teaching,
Mike earned his black belt from Relson Gracie on April 7, 2007 and is currently a 5th degree black belt in Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Chris earned his Black Belt from Grandmaster Relson Gracie on February 26, 2009 and is currently a 4th degree black belt under Grandmaster Relson Gracie.
You can learn more about the Brothers at: http://onzuka.com/o2maaweb/instructors/mike-onzuka/