Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the man who is credited as innovating the Jiu-Jitsu taught by Mitsuyo “Count Koma” Maeda into what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, from which Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is derived.
Relson began learning Brazilian jiu-jitsu at the age of two and earned his black belt when he was 23. He remained undefeated as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion in both his own weight class and the open division for an unprecedented 22 years. In 2013, Relson was promoted to the rank of grandmaster (red belt), which is the highest possible belt awarded to living individuals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Although Relson’s techniques are deeply rooted in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, as taught to him by his father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie, his personal style has focused on “street effective” techniques. As such, he has developed a Jiu-Jitsu designed for defending yourself in a survival situation where there are no rules.
Today, Relson Gracie regularly travels to teach throughout the United States and internationally. He has taught his style of Jiu-Jitsu to a wide range of students, including local law enforcement, the U.S. Military, Secret Service, D.E.A., and F.B.I., in addition to individuals who are simply seeking mental and physical improvement.