Grandmaster Relson Gracie
Grandmaster Relson Gracie is the second oldest son of Grandmaster Helio Gracie, the creator of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. Relson was born on the mat, beginning his lifelong training at age 2. Relson won his first tournament at the age of 10 and was so successful on the competition scene he earned the nickname "Campeo", which translates to "Champion".
After receiving his black belt, he spent several years training and teaching at the Gracie Academy in Rio De Janeiro. Relson participated in several no-holds-barred challenge matches to uphold the family name, and during this time, he became particularly well known for his aggressive fighting style.
In 1985, he set his sights on spreading his family's art to Hawaii and moved to Honolulu where the art was completely unknown. Soon the word got out on the island about the effectiveness and benefits of Jiu Jitsu, and in 1988 the official Relson Gracie Academy was established in Honolulu, Hawaii. Relson has made Honolulu, Hawaii his home ever since and focused on producing some of the World's finest competitors and instructors.
On April 6, 2013 Relson was awarded the title of "Grandmaster" and 9th degree redbelt, the highest rank attainable in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.