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We are the premier school of self defense here in Henderson, NV. At Relson Gracie Team HK Las Vegas, our main focus is teaching our students how to survive real life situations. More and more we hear news of innocent people being victimized. Why Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu? BECAUSE IT WORKS!

You don’t need to be a well tuned athlete or have any prior martial arts training! I tell my students that the journey of Jiu Jitsu is a marathon, not a sprint! You learn and train at your own pace. Like Grandmaster Relson Gracie used to tell me, “day by day, this is the process”.

Our classes are designed to take the beginner and instruct them in the fundamentals of street defense utilizing the various techniques necessary to protect oneself in the unfortunate event of a street altercation. There are many variables in a street fight and our curriculum will address many of the crucial aspects such as avoiding strikes while being able to safely engage the attacker and also escaping various “victim” like positions. Classes are available for both men, women and children.

Morning classes, adult all levels: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10:00am to 11:30.
Evening classes adult all levels: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Monday and Friday By Appointment Only

Children's Classes are: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Saturdays 1:00pm to 2:00pm


Born March 28, 1953, Relson is the second eldest son of Helio Gracie. He began training while still a toddler and at the tender age of 6 entered his first Jiu-Jitsu competition. For 22 years, Relson reigned as the Brazilian National Champion earning him the nickname “Campeao”, translates to English as Champion.

In 1988, Relson took the opportunity to move to Hawaii and open the very first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu school. Relson’s school grew quickly in popularity. In 1992 Relson held the very first Jiu-Jitsu competition outside of Brazil.

Even after years of competing, it is Relson’s main focus is to teach his Jiu-Jitsu as a form of self-defense.

“I train my Jiu-Jitsu every day to be safe on the streets, not for points” ~ Grandmaster Relson Gracie


In 1999, I began my Jiu-Jitsu journey under the instruction of Grand Master Relson Gracie and with the guidance of Team HK founder and head instructor Todd Tanaka. What turned from a hobby to a way of life, I began training more and more frequently until I realized that this is my life’s passion. I believe in the benefits of Jiu-Jitsu, not only the self-defense aspect but also how it shapes one’s mind and body. Truly it can be said that for me, Relson Gracie Team HK Jiu-Jitsu is how I live my life. Oss!