By: King Eddie
Many people think that the road to a high ranking in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a road of many years. But in truth, it's more like many lifetimes. Master Relson Gracie, son of the Grand Master himself, Helio Gracie, will finally attain his highest level of red belt ranking this weekend on O'ahu.
Relson has spent over 20 years in search of attaining this one degree of promotion. For Relson, it's bittersweet. He feels a swell of pride for his accomplishment, but simultaniously feels slight dissapointment in that this will be his final promotion. For a man who has dedicated his entire life to the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, it seems that this would be a point in which to settle, but for those who know Relson, it will indeed be just the opposite.
Though his elevation of rank has reached it's highest point, his endless pursuit of betterment, and ever expanding goal of education will continue on. Relson has numerous schools here in Hawaii alone, not to mention his ever expanding list of schools on the mainland as well. Relson's life purpose is to spread the gift that his father gave to him. This promotion is merely a symbol of his lifetime in that pursuit. And now, he will continue on. And though he can reach no higher rank, he will continue to help those who seek his knowlege to reach their goals within Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and carry out the legacy that his father began so many years ago.
Congratulations to Relson Gracie from all of us here at MMA Hawaii. And thank you for all you do here on the islands. More information about the promotion, and the weekend of seminars can be found by clicking here.