Relson Gracie Academy

Why Choose The Relson Gracie Academy?

We Are The Real Deal

We are a locally owned ‘faith & family’ based martial arts academy, that holds strong Texas-values. The owners of Relson GRACIE Academy & Lone Star MMA Academy, were the first to bring the real GRACIE Jiu-Jitsu and Mixed Martial Arts to the Tyler, Tx area. The academy has a long-established roster of winning Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and MMA competitors, and in providing the best state of the art in regards to real self defense. We are also the first and oldest such academy in Tyler, Tx. We are Tyler’s premiere “Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy” (The Real Deal).

In addition to the academy being blessed to have the most dedicated and talented local instructors, we also have the Relson Gracie Family and their proteges consistently coming in and giving us and the community the best instruction offered on the planet. Grand Master Relson Gracie, a 9th Degree Red Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, leads the way, followed by his son, world famous Gracie Jiu-Jitsu competitor Rhalan Gracie (World Champion). Black Belt Instructor Phil Cardella, a WEC MMA Fighter, and BJJ Pro, Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, and Todd Tanaka, Andrea Derizan, Shawn Chitwood and  other champion instructors have helped us over the years to  become the champion and elite academy that we are.

We offer training time days a week – including evening and week-end classes. Quite often we have a GRACIE family member, such as 9th Degree Red Belt Grand Master Relson Gracie, come and have hands on training with our kids (some as young as 3 years old), teens and adults.

We are proud to offer so many different types of martial arts systems (which we a certified in, and to teach in) within our academy. Among them you can find the best in the progressive/modern combative arts and cpmbative sports, the best in traditional martial arts, as well as the best in reality based street self defense.

Locals Love The Academy And Its Instruction

The Academy was selected by as a 1st place winner in the category of best martial arts schools/instruction. This speaks volume about Tylers oldest Gracie Based Jiu-Jitsu, and oldest BJJ, and oldest MMA academy. The Instructors are attorneys, federal law enforcement agents, doctors, teachers, MBA/CPAs, Military Veterans, and all have college degrees or are working on them. in an industry (martial arts school) in Texas there is very little regulations. Drew has set in place safe guards, and quality controls, and had back grounds conducted in reference to his staff, in order to insure their competent education, knowledge, and to keep the academy and the students safe. This also insures the best in training. We have high standards and police ourselves.

We Learn From The Direct Source

Since the academies inception, the management team has brought the (Founder /Co-Creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu 10th Degree Red Belt Grand Master Helio Gracie’s) second oldest son 9th Degree Red Belt Grand Master Relson Gracie to Tyler quite often to instruct and certify and promote deserving students and instructors in belt rank promotions. Our instructor Grand Master Relson Gracie is the direct link and is a 1st generation student since he was 2 years old on the mats to the founder/co-creator of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Grand Master Helio Gracie.

This is the only martial arts academy here in East Texas that translates the direct technique from the source to the student, and instructor. We are a Certified Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy. After students have been around a while they get knowledgeable in Jiu-Jitsu. They can understand and discern the value in learning the clearest/purist refined technique from Relson Gracie and his Blue, Purple, Brown and Black Belt instructors at Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy of Tyler TX.

9th Degree Red Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master “Relson Gracie”Relson is the second son of the late 10th Degree Red Belt in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Grand Master “Helio Gracie”, who along with his brother, the late Carlos Gracie, is credited for innovating the Kodokan Judo taught by Mitsuyo “Count Koma” Maeda into what is now known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Reality Based Self Defense).  Grand Master Relson began learning the art of Gracie at the age of two directly under his father Grand Master Helio Gracie.

Grand Master Relson Gracie began competing at the age of ten, and earned his black belt when he was eighteen. He went 22 years undefeated as the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion. Although Relson’s techniques are deeply rooted in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Relson puts more emphasis on the  “street effectiveness” of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques. Relson’s Jiu-Jitsu has evolved to help in self defense in situations that are absent of rules. Relson received his 9th Degree Red Belt and become a Grand Master in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in April 2013. You will often see 9th Degree Red Belt Grand Master Relson Gracie on our mats directly instructing our students in Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Since Drew Arthur established the largest stand alone martial arts academy in East Texas with many disciplines (combative sports & reality based self defense programs) being taught at one time,  there have been many different Jiu-Jitsu, self defense schools, traditional martial arts and sports martial arts schools open and and then close in Tyler TX. We are there in good as well as bad times, and will not close our doors! Our students continue to win championships in competition.

We have heard great positive stories of how our classes saved them from post traumatic stress syndrome, attacks in the street, and help kids from bullies. They were doing this when we had only blue belt instructors and now with many, many salty brown and purple belt instructors, seasoned senior instructors the academy is the premier academy, where the best Jiu-jitsu, Judo Judokas, and Wrestlers, MMA and Muay Thai Kick Boxing and Boxing competitors come to train. There are many different high levels of expertise training partners available to help the competitor or student to excel to higher levels.

The Proof Is On The Mats

Stop in and be a part of history. Get on our mats. Kids as young as three years old train, boys, girls, men and women train to be the best that they can be. Be a part of a winning team with local values, and local talent. With so many academies closing their doors, making students sign contracts, pay for belt fees, and leaving town it is refreshing to know that our doors will remain open in good and bad times. We are dedicated and passionate about training, teaching and living the martial arts way, it is not a business/profit first goal endeavor. The passion cant be faked, we love and live it.

Our instructors are not only certified to instruct in their given discipline. They are successful in real world working endeavors, and in scholastic pursuits. Many of our instructors are military veterans, and all have college degrees or they are working on them. We have Attorneys, Doctors, Retired Federal Agents/Police Officers, MBA/CPAs instructing the absolute best reality based self defense, and combative sports on our mats. You can be assured that your child, your spouse and you, have a positive and talented instructor and good role model who instruct them.

We are the Real Deal in Tyler Texas.