John is the Owner/Founder of Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu of WV. He began training in 2013, and opened the academy with a group of friends in 2014. He currently holds the rank of purple belt under Relson Gracie. John is the owner of JA Investment Management in Hurricane, WV. He, and his son Ayden, reside in Scott Depot.
Patrick Gaul is a 1st Degree Black Belt under Relson Gracie. He is a recent resident of Hurricane, WV coming from Virginia. He has been training under the Relson Gracie system since 2005. He has trained and worked under various Relson Gracie Black Belts to include: Toney Waldecker (6th Degree), Dan Wallen (4th Degree), Dave Patton (3rd Degree) and Phil Cardella (3rd Degree). He has also trained in Judo for several years under various Olympic competitors. He enjoys teaching at all levels and is always striving to improve his knowledge of the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and Relson Gracie Self Defense.
Glen began training jiu-jitsu in 2015, and is currently a purple belt. Glen is a hospitalist physician assistant at Cabell Huntington Hospital. His wife Kristin, and their two kids reside in Milton
Relson Gracie JiuJitsu - WV
Relson Gracie, the 2nd oldest son of Helio Gracie, moved to Hawaii in 1988. He began learning Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at 2 and entered his first competition at the age of 10. He was the Brazilian National Champion for 22 years straight, and during this period went undefeated. He became so popular that he attained the nickname "Campeao" or "Champion" among his friends and fans.
Upon his arrival to Honolulu, it was with great pleasure that Relson introduced the art of Gracie Jiu-jitsu to the Aloha State. Relson along with his brothers Rorion, Rickson, Royler, and Rolker help prepare their younger brother Royce for the first several Ultimate Fighting Championships. This no-holds-barred competition was formed by Rorion Gracie to showcase the brilliant fighting and self-defense style of Gracie jiu-jitsu to the world. What had already been developed and tested in real life competition and fighting since the 1920’s in Brazil has now changed main stream martial arts in the U.S. and the rest of the world forever.
Relson Gracie in his early years was known for his many street fights and the brutal and unpredictable style in which he engaged those fights. Now many years retired from competition Relson’s philosophy reflects his father’s, which is to train for self defense and personal advancement. Relson currently holds the rank of 8th degree red and black belt under Helio Gracie. Relson enjoys teaching classes in Hawaii and has become quite fond of the island life. Relson travels to Gracie Combat academy in Hurricane, WV regularly to conduct group seminars, demonstrations and private classes.
People familiar with the early days of MMA can see Relson Gracie on TV as one of the instructors coaching Royce Gracie at the first series of MMA fights run by the UFC.