Maui Seminar

Homestead AcademyThis weekend I visit Paukukalo in Maui to check the Homestead Academy.

Homestead is a nonprofit academy that teaches martial arts to kids that can’t afford to pay expensive academy dues.

They started two years ago with instructor Koa Kamaka teaching Jiu Jitsu, wrestling and boxing to the kids of the area.

Now there’s approximately twenty kids training three times a week and entering the tournaments in Maui and interisland to test their skills against athletes from others schools.

Showing much talent, they understand you don’t need an expensive academy to get good in martial arts…just
a strong team, a solid instructor and good working ethics to do the work.

For more information visit:

Belt Cerimony

Come participate, support and celebrate with your team mates their new ranks.


Location: Windward Family Wellness Center (Koolau Shopping Center)

Date: 30th of July, 2011(Saturday)

Time: 10 – 12 am

Address: 47-388 Hui Iwa St., Suite #16, Kaneohe, HI, 96744

Please no alcohol beverage

Jiu Jitsu in Honolulu Hawaii

Jiu Jitsu History

Here’s a little Brazilian Jiu Jitsu history before you start to train jiu jitsu in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or BJJ, is a self defense system that focuses on grappling or ground fighting.

The art was derived from the Japanese martial art of Kodokan Judo in the early 20th century.

It teaches that a smaller, and sometimes weaker, person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by utilizing proper technique and leverage.

The most common ways to defeat a bigger opponent is through joint locks or chokeholds.

Mitsuyo Maeda began to travel the world in 1904 doing Judo demonstrations and challenging Boxers, wrestlers and other martial artists to fights.

He arrived in Brazil November 14, 1914.

In Brazil, in the northern state of Para, he befriended Gastão Gracie, an influential businessman, who helped Maeda get established. To show his gratitude, Maeda offered to teach Judo to Gastão’s oldest son, Carlos Gracie. Carlos learned for a few years and eventually passed his knowledge to his brothers.

One day, when Helio Gracie was 16 years old, a student showed up for class when Carlos was not around. Helio, who had memorized all the techniques from watching his brothers teach, offered to start the class. When the class was over, Carlos showed up and apologized for his delay. The student asked for Helio to continue being his instructor, Helio Gracie then gradually developed Gracie Jiu Jitsu as an adaptation from Judo as he was unable to do many Judo moves.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu become one of the most famous forms of martial arts in 1994 when the Gracie Family started the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

When the smaller guys were tapping out the bigger stronger guys everyone knew they needed to start learning BJJ.

Leandro Nyza

Leandro Nyza was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

He’s been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 25 years and has spent more than 10 years as a black belt.
He spent most of his life training under Wendell Alexander who is the co-founder of Nova Uniao, one of the best Jiu Jitsu schools in the world.

Nyza moved to Hawaii in 2000 to help UFC Veterans BJ Penn and Renato “Charuto” Verissimo train for their fights.

Now he teaches in 2 locations:

  • The school in Honolulu trains at HMC Academy off of Dillingham Blvd.
  • The school in Kaneohe trains at the Windward Family Wellness Center

You can check out the Class Schedule here

Or Give Nyza a call at 808-393-7653 to get 1 Week of Training for FREE.

Jiu Jitsu Honolulu