Ryan Kauanui

Ryan received his Brown Belt from Kai "Borg" Garcia (3rd Degree Royler Gracie Black Belt) in May of 2013. In January of 2020, Ryan had Brown Belt is recognized by Ryron and Rener Gracie (Gracie University). Ryan owns and operates Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu Academy with his wife Noel.

 

Ryan has been training for 12 years, and started his jiu-jitsu journey as a white belt at Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu Academy. He received his Blue Belt from Marcelo "Dentinho" Steenhagen (5th Degree Black Belt under Rilion Gracie), and his Purple and Brown from Kai. Ryan has also received his Official Gracie Academy Blue Belt from Ryron and Rener Gracie in 2014 while in the process of becoming a Certified Instructor.

 

Ryan is a Certified Instructor under Gracie University and is certified to teach Gracie Combatives and Gracie BullyProof. He has also been fortunate enough to share Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with his military counterparts all over the world!

 

When Ryan is not on the mat, he is a Technical Sergeant in the Hawaii Air National Guard (Cyber Surety) and he works full time as a government contractor for the US Navy as an HBSS Administrator.

ryan@cobjj.com

Noel Kauanui

​Noel is a Purple Belt under Ryron and Rener Gracie (Head Instructors at Gracie University Headquarters in Torrance, CA and sons of Rorion Gracie/grandsons of Grandmaster Helio Gracie). Noel owns and operates Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu Academy with her husband Ryan.

 

Noel has been training since 2013 and started her Jiu-Jitsu journey by learning the self-defense techniques in the Women Empowered program on Gracie University. She earned her Pink Belt in 2014 and continued her journey by going through the Gracie Combatives program. Three months later she earned her Technical Blue Belt. Noel then completed her Live Evaluation with Ryron Gracie and received her Official Blue Belt from him in October of 2014. She became the 2nd Gracie University Certified Instructor in Hawaii in January of 2015 and recently was awarded her instructor bars by Ryron and Rener in January of 2016.

 

Noel is certified to teach Gracie Combatives, Gracie BullyProof, and is currently the only instructor in the state of Hawaii certified to teach Women Empowered.

 

When she's not on the mat, she is the Director of the Children's Ministry at The Mission North Shore.

noel@cobjj.com

Conan Carter

Conan is a Black Belt under Desi Miner and Kai "Borg" Garcia.

 

Conan started his jiu-jitsu journey as a white belt at Central Oahu BJJ Academy. He received his Blue Belt from Marcelo "Dentinho" Steenhagen (5th Degree Black Belt under Rilion Gracie), and he has received his Purple and Brown from Kai "Borg" Garcia (3rd Degree Black Belt under Royler Gracie). in July of 2016, he received his Black Belt from Desi Miner (Black Belt under Kai "Borg" Garcia).

 

Conan teaches the Adult Advanced classes on Tuesday and Thursday nights.

 

When Conan is not on the mat, he works full time for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as an Industrial Equipment Mechanic. Conan is also a Fiberglass Technician for Island Fin Design and has foiled hundreds of thousands of fins that allow surfers from all over the world to make those perfect turns. Conan is also a organic vegetable faming enthusiast.

carterconan@hotmail.com

Bret Gamiao

Bret is a Black Belt under Desi Miner and Kai "Borg" Garcia.

 

Bret started his jiu-jitsu journey as a white belt at Central Oahu BJJ Academy. He received his Blue Belt from Marcelo "Dentinho" Steenhagen (5th Degree Black Belt under Rilion Gracie), and his Purple and Brown from Kai "Borg" Garcia (3rd Degree Black Belt under Royler Gracie). in July of 2018, he received his Black Belt from Desi Miner (Black Belt under Kai "Borg" Garcia).

 

Bret teaches the Adult Advanced classes when his schedule permits.

 

When Bret is not on the mat, he works full time for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard as a General Foreman for Shop 38. Bret is a Harley Davidson enthusiast and an amazing artist and has had his artwork featured on one of CTRL's kimono's as well as countless other local and national companies!

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Izumi Kawakami

Izumi is a Blue Belt under Ryron and Rener Gracie.

 

Izumi has been training since 2016 and started her Jiu-Jitsu journey by learning the self-defense techniques in the Women Empowered program at Central Oahu Jiu-Jitsu. She earned her Pink Belt and became a Certified Women Empowered Assistant Instructor in 2017. She then continued her journey by completing the Gracie Combatives program and is now continuing her journey in the Master Cycle. Izumi received her Official Blue Belt from Ryron and Rener in January of 2020.

 

Izumi is certified to teach Gracie Combatives, Gracie BullyProof, and Women Empowered.

You can catch Izumi on the mat in the kids classes, teaching Combatives, or at the front desk!

izumikawakami5@gmail.com

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