Aloha Roll Academy was born out of a vision. Ever since Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was created in Brazil, perfected by the Grand Master, Helio Gracie, and brought to our island of Maui by our patriarch, Luis " 'Limão " Heredia, students have enhanced their quality of life, overcome personal struggle, and found new meaning and camaraderie through its pursuit.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was created to allow a weaker, less athletic person, to be able to defend themselves against a much larger, stronger opponent. However, it became much more than that. Many students have found BJJ as a way to build confidence, overcome adversity, and find a place where they feel welcome and accepted, like Ohana.
Professor Gilberto Castro, a black belt under "Luis" 'Limão " Heredia, shared this vision and set a goal to bring all the benefits he learned throughout his journey to black belt, to the local community of West Maui. He wanted to create a place where anyone willing to put in the time and effort, could grow as a person, and discover something inside themselves they never imagined possible. Professor Gilberto also has a special passion to see women empowered through the art of Jiu-Jitsu and strives to create an inclusive atmosphere for all to feel welcome.
Lastly, He has a deep desire to build a better community through the mentorship and development of Keiki programs and competition teams.
If you would like a safe place to challenge yourself, set goals and reach them, and learn to defend yourself with confidence, we look forward to welcoming you to the Aloha Roll Academy Ohana.
OUR CORE VALUES
Aloha Roll Academy
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.