There is not one person with a deep understanding of jj that wiil say that Relson is not the king of vale tudo/self-defense! actually, for someone to come on this thread and doubt the skill of relson or phil (since he most recently fought)shows how limited their knowledge is.
relson does not focus jj on winning sport titles although many of his students do very well in tournaments. rather, he focuses on street defense and also more of a vale tudo approach to mma.
to call relson's approach to guard old or new does not do it justice. he is constanly thinking of new ways to inflict pain and to negate the sporty attacks you see today. relson's jj can be summed up in one word.....PAINFUL! no matter the position he's inflicting pain.
If relson comes to your area you have to attend his seminar. if he has an association in your area you have to stop by and check it out.