• New Hope Jiu Jitsu

  • Everyone is Welcome!

    New Hope Jiu-Jitsu Ministry hopes to share the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    in a welcoming and family-oriented environment, in which members can also
    fellowship and build genuine relationships with one another.

    Welcoming church members, non-members, families, women,
    children and anyone who wants to learn the art of Jiu-Jitsu in a positive, safe and
    uplifting environment under the direction of Shane Nakagawara and Justin Nihei.

  • Overview

    Shane Nakagawara and Justin Nihei have been friends for many years. They both share a deep love and faith in God, a commitment to spend time with family and friends, and a passion for sports and the martial arts.

    As a matter of fact, their priorities in life just happen to be in that order. But despite attending weekly services, spending time with their loved ones and partaking in sport activities that they enjoy, they both individually felt they had a calling to do more. They each wanted to serve the Lord, but they weren’t quite sure how to go about doing it. After much prayer and contemplation, it was revealed to them that the best way to minister their faith was to continue an earlier program founded by Gye Nitta. It was called New Hope Jiu-Jitsu. Their heart was to create an environment that would incorporate all the things that they loved to do and utilize their talents to glorify the Lord.

    As members of the Relson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu organization, both Shane and Justin felt that the perfect way to help other Christians build value and character was through a sport they loved...and thus the New Hope Jiu-Jitsu Ministry Oahu 2.0 was formed.

  • Instructors

    Justin & Shane

  • Meet The Team

    Shane Nakagawara

    Shane has been a member of New Hope since 2002. He is the proud father of his beautiful daughter Shayna, and the proud “human” of his two little rascal dogs, Piko and Diesel. As an avid athlete, Shane spends much of his free time training for various athletic competitions. He has participated in numerous marathons, several Ironman triathlons, as well as long distance bike and rough water swim races.

    Shane is a veteran of the art, since 1996 he has been training with the Relson Gracie Association and has competed in several Jiu-Jitsu competitions, placing first in the NAGA championship tournament in his division and winning several other awards in various grappling events.

    Shane is currently a senior member of the Ronn Shiraki Academy and earned the high rank of 3rd degree Brown Belt.

    Justin Nihei

    Justin has been a member of New Hope since 2005. His life is enriched with his beautiful wife Erin, and is blessed to be the father of Micah, Kaila, soon-to-be born daughter Emma, and family pet Davis. When he is not spending time with his family or working as an auto consultant, Justin can often be found catching a few waves in the beautiful waters of Hawaii.

    Justin began the art of jiu-jitsu at the Relson Gracie Academy in 2008 and he is currently an instructor for the weekly kids’ classes. He is an active competitor winning jiu-jitsu/grappling tournaments in his division throughout his Jiu-Jitsu career as a white, blue, purple, and brown belt.

    He also has some international achievements securing bronze medals in the 2013 World's Masters Jiu Jitsu championships and the 2014 Pan American Jiu Jitsu championships. Justin is also a senior member of the Ronn Shiraki Academy and has earned his current rank of 3rd degree Brown Belt.

  • Supporting Instructors

    Senior ranking guest instructors frequently stop by to assist with NHJJ instruction. They are a great asset to our program and help the members progress tremendously.

    Guest Instructors

    Ronn Shiraki - 5th Degree Relson Gracie Black Belt
    Reyn Morimoto - 2nd Degree Relson Gracie Black Belt
    Desmond Thain - Black Belt Relson Gracie RSA

    Assistant Coaches

    Everette Nakahara - 1st Degree Purple Belt
    Benjamin George - 3rd Degree Blue Belt RSA

    Kolby Keli’i- Orange Belt

  • What is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu?

    History of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

    Gracie Jiu-Jitsu or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, was created as an off-shoot of the Japanese sport of Judo. In the early 1900's Judo master Esai Maeda migrated to the country of Brazil where he befriended Gastao Gracie. Gastao Gracie and Maeda became close friends, and in gratitude, taught his oldest son Carlos Gracie the sport of Judo.

    One day at the Gracie academy in Rio, Carlos was running late for a private class with a student and younger brother Helio was the only one there. Helio was the younger brother and not as strong or as healthy as Carlos. Helio was not allowed to train with his brothers due to his frail stature. Although he was not allowed to train with his older brothers, Helio still watched and memorized the moves. Knowing all the details of each of the moves, Helio taught the private class for Carlos. After the class was completed, Carlos showed up and was very apologetic for the inconvenience he had caused. The student did not mind at all, in fact, he asked to continue his training under Helio instead. From that lesson forward, Helio became an instructor.

    After a while of teaching the moves learned by watching his brother Carlos, Helio realized that the moves would not work for a smaller framed person with less strength. Helio started to modify positions and techniques that would work on larger opponents and could be utilized by a smaller practitioner. The outcome of these modifications became known as Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

    Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was unknown in the west and was only practiced by a few people who had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and learn the art or knew a practitioner who had migrated to the United States. The Gracie family, wanting to try out their techniques against other forms of martial arts, issued an open challenge to all martial artists to test their art versus the younger art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. The challenge was issued not as a test of ego, but rather to challenge the false sense of security reached through other self-defense arts. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu was built on the ability of a smaller person to be able to defend themselves against a larger opponent using technique and leverage.

    Gracie Philosophy

    The application of traditional Gracie Jiu-Jitsu transcends the application of chokes, joint locks, immobilizations, throws,
    and strikes. Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is a way of life. Beyond the mat, members of the Gracie family live balanced, healthy lives based on the same philosophy that governs their unique self-defense system. Grand Masters Carlos and Helio Gracie believed that the principles of efficiency, patience, and control held the key to success in all aspects of life.


    Efficiency, the ability to achieve maximum output with minimum input, is a core principle of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. At the Gracie Academy, we assume that your attacker will always be larger and more athletic than you. Our students quickly learn that the only reliable way to succeed is to exhaust your attacker while conserving your own energy through the use of leverage-based techniques and natural body movements. In life, as in a fight, a student who learns to expend energy efficiently will achieve maximum results with minimal effort.

    For example,
    • Eating healthily is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Being honest/respectful to others is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Being a hardworking/morally correct business person is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

    All of these are examples of ways to achieve maximum results with minimum effort.


    Patience is often the key to success in a struggle against a larger opponent. Usually, it is not the person who attacks the most, but the one who exhausts the least who will win. Acting impulsively, aggressively, or without focus wastes energy. Patience also applies to timing. Even a perfectly executed technique will fail if attempted at the wrong time. In life, too, patience and timing enable you to “make your own luck” by calmly watching and waiting until the right moment when you can apply your energy most efficiently.
    • Being patient with your friends and loved ones, as well as your enemies, is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Allowing impulses to pass before acting is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Taking a deep breath and considering all alternatives before committing is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

    Patience and timing allow you to know when to commit while efficiency ensures that you have sufficient energy to achieve your objective when the time is right for action.


    The final objective in a fight is to impose your will on your opponent. Nothing achieves this more quickly than physical domination after which surrender usually follows. Physical domination means controlling your opponent. Without control, you risk losing the fight. In life, control applies not only to a simple contest between you and an opponent, but also to the struggle within yourself. Self-control reflects your personal discipline and is the foundation for every decision you make in life. Without self-control, you risk a lifetime of poor choices that invariably lead to tragic consequences.

    • Refraining from using drugs or alcohol is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Choosing healthy, nutritious food over junk food is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu
    • Having the discipline to engage in regular exercise and rest is Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

  • Class Information

  • NHJJ Program

    The New Hope Jiu Jitsu (NHJJ) program is a New Hope
    Kapolei Non-Profit Organization. All tuition goes to paying
    for facility costs and NHJJ activities.


    Monthly tuition is $40 per month.

    Family discounts are as follows:
    1st additional family member - $40
    2nd immediate family member $30
    3rd and additional family members $20 each


    There is no charge to the first class, so come check it out!


    Every Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Class Format:

    6:30 - 7:00 PM Fellowship & Ministry
    7:00 - 8:00 PM Self-Defense Jiu-Jitsu
    8:00 - 8:30 PM Sparring
    8:30 - 8:35 PM Closing Prayer

  • Memory Lane

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. When does NHJJ meet?

    Our Kapolei Class is on Wednesdays at 6:30PM. Located at New Hope Kapolei Ministry Center in Waipahu.

    2. Can I train on other days?

    Members of NHJJ O'ahu may train on other days at RSA for a discounted rate.
    Please contact Justin Nihei if interested.

    3. Do I need a Jiu-Jitsu Gi to take classes?

    Once you have decided to take classes, we ask that you wear a white Gi. White is
    not only symbolic for the purity we strive for as a group, but also to show our unity. Although we prefer a white Gi, we do understand if you may not have one at the moment. Please inquire if you need help finding a Gi.

    4. Do I have to be a Christian and a member of New Hope to attend NHJJ?

    NHJJ is open to everyone. People from every walk of life and any religious affiliation.

    5. Do I need to know Jiu-Jitsu to attend?

    Experience is not necessary.

    6. What is "Ministry or Fellowship?"

    A Ministry / Fellowship is a small group discussion where we apply our devotions
    from our Scripture reading to our daily lives.

    7. How much does it cost?

    The first class is free. Monthly tuition is $40 per month (There are no other fees).

    Family discounts
    1st Immediate family member $40
    2nd immediate family member $30
    3rd or more immediate family members $20 each

    8. How old must a person be to attend NHJJ?

    8 years old and older may join NHJJ.

    9. Can women join too?

    Yes, open to men, women, and children

    10. Do I need to be athletic or flexible?

    Not at all, Jiu-Jitsu was designed with a focus on technique and not on physical abilities.
    However, flexibility can be an advantage.

    11. I don't want to get punched or kicked while sparring, will I get hurt?

    Jiu-Jistu is a grappling art (translated as "the gentle art"). As with any sport, injuries occur
    but are never due to striking techniques.

  • Contact Us

    Questions? Please text, call, or email us!

    Primary Contact:

    Shane Nakagawara



    Justin Nihei


  • Location

    94-199 Leonui St. #4
    Waipahu, HI 96797
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