Relson Gracie Jiu Jitsu is heavy on Self defense technique. That is why I'm a Relson Gracie student. I love BJJ, but I also love that there is a very proven self defense system that Relson is very serious about.
Both KidJustice and I are on Team Relson Gracie, and KidJustice is one of the best self defense instructors I know so I am going to go out on a limb and say if he says that TRG is heavy on self defense and very effective at it then that is how it is.
I can tell you I have had the pleasure of training under a few different BJJ guys and the stuff we learn, at least to me is more effective than what I have learned other places. Don't get me wrong I learned a lot at other places, but I am enjoying what I am getting on this team more than I have others. It seems to me that Roger's game is a lot like Relsons. He is so good at the basics, and doesn't make things more complcated than they should be. That is why we see Roger tap guys with things that people say are so basic they do not understand how other high level guys are getting tapped with that stuff.
I love learning the self defense aspect of it, but at the same time there are some amazing black belts on TRG and affiliated with TRG that the competitors are no joke either. To just give you an idea of how effective the people who compete in Colorado are Team Relson Gracie has been around in Denver since late 2009-2010 and according to a few promoters we are the fastest growing teams in the state, and we are placing in overall team standing higher than other teams that have been around for years. We have opened up 4 different gyms in the Denver area and have over 300 students. I know at the gym KidJustice and I go to has the largest kids program I have ever seen. People want to learn what works and what doesn't, and judging by the growth of the team here the curriculum, and the that Relson passed down to the black belts who run the gyms here obviously is different, effective, and works.