BJJ Professor Extraordinaire

Professor Pedro Sauer, a certified 8th Degree Red/​Black Belt under Rickson Gracie, was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where from an early age, he began training in the martial arts. At age five, he began Western Boxing and later took up Judo and Tae Kwon Do. At age fifteen, however, his friend, Rickson Gracie, invited him to train in Jujutsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that Jujutsu was the most effective of all the martial arts for him, and he began training the very next day.

In 1990, he moved to California with the original wave of Brazilian Jujutsu instructors. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and trained daily with the Gracie brothers (Rickson, Rorion, and Royce), their father, Helio, their cousin, Renzo, and the Machado Brothers, as well as many others.

Prof. Sauer earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson in 1985. Long recognized for the superior technical efficiency of his Jujutsu, he then began his career as an instructor in 1986 when asked to teach with an organization known in Brazil as Corpo Quatro (Body of Four) where he taught and continued his training under renowned instructors Alvaro Barreto (who is a red belt master under Helio Gracie).

Currently, Prof.Sauer resides in Virginia where he instructs at One Spirit Martial Arts and at Jeff Gordon’s Self Defense Academy. He also has several affiliated schools across the country, and he visits them on a regular basis to give intensive instruction to the students and instructors. He is one of the most highly sought after instructors in the U.S. and has presented hundreds of seminars around the nation.

Prof. Sauer works extensively with military groups in Virginia, including the Marines the Navy SEALs. He has also trained FBI and CIA agents as well as SWAT teams. Prof.Sauer’s skill, confidence, and fearlessness as a Jujutsu practitioner win him the respect of all that work with him. However, it’s through his sincere personality, his passion for teaching, and his ability to transfer his skills to his students in an efficient and professional manner, that has earned him the loyalty of students across the nation, and has established him as one of the premiere military and law enforcement instructors in the U.S.

What I like most about Prof. Sauer is his super relaxed technical approach to teaching BJJ. Ultimately anyone who is a truly masterful practitioner and instructor uses the relaxed/​technical method. Allow yourself to explore what Prof. Pedro Sauer has to offer.

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