Master Pedro Sauer
Owner & Head Instructor at Pedro Sauer Academy: One Spirit Martial Arts
Pedro Sauer is an 8th degree Coral Belt in the art of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He is revered as one of the pioneers of the “gentle art” in the United States, having moved from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the early 90’s. Since arriving, Master Sauer has captured a legion of followers and overseas the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, which is one of the largest organized Jiu-Jitsu Associations in the world.
Pedro 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 boxing and later took up judo and taekwondo. At age fifteen, however, his friend, Rickson Gracie, invited him to train jiu-jitsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced Pedro to learn this amazing art, and he began grappling at the Gracie academy the very next day.
Pedro worked towards a double major (Economics and Business Administration) in college, and took post-graduation course at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. He worked in Brazil as a stockbroker for eleven years before deciding to move to the United States and pursue a career teaching jiu-jitsu.
Pedro Earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson in 1985. Long recognized for the superior technical efficiency of his jiu-jitsu, 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 jiu-jitsu instructor Alvaro Barreto (who is a red belt master under Helio Gracie).
In 1990, he moved to California with the original wave of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and trained daily with the Gracie brothers (Rickson, Rorion, and Royce), their father, Helio Gracie, their cousin, Renzo Gracie, and the Machado Brothers, as well as many others. In December of that same year, he moved to Utah where he continued pioneering brazilian jiu-jitsu in the American southwest.
Currently residing in Northern Virginia, Master Sauer instructs regularly at his academy, the Pedro Sauer Academy: One Spirit Martial Arts in Herndon, Virginia, which also acts as the headquarters of the PSBJJA, which has over 100 affiliated academies across the country and world.
Master Sauer is one of the most highly sought after instructors in the U.S. (of any martial discipline) and has presented hundreds of public seminars around the nation. Additionally, he works extensively with military and law enforcement groups throughout the country, including the Marines, Navy SEAL teams (including the snipers), FBI, CIA and SWAT.
Master Sauer’s skill, confidence, and fearlessness as a jiu-jitsu practitioner win him the respect of all that work with him. However, it is 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 he has earned the loyalty of students across the nation, and has established himself as one of the premiere martial arts instructors in the world.
1985 – Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Helio and Rickson Gracie
1986 – Tecnico de Jiu-Jitsu
1990 – Certified Black Belt Instructor by Robson Gracie and the Federacao de Jiu-JitsuBlack Belt Judo
1993 – 3rd Degree Black Belt from Rorion Gracie
1996 – Level 6 Instructor Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Rorion and Royce Gracie)
2000 – 5th Degree Black Belt under the Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu
2003 – 6th Degree Black Belt