Pedro Sauer

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Pedro Sauer
PedroSauer 2004 - Atlanta.JPG
Pedro Sauer in 2004
BornBrazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceUnited States Washington D.C. Area USA
StyleGracie Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Rickson Gracie, Helio Gracie, Relson Gracie
RankBlack & Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Notable studentsAnibal Lobo, Rylan Lizares, Paul Sizemore, Greg Nelson, Aran Doyle, Rob Billington, Shawn Weaver, Tom Schmitz, Allen Hopkins, James Gardner, Ricky Lundell, John Carlquist, Chet Quint, Steven Adornato, Jeff Olsen, Robert Lovi, Jeff Curran, Frank Cucci, Eddie Camden, Mickey Swafford, Jorge Jimenez, Matt Strack, Eric Schafer, Jim Kelly, Eddie Edmunds.
Websitewww.pedrosauer.com
 
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Pedro Sauer
PedroSauer 2004 - Atlanta.JPG
Pedro Sauer in 2004
BornBrazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceUnited States Washington D.C. Area USA
StyleGracie Jiu-Jitsu
Teacher(s)Rickson Gracie, Helio Gracie, Relson Gracie
RankBlack & Red Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Black belt in Judo
Notable studentsAnibal Lobo, Rylan Lizares, Paul Sizemore, Greg Nelson, Aran Doyle, Rob Billington, Shawn Weaver, Tom Schmitz, Allen Hopkins, James Gardner, Ricky Lundell, John Carlquist, Chet Quint, Steven Adornato, Jeff Olsen, Robert Lovi, Jeff Curran, Frank Cucci, Eddie Camden, Mickey Swafford, Jorge Jimenez, Matt Strack, Eric Schafer, Jim Kelly, Eddie Edmunds.
Websitewww.pedrosauer.com

Pedro Sauer is an 8th-degree Gracie Jiu Jitsu red and black belt under Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie. On May 17, 2005, he was named "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).[1]

Personal history[edit]

Pedro Sauer 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 practice jiu-jitsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was the most effective of all the martial arts, and he began official training the next day.

Sauer 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[citation needed] before deciding to move to the United States and pursue a career teaching Brazilian jiu-jitsu. In 1990, he moved to California with the original wave of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and trained daily with the Gracie brothers (Rickson, Rorion, Relson, 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 lived for sixteen years, pioneering Brazilian jiu-jitsu in the Southwestern United States.

In the fall of 2006, Pedro Sauer and his family relocated to the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area where he currently teaches at the Pedro Sauer Total Self Defense Academy in Sterling, Virginia As well as at over eighty affiliate schools throughout the world. To date he has promoted around 40 people to the rank of black belt in Gracie jiu-jitsu which include UFC fighters Jeff Curran and Eric Schafer, as well as MMA coach Greg Nelson.

On February 24, 2010, Sauer was promoted to an 8th degree red black belt by Relson Gracie.

Certifications[edit]

Teaching History[edit]

Pedro earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson in 1985, after years of training at the famous Gracie Humaitá Academy in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 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 jiu-jitsu instructors Alvaro Barreto, who is a 9th degree (red belt) master under Helio Gracie.

After moving to Utah in December 1990, he taught as one of only two non-Gracie black belts under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy (run by Rorion and Royce Gracie). In October 1996, he became an official representative Black Belt Instructor under the Rickson Gracie American Jiu-Jitsu Association.

On May 17, 2005, he was named "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide internet poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC).[1]

He is the head of the Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Work with Military and Law Enforcement Agencies[edit]

Sauer works with military groups in Virginia, including the United States Marine Corps and various groups from the Naval Special Warfare Group.[citation needed] He has also trained FBI and CIA agents in Texas[citation needed] and SWAT teams in Colorado and Utah.[citation needed] Also in Utah, Pedro has trained the police in Provo, Orem, DARE officers, the Sheriff's department in Salt Lake City, POST (Police Officer's Standard Training) in SLC, and the Orem Fire Department.[citation needed]

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