The Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Association (PSBJJA) is a global network of affiliate academies with the goal of preserving and upholding the vision of Master Pedro Sauer.
Master Pedro Sauer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He began training jiu-jitsu at the age of 15 along with his friend Rickson Gracie in the garage of Rickson’s family and together young Pedro Sauer and the Gracie boys learned jiu-jitsu from Rickson’s father, Grandmaster Helio Gracie. Master Sauer received his black belt from Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie in 1985. He is one of only 16 black belts awarded by Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
In 1990, Master Sauer moved to California with the Gracie brothers as part of the first cohort of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the United States. Shortly after coming to California, he moved to Utah where he continued to make his mark in the jiu-jitsu world by teaching and formed the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He remained in Utah for many years and grew his association to one of the oldest, largest, and most respected Associations in the world.
In 2006, Master Sauer moved again, this time to Herndon, Virginia, where he opened One Spirit Martial Arts Academy and set up the headquarters for his Association. He is currently an 8th degree coral belt and travels the world teaching workshops and seminars. Master Sauer is well-known as one of the best jiu-jitsu instructors in the world.