About Us

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.

1972
Starts training jiu-jitsu

Master Pedro Sauer's Jiu-Jitsu journey began in 1970 under the instruction of Rickson Gracie and Grandmaster Helio Gracie in their garage in Brazil.

1973
Receives 1st Martial Arts Promotion

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1974
Met Rickson Gracie

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1975
Started Training Jiu-Jitsu w/Helio Gracie
Started Training Jiu-Jitsu w/Helio Gracie
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1985
Receive Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Helio and Rickson
Receive Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt from Helio and Rickson
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1990
Moves to United States
Moves to United States
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1990
Moves to Utah
Moves to Utah
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1994
Mr. Utah Fight
Mr. Utah Fight
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2002
Awarded 1st Black Belt to Student
Awarded 1st Black Belt to Student
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2004
1st Graduating Class of Black Belts
1st Graduating Class of Black Belts
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2006
Moves to Herndon Virginia
Moves to Herndon Virginia
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2007
Received Coral Belt
Received Coral Belt
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2020
Moved to Savannah, GA
Moved to Savannah, GA
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Today
Head of PSBJJA
Head of PSBJJA
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