About Pedro Sauer Jiu Jitsu San Antonio
Here at PSBJJA San Antonio we are a family oriented and Self Defense centered style of jiu-jitsu. Our focus is not only sport Jiu Jitsu (we do offer detailed instruction in sport) but the over all welfare of a person to defend themselves soundly. We believe that the Street can be an unpredictable area of confrontation, so with that in mind your life and loved ones are our main concern.
We want to make sure that you and yours makes it home safely.
We are focused on providing quality personal attention to each individual and not quantity as to be a number lost in the crowd in teaching jiu-jitsu. We strive to the highest levels of customer satisfaction & we will do everything we can to meet your expectations.
Curriculum & Techniques
Master Pedro Sauer puts little to no emphasis on competition. He has several pan-am champs, mundials champs, and MMA fighters in his association. Their exploits, however, do not lead to promotion. He puts emphasis on technical excellence rather than sportive performance. The reasoning behind this is simple. Master Sauer wants you to still be capable of performing BJJ far after you've lost the benefits of youth and athleticism. He trained on the mat with Grand Master Helio. GM Helio was not younger, but was still able to keep up with everyone for a very long time because his basics were perfect. That's what Master Sauer expects from his association. Longevity.
Our History / Lineage
8th Degree Red/Black Belt Master Pedro Sauer
Certified 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Instructor under Rickson Gracie.
Professor 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 train jiu-jitsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that jiu-jitsu was the most effective of all the martial arts, and he began training 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. 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, 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 has lived for the past eight years, pioneering brazilian jiu-jitsu in the American southwest.
1985 - Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Helio and Rickson Gracie
1986 - Tecnico de Jiu-Jitsu. This is a special certificate given in recognition of superior technical mastery of the art of jiu-jitsu, given to only a handful of students by Helio Gracie.
1990 - Certified Black Belt Instructor by Robson Gracie and the Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu
Black 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
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 instructors Alvaro Barreto (who is a red belt master under Helio Gracie).
After moving to Utah in December of 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 of 1996, he became an official representative Black Belt Instructor under the Rickson Gracie American Jiu-Jitsu Association.
Currently, Pedro resides in Virginia where he instructs at One Spirit Martial Arts. 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. (of any martial discipline) and has presented hundreds of public seminars around the nation.
Military and Law Enforcement Agencies:
Pedro works extensively with military groups in Virginia, including the Marines and various groups from the Navy SEAL teams (including the snipers). He has also trained FBI and CIA agents in Texas. SWAT teams in Colorado and Utah. Also in Utah, Pedro has trained the police in Provo, Orem, DARE officers, the Sheriffs department in Salt Lake City, POST (Police Officer's Standard Training) in SLC, and also the Orem Fire Department.
Pedro'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 military and law enforcement instructors in the U.S.
Grand Master Carlos
Carlos Gracie was born in 1902 in Belém do Pará, Brazil. It’s said that in his childhood, Carlos was a highly energetic, and fearless boy, who would often be found provoking alligators down by the nearby river. His father, Gastao Gracie, a third generation Scotsman, was always on the lookout for something more productive for his son to channel his energy into, and scheduled a meeting between Carlos and a martial artist known as Count Koma.
Count Koma, whose real name was Mitsuyo Maeda, was a Japanese judoka who was visiting the country of Brazil to impart of the benefits of a style of fighting known as Kano Jiu-Jitsu. Count Koma took a liking to Carlos, who at that time was a skinny 15 year old, and agreed to train him. Carlos Gracie immediately fell in love with the sport and it wouldn’t take him long to establish himself as one of Koma’s finest students.
The training would last approximately three years. Count Koma was a traveling man and was absent at times, but whether or not he was there to teach, Carlos was always learning. He would, when Koma was not around, practice techniques with another student, Jacinto Ferro. Unfortunately, financial problems would fall upon the Gracie Family in 1921, forcing them to move from their home in Belém do Pará, to Rio de Janeiro. The family would not settle, and would later relocate to São Paulo, and then Belo Horizonte.
Carlos would, at age 22, move out of the family home and begin working menial jobs to keep a roof over his head. He was visited one day by a friend from Belém do Pará who had also trained under the expert guidance of Count Koma. He acknowledged Carlos as a true practitioner of Jiu-Jitsu and extended an invitation for him to come teach the local Special Police Force some of the techniques. Carlos wasn’t an intimidating man, and the members of theSpecial Police Force initially disregarded him. Carlos had to showcase firsthand the efficacy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
As he endeavored to make his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu dream a reality, Carlos spent many hours per day passing down knowledge of the art to his two brothers. To garner public attention for the academy, he also challenged fighters from other disciplines like boxing, wrestling, and capoeira, to fights. For a long while, the academy would be solely run by himself and his siblings.
His brother, Helio would play an important role in the academy’s success. Carlos, ambitious as ever, opened other training centers in Fortaleza and Ceará, which meant he would spend time away from Rio. When traveling, he would entrust the academy to Helio, who was said to have been his top student.
He was also interested in the human body and how it worked. Over the years, and after conducting hundreds of experiments, Carlos developed a diet that would benefit the practitioners of the sport. It focused around ensuring meals were as PH neutral as could be, as he believed that the superfluous consumption of acid-rich food was detrimental to the body. “The Gracie Diet” is still used today and is as popular as ever.
Carlos Gracie died in 1994, aged 92. He was the father of 21 children, of which 11 were awarded their black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. His sons Carlson Gracie, Rolls Gracie, and Carlos Gracie Jr would become Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu masters.
Grand Master Helio
Helio started sparring with his brothers Oswaldo, Gastao and George, hiding the fact from Carlos who was over protective of his younger brother and feared for his health. When Carlos found out Helio was already advanced in his techniques and was a good spar for his brothers, he allowed his training to continue and accepted him in their normal classes.
George Gracie was an excellent fighter, but lived a wild lifestyle and Helio soon became Carlos star pupil, so much that in 1932 Carlos gave him his first vale tudo/no-holds-barred. Helio was 18 years old. the fight was against a boxer by the name of Antonio Portugal, the bout lasted less then a minute as Helio choked his opponent out.
Helio fought several times throughout the next 6 years trying to promote the Gracie academy together with his brothers. At one point George broke with the academy, according to the aforementioned book of Reila Gracie, the reason why George left was because he wanted to fight Helio to prove who was the best fighter in Rio de Janeiro and Carlos opposed to this.
In 1938 Helio’s career came to a hold as he left the rings and the mats to move to a different town for personal reasons. He came back 12 years later at the age of 38 after a challenge was made to him personally. His opponent was Landufo Caribé, the Bahia Jiu Jitsu Champion who had a different lineage from the Gracies, to make a stand, Helio finished Caribé quickly.
A year later came the opportunity to fight the mighty Masahiko Kimura, the Jigoro Kano Judoka champion of Japan. The opportunity came after he challenged Mr Kimura a few months earlier, challenge which was refused as Kimura didn’t feel was Helio worthy of the match. Helio was made to fight Kato (Japan’s number 2 ranked judoka) in order to get to Kimura. Helio fough him and defeated Kato by means of Cross Choke from the closed guard. Only then did Kimura accept the challenge. It is often stated that Kimura was 35Kg heavier (77 pounds), however we were unable to confirm this 100%. Kimura was so convinced of his superiority that he stated to the press that if the fight lasted more than 3 minutes he would consider it a loss.
Masahiko Kimura defeated Helio Gracie by “Kimura Lock” (the submission was named after Masahiro after this match) in 13 minutes (far after the 3 minute mark) which impressed Mr Kimura who ended the fight congratulating Helio on his toughness. This was a tough blow on the Gracies, and Jiu Jitsu which had earned a good amount of relevance in Rio de Janeiro. With this decrease in popularity, fights were scarce and Helio turned himself to teaching again.
Carlos Gracie had left the Rio de Janeiro gym, and moved to Fortaleza to take care of businesses, he left his sons Carlson Gracie, Rolls and Carlos Junior (Carlinhos) to be taught by Helio. Helio returned to the mats 5 years later after another challenge was raised by a former student, Waldemar Santana was his name and their fight would go to the record books as the longest no holds barred fight ever recorded (3hours 42minutes), Helio lost due to a soccer kick in the head which left him unconscious.
After this it took another 12 years for him to fight again, in the mean time he dedicated himself into teaching his sons and Carlos Gracie’s sons. Legends in BJJ like Rickson, Royce, Carlson, Rolls, Carlinhos, Relson, Rorion, among many others. He dedicated himself to the Gracie legacy, Jiu Jitsu. Along the years many came out against him and his hard nose ideas about Jiu Jitsu, some of them were close family members like Carlson Gracie. But even with all this turmoil there is no questioning that without him, BJJ would have definitely gone a different way and he will always be remembered as Grandmaster Helio Gracie, 10th Dan in Jiu Jitsu and founder of this amazing martial art that so many around the world practice and love. Grand Master Helio Gracie passed away on January 29, 2009 (aged 95).
Rickson Gracie, son of Helio Gracie, was born into Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At six years old he began competing; at 15 he started to teach it; and at 18 he received his black belt. At 20, Gracie won his first victory against the famous 230-pound (104kg) Brazilian brawler Rei Zulu (father of Zuluzinho. With this victory, Rickson gained immediate national acclaim as the top freestyle fighter, leaving his mark on the history of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu and the Gracie challenge. Five years later Zulu requested a rematch and lost to Rickson again, in Maracanazinho before an audience of 20,000 spectators.
Rickson is a 8th degree Red/Black belt whose technique many consider to be the finest expression of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the world. His innate talent and early mastery of the sport have resulted in an impeccable undefeated record in more than 400 fights, including Jiu-Jitsu tournaments, free-style wrestling, Sambo, open weight free-style competitions, and no-holds-barred challenge matches and recreational sparring. Rickson is a two-time Brazilian Champion in free-style wrestling, a Gold Medal Winner in Sambo, and for almost two decades he has been the middle-heavyweight and open weight division World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Champion. In 1994 and 1995, he conquered Japan's premier fighting tournament, the Japan Open Vale-Tudo, winning it all both times. During that period, the Japanese fans acknowledged Rickson for possessing the "Samurai Spirit."
Master Rickson Gracie is the President of the newly established Jiu-jitsu Global Federation (JJGF). The Jiu-Jitsu Global Federation was established to help support and bring quality services to individual practitioners, competitors, academy owners, independent promoters and instructors with diverse levels of knowledge and experience in Jiu-Jitsu. Using educationl programs, competitive events, the digital online platform and special events, people now are able to connect around the world to preserve the history of Jiu-Jitsu, advancing themselves and the culture.