Pedro Sauer

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Pedro Sauer
Born1955 (age 67–68)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
ResidenceHerndon, Virginia
  • Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
  • Judo
  • Taekwondo
  • Boxing
Rank8th degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Pedro Sauer is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu master and instructor based out of Herndon, Virginia. He arrived in America with the first generation of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructors[1] and is credited as being a pioneer in establishing Braizilian Jiu-Jitsu in the American southwest. In 2005, he was voted "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor" by the Abu Dhabi Combat Center.[2]

Early life

Pedro was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His experience with martial arts started at the age of five when he began training in Boxing, and later took up Judo and Taekwondo. Pedro is a family friend of the Gracies, and at age fifteen Rickson Gracie introduced him to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu by inviting him to train with his younger brother Royler Gracie. After training with Royler, Pedro became convinced that Jiu-Jitsu was the most effective martial art.[3] He trained under Helio Gracie and Rickson, earning the rank of black belt in 1985[4].


Pedro holds a double degree in Economics and Business Adminstration and worked as a stockbroker until leaving Brazil for the United States in 1990. He first moved to California, training with various members of the Gracie family as well as the Machado brothers before moving to Utah later that year.[5] He established a practice in Salt Lake City, Utah where his gym gained notoriety by holding open challenges in order to prove the effectiveness of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[6]. Most notably, he was challenged by and defeated Lance Batchelor (then Mr. Utah) in a no-holds-barred fight despite a 100 lbs weight deficit to the former bodybuilder[7]. He has since expanded his practice to become an association with affiliated gyms across the United States as well as in several locations internationally[8]. Pedro works extensively with law enforcement as well as the military, including the Marines and Navy SEALs[9]. He is currently an instructor at One Spirit Martial Arts in Herndon.[10]

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