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Team Pedro Sauer

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Academy Affiliation

The North Coast Jiu-Jitsu Club is a proud member of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. The Pedro Sauer Association is one of the largest and most respected Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu organizations in the world. 
All of our coaches have received their rank from Pedro Sauer and Pedro Sauer Affiliate Black Belts. Our staff has been a part of the Pedro Sauer Team for over fifteen years, and they are certified to give legitimate rank in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 
Scroll down to read more about Master Pedro Sauer and the Pedro Sauer Association. 

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Pedro Sauer

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 15, 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.

His training under both Helio and Rickson took place during a time when jiu-jitsu was making its crucial transition as an obscure Brazilian art to a worldwide martial arts phenomenon. 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.

With Rorion Gracie leading the exodus in 1990, Pedro was part of the first generation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and fighters that moved to the United States to reveal the art of BJJ to the world. 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 began pioneering Gracie jiu-jitsu in the American southwest and eventually started the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, which is now one of the largest and most respected Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Associations in the world today with well over 100 academies under his guidance.

In 2006 Master Sauer relocated to Northern Virginia to set up the world headquarters for the PSBJJA in Herndon, Virginia.