Pedro Sauer 
Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
The V PRO K MMA Academy is an affiliated school of PEDRO SAUER BRAZILIAN JIU JITSU ASSOCIATION. Professor Pedro Sauer is a Certified 8th Degree Black Belt Instructor under Rickson Gracie.


“Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and choke holds also found in numerous other arts with or without ground fighting emphasis. The premise is that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are somewhat negated when grappling on the ground.

BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard position to defend oneself from bottom, and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners. A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport. However, it is possible for a combat situation to continue even after a proper submission is performed”.


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Prof. Pedro Sauer 8th Degree Black Belt
under Rickson Gracie Red/Black Belt 


 Professor Pedro Sauer

 Master Pedro Sauer, Gracie Jiu Jitsu, The Making of a Legend.
By Russell W. Dickson

 When you talk to experts in the field of martial arts, one   name comes up, "Master Pedro Sauer". Just who is this fabled fighter, you might ask? Some say, he is a cross between Sun Tzu and Bruce Lee. While his name isn't as recognizable as Bruce Lee's, one thing is for sure, Sauer's greatness and skill on the mat is the stuff of legends.

According to http://www.pedrosauer.com, "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."

Professor Pedro Sauer grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he began training in the martial arts at a young age. His sister's boyfriend, Marcio Mattar, a professional boxer, first encouraged him to learn to fight, "He had so much faith in me and was able to turn my energy and fearless attitude into a positive by recommending to me that I begin studying martial arts." Sauer started boxing at age 5 and later learned Judo and Taekwondo.
Shortly after he began his training Sauer met the Great Master Helio Gracie, the founding father of Gracie Jiu Jitsu. "He took me under his wing, welcomed me into his home, and treated me like a son," said Sauer. Gracie was uniquely able to relate to Sauer because he was a small man as well, "he taught me leverage and how to get out of difficult positions with moves and strategies for smaller fighters, he taught me how not to lose," said Sauer.

Under Helio Gracie's tutelage, Sauer learned to visualize what his opponents would do before they did it. This ability saved his life in later years, "In 1988, I had just dropped off my niece at her friend's house, and when she got out I forgot to lock the door. On the way home, I was at a stop sign behind a car when a man walking by noticed my door was unlocked, and jumped in. As he sat down in the seat next to me and put a knife to my throat he said, 'don't look at me, just drive and pray, because you are going to die!'"

The would-be thief soon realized he had gotten into the wrong car because, "When I pushed the brakes at the stop sign, his arm moved away from my neck, and gave me the opportunity to grab ahold of it and put it into an American Arm Bar. I broke his shoulder and held his broken arm in my hand as I pummeled him with elbow strikes to the face. He ran out of the car screaming in pain."

Sauer wasn't always so proficient at Jiu-Jitsu, it was difficult for him in the beginning, because he was only 120 pounds and had to learn to fight against the Gracie brothers. The Gracie's were all black belts, so he lost constantly and learned to fight (ironically) through submissiveness. "I was lucky not only to grow up training with the Gracie brothers, but also to receive perfect technique as I learned the mechanics of my body straight from the source. Helio taught me the strategies that he invented. I am forever grateful to the inspirational man who taught me everything I know, because he pushed me to be better and to continue my path towards success."

Sauer's training with powerful opponents didn't end with the Gracie's. He continues to train to this day with fighters like Mark Shultz, a 203 lb. MMA fighter. Sauer said, "Mark Shultz was the toughest person that I have ever trained with on the mat. He was very friendly and an incredibly fighter and one of the greatest people I have met."

Sauer Recalls, "I was an extremely hyper kid who could never sit still and I was always in trouble. I got kicked out of one school after another and everyone thought I was either crazy or just plain bad. I used the label of "bad kid" as an excuse to do bad things, but Jiu-Jitsu provided an escape from that, and calmed me down... a little (wink). It was definitely a turning point in my life. Helio Gracie never believed that I was as crazy or bad. He often used the analogy that I was a lion outside of its boundaries and that Jiu-Jitsu would put a leash on me. Helio used that leash to hold a firm grip on me during the training process. Many years later he told me that the leash was now in my own hands and that I now had the ability to either tighten it to control myself or loosen it when necessary for defense."
Sauer says, "The Gracie family as a whole was great. We boys were always competing against each other whether it was on the mat or out on the weekends with girls. Healthy food was always around the house to make sure we were in top shape. Helio turned us into the most technical people in the world, as he encouraged us to train 6 hours a day, non-stop, he made sure we stayed in the best condition." Sauer says that anyone can learn Jiu Jitsu and that there are many health benefits from its practice, it tones the muscles and is a great cardiovascular workout. Mentally, it creates better people that are more tolerant, patient, laid back, and fearless of losing. It teaches the student that you don't always need to be aggressive in tense situations, giving them an advantage.

Sauer works extensively with the military, including the Marines, Navy SEAL teams (including the snipers). He has also trained FBI and CIA agents in Texas.Master Pedro Sauer is Gracie Jiu Jitsu royalty, yet he has managed to stay well grounded, "Gracie Jiu-Jitsu made me humble as I learned respect, honor, integrity, and loyalty. I can never stress enough how important loyalty is in any future career in Martial Arts. I would like to thank all of my loyal students who have stayed with me throughout the years and have been unconditionally loyal and honest with me. They have exceeded any expectations I have had for them. I could never ask for better pupils. It is difficult to mention specific names, but all the guys in my affiliations of 120 academies are on my website pedrosauer.com."

When Prof. Sauer was asked about one student, that credits him with "saving his life," Master Lovi of the Robert Lovi Academy in San Diego, CA, graciesd.com, he said "Rob Lovi is a great example of character. He has discipline, integrity, and above all, dedication. He was a bit crazy when he started Gracie Jiu Jitsu :) but training has completely changed his life."
"Today, he is a totally different guy who is always helping the community and transforming the lives of others. I am very proud of him and his talent. I am lucky to have had him walk into my academy and be one of my students." Muhammad Ali once said, "Champions aren't made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them - a desire, a dream, a vision." Pedro Sauer is one of these champions.

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      Helio Gracie Biography

Born in October 1st 1913, Helio was the youngest son of Gastao Gracie, a third generation Scotsman. There were 9 brothers and sisters, and Helio stood out since the beginning due to his body type; tall and lanky he was the complete opposite of his brothers who were shorter, and stockier.

Helio’s childhood was a troubled one, his family went bankrupted when he was young and in 1921 they had to move from Belem do Para (his native town) to the big city, Rio de Janeiro. All these changes in his early life didn’t go without effect and he started suffering from chronic dizziness and his health was precarious, mostly due to his psychological instability.

In the last years of the Gracies stay in Belem do Para, his older brother Carlos got to meet Misuyio Esai Maeda (aka Count Coma ), who was a Jiu Jitsu and Kodokan Judo black belt who had come to Brazil with the intent of divulging the Japanese Martial Arts. His brother started training regularly with Maeda and rapidly became one of his top students. All Carlos learn in the Jiu Jitsu classes he would then try and pass on to his brothers. They would spar regularly, however, Helio wasn’t allowed to be a part of the actual fighting as he was to fragile, instead he would stand aside and try to understand the mechanics of the Jiu Jitsu game.

A few years after the Gracies moved to Rio de Janeiro, in 1925, Carlos Gracie – the eldest managed to fulfil his dream of creating the first Jiu Jitsu Academy. To help him in this new challenge he invited his brothers Helio and George, to come and join him (both because he needed help in the academy and because he wanted to take his brother off their abusive father’s hands).

Helio started rolling (Sparring in Jiu Jitsu) with his brothers, hiding the fact from Carlos who was over protective of his younger brother and feared for his health. When he found out Helio was already advanced in his techniques and was a good spar for his brothers, Carlos 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 no-holds-barred (old school Mixed Martial Arts bouts were almost no rules were involved), He was 18 years old. the fight was against a boxer by the name of Antonio Portugal and the fight 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 as 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, and to prove his point, Helio finished Caribé quickly.

A year later came the opportunity to fight the mighty Masahiro 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 Helio worthy of the match. Helio was made to fight Kato (Japan’s number 2) in order to get to Kimura. Helio fought him and defeated Kato by means of Cross Choke from the closed guard. Only then did Kimura accept the challenge. In Reila Gracie’s book about the Gracie family, it is 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.

Masahiro 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, Brazil 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, amongst 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 BJJ, 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.

Gran Master Helio Gracie died on January 29, 2009 (aged 95).

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