Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu Jitsu

Pedro Sauer TeamMartial Academy of Martial Arts, in Sarasota, is proud to announce affiliation with Professor Pedro Sauer, 8th Degree Red & Black Belt Master Instructor under Grandmaster Helio Gracie (Co-Founder of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu) and Rickson Gracie. We will be teaching Gracie Jiu Jitsu in Sarasota as taught to us by 8th degree Red-Black Belt Professor Pedro Sauer. This is the in-close, hands on approach to a lot of self defense. Many brazilian Jiu Jitsu schools concentrate on competition but true Gracie Jiu Jitsu is more oriented toward self defense.

“I developed Gracie Jiu Jitsu with the purpose of enabling any person, independent of size or athleticism to defend him or herself in a potential street assault. Consequently, competitions with rules, points and time limits do not represent my art.” Helio Gracie

Testing is done in the academy as well as under sub-affiliate Black Belt Alan Baker and the guidance of Professor Pedro Sauer, 8th degree Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

Many self-defense situations start standing up and many end up on the ground. This art concentrates on grappling and fighting on the ground. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are, with the use of position and leverage, you can defend yourself against any attacker. At Martin Academy of Martial Arts students will learn effective ground fighting skills for everything from competition to street self defense. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu gives you the techniques to effectively neutralize someone if you are forced to defend yourself on the ground. Fighting on the ground is a very common self-defense situation. The training is not only effective but its also fun and safe. These techniques will enable you to control someone who is larger, faster or stronger.

In addition to self-defense, it is an incredible physical workout that will increase your strength and flexibility as it gets you in great shape. The average student may loose 10-15 pounds of body fat in the first few months of training. It improves your overall strength, endurance and flexibility.

Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-Jitsu at Martin Academy is easy to learn and safe. We go out of our way to maintain a mature, safe training environment to avoid any injury. The classes are taught in an organized, professional manner by trained instructors. We have the best educational process in the area for the various arts we teach. Our curriculum is designed to educate you in Jiu-Jitsu, not just have you roll before you understand how it works and then try to figure it out on your own. This is why Professor Sauer is so technical, he emphasizes the need to learn the technique, linking them together before just being told to “roll.”

Professor Sauer is regarded by many to be one of the most technical Jiu Jitsu instructors anywhere.


  • Flexibility
  • Aerobic Conditioning
  • Coordination
  • Agility
  • Functional Strength
  • Stress Relief
  • Emotional Control