World-renowned Brazilian jiu-jitsu instructor Master Pedro Sauer has done it the hard way, there’s no doubt. Growing up on the rough streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the 1960s and ’70s, Sauer discovered that learning to survive meant learning to fight, and his brawling quickly led him to boxing. But he began a steeper ascent of that learning curve at the age of 14 when childhood friend Rickson Gracie introduced him to his family’s fighting art of jiu-jitsu.Today, 57-year-old Sauer oversees a vast network of students who have been hooked by his unique ability to impart the principles of the art, as much as his history of proving it in no-holds-barred battles during his development years. Here, the submission artist gives his opinions on the big issues facing BJJ today and offers an insight into the art he knows so well. Read more.
Released by Blitz Australasian Martial Arts Magazine in January 2016.