Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

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Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, or Baltimore BJJ, is taught at the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville Maryland. Baltimore Martial Arts has been teaching Baltimore BJJ and Mixed Martial Arts MMA since 1995.

Baltimore Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a wrestling based martial art specializing in takedowns and submissions which typically include joint locks and chokes. BJJ Baltimore has grown in popularity in the United States and abroad faster than any other martial art.

Baltimore Jiu Jitsu can be learned as sport and/or a means of self defense. In either case, the BJJ Baltimore student deals with an opponent by taking them to the ground and finishing them with various submission techniques, like arm bars, leg locks & chokes.

Baltimore Jiu Jitsu offers both gi (uniform) and no-gi BJJ. Each style has is benefits. Uniformed classes are the more traditional approach to learning BJJ. We recommend attending gi classes before training with no gi, however one can be learned without the other. Many mixed-martial-arts practitioners focus on no-gi training for MMA competitions since its slightly more applicable to the sport.

Many of our Baltimore Jiu Jitsu students — both adults and children — compete in gi and no-gi BJJ. Visit our page for Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for information about Baltimore BJJ classes for younger students.

Our Baltimore BJJ curriculum is governed by both the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association and the Renato Tavares Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Baltimore Martial Arts has been teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu & Judo since 1995. This was about the same time that Mixed Martial Arts was becoming a coined term and the Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC was achieving prominence. Originally our students were learning a combination of San Shou, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. At that time, only Ground Control Baltimore (John Rallo was a Blue Belt under Renzo Gracie) was the only other martial arts school teaching anything similar. Today the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy has grown and has become a leading institution for not just Baltimore Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, but numerous other martial arts styles that include but are not limited to Judo, Muay Thai, Boxing, Wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Arnis, Silat, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and more!

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Professor Pedro Sauer

Master Pedro Sauer

Certified 8th Degree Red/Black Belt Instructor under Rickson Gracie.

Personal History

Professor 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 fifteen, 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.

Pedro worked towards a double major (Economics and Business Administration) in college, and took post graduation course at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. 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. In 1990, he moved to California with the original wave of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors. 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 has lived for the past eight years, pioneering brazilian jiu-jitsu in the American southwest.

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Renato Tavares was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1968. He started training in BJJ at the age of 6 years old with Geni Rebello who is now 85 years old. Geni Rebello is one of the best masters in Brazil and he is a black belt from Carlos e Helio Gracie. Geni Rebello has made many students State, Pan-American and World Champions around the world.

Renato Tavares is a world renowned authority in the discipline of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and Grappling Enhancement for MMA. His thirst for knowledge has made Renato a technician par excellence. Tavares has been training for about 36 years and competing for more than 30 years. At ten years old he was an instructor, helping his Master Geni Rebello and his son Cirilo Rebello teach new students.

In the last fifteen years he has made big changes in many cities and states that he has visited. In Parana, a state in the south of Brazil, he took Jiu Jitsu to the next step by making it recognized in the bjj community. In just three years Renato & Curitiba made the first world champions.

After training under Geni, Tavares moved to Rio and trained with Carlson Gracie Sr. for over 10 years. Renato currently teaches out of Vero Beach, Florida.

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