Gracie Jiujitsu has a rich lineage dating back to 1904, when the founder of Judo sent one of his top students overseas to spread the art to the West. The student, Mitsuyo Maeda, visited several countries and performed Judo demonstrations, even competing against fighters of other backgrounds before landing in Brazil in 1914.

In 1917, Carlos Gracie witnessed a Judo demonstration and began studying under Maeda, passing what he learned on to his brothers. The youngest brother, Helio Gracie, modified his Judo to suit his small stature and lack of strength, focusing on ground fighting where he was able to effectively neutralize a larger opponent through the use of leverage. This was the beginning of Gracie Jiujitsu.

Professor Sauer

Professor Pedro Sauer is one of the most respected and sought after Brazilian Jiujitsu instructors in the world today. His skill is rivaled only by his warm personality and the ease with which he teaches. He received his black belt in 1985 under the tutelage of Helio and Rickson Gracie, and has gone on to spread the art of BJJ across the United States and around the world. Currently based out of Sterling, Virginia, Professor Sauer maintains several affiliate schools which he visits regularly.

Gracie Jiu-jitsu Savannah maintains the high standard set by Pedro Sauer, offering top notch instruction taught by students of the professor himself.

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