Pedro Sauer / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Pedro Sauer Gracie Jiu-JitsuBrazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a highly effective and comprehensive system of standing and ground defense techniques utilizing rules of leverage.  Many real life examples show most street attacks will end up on the ground.  This makes BJJ (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu) an ideal martial art for theses situations which demand simple and effective responses.

Individuals will be able to train realistically in a safe environment.  Notwithstanding it’s self-defense potential, BJJ offers a tremendous workout emphasizing aerobic and anaerobic conditioning, making it an enjoyable workout for women, men, and children regardless of athletic ability.  The greatest advantage Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu offers is the ability for a smaller person to learn principles of leverage that will assist them in defending against or defeating a larger opponent.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu techniques were refined and innovated by the late Grand Master Helio Gracie who weighed no more that 145 pounds.  Master Gracie focused on using only techniques that involved the use of very little strength but emphasized leveraging and positioning the body to defend attacks and control a harmful situation.

We are proud and most fortunate to have Master Pedro Sauer, a red-black belt directly under Helio and Rickson Gracie as the main instructor for our Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu program.  Master Sauer was voted the “Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor” in a worldwide poll.

Adult and Children’s classes are offered.

Muay Thai Boxing

Muay-Thai-BoxingMuay Thai is the national sport of Thailand.  Muay Thai is a style of kick boxing where participants fight in the ring using their fists, feet, elbows and knees in a style that has become world renowned for its simplicity and effectiveness.

The term “kickboxing” originally referred to a sport which paired International Rules Boxing with Kicks allowed above the waist.  Over the last 30 years, the term “Kickboxing” has now come to encompass all manner of full contact striking sports, including Shoot fighting, San Shou, San Da, Savate, and Muay Thai.  Muay Thai is, in fact, considered the original sport of Kickboxing, having adapted international-style rules to compete in a boxing ring during the late 1920’s and 1930’s.

The Muay Thai program offered at Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy is based upon the teachings and philosophy of Ajam Chai Sirisute, the founder and President of the Muay Thai Boxing Association of the United States.

The programs offered are taught by Khru Bryan Mossey.  Khru Mossey has studied Western Boxing, Filipino Panatukan Boxing, and Thai Boxing for a combined 27 years.  Khru Mossey is a certified instructor under Ajam Chai Sirsute and continues to support Thai boxing Association worldwide.

Adult and Children’s classes are offered.

Krav Maga

Krav-MagaKrav Maga is the official hand to hand combat system of the Israeli Defense Forces.  It is also one of the preferred systems for the U.S. Military and law enforcement personnel.  Krav Maga is not a traditional martial art.  No katas.  No rituals. No nonsense.  Based on simple principles and instinctive movements, this reality-based system is designed to teach real self defense in the shortest time possible.  Krav Maga teaches how to defend against common chokes, grabs, and bear hugs, as well as weapons such as guns, knives, and sticks.  Just as important, we teach people to function during the stress and shock of a sudden, violent encounter.

Brad Burnette has been involved in martial arts for over 20 years. He has been involved with and teaching Krav Maga for over 6 years and currently holds a Brown Belt (Level V) instructor certification. He also holds the following ranks: 2nd Degree Black Belt in Combat Defense Systems, Brown Belt in Judo (under Maurice Allan), and Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (under Pedro Sauer). Brad is also a certified Advanced Law Enforcement instructor through Krav Maga Worldwide’s Force Training Division.

Adult classes are offered.

Kali and Silat

Kali is a highly sophisticated and comprehensive martial art from the Philippines that is weapons based, but is ultimately an empty hand system.  The Filipino martial arts taught at the Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy are derived from those taught at the Inosanto Academy, which are drawn from twenty-six primary sources, the instructors who Magulang Na Guro Inosanto has spent his life training under.  With influences such as the late Grandmaster John La Coste, Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto has developed a program that introduces students to 12 main areas, including, but not limited to single stick, double stick, stick and dagger, double dagger, panatukan (Filipino boxing), Sikaran (Filipino kicking methods), Kunato and Silat.

In the United States as long ago as the 1500’s, the Filipino Martial Arts have something to benefit everyone.  Developed for “mass attack” as well as single opponent confrontations, the training heightens students’ awareness of their surroundings and teaches them to use their environment as tools of combat.  Everyday objects, such as umbrellas, books, bandannas, etc, become effective means of self-defense in the hands of a properly trained individual.  Use of left and right hand techniques develop coordination.  Drills and techniques taught in a fluid, non-restrictive manner allow students to enhance their natural attributes and improve thier sense of timing, speed, awareness, balance agility, and confidence.

Guro Bryan Mossey is the head instructor of the Kali and Silat program.  He is a certified Kali and Silat instructor under Magulang Na Guro Dan Inosanto.

Adult classes are offered.

MMA – Mixed Martial Arts

Mixed-Martial-ArtsMixed Martial Arts is a sport that has gained wide spread popularity. With the reality TV shows and regularly scheduled fights on cable its popularity has grown tremendously. The UFC was originally founded by the Gracie family as a proving ground to show the effectiveness of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to the world. The sport has changed drastically over the past decade. Rules have been put into place to protect the fighters and to provide entertaining fast paced action that gives strikers and wrestlers a greater chance in competition. At the Pedro Sauer Total Self-Defense Academy we believe in self-defense first. However, those looking to compete in MMA are encouraged to do so once they have developed a sound foundation in Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai/Boxing, and Wrestling. Requirements have been established at the school to prepare students for MMA competition. This is not only to insure you are ready and do well in competition but for your own safety. We will not put you into the cage until you are ready.