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Head of PSJJA  - 8th Degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Coral Belt​ - Pedro Sauer

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 15, 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.

His training under both Helio and Rickson took place during a time when jiu-jitsu was making its crucial transition as an obscure Brazilian art to a worldwide martial arts phenomenon. Pedro worked towards a double major (Economics and Business Administration) in college, and took post graduation courses 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.

With Rorion Gracie leading the exodus in 1990, Pedro was part of the first generation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and fighters that moved to the United States to reveal the art of BJJ to the world. 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 began pioneering Gracie jiu-jitsu in the American southwest and eventually started the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, which is now one of the largest and most respected Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Associations in the world today with well over 100 academies under his guidance.

In 2006 Master Sauer relocated to Northern Virginia to set up the world headquarters for the PSBJJA in Herndon, Virginia.

Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Co-Owner - Mike Stump

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

Mike began training American Jiujitsu in 1996 under Sensei Neil Locke. This is also where Mike met his wife Shawna who along with his children Chloe and Colton who also train at PJJA.

-  While on active duty after 9/11, Mike began training BJJ under Professor Butch Hiles in 2001

-  Awarded his Blue belt in 2003 from Royce Gracie while training at ABKJ.

-  Received his Black belt in Ko Setumi Jiujitsu in 2007 from Sensei Jeremy Bradley.

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

-  Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor

 

Along with Sensei Jeremy Bradley, Mike opened a Royce Gracie affiliate bringing the first official Gracie Jiu-Jitsu school to the Mid Ohio Valley. 

 

Mike is an U.S. Army & Air Force veteran with 20+ years of Law Enforcement experience.  He is a life-long resident of the MOV and Sergeant with Belpre Police Dept as well as a member of the Washington County Ohio Special Response Team (SRT).

Head Jiu-Jitsu Instructor Co-Owner - Jason Campbell​

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

-  Received Purple Belt from Dennis Hayes / John Burkholder in 2018

-  Received Blue Belt directly from Royce Gracie in 2006

-  Ko Setumi Jiu-Jitsu purple belt under Jeremy Bradley

Jason is another life-long resident of the MOV and is an officer with the Belpre Police Dept. Jason's children, Gabby and Phoenix, both train at the academy as well.  In addition, Jason holds the following certification:

-  Gracie Survival Tactics (GST) Instructor

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

-  Ohio Law Enforcement Scenario Based Training Instructor (STEP)

-  Simunition Certified

-  SORAT (Single Officer Response to Active Threat) Instructor

-  Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Trained Officer

-  ALICE Active Shooter Response Training Instructor

Assistant Adult & Kids Jiu-Jitsu Instructor - Andy Jackson

Brazilian / Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Purple Belt

USJA Shodan (Judo 1st Degree Black Belt)

Japanese Jiu-Jitsu Shodan (1st Degree Black Belt)

-  Received Purple Belt from Dennis Hayes / John Burkholder in 2018

-  Received Blue Belt directly from Royce Gracie in 2006

-  Received Judo Black Belt in 2002

-  Level 1 Certified Instructor in Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association

Andy is a Navy veteran and has been a life-long resident of the MOV.  He is a dedicated student and instructor for the academy and has played an integral role in developing and leading the kids and adults jiu-jitsu programs.

Head Instructor Pekiti Tirsia Kali & JKD Concepts - Paul Clark

Warrior Tactical Systems LLC Owner and Chief Instructor

 

Paul Clark has been training and teaching in various martial arts since 1995, earning black belts and instructorships along the way.Paul has trained and cornered fighters for amateur mixed martial arts events and has fought in over fifty full contact stick and mixed weapons fights, achieving Warrior Member status, as well as an Instructorship from the Full Spectrum Combat Academy.

 

During his 10 years in Corrections, Paul helped design the Defensive Tactics program used by the West Virginia Division of Corrections.

 

- Black Belt under Leonard Rycerz (Society of the Arts Martial Arts and Survival Club)

- Black Belt under Carl Piper (Warbreed International Fighting Arts)

- Jeet Kune Do Concepts Instructor under John Davis (Full Spectrum Combat Academy)

-  NRA Pistol Instructor

- Utah Firearms Instructor

- First Aid/CPR Instructor – American Heart Association

- Defensive Tactics Master Instructor – WV DOC

- Mechanical Restraints Master Instructor – WV DOC

- Senior Firearms Instructor (Rifle, Shotgun, Pistol) – WV DOC

- CIDS (Correctional Integrated Defense System) Phase II Instructor – WV DOC

- Basic Corrections Communication Instructor – WV DOC

- Cell Extraction Instructor – WV DOC