In a video released on the Gracie Breakdown YouTube channel, Master Pedro Sauer appeared alongside Ryron and Rener Gracie to announce his partnership with the Gracie Academy. With over 40 years of experience under Rickson and Helio Gracie, Master Sauer runs one of the largest BJJ associations in the world. In the video, he shares his aspirations to address the lack of emphasis on self-defense and the absence of structured curriculums at BJJ schools around the world.
A merger between the Gracie Academy Certified Training Centers and the Pedro Sauer BJJ Association is very significant, since each organization is comprised of over 100 individual schools. Apparently, they will offer a uniform curriculum at all schools across the board, something that has never happened in BJJ on such scale.
The universal curriculum would be based on the existing Gracie Academy programs and would require existing Pedro Sauer instructors to complete the Gracie Academy Instructor Certification Program.
For those not familiar with the Gracie Academy curriculum, here are some newly released videos on each their proprietary programs.
Later in the video, Rener also announces the new “Master Sauer Seminar Series” on GracieUniversity.com. Currently, there are three Pedro Sauer available: Side Mount Escape Mastery, Guard Pass Mastery, and Submission Mastery. This is the first time Gracie University has offered an instructional courses not taught exclusively by Ryron and Rener, and could be a sign of things to come. Master Sauer Seminar Series