7 Days of Jiu-jitsu Training Camp in Brazil

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Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Camp Brazil

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Camp Brazil is organized by the Pedro Sauer Association to be held in Petropolis where participants will feel the most authentic jiu-jitsu experience. The Brazil camp is designed to help an individual regardless of age, gender, and or experience level; to improve, become more knowledgeable, and become a more accomplished grappler. At Pousada, you will have unlimited open mat time in their training facility plus two hours additional instructional training every day except for Sundays from Professor Sauer. You will also get a chance to train at places where famous jiu-jitsu players have trained like Gracie Petropolis, Gracie Humaita, and others.


  • Daily morning training session
  • Evening classes at various academies
  • Additional training sessions at Pousada Academy
  • Training with some of the best BJJ instructors in the world
  • Stay at the comfortable and inviting Pousada Mata Atlantica
  • All custom-catered meals included
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • Intermediate

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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Students will stay at the Pousada Mata Atlantica dos Sauer - a Brazilian Bed & Breakfast (Pousada) resort owned by Master Sauer family with location in the mountains of Brazil just outside of Rio de Janeiro. Just 3 km from Petrópolis centre, Pousada Mata Atlantica dos Sauer offers an outdoor swimming pool and free Wi-Fi. A supermarket is conveniently located nearby. All rooms at Mata Atlantica Pousada are equipped with heating, a TV and a fan. They are simply styled and provide a closet and a private bathroom.

Joining Pedro Sauer BJJ Camp Brazil, you will be able to train with some of the world's best instructors in BJJ. The training will be quite intense, with daily training and evening classes. In addition, you can also enjoy 2-hour instructed training daily session, and unlimited access to the training facilities at the Pousada Mata Atlantica.

Here is the list of available training sessions:

Daily morning training sessions with host instructor,

Additional daily training at Pousada Academy and or Gracie Petropolis (instructors TBD)

1 evening class at Gracie Humaitá (Rio)

Evening classes at various Petropolis Academies

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a Grappling Martial Art which specializes in ground fighting techniques. The Aim is to control the opponent and eventually use a Submission technique to render him unconscious or attack joints. Of course this is trained in a friendly and respectful manner without any danger.


Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is a martial art, combat sport, and a self-defense system that focuses on grappling and especially ground fighting. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu was formed from early 20th century Kodokan Judo ground fighting (Ne-Waza) fundamentals that were taught to Carlos Gracie by master Mitsuyo Maeda. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu eventually came to be its own art through the experiments, practices, and adaptation from the Judo knowledge of Carlos and Hélio Gracie, who then passed their knowledge on to their extended family.

BJJ promotes the concept that a smaller, weaker person can successfully defend against a bigger, stronger assailant by using leverage and proper technique, taking the fight to the ground, most notably by applying joint-locks and choke holds to defeat the other person. BJJ training can be used for sport grappling tournaments (gi and no-gi) and mixed martial arts (MMA) competition or self-defense.

Sparring (commonly referred to as “rolling”) and live drilling play a major role in training, and a premium is placed on performance, especially in competition, in relation to progress and ascension through its ranking system. Since its inception in 1882, its parent art of Judo was separated from older systems of Japanese ju-jitsu by an important difference that was passed on to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: it is not solely a martial art: it is also a sport; a method for promoting physical fitness and building character in young people; and, ultimately, a way (Do) of life.

Style of fighting

Upholding the premise that most of the advantage of a larger, stronger opponent comes from superior reach and more powerful strikes, both of which are mitigated when grappling on the ground, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu emphasizes getting an opponent to the ground in order to utilize ground fighting techniques and submission holds involving joint-locks and chokeholds. A more precise way of describing this would be to say that on the ground, physical strength can be offset or enhanced by an experienced grappler who knows how to maximize force using mechanical advantage instead of pure physical strength.

BJJ permits a wide variety of techniques to take the fight to the ground after taking a grip. While other combat sports, such as Judo and Wrestling almost always use a take down to bring an opponent to the ground, in BJJ one option is to “pull guard.” This entails obtaining some grip on the opponent and then bringing the fight or match onto the mat by sitting straight down or by jumping and wrapping the legs around the opponent. Once the opponent is on the ground, a number of maneuvers (and counter-maneuvers) are available to manipulate the opponent into a suitable position for the application of a submission technique.

Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the BJJ style, and includes effective use of the guard (a signature position of BJJ) position to defend oneself from bottom (using both submissions and sweeps, with sweeps leading to the possibility of dominant position or an opportunity to pass the guard), and passing the guard to dominate from top position with side control, mount, and back mount positions. This system of maneuvering and manipulation can be likened to a form of kinetic chess when utilized by two experienced practitioners.

A submission hold is the equivalent of checkmate in the sport, reflecting a disadvantage which would be extremely difficult to overcome in a fight (like a dislocated joint or unconsciousness). Renzo Gracie wrote in his book Mastering Jiu-jitsu: ‘The classical jujutsu of old Japan appeared to have no common strategy to guide a combatant over the course of a fight. Indeed, this was one of Kano’s most fundamental and perceptive criticisms of the classical program.’ Maeda not only taught the art of judo to Carlos Gracie, but also taught a particular philosophy about the nature of combat developed by Kano.

And then, further refined by Maeda based on his worldwide travels competing against fighters skilled in a wide variety of martial arts. The book details Maeda’s theory as arguing that physical combat could be broken down into distinct phases, such as the striking phase, the grappling phase, the ground phase, etc. Thus, it was a smart fighter’s task to keep the fight located in the phase of combat that best suited to his own strengths. Renzo Gracie stated that this was a fundamental influence on the Gracie approach to combat; these strategies were further developed over time by the Gracie’s and others, and became prominent in contemporary MMA.

Benefits of BJJ

  • Ground Fighting Techniques
  • Submissions
  • Escaping
  • Takedown Awareness
  • Pedro Sauer

    He is one of the most highly sought after instructors in the U.S. (of any martial discipline) and has presented hundreds of public seminars around the nation. In 2005, Pedro Sauer was named “Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Instructor” in a worldwide poll conducted by the Abu Dhabi Combat Club (ADCC) website.


Petrópolis, also known as The Imperial City of Brazil, is a municipality in the state of Rio de Janeiro, at a distance of 68 km from the city of Rio de Janeiro. Nestled among the forested hills of the Serra dos Órgãos, in the valley of the Quitandinha and Piabanha rivers, Petrópolis is a popular winter holiday spot. Besides the climate and surroundings, the main attraction is the former Summer Palace of the second Brazilian emperor, which is now the Imperial Museum, specializing in Imperial history and memorabilia.

Petrópolis is home to the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing, a research unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the Brazilian Federal Government.

  • Gym
  • Hiking nearby
  • Mountain biking nearby
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Shopping nearby
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Shop nearby
  • Wireless internet

Food is included in the price. Students will be provided with 3 meals a day at the Pousada Mata Atlantica dos Sauer. However, alcoholic beverages and food outside of the Pousada are not included.

Enjoy water sports and ecological tour

Explore the city of Petropolis

Go sightseeing


Swim in the outdoor swimming pool

  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Additional 2-hour instructional training
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Daily morning training
  • Evening classes
  • Food during the whole training period
  • Airfare tickets
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Food outside of the Pousada
  • Individual sightseeing trips
  • Laundry Service
  • Tourist attractions tickets
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Arrive at Rio de Janeiro-Galeão International Airport (GIG) and you will be picked up on arrival.


  • Rio de Janeiro, 68km
For information about the booking conditions, please send Pedro Sauer BJJ Camp Brazil an inquiry.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The Brazilian Jiu-jitsu Camp is organized by the Pedro Sauer Association to be held in Petropolis where participants will have authentic BJJ experience.

Speaks English

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7 days / 6 nights


Arrival: Monday July 24, 2017
Departure: Sunday July 30, 2017

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