My Membership in the Pedro Sauer Assoc.

pedro-sauer-membership-card You might remember on 22-JUL-2010 I posted “Under The Table Belt Promotions in BJJ”.  In that post I talked about paying the $50 membership fee.  I did that on that very day.  Today, 05-OCT-2010 my membership packet arrived.  It took 2 1/2 months.  It came with the card I show here and two patches as pictured on the card.  Here is the letter:

“Hello Jason,

Thank you for your recent membership in the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association.  You will find in this welcome kit your personal ID card with your assigned association ID number.

This number is very important for future use in the Association in order to build your training history, track your progress, and increase your chances for merchandise discounts and free rewards.  When ordering from our online store, please be sure to include your ID number in the appropriate field.

We are very excited about the initiatives in development for the Association.  they will allow us to continue to be one of the premier Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu associations in the world.

Again, thank you for your membership.  You can stay up to date on Association news by visiting us online at our website

Master Pedro Sauer
8th Degree Gracie Red/Black Belt

Mike Horihan
Association Director, PSBJJA, LLC.”

The letter wasn’t signed.  I corresponded with Mike through e-mail a couple of times asking, as time went by, when my welcome kit would come.  The website said two weeks.  Mike was very responsive and blamed the delay on software problems.  Being a software developer I could understand that but I began to think the problem was there wasn’t software.

When the packet arrived and as a software developer I realized the simplicity of what they delivered, a form letter and easy print badge.  I lost faith in their statement “build your training history, track your progress”.  If it was this difficult to do these things then it would be near impossible for them to do the others.

What ever the case, I’m as legit as I can get now.  Its time to ask about my blue belt certificate.

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BJJ Hip Switch and Leg Pinch Sweep Technique

Hip Switch – Side Control to Mount


Leg Pinch Sweep

I don’t do well at describing.  I tend to stick with visual representations.  Here are two techniques we went over in class Tuesday.  I was bummed up and couldn’t participate so I took video.

The Hip Switch – Side Control to Mount reminds me a lot of the usefulness of Over-Under technique that was shown in two of my last posts “Over-Under Hip Throw” and “North South Arm Bar”.  I’m noticing that having a Over-Under setup leads to many different techniques.  As I’m typing this I just realized that the Butterfly Sweep we learned at the open house uses it too.  I especially like the Hip Switch technique because once you have it you have all the time in the world to work for the mount.  As Mark demonstrates you can’t upa out of it.

The Leg Pinch is a classic and can be found on page 190 of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: Theory and Technique (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu series) by Renzo Gracie.  If you don’t have this book and are starting out in BJJ or need to review this is the book to have.  I have documented most of the techniques for testing in my posts ”Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blue Belt Test Pedro Sauer” and “Pedro Sauer Purple Belt Test”.  I add more as I learn them and find them in the book.

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