Monday, Friday, Wednesday 6:50pm - 7:40pm
AMAC Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Instructors:Sifu Alan BakerIris MathewsTodd WilliamsChris BenfieldLuke Kennison
Gracie (Brazilian) Jiu‐Jitsu (BJJ) is a highly effective self‐defense system of ground fighting. It is designed to allow a smaller, weaker person to defend his or her self in a real world situation that goes to the ground. Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu does this by the detailed study of correct body mechanics, timing and placement. This is good for you the student because the methods are not based one strength or speed so the skills will not fade as will strength and speed. This is also in line with the self‐defense mindset of Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu meaning you training should prepare you for a street encounter where you don’t get to choose what weight class you will be fighting in.
The self defense mind set is important because statistics say 90 to 95% of all violent attacks and street fights end up on the ground, where Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu’s techniques are most effective. Unlike most sport biased Jiu‐Jitsu GJJ not only studies grappling but also teaches the student how to deal with the opponent that tries to strike you in each position and how to effectively deal with it.
The physical benefits of training are incredible for the student. Most students experience a physical change in their bodies within 30 days of beginning their training. Students will lose weight and become more lean, gain useable strength, become more flexible and loosen the body. Many students experience lower levels of stress which leads to higher levels of day to day energy.
The focus on real‐world self defense is what separates Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu from other Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu systems that are more sport based. If personal protection and physical fitness is your goal, Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu has an effective answer that will work for you.
Founded by Grandmaster Helio Gracie, who at 135 pounds altered the techniques of traditional Jiu‐Jitsu to depend more on leverage and mechanical advantage over strength and speed. AMAC’s Jiu‐Jitsu program will teach you to use take downs, hold downs, joint locks, strikes and chokes, to control and submit your opponent.
Training In Jiu‐Jitsu
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 Strikeing, 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 strength instead of pure physical strength.
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 or strikeing. Achieving a dominant position on the ground is one of the hallmarks of the 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 (such as a dislocated joint or unconsciousness).
Certified Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu Instruction
The Atlanta Martial Arts Center is a proud lineage affiliate of the Pedro Sauer Jiu‐Jitsu Association we are the ONLY certified Pedro Sauer training center in the area (Woodstock, Acworth, Townelake, Canton). Affiliation means that the rank you receive is recognized and backed by Master Pedro Sauer which places you in the Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu lineage.
The Pedro Sauer Jiu‐Jitsu Association was founded by Master Pedro Sauer, 8th degree black belt under Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Rickson Gracie. He was the first black belt awarded from Grandmaster Helio who was not named Gracie. In the year of 2000, Pedro received the Abu Dahbi Combat Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu Instructor of the year. Professor Sauer is regarded by many to be one of the most technical Jiu‐Jitsu instructors anywhere.
The Atlanta Martial Arts Center's founder Sifu Alan Baker is a Gracie Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu 1st degree black belt under Master Pedro Sauer and is one of only five certified affiliate instructors in the state of Georgia. AMAC Is also the regional training center. Due to our convenient location AMAC has students from Woodstock, Townelake, Canton, Marietta, Roswell and Acworth GA.
Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu at AMAC
Gracie Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu also includes training in standing self defense against punching, kicking, grabs and holds as well as various weapons like the gun and knife. In addition to self‐defense, it is an incredible physical workout that will increase your strength and flexibility as it gets you in great shape.
Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu at AMAC is easy to learn and safe. We go out of our way to maintain a mature, safe training environment to avoid any injury. The classes are taught in an organized, professional manner by trained instructors. We are a School, NOT a gym! We have the best educational process in the area. Our curriculum is designed to educate you in Jiu‐Jitsu, not just allow you access to the classes and have you figure it out on your own. We follow a very detailed and organized curriculum that has a clear path to your goal, We understand your time is very valuable and you want to get the most out of your training.
Jiu‐Jitsu is also a fantastic method to improve your physical fitness as you learn an effective and proven self defense. The average student looses 10‐15 pounds of body fat in the first 3 months of training. It improves your overall strength, endurance and flexibility. the Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu lifestyle will improve you on multiple levels and the benefits that you will gain will stay with you throughout the rest of your life.
Master Pedro Sauer
In 1990, Pedro Sauer moved to California to help the Gracie family introduce Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu to the United States. He had grown up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. As a young man Pedro had trained in several martial arts, but when he was 15 years old, his good friend Rickson Gracie invited him to train at the Gracie Academy. His first encounter with Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu convinced him that it was the most effective martial art ever created. Years later, in 1985, he was awarded a black belt under Master Rickson Gracie and Grandmaster Helio Gracie.
Shortly after moving to the United States, Master Pedro Sauer moved to Utah and began teaching as one of only two Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu instructors that were not part of the Gracie family. Master Pedro Sauer quickly became known for his kindness, meticulous approach, and eye for Technical detail in his Jiu‐Jitsu.
Over the years his name has become synonymous with fluidity and technical precision. He is frequently mentioned on television and featured in martial arts magazines. On May 17, 2005, Pedro Sauer was voted "Best of the Best Brazilian Jiu‐Jitsu Instructor" in a worldwide poll.
He is currently an eighth degree black belt under Master RIckson Gracie and Grandmaster Helio Gracie. It is an honor for the Atlanta Martial Arts Center to be certified affiliated with Master Sauer.
AMAC’s Chief instructor Alan Baker is second generation instructor under Master Pedro Sauer.