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Structured Learning

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu is for everyone, but only if taught correctly. While most BJJ schools have taken a “one-size-fits-all” approach to teaching the art, we have gone to great lengths to create specific programs for each demographic: Jiu-Jitsu Kids (ages 5-12), Women’s Self-defense for the ladies, Street Ready Gracie Jiu-Jitsu for beginner adults, and the Fundamentals Class for advanced practitioners. Each program adheres to a set curriculum, so students know exactly what they will learn before they come to class. Every student is issued an attendance card on which we track daily progress, so they can see how much you’ve accomplished and exactly what it will take to move on to the next level. In a martial art where confusion and frustration are extremely common, we’ve gone to great lengths to ensure that you will enjoy the highly-structured and encouraging approach only found at a certified Gracie Jiu-jitsu center.

Safe Training Environment

At our school, safety is the number one priority. In far too many BJJ schools, the classes are structured to meet the needs of the most elite students. If you are a beginner student, you are expected to serve as a “grappling dummy” for those above you. The thought process is, if you avoid injury, and stick around long enough, you will eventually figure it out. At our school we take the opposite approach. Firstly, there is no competitive sparring in our beginner programs. As a result, you will have a chance to learn all the beginner techniques in a fully-cooperative environment, with like-minded training partners. Once you move on to the advanced program, and you begin sparring, you will have the benefit of working with training partners, of every skill level, who are working with you rather than against you. This culture of collaboration and mutual benefit is extremely rare in jiu-jitsu, and we go to great lengths to make sure it is upheld.

Certified Instruction

Gracie Jiu-jitsu, or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu (BJJ) as it’s commonly called, is one of the fastest growing martial arts on the planet, but the success of your jiu-jitsu journey will rely heavily on the culture of the school you attend and instructional methods utilized by your teachers. We are very proud to inform you that all of our certified instructors have undergone extensive training to ensure that you are provided with the best possible learning environment on your path to jiu-jitsu mastery.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Mukilteo has a proud lineage and Affiliation with the Pedro Sauer Association. We are the ONLY certified training center in the Mukilteo area. Affiliation means that the rank you receive is recognized and backed by Master Pedro Sauer which places you directly in the Gracie Jiu‐Jitsu lineage.

The Pedro Sauer Brazilian 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. Professor Sauer is regarded by many to be one of the most technical Jiu‐Jitsu instructors in the world.

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In this program, you will learn over 100 of the core techniques of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu that will prepare you for a real street confrontation in a fun, safe, and cooperative environment. This innovative teaching method, adapted into ...

Kids Classes

Jiu-Jitsu Kids is a confidence and character development program for children (ages 5-12) that focuses on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of our children. Our curriculum integrates physical education and...

Women's Self Defense

Women’s Self-defense is our official self-defense program for women designed to prepare women for real life-threatening situations. We will provide you with the physical and...

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Master Pedro Sauer

Master Pedro Sauer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where he began training jiu-jitsu at the age of 15 alongside his friend Rickson Gracie and the other Gracie bothers in the garage Grandmaster Helio Gracie. From his first encounter with Gracie Jiu Jitsu he was convinced that it was the most effective martial art ever created. Master Sauer received his black belt from Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie in 1985. He is one of only 16 black belts awarded by Grandmaster Helio Gracie.

In 1990, Master Sauer moved to California with the Gracie brothers as part of the first Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors in the United States, and was only one of two Gracie Jiu-Jitsu instructors that were not part of the Gracie family. Shortly after coming to California, he moved to Utah where he continued to make his mark in the jiu-jitsu world by teaching, and formed the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association. He remained in Utah for many years and grew his association to one of the oldest, largest, and most respected Associations in the world in which he 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.

In 2006, Master Sauer moved again, this time to Herndon, Virginia, where he opened One Spirit Martial Arts Academy and set up the world headquarters for his Association. He is currently an eighth degree black belt which he received from Grandmaster Helio Gracie and Master Rickson Gracie and travels the world teaching workshops and seminars. Master Sauer is well-known as one of the best jiu-jitsu instructors in the world.

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Mukilteo is a proud affiliate and member of the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Meet the Coach
André Lannertone

André is a lifelong and talented martial artist that has been training for over 50 years! Committed to sharing his knowledge and passion, André is an integral part of the academy. Through his "have fun while you learn" approach, he offers self-defense instruction to children and adults, making martial arts accessible to all.

André has training in numerous styles of martial arts that he brings to the academy.

  • Purple belt in Jiu Jitsu under Nicholas Nix
  • Gracie Survival Tactics Level 1 certification
  • 5th Degree Master in Kenpo
  • Japanese Jujitsu and 1991 AAU National Champion
  • Kickboxing
  • Aikido
  • Wing Chun Do

Join André at and experience his passion for martial arts and commitment to self-defense instruction!

3rd Degree Black Belt
Nicholas Nix

Nicholas is a 3rd Degree Black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer. He is an accomplished martial artist and has been training for over 30 years. He is known for his technical, efficient, and holistic approach to teaching and training that focuses both on self-defense and sport application. He believes in creating a welcoming environment for everyone to learn and grow.

He has trained in several styles of grappling and other martial arts that he brings to his curriculum.

  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Pedro Sauer (8th)
  • 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kodokan Judo under Ono Norimichi (7th)
  • Master (2nd level) of Sambo under Alexander and Mikhail Ivanov (Masters 2nd level)
  • Folkstyle, NCAA, and Greco Wrestling under Kristopher Williams (D1)
  • 3rd Degree in Kyokushin Karate under Nobuaki Kanazawa
  • 3rd Degree in Enshin Ryu under Masaharu Sakimukai
  • 4th Degree in Kendo and Iaido under Andrew Yi

Nicholas looks forward to seeing you on the mats!

Women’s self-defense instructor
Cassandra Rios

Cassandra is a blue belt under Nicholas and one of the lead instructors of the women’s self-defense program at the academy. Cassandra began training in Jiu Jitsu in 2019, and since then has devoted herself to honing her skills and empowering women through Jiu Jitsu.

Cassandra’s commitment to excellence and her desire to empower women to define themselves are evident in every session and with her patient instruction she is a great resource for any questions you might have concerning women’s technique or fundamentals curriculum questions.

Cassandra looks forward to helping you on your journey!

Women’s self-defense instructor
Casey Nix

Casey is a blue belt under Nicholas and one of the lead instructors of the women’s self-defense program at the academy. Casey began training in Jiu Jitsu in 2020, and realizing her passion for Jiu Jitsu she has committed herself to refining her skills and empowering women to be able to defend themselves since.

Casey brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to her classes and with her supportive approach she is a great resource for any questions you might have concerning women’s technique or fundamentals curriculum questions.

She Looks forward to seeing you in class!

Youth programs instructor
Luc Lannertone

Luc is a blue belt under Nicholas and the lead instructor of our children’s programs. Luc started training in 2011 and has a drive to cultivate unshakeable confidence and empower children with the essential life skills to navigate challenges both on and off the mat.

With a passion for martial arts instilled in him from his childhood from Andre (his father!), Luc brings a rich and well-rounded background including striking and high school wrestling to his Jiu Jitsu. He has a keen eye for detail in any technique and is always considered a valued training partner.

Luc looks forward to helping you on your Jiu Jitsu journey!

Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between Jiu-jitsu and every other martial art?

Jiu-jitsu is designed to empower the weak against the strong and there are no physical prerequisites to get started. Literally ANYONE can learn jiu-jitsu especially when taught the Gracie way!

What if I don’t have any previous experience?

No problem! Our beginner programs are specifically designed, from a structure and a safety perspective, for first-time jiu-jitsu practitioners, which is why we have the most successful jiu-jitsu schools in the world.

Do I need to be in shape before I start?

No, we love you exactly how you are. You don't get in shape to learn jiu-jitsu, you do jiu-jitsu to get in shape!

What should I wear?

Just show up in comfortable workout attire and we'll provide everything you need. No special training equipment or protective gear is required.

Do I need to bow or call someone Sensei?

No, we operate on a first-name basis and a handshake.

Can I bring a water bottle, and where can I store it?

Yes, you can bring a water bottle and store it near the edge of the mat.

Who will I practice with?

As a first-time student, we will pair you up with a slightly more experienced student who can answer your questions and help guide your learning throughout the class.

Will I get injured or embarrassed?

If you get injured or embarrassed you won't come back. Everything about our beginner programs was specifically designed to make the classes as safe and encouraging for new students as possible.

Can I bring a friend to class?

Yes. Referrals are our number one source of business. Jiu-Jitsu is so fun and addictive that people can't help but talk about it to their friends. Feel free to bring a friend to any beginner class you attend!

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