Who deserves to make the cover of GRACIEMAG? Vote here!

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The 2011 Jiu-Jitsu season has hardly started and stars in the making are already popping up. Besides them, scores of established stars are already in the pantheon of great grapplers. But, between us, a gi-clad star (and MMA star, why not?) is only truly crowned when he makes the cover of GRACIEMAG.

So, to you, who has cut the mustard in making the front page of the magazine most revered by Jiu-Jitsu fans? Vote below and, if possible, offer a brief justification of your choice. Remember, dreams may come true. . .

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  1. Stacy at 5:18 pm

    gotta go with Fabricio Werdum….

    he won his division at ADCC Barcelona and submitted the previously undefeated fedor who spent a long time in the guard of nogueira when he fought him and was never truly close to being submitted.

  2. David Corrigan at 5:57 pm

    Felipe Costa! Not only has Felipe been an extremely successful BJJ competitor, but he teaches thousands of students around the world. There are many world champions out there but not many of them can teach at the caliber of this one. Through his “Personal Training Programs (PTP)”, “BJJ CAMP”, and “Black Belt Experience,” Felipe offers many options for GracieMag readers all over the world to learn the art they love from one of the best teachers out there.

    Felipe has one of the most unique stories in the world of BJJ because unlike many world champions, Felipe wasn’t always good. In fact, he used to suck! 🙂 He did not start to win tournaments until he was already a Black Belt. Most of the World Champs that I have seen were winning their divisions at Blue, Purple, Brown and Black! His story can be seen in his unbelievable documentary, and through his very popular YouTube Show, “Felipe Costa 30+”.

    I am a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and have known Felipe since 2006. No one deserves to be on the cover more than he! I would like to see GracieMag share this inspiring story to their readers.

  3. Yohance Moore at 10:17 pm

    Hannette Staack

    3x ADCC champion
    6x World BJJ champion
    3x Brazilian national champion (2x absolute champion)
    World no-gi champion
    Head Assistant instructor Brazil-021 school (chicago)

    Those accomplishments earn my vote.

  4. Fernando Filho at 11:22 pm

    I make David’s words mine. I could’ve not said anything better than he did, so my vote also goes to FELIPE COSTA!!!

  5. Curt West at 2:11 am

    Felipe Costa!!! Not everyone is born a “prodigy.” His story is a wonderful example of hard work and dedication!

  6. Bodhi at 1:14 pm

    Terere, for his amazing recovery and impending comeback. He’s all over EU and is working hard in training and teaching seminars. This is the year of the comeback and I vote for one of the most dominant fighters in competitive jiu jitsu history.

  7. LeRoy Gordon at 7:12 pm

    Hannette Staack deserves to be on the cover of Graciemag.Countless championships on the highest level of competition in Bjj and she also recently co-founded the fast growing Brazil-021. Her list of accomplishments have helped pave the way for female practitioners all over the world. Her resume is at least as impressive, if not more impressive then many of the top men in the game. She will no doubt impress this year as she returns to the competitive scene. It’s time she becomes cemented in BJJ history as one of the few women to grace the Graciemag cover.

  8. Mac Rincon at 7:43 pm

    Here is my top 3 list of jiu jitsu fighters that deserve the cover spot:
    1. Renzo Gracie – Genius! Need I say more?
    2. Ramon Lemos – He’s building a great team at Atos Jiu Jitsu
    3. Felipe Costa – Inspiration to everyone

  9. gwendelynkay at 8:11 pm

    A true BJJ Champion Hannette Staack!!!!!! Everyone wants to jump on the MMA bandwagon these days and yet Hannette Staack has stayed true with what she believes in and thats her Brazilion Jiu Jitsu. If I recall correctly isn’t that why the Gracie’s left the UFC in the first place? Gracie Mag should be honored to have such a committed person/ women on the cover.

  10. Chris fradelos at 10:53 pm

    The original TT crew, the formation of that team planted the seeds of jits as we know it today.
    The dissolution of that team allowed those seeds to grow out of control but to world jiu jitsu’ s benefit!

    Galvao, cobrinha, mendes & langhi bros, and of course telles & terere oh my!!

    All that talent just couldn’t be bottled up and capped in Sao Paulo!

    Maybe a cover like “where are they now” or TT-jiu-jitsu’s harbinger of things to come….

    just a thought!

  11. Matt Brummett at 12:08 am

    Felipe Costa for sure! To accomplish as much as Felipe has on a consistant basis with humility, professionalism, and always present enthusiasm is amazing. A multiple time world champion who is VERY technical. Through Feliipe’s endeavors to bring the teachings of BJJ to the world, many, many people are experiencing a wonderful, technical teacher. Felipe is doing a great job promoting the art and is perfect ambassador.

    Felipe for the Gracie Mag cover!!!

  12. Simon Bunyan at 3:23 am

    I think Hannette Staack deserves to be on the cover of Graciemag. She has competed at top level competitions and has come out on top many, many times. She stays true to the ways of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and is also one of the best teachers.

  13. Cachorrinho at 5:39 am

    COBRINHA – Does this need any justification?!
    MICHAEL LANGHI – He’s unstoppable, so the GracieMag cover shouldn’t try to stop him either!

  14. Bruce Corrigan at 10:09 am

    I have two nominees:

    First, Pedro Brandao Lacerda. Find me anyone who has spread the effective aspects of Jiu Jitsu for actual combative use as Pedro did. He didn’t just talk it, he lived it. And…not only did he live it; he lived it in such a manner that he and his Jiu Jitsu is now a legend in the U.S. Military. Many can design “combatives programs,” but few can say they engaged in life and death combat on a daily basis. From the first day he spoke to me about a career in the on the day I swore him into the Army, and when I pinned on his Ranger tab; I knew he would far surpass the accomplishments of most.

    Second, Felipe Costa. Felipe is the most active embassador and “diplomat of Jiu Jitsu there is. He has, and still continues to visit numerous countries to spread the Jiu Jitsu Lifestyle. He is without ego, and has brought literally hundreds into training. In addition, he backs up his skill by demonstrating the results of hard work and dedication through his many world level tournament wins. An interview with Felipe would not only yield very interesting tales of Jiu Jitsu, but also EXTREMELY interesting tales of his exploits as a continuous world traveler.

  15. Phillip at 11:30 pm

    I too say Hannette Staack who is the most underrated female competitor of all time. We always hear about Kyra and the such but Hannettte needs her praise and accolades. Also the first great female champion, Leka Vieira, needs to grace the cover. Maybe a then and now female champion cover.

  16. Brandon at 1:29 pm

    I agree with David, Felipe Costa. I also like the idea of TT since Terere is gearing up for his return to the worlds.

  17. ryan aka the hebrew hammer shaw at 1:45 pm

    Felipe costa hands down!!! His story about how he got to where he is today is a true insperation

  18. Daniel Garcia Carranco at 1:55 pm

    DEFINITELY FELIPE COSTA!!! I am just finishing with my training in Rio de Janeiro with him (BBB Experience) and I could not be happier with what he taught me. Looking forward to train with him again.

  19. Larry Gentry at 2:23 pm

    Pedro Sauer, he is the only person trained by Helio Gracie that still teaches in a regular class setting. (Helio Gracie’s kids teach only seminars now) The man is on the mat 6-7 days a week, he teaches very technical Gracie Jiu Jitsu and brings honor and respect to Jiu Jitsu and the Gracie name.

  20. John at 3:06 pm

    Felipe Costa, the guy is inspirational! When I start thinking of giving up I read up on Felipe and it inspires me to keep training.

  21. Halldór Sveinsson at 3:06 pm

    Pedro Sauer no question. The most technical jiu jitsu instructor there is next to Rickson Gracie. His way of teaching is not only making your jiu jitsu better but also making you better as a person.

  22. Ray Griffin at 4:41 pm

    Pedro Sauer- he has tirelessly spread the good word of Gracie Jiu Jitsu all over the world and everywhere he goes he changes lives.

  23. Chuva at 4:44 pm

    Felipe Costa is a true champion and a humble master of the art one of the best instructors around with many details. He is socially aware with his programs for blind kids…
    He managed to climb up from ground to the top by dedication and technique alone never giving up… He should be on cover just to show people that it can be done without any substance abuse.

  24. matt at 5:23 pm

    1. Roger Gracie – best grappler in the world. Ever.
    2. Lagarto – is an amazing teacher, nicest guy ever and has overcome alot in his life but remains a dominant BJJ player

  25. Rafael at 5:35 pm

    Hannette Staack deserves her time to be credited. What will it
    take for the magazines like GRACIEMAG dedicated to Jiujitsu to acknowledge her as a true pioneer for women and Jijitsu.
    Make your magazine standout…..put Hannette Staack on your cover!

  26. SK at 5:35 pm

    2 words..Hannette Staack.

    Not only one of the greatest female athletes of our generation.
    Not only one of the nicest, kindest people you will ever meet.
    Not only one of the best professors of any subject.
    But she is also the perpetrator of one of the greatest flying armbars in competition that I have ever seen.

  27. gunther dittrich tome at 6:41 pm

    felipe costa …no solo por que enseña a mucha gente si no como persona unaas ded las mejores que he conocido

  28. Rodrigo at 6:58 pm

    Postulo a Felipe Costa, por su dedicación y desempeño no solo como competidor y por ser un campeon mundial reconocido, si no por su labor de enseñanza creando espacios y experiencias de aprendizaje significativas. Su experiencia personal dentro del deporte es realmente motivadora, el trabajo social, la promoción y difusión del jiujitsu que lleva acabo es realmente completa y honesta. En México es un maestro muy apreciado por su calidad técnica y humana. Creo que que podemos encontrar muchos campeones mundiales y/0 muchos buenos competidores y/o maestros, pero felipe en mi experiencia es un ejemplo muy completo sobre los valores, la significancia y del alcance del jiu jitsu a diferencia de cualquier otro deporte!


  29. Johann Eyvindsson at 7:03 pm

    Pedro Sauer. A true living example of the Gracie Legacy. Nicest person on the planet and by far one of the best instructors in the world. He knows his stuff and got fed by Helio and his sons from day one.

  30. Páll Arnar at 7:50 pm

    Pedro Sauer.

    A truly inspirational teacher who has dedicated his life to teaching the true Gracie Jiu-Jitsu to his students from around the world.

  31. Kristin Mikkelson at 8:17 pm

    The cover should definitely go to Hannette Staack. She has won numerous titles, national and international, and is coming back this month to win more. Her fierceness, agility, and technical accuracy during a match is not only a beautiful execution of the art of Jiu-Jitsu, but a learning experience for anyone watching. As a student of hers, she constantly inspires me to make myself better on the mat and train harder. I’m not the only one; she serves as a role model to both female and male martial artists across to globe. Hannette has rightfully earned the honor of owning the cover of GracieMag (she’s been in the pages several times!). GracieMag would be doing its subscribers a favor by showing her on the cover, introducing those who have not seen her to someone who they can truly learn from in the art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

  32. Priscila at 8:31 pm

    Felipe Costa! He’s an excelent teacher, champion, and for sure the readers of the magazine will love to hear from him

  33. Rafael Arenas at 9:25 pm

    Felipe Costa. Hes not just a BJJ Black Belt, but a great person and teacher, and he’s always looking for BJJ to grow up, and always includes the humanistic side. Keeping Jiu Jitsu in it’s most natural and effective way. The real Jiu Jitsu lifestyle.

  34. Chris fradelos at 9:28 pm

    got another one….

    put on the cover some of the phenoms that made it to black belt exceptionally fast like BJ Penn, Demian Maia, Mike Fowler, etc.

    Maybe even throw in exceptional cases too like Fredson Paixao & Sergio Penha, who both are famous of course because they both were promoted to black belt right from purple, that would be a cool cover!!

  35. Melody Cheung at 9:28 pm

    Hannette Staack no doubt has a long list of accomplishments as a successful world-class competitor, well known for her triumphs on the mat. In addition to that, she also carries with her an inspiring personal story, leaving her native Brazil and launching a school with Andre “Negao” Terencio in their adopted city of Chicago. Her professional success coupled with her personal warmth and tremendous talent as a teacher has attracted a new generation of female BJJ students and competitors in a country where women BJJ practitioners are far and few. She brings a great deal of intensity and grace to the sport.

  36. sean sharp at 10:26 pm

    without a doubt. Master Pedro Sauer should grace the cover of your awsome magazine!!! He has been with the gracie family spreading bjj for almost forty years. He is a true technition & ambasador for our wonderful martial art!!!

  37. Blayne Barlow at 12:41 am

    I agree with a lot of people here. Felipe Costa. Not only is he still active in the adult divisions(being 30+) he is also a very good representative of what a Jiu-Jitsu Master should be. For one, he does not drink, do drugs, and he especially won’t be seen using Performance enhancers(steroids, etc..). He travels around the world maybe more often than anyone promoting the art we all love. He is so friendly and nice to everyone who meets him. He is one of the only guys to get a world title after never getting a major title in any of the lower belts, His story is amazing. I think his greatest quality though, He teaches Jiu-Jitsu to a group of Visually impaired students in Rio. This alone makes him deserving, but there is so much more to who felipe is as a person.

    I have known him since 2007. He has been a great friend to my family, and I am always inspired by what he does, and the positivity he brings through his words and actions.

    Blayne Barlow

  38. james wright at 1:13 am

    Hannette Staack, who else to inspire the next generation of female competitors? She is one of my hero’s, only Roger has credentials like her. SHe was winning world championships when she was in a combined purple/brown/black female division as a purple. just incredible, everyone should know her story and know who she is. Especially in a ADCC year when she will be defending her title again!!!

  39. Jane at 8:33 am

    Hannette Staack

    3x ADCC champion
    6x World BJJ champion
    3x Brazilian national champion (2x absolute champion)
    World no-gi champion
    Head Assistant instructor Brazil-021 school (chicago)

    Best female fighter!!!

  40. Elizabeth Gentry at 9:07 am

    Pedro Sauer – he creates a wonderful learning environment, facilitates personal growth and the love of BJJ to all he teaches. An inspiration!

  41. hlias mpatsinilas at 12:18 pm

    felipe costa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!amazing fighter,excellent instructor,great jiujitsu pioneer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Dustin R. at 12:30 pm

    Felipe Costa! Not only is he an amazing athlete, he is a very proficient teacher. I think he does alot for our sport, and deserves the recognition.

  43. Steve Wells at 1:13 pm

    My vote is for Felipe Costa. Not only is he a phenomenal world-champion caliber BJJ player, but he’s also humble, easy going, and a great teacher. His work with blind BJJ students alone is enough to earn him the cover, on top of all the countless medals, honors, and other victories in his own career.

  44. Marcelo da Silva at 1:24 pm

    I have to agree with many, Felipe Costa. He is an inspirational guy…someone to really look up to. The best thing about him is that he sees potential in EVERYONE. BJJ is for EVERYONE. His work with a group of blind BJJ students shows us all that he is able to see that no matter what our personal handicap is, we can excel. No matter how unfair it is, it’s hard to find a willing instructor if you’re handicapped in some way because it takes too much of their time and they can’t see that potential. I speak from experience. Felipe sees potential in everyone and makes no assumptions about your abilities and his group of blind students not only play BJJ well, they dominate! Felipe spreads his love of BJJ around the world to EVERYONE, and that’s important to the sport, people!

  45. Iain9876 at 1:26 pm

    Professor Rick Young!
    A great all round martial artist and excellent BJJ player. Particularly because he had to travel all over the world to learn and selflessly teaches the art onto his students!

  46. Julio basas at 1:26 pm

    Pedro Sauer because he is so technical. He teaches with the same mindset that grand master Helio Gracie taught. He is still old school and I have had the blessing to go to a seminar with him and I was very impressed with the technical way he teaches. Master Helio called professor Sauer his most technical student. You got to love a man that the master thought so much of.

  47. Ojirene S. at 1:30 pm

    Felipe Costa is a BJJ Hero. He deserves the cover not only because of what he has accomplished in the sport himself, which is a lot, but because of the example he sets for people all over the world. He represents BJJ with honor and a passion that is unmatched. It’s not just a sport for him, it’s much more than that. He IS BJJ.

  48. Frank Llort at 1:32 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer. Just a great exacting teacher, full of useful details and layered explanation so that all levels can profit from his teaching the most basic techniques. Makes BJJ seem effortless.

  49. Matthew at 1:34 pm

    Put Felipe Costa on the cover!!! A true testiment to BJJ. Showing hard work, never giving up, and focusing constantly on improving technique can make great things happen!

  50. Andy at 1:56 pm

    Pedro Sauer has been an excellent representative of Gracie Jiu Jitsu for a long time. Pedro is certainly worthy of the honor of appearing on the cover.

  51. Michael at 2:09 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado! ADCC World Champ with no fingers on one hand. He is an amazing talent, teacher, and representative.

  52. Jared Emfield at 2:12 pm

    Pedro Sauer, without a doubt. He has been an umatched ambassador for Gracie Jiu-Jitsu in the United States, and now across the globe. Whether you are a member of his association or not, Professor Sauer is a friend and mentor to all. He combines the effectiveness of GJJ with the courtesy and class of a true gentleman.

    Pedro Sauer all the way!

  53. William Hagerman at 2:13 pm

    My vote for the cover of GracieMag is Professor Pedro Sauer. Besides being a grat ghuy, his knowledge of jiu-jitsu history, theory and application are inspiring. His seminars are incredible.

  54. Ian at 2:24 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer should be on the cover.

    He has shared Masters Helio and Rickson Gracie’s jiujitsu with honor and pride, sticking to the principles taught to him. His teaching and technique are phenomenal. In addition to technique he also passes philosophy for training and life and is an awesome mentor to all of his students that have the ears to listen an the eyes to see. He lives by example and always has a positive attitude.

  55. Darron Morse at 2:33 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer leads one of the biggest Jiu Jitsu associations in the world. His technical expertise is only rivaled by his ability to translate his knowledge to practitioners of all ranks. He has shown great loyalty over many years to the Gracie family and their art of Jiu Jitsu. For these reasons and many more I vote for Master Pedro Sauer!

  56. Tyler Horner at 2:44 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer!!!!! His techneque is unmatched perfection. When he teaches he knows the best way to explain it. He also has been in the art so long with the gracie family by his side. Hands down he should be the one on the cover!!!

  57. Ann Sauer at 2:59 pm

    Pedro Sauer. His level of instruction, integrity, loyalty and dedication to spreading Gracie Jiu- Jitsu is unsurpassed. He still is, The Best of the Best!

  58. Dana Kolter at 3:01 pm

    I believe a humble practictioner and teacher like Pedro Sauer should be on the cover. The longer I study jiu jitsu the more I appreciate his love of technique.

  59. William Jones at 3:06 pm

    Pedro Sauer all the way! This is about Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. He has created one of the largest GJJ/BJJ associations in the world. He has brought the eldest brothers together and he is passing on the art that Helio himself taught to him. Pedro Sauer is known for being the most technical instructor in the world. It’s time he is fully recognized for all he has done in the world of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu!

  60. Tufy Kairuz at 3:24 pm

    Hannette Staack, the best female Bjj’s fighter ever! The history of female Bjj is divided into two parts: Before Hannette and after Hannette.

  61. Don at 3:35 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer. He has been instrumental to spreading BJJ throughout the United States and the world, and has done so with grace and humility.

  62. Alex Gray at 3:41 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer gets my vote for the best teacher and ambassador. His passion for Jiu-Jitsu is contagious and his teaching style and motivational talks have played such a significant role in my own growth — on the mat and off.

  63. Mike Johnson at 3:42 pm

    Pedro Sauer hands down. He doesn’t play into jiu-jitsu politics and encourages his students to train and learn from as many instructors as possible. He’s kept with Helio’s philosophy of jiu-jitsu being for everyone.

  64. Cody Wood at 3:43 pm

    Profesor Pedro Sauer for sure! Either that, or either of the gracie brothers (Ryron or Rener) from the torrance Gracie Academy. All three of these instructors are extremely detailed and show very well that they are very proficient in Jiu-Jitsu.

  65. William Green at 3:57 pm

    Prof. Pedro Sauer, with out a doubt the best Gracie Jiu Jitsu instructor in the world. He not only teaches the art he teaches the life style.

  66. jason at 3:59 pm

    Pedro Sauer is very deserving to have his image grace the cover. The man inspires excellence in his students in both technical perfection as well as character development in those he instructs.

  67. Alexia at 4:13 pm

    The only white to black belt under Rickson Gracie and Helio Gracie, Red& black 8th degree, who still teaches everyday, voted the best of the best by ADCC.
    Head of the biggest Jiu-Jitsu association in the World with 120 academies and 10K students, professor Sauer has made a huge impact in the Martial Arts community across the World.

  68. Patrick Miller at 4:21 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer is an excellent choice. A personal friend of the Gracie family, and a true ambassador of the sport. Pedro takes the time at every seminar to mentor students. He brings a world of experience regardless of skill set or rank. Pedro is passing down the expectations of Master Helio.

  69. Jacob at 4:37 pm

    Felipe Costa!!! He is an inspiration to so many of us. In his teaching, rolling, and competing he demonstrates the meaning of truly technical attribute-less Jiu Jitsu.

  70. Angela De Carvalho Gracie at 4:59 pm

    Kyra Gracie to no doubt, shes a champion since the age of 12, we had the International Women’s day this month, this magazine never honored, as she deserves, if man ever would have had many covers!

  71. Cesar at 5:04 pm

    Pedro Sauer 8th degree BB under Helio graduated with a certificate of great tecnichality. A pioneer in america before Jiu Jitsu was famouss. He is an example of Humillity as a teacher. keeping Jiu Jitsu as it was meant to be from the beginning Self defense oriented.

  72. Thiago Bertoni at 5:20 pm

    Mestre Pedro Sauer has beeing carring and passing on the real Gacie jiu-jitsu for decades. Mestre Suaer has improved so many peoples life with gracie jiu-jitsu he is the most humble and wise man I’v ever met, always with a smile on his face. A true Master.

  73. Ed at 5:50 pm

    Andre Pederneiras! The guy has worked hard and long over a span on years more than a decade and not only has he produced numerous world champions in his time but is also quite the competitor himself having fought Pat Miletich, Rumina Sato, and Genki Sudo who were top names around that time.

    In addition to creating champions and big names in jiujitsu and mma, he is quite the charitable person having helped with many food & clothing drives, favela teaching projects, providing and sharing jiujitsu with underprivileged individuals, and amongst being a part of many helpful events while heading Shooto Brazil, training top level competitors, and running a gym and team. Not to mention it would be great to have Pedernieras on the cover in addition to a few techniques of his as he is a savvy user of the lapel.

    Fabricio Werdum has already made the cover very recently.

    I second Ramon Lemos and Felipe Costa

  74. Priscila Driggs at 5:54 pm

    Pedro Sauer!!! He has dedicated his whole life to BJJ and is an amazing instructor! He should for sure get to be on the cover! His dedication to BJJ is unbelieveable. Pedro Sauer for the cover!!!

  75. Ron Creech at 5:59 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer.
    Anyone who knows JiuJitsu knows Professor Sauer has the most technical understanding of the art.

  76. James at 6:11 pm

    I vote for Master Pedro Sauer, 8th degree under Rickson and Helio Gracie. He is a true representative of the Grandmaster’s jiu jitsu.

  77. Mike at 6:43 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado. Experience, teaching ability, championships earned, and reputation on and off the mat put him in a class all by himself.

  78. Fariba at 7:21 pm

    Professor Jean Jacques Machado ,,without a doubt. He is a legend in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ,an outstanding teacher with a gracious ,compassionate personality.

  79. Rick Davis at 7:49 pm

    Pedro Sauer gets my vote for not just teaching technically sound jujistu, but also helping us all become better peoople through applying jujitsu techniques into personality

  80. Todd Williams at 9:47 pm

    8th Degree Master Pedro Sauer because he’s earned his rank under the late Helio Gracie and one of the most revered names in the BJJ community Rickson Gracie. On top of being one of the most technical instructors in the world.

  81. Jermaine Poynter at 9:57 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer should be on the cover of Graciemag!…He is an amazing Jiu-Jitsu Instuctor and an even better person!!!

  82. Aya at 10:16 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer. He’s one of the most inspirational, humble, friendly and talented BJJ practitioners on the planet. I am honored to train under him.

  83. chris holmes at 10:28 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer, he is the only person trained by Helio Gracie that still teaches in a regular class setting. (Helio Gracie’s kids teach only seminars now) The man is on the mat 6-7 days a week, he teaches very technical Gracie Jiu Jitsu and brings honor and respect to Jiu Jitsu and the Gracie name. I moved my family from Florida to Maryland to train with him, and now I am blessed to be working at his new Academy in Sterling Va. Master Sauer, THAT’S IS THE ANSWER.

  84. Ed Maguire at 10:41 pm

    Pedro Sauer. He trained with Rickson and the other Gracie brothers since they were kids. He got his black belt from Rickson and Helio. Since then he has become one of the finest ambassadors of jiu jitsu in the world. Humble, friendly, skilled, and still teaching after 40 years.

  85. Ray Rice at 10:52 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado gets my vote. a lot of highly deserving people in this wonderful lifestyle known as BJJ. So why Jean Jacques (and any of the Machados for that matter?) They helped grow the art since seems like the beginning. And the very story of Jean Jacques showcases how you can adapt an art around what some would see as “limitations”, and with hardwork and determination there is no limt to what you can accomplish. Furthermore, his approachability and teaching ability has help spread the art everywhere since the at the very least the early 90’s.

  86. Mauricio Lila at 11:10 pm

    Hannette Staack deserves a spot at Graciemag cover. Just check at her accomplishments in BJJ. As said previously 2 times ADCC champion. She is/was in a threshold far beyond the others. The sport fans need to recognize the pioneers. Hannette stands for a BJJ-parameter of quality.

  87. Scott M. at 12:15 am

    My vote is for Professor Pedro Sauer. One of the most technical bjj instructors ever and just as important, one of the nicest people in the bjj World.

  88. Miro at 12:25 am

    Prof. Pedro Sauer he is an amazing teacher. Wonderful technique and teaching style. Most technical jiu-jitsu instuctor there is.

  89. Kevin at 12:56 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer. He’s a classy, kind, humble, inspirational instructor who has dedicated his life to teaching and living Gracie Jiu Jitsu.

  90. Dan Van Der Werf at 12:56 am

    With no reservations in my mind, I think Professor Sauer deserves the cover of Gracie Mag. He is a constant voice of experience and keeps his students grounded in traditional Gracie Jiu Jitsu in a time when there is a new guard invented every day.

  91. Professor Pedro Sauer at 1:29 am

    Hands down one of the best people I know. Not just as a Jiu Jitsu player and teacher, but just a great person in general.

  92. Catherine A. Morgan at 5:36 am

    Master Sauer opened my eyes to how effective Jiujitsu is in the art of selfdefense.Being small(which I am)and female has made me feel a little overcome by my peers but JiuJitsu has given me an edge and more confidence. I am a Black Belt in Kenpo Karate and love it dearly but Master Sauer’s enthusiasm and caring ways in his teaching has made Jiujitsu very addictive.Good Luck Master you desrve all the praise you receive.

  93. Jenny Fortnam at 7:21 am

    Prof. Pedro Sauer and his association is all about self defense, what works on the mat works outside. His technical skills are sick!!

  94. Jason T. Outlaw at 7:56 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer. He is a living legend and link to the Grandmaster. One of the few guys that still teach daily. The only other guy would be Luis Togno because of his tragic passing.

  95. Josh A at 8:29 am

    I vote for Pedro Sauer. Many reasons or this. Off all 16 black belts under The great Grand Master Helio Gracie Pedro Sauer is the only one still activily teaching everyday at his school Pedro Sauer Total Self Defense Academy. He has schools all around the would and his influence on Jiu Jitsu is unquestionable.

  96. Steve Bryan at 8:41 am

    Master Pedro Sauer! He has always been loyal to his roots, he is an incredible instructor and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. Even if he didn’t know jiu jitsu he’s the kind of person you just want to hang out with. Class act!

  97. Ali at 8:53 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer. He is a legend, extremely humble, and the genuine article. His Jiu Jitsu is world class and all his students revere him because of his sincere kindness and amazing natural talent.

  98. Frank SLC at 10:42 am

    Pedro Sauer. Absolute gentleman and technicion. When you hear of a Pedro black belt… you can expect the same demeanor in terms of quality juijitsu and persona. His philsophy transends to his students. That is what has drawn me to Gracie Juijitsu.

    Go Pedro!

  99. Jen at 11:57 am

    Felipe Costa’s story is one of the most inspirational stories for all the regular people in BJJ. It shows what a regular guy without athletic talent or an athletic build can accomplish through hard work and dedication over the long haul. I vote for Felipe!

  100. Joseph at 12:37 pm

    You’ve got the touch, you’ve the power because you roll with Pedro Sauer!!

    Professor Sauer is a part of the Gracie lineage, and has done his best to spread and organize the art. Teaching thousands of people around the world. Technical and sharp, he’s also one of the nicest guys on the planet.

  101. wedwardbeck at 1:34 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado – not only one of the greatest in the sport, but in teaching as well. He’s always there for his classes too which can be rare for someone of his stature.

  102. Manolo at 1:54 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer One of only a handfull of people granted the technico de jiu jitsu honor by the Late Grand Master Helio Gracie. He is a Gracie without the name Gracie who has brought honor to the family all his life.

  103. Gabriel Ceriotti at 2:33 pm

    I would like to nominate Prof. Hannette Staack.

    If I remember correctly, she is, among other things:

    Head instructor of BRA 021 Chicago,
    Six times BJJ World Champion,
    Three times Brazilian National Champion, and
    World no-gi champion.

    In my opinion she is the best female jiu-jitsu fighter in the world, but further from that, her record of success speaks for itself. In what I have known of her by going to her seminars, I can tell you she is a touching, fun and endearing person who truly represents and imparts the core values of jiu-jitsu.
    Her skill and work in jiu-jitsu added to her amazing human characteristics make her a perfect candidate for the cover of GracieMag.

  104. Jimmy at 2:46 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado. He overcame adversity to compete and excel at the highest levels of competition. He is also an amazing instructor.

  105. Dennis Hayes at 3:27 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer. 8th degree black/red belt. Jiu jitsu Self-defense instructor. a man that earned the term master, but still goes by professor. Not one that titles himself master like most everyone else does once they get their blackbelt. an original from the Gracie academy, not just sport jiu jitsu instructor….

  106. Joshua Ryer at 6:27 pm

    I would highly recommend Master Pedro Sauer for a cover on Gracie Magazine. Your magazine is such a high caliber publication, I belive Master Sauer would be a perfect fit.

    Joshua Ryer

  107. Daniel at 9:48 pm

    Pedro Sauer is cool guy and all, but I think a lot more people will like to hear FELIPE COSTA storie of how he manage to become a WORLD CHAMPION in black belt level without ever winning in the lower belts. He gives hope to the regular people!

  108. Scott Marker at 12:19 am

    Professor Sauer is the ultimate model for a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor … taking the most sophisticated moves and breaking them down to a level anyone, at any level, can understand and learn. Professor Sauer has become the standard for a master in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu!

  109. D.Brown at 7:27 am

    Felipe Costa!!! Not everyone is born a “prodigy.” His story is a wonderful example of hard work and dedication! And he is a great person as well!

  110. Jonathan Greek at 8:58 am

    Felipe Costa is the man. We’ve had the pleasure of working with him this last year and I am continually amazed at his tireless dedication to the sport. Definitely the “Ambassador of Jiu-Jitsu” in my book, and his personal story of is truly inspiring. It really goes to show that hard word pays! Vote Felipe!

  111. Georgette Oden at 9:13 am

    Two votes:

    Felipe Costa, because it inspires me to know you can be a black belt champion without having won world titles at blue, purple, brown…

    Hillary Williams, because she is a naturally gifted jiujitsuka who rose to blackbelt level very quickly, beat some amazingly talented women, and competed against and won against men too.. and she is a VERY good instructor and leader as well!

  112. Philip Brogle at 1:08 pm

    Felipe Costa because he is an successful BJJ competitor and still a humble human being!
    Stayed with him in Rio at his house and felt very welcome!

  113. james horne at 1:52 pm

    Master Pedro Sauer…Nobody gives to jiu jitsu more than professor Sauer and it’s truly a gift from his heart. Nobody loves jiu jitsu more.

  114. charlie u at 10:39 pm

    Professor Sauer forsure.Has dedicated his life to teaching Gracie jiu jitsu and helping thousands in his many, many years doing so. You gotta give the man credit for the time he’s put in and the quality of his instruction.A role model for many…

  115. Daniel Foley at 11:18 pm

    Professor Pedro Sauer is the right choice. His philosophy and technical mastery changes everyone who he encounters. All GracieMag readers will be better off if they have a little look at Helio Gracie’s Jiu Jitsu, via Professor Sauer.

  116. Alex at 8:42 am

    Pedro Sauer Has spread the art of jiu jitsu internationally all over the world and motivated every one he has ever met to train GJJ /BJJ every day. The guy is an Ambassador and an inspiration.

  117. Jamie Bursey at 11:11 am

    Proffesor Pedro Sauer, there is no question about it he is the most techniqal teacher out there. He is one of very few who has trained with Grandmaster Helio Grace and is still teaching on a regular basis, Gracie Jiu jitsu is truly a part of Pedro Sauer physically and spiritually.

  118. jvbearit at 11:14 am

    Felipe Costa- dedicated, focused, talented teacher, competitor, role model and ambassador for the sport. The man breathes and sweats the essence of jiu jitsu.

    • Marcelo Dunlop at 11:56 am

      Vote’s over, folks. Excellent job at the polls. We thank you for your ideas and especially for your solid turnout! All suggestions will be taken into account in choosing the upcoming covers for 2011. Hang on and some pleasant surprises may await you soon!

  119. Blair at 12:09 pm

    Pedro Sauer. End of poll. He is the only instructor currently teaching who learned the art directly from GM Helio Gracie, not counting the odd seminar from GM Gracie’s children. If you have never rolled with the man, you are missing an opportunity to roll with a direct link to the founder. His Jiu Jitsu is so technical it’s borderline ridiculous.

  120. Sidartha at 2:38 pm

    I propose to Professor Sauer. Because he is a clear example of what the Jiu Jitsu is, not only technically but also in their values, which make it an example for those who practice JiuJitsu and Martial arts.

  121. Dr. Dani at 6:55 pm

    I whole heartedly nominate Professor Pedro Sauer. Not many can claim not only training with Grandmaster Helio Gracie for many, many year BUT actually LIVING with him in close quarters and being able not only to train with him on a daily basis and absorb technique, but being able to exchange thoughts and philosophy on what GM Helio dreamed of, developed and left as his legacy..”JiuJitsu Invisible” I beleive Professor Sauer embodies GM Helio’s JiuJitsu and is a window, if you will, into what it would have been like to train with GM Helio…No muscle, but technique and an understanding of “yield to win!”
    Moreover, his true, genuine love for the art is obvious and infectious. He truly is JIUJITSU all the time. Funny, but knowing Professor Sauer like I do, I am certain he would be the first to say someone else should be on the cover. Thats just the way he his. Humble,despite his otherwordly knowledge and skill.

  122. Ismael Saturno at 9:56 pm

    First of all, congratulation for all the people has been mentioned on this forum. All of them a very valuable part of our BJJ community. But I will have to go with Prof. Pedro Sauer. He is a great example of what BJJ is about. Personal growth through the practice of the art!!! He means technique, history, and a dedicated life to the Gracie legacy. Again you guys all deserve it, but I think this is the time for our community to recognize what it needs to be recognized. Pedro Sauer will be my best shot!!!

  123. Rose Gracie at 1:57 am

    We must recognize and give respect for the pioneers of this sport that helped build and continue to carry the amazing teaching methods of the grandmaster !!


  124. Mike Popovics at 11:34 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer would be my choice for the cover. I started praticing bjj in 1992. Many of the instructors I practiced with were certified by him or wanted to be. I have heard his name spoke by so many people i respect. My school and I will be attending more seminars.
    Hot Springs, Arkansas.

  125. JacobP at 9:50 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer is one of the best Instructors I have ever trained with. He is very technical and carries a demeanor that is so calm and friendly, making it very easy to learn. Not to mention he received his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson Gracie in 1985 and since 1990 has represented BJJ in the United States with great passion. He was there when Royce Gracie fought in the first UFC, he has defended BJJ in those early years when it was relatively unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RnvaBMlNpI , and lastly has created large BJJ association which pays great respect and tribute to its lineage from the Gracie Family.

    Currently Pedro holds his 8th Degree Red/Black Belt under Rickson Gracie and trains primarily out of Sterling, VA while also traveling the world teaching BJJ.

    I vote for Pedro Sauer!

  126. James at 5:22 pm

    PEDRO SAUER – no question about it. He is a living legend, one of the most technical instructors in the world aside from Rickson himself, and just truly loves Jiu-Jitsu. He is the only guy at this level who is still on the mat teaching EVERY day. Not only that but he travels just about every weekend in and outside of the US to continue to spread his passion for BJJ.

    If you ever met Pedro Sauer in person, there would be no question in your mind. Pedro Sauer is also one of the most generous, compassionate, and welcoming people you will ever meet. He is a true champion of Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.

  127. Joe at 7:38 pm

    Jean Jacques Machado…. he simply deserves it because of the class he exibits on and off the mats. He never used his disability as an excuse and has won some of the biggest tournaments and fights in the world with only one hand. It is what BJJ was founded on…giving the small or weak to have the ability to defeat the bigger or stronger fighter.

    Second…Rickson. Enough said.

  128. PSBJJA 4 LIFE at 4:06 am

    I’m seeing a lot of paragraph essays on why certain people should win, However I don’t see this for Pedro Sauer. Because Pedro is a legend. He doesn’t need an introduction. That’d be like explaining Rickson Gracie, there is no explanation to why he should win. It should be common sense.

  129. DC at 3:21 pm

    I vote for Master Pedro Sauer. One of very few that teaches Grand Master Helio Gracie’s vision. He is always on the mat, teaching 6-7 days a week. His abilities to teach surpass any that I have had the pleasure to train with. He is always willing to answer any question that you have, giving you not only a technique to take home but a concept that addresses the fundamentals of the problem at hand. On top of all that, he is a down to earth, personable man who always has a smile on his face.

  130. clayton harrell at 5:32 pm

    i think that pedro sauer is one of the best jiu jitsu teachers out there. he is very skilled and he has a great seminar
    Clayton Harrell Hot Springs Arkansas

  131. Rob at 9:29 am

    Professor Pedro Sauer, by far the best instruction I have ever had at any gym. Not only does he share his expertise and excellent BJJ; but shares the history with you and makes you feel welcome to be there training with him. His ability to undertsand and explain BJJ is incomparable. He is internationally recognized and teaches the art of BJJ all over the world.

  132. grant wood at 3:32 pm

    Pedro Sauer, part of the roots of bjj

    Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Helio and Rickson Gracie
    Tecnico de Jiu-Jitsu. This is a special certificate given by Helio Gracie in recognition of superior technical mastery of the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu.
    Certified Black Belt Instructor by Robson Gracie and the Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Judo
    3rd degree black belt from Rorion Gracie
    Level 6 Instructor Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy (Rorion and Royce Gracie)
    5th degree black belt under the Federacao de Jiu-Jitsu
    6th degree black belt
    7th degree red and black belt awarded by Relson Gracie
    8th degree red and black belt awarded by Relson Gracie

  133. George at 3:33 pm

    Prof Pedro Sauer…THE Gracie Jiu Jitsu Ambassador and bearer of the purist form of Gracie Jiu Jitsu, “GJJ is about the submission, not time limits or scoring points.” – PS

  134. Steven Guibord at 11:34 am

    Pedro Sauer is the best canidate to be place on the cover. Master Sauer has taught all over the world and is highly skilled instructor. Master Sauer has taught Police Officer special systems of arrest control that are extremely effective on the streets. He has trained the United States Marines. Who else could claim this. His training not only works on the mat, but Pedro’s training works and the streets and in war zone. I know because I have been in both and had to used his techniques. Master Sauer has many fans and I am certainately one of them. Master Pedro Sauer is, by far, the best one that should grace the cover of GracieMag!


    Steven Guibord (ret)
    Chief of Police
    Former USMC
    Serving in Afghanistan

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