Our purpose is to provide you with intelligent self defense instruction.

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Who we are

Who we are
The head coaches of the school are Brian Hendrix and Michael Lander. They are Certified Instructors of Team Pedro Sauer. Together, they have over 30 years of martial arts experience.

Brian has a brown belt in judo and a is black belt in Snow Tiger Kung-Fu. He is a Brown Belt in the Pedro Sauer Association.

Michael Lander is a 4th stripe Purple Belt under Pedro Sauer and the Head Coach of Empowhering Self-Defense.

We are proud to be part of an incredible affiliation, the Pedro Sauer Jiu-Jitsu Association. Pedro Sauer is considered one of the world's most technical instructors. You can find out more about it at: pedrosauer.com.


Group Classes

Jiu-jitsu is a martial art rooted in effective self-defense by using proper body mechanics and angles to defeat an assailant. Through the study of Jiu-Jitsu, your body will mechanically improve. From this, all areas of your life will develop as you learn new kinds of humility and confidence along your journey. It is important to spend time on specific techniques. We also drill and train in certain environments and of course, we "roll," which is the jiu-jitsu way of sparring.

Online Resources

The Pedro Sauer Association is unique as you have online resources so you can: 1. Preview upcoming classes 2. Study techniques outside of class 3. Develop your own online library comprised of Association techniques and ideas.

Free Seminars

Throughout each year, we are able to train with other schools from the Pedro Sauer Association. Unlike a lot of other associations, Pedro Sauer schools have camps and "Affiliate Days" many times a year. It helps our jiu-jitsu improve and we enjoy the comradery that comes from training with folks from other Association schools.

Conditioning Classes

There's no doubt that jiu-jitsu will help you get in better shape. Our conditioning classes focus on the areas of the body that are used primarily in jiu-jitsu and self-defense: the core, hips, shoulder girdle, hands and back. We use kettlebells, body-weight movements and stretching to improve our strength, cardiovascular system and skeletal structures.


Gracie Jiu-Jitsu





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  • $50.00
  •  5/15/2021 10:00 AM
  •   25 Emerson Circle, Rossville, GA, USA

Andy is a black belt instructor who owns the Pedro Sauer school in Commerce, GA. His intelligence regarding proper jiu-jitsu form and technique will be on full display during this seminar.

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  • $80.00
  •  10/30/2021 10:00 AM
  •   25 Emerson Circle, Rossville, GA, USA

Professor Alan Baker's approach to jiu-jitsu and his Living Mechanics will improve your approach to self-defense.

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Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Classes
Monday, 6:00-7:15am
Tuesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Wednesday, 6:00-7:15am
Wednesday, 6:30-7:30pm
Thursday, 6:30-7:30pm
Friday, 6:00-7:15am
Saturday, 8:00-10:00am

Conditioning Classes
Tuesday, 7:45-8:30pm
Wednesday, 7:45-8:30pm
Thursday, 7:45-8:30pm

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  • Emerson Circle, Rossville, GA 30741, USA
  • 25 Emerson Circle. On the backside of the building. You will see our logo on the door. Suite 2.