Jack Cox, Owner and Head Jiu-Jitsu Coach
Jack has been training and coaching martial arts for over 20 years. He started out in Kenpo Karate, and was fortunate enough to have a Professor who encouraged his interest in the grappling and wrestling arts, which he quickly fell in love with. After achieving his black belt in Kenpo Karate, Jack sought out more specialised coaching in BJJ and freestyle wrestling.
Jack first pursued his BJJ training at a Machado school before moving to the Sutherland Shire and joining disciples of the Gracie Family, who had been sent to Australia to spread the gentle art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. This direct contact to the source allowed Jack to learn and experience the efficiency and effectiveness of the art first hand.
He is now is a position to pass on his knowledge and experience to you.
Jack’s motivation is to make Gracie Jiu-Jitsu accessible to anyone, and his passion lies in teaching his students both on and off the mat. The lessons he has learnt and will pass on, will transcend what you can do on the tatami.
Gillian Cox, Owner and Marketing Go-To
Gill was introduced to martial arts and specifically, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, when she first met her husband Jack. Her prior sporting achievements include running a marathon, finishing several Half Ironman triathlons, competing in surf-boat rowing and braving the open water at ocean swimming events. Her focus has now shifted from these more ‘traditional’ sports, as she is currently training for her first amateur mixed martial arts fight via the Wimp 2 Warrior training program.
Gill’s professional background is in digital marketing, community management and social media strategy, and she uses this experience to introduce people to the Northern Beaches Jiu-Jitsu Academy, and more importantly, the sport of Jiu-Jitsu. She’s passionate about building a thriving jiu-jitsu kids program to help build stronger, more resilient and grounded kids today, to give them valuable skills to tackle the curveballs that life throws you as an adult.
Master Pedro Sauer
8th Degree Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Coral Belt
Pedro Sauer was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where from an early age, he began training in the martial arts. At age five, he began boxing and later took up judo and taekwondo. At age 15, however, his friend Rickson Gracie, invited him to train jiu-jitsu with his younger brother, Royler, who at the time was only nine years old. The outcome of this experience convinced him that jiu-jitsu was the most effective of all the martial arts, and he began training the very next day.
His training under both Helio and Rickson took place during a time when jiu jitsu was making its crucial transition as an obscure Brazilian art to a worldwide martial arts phenomenon. Pedro worked towards a double major (Economics and Business Administration) in college, and took post graduation courses at Fundacao Getulio Vargas. He worked in Brazil as a stockbroker for eleven years before deciding to move to the United States and pursue a career teaching jiu-jitsu.
With Rorion Gracie leading the exodus in 1990, Pedro was part of the first generation of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructors and fighters that moved to the United States to reveal the art of BJJ to the world. He lived in California with Rickson Gracie and trained daily with the Gracie brothers (Rickson, Rorion, and Royce), their father, Helio Gracie, their cousin, Renzo Gracie and the Machado Brothers, as well as many others. In December of that same year, he moved to Utah where he began pioneering Gracie jiu-jitsu in the American southwest and eventually started the Pedro Sauer Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Association, which is now one of the largest and most respected Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Associations in the world today with well over 130 academies under his guidance.
In 2006 Master Sauer relocated to Northern Virginia to set up the world headquarters for the PSBJJA in Herndon, Virginia.