Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Second degree black Belt under Master Pedro Sauer


Cesar has been training in martial arts for over twenty years.  Beginning his training in the traditional martial art of Shotokan Karate when he was in middle school, it only took Cesar one time seeing Royce Gracie win the UFC to realize how impressive and dominant Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and grappling actually was.  Cesar began training religiously in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under the direct instruction and supervision of Master Pedro Sauer in 2006 and was honored to receive his Black Belt directly from Master Sauer in December, 2014.


Cesar’s approach to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is one that can be accessed by any student, no matter their age or skill level.  He believes in the strength of the fundamentals and to make sure that no matter your reason for training that students are always having fun while they are progressing.  Cesar is passionate about self defense and ensuring that each of his students finds the self confidence, strength and techniques to effectively defend themselves on the street.  Additionally, Cesar finds teaching our “Little Monkeys” to be some of the most rewarding teaching he does.  Being able to see how well children can do by dedicating themselves is a true passion for him.


Outside of Urbana Academy, Cesar is a nationally certified personal trainer, married with two young daughters and loves fly fishing.

Cesar's Belt Progression

  • 2006: Began Jiu-Jitsu Training

  • November, 2007: Awarded Blue Belt    

  • November, 2009: Awarded Purple Belt

  • March, 2012: Awarded Brown Belt       

  • December, 2014: Awarded Black Belt  

Cesar's Competitive Accomplishments

  • White Belt

    • 2x Copa Nova Gold Medalist

    • 1x Copa Nova Silver Medalist

  • Blue Belt

    • 3x NAGA Gold Medalist

    • 1X NAGA Silver Medalist

    • 3x Copa Nova Gold Medalist

    • 3x Copa Nova Silver Medalist

  • Purple Belt

    • 2x Copa Nova Gold Medalist

    • 1x Copa Nova Silver Medalist

    • 1x US Grappling Gold Medalist

    • 2x Us Grappling Silver Medalist

    • 1x NAGA Gold Medalist

    • 2x NAGA Silver Medalist

    • 1x Yamasaki Open Gold Medalist

    • 2011 Pan Am Competitor

  • Brown Belt

    • 2012 New York Open Bronze Medalist

    • 2012 Pan Am No-Gi Bronze Medalist

    • 2012 Copa Nova Brown Belt Absolute Champion

    • 2013 Copa Nova Gold Medalist

    • 2014 New York Open Bronze Medalist

      2014 Copa Nova Gold Medalist