Pedro Serrano

Head Instructor

Professor Pedro Serrano is an American grappler of Peruvian descent who holds the rank of black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the world-famous instructor and 5x IBJJF World Champion, Rômulo Barral of the Gracie Barra Northridge Academy. Widely regarded as one of the most talented athletes of his generation, Professor Serrano’s reputation was earned as a colored belt, while competing in the submission-only and the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) circuits, where he conquered numerous international titles, most importantly the American Nationals and World No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu Championship. Under the guidance of Professor Barral, Professor Serrano climbed through the belt ranks of Jiu-Jitsu, becoming a respected competitor in the North American grappling circuit, both under IBJJF and submission-only rule sets. His dominating performances on the mats earned Pedro Serrano his black belt on December 13, 2019.

The Head Instructor of UJJA, Professor Serrano has over eight years of experience practicing the art of Jiu Jitsu. Professor Serrano is an avid competitor (most recently winning the 2019 IBJJF Worlds No-Gi Championship), enthusiast, and teacher. For the past several years Professor Serrano has been teaching kids’ and adults’ Jiu Jitsu classes at his former home gym (Gracie Barra Northridge). Professor Serrano was also recruited to teach Jiu Jitsu classes at Gracie Barra Carlsbad. Following the footsteps of his professors/mentors (Romulo Barral, Jaeson Bianchi, Jason Hunt, Aaron Collins, Edwin Najmi, Gabriel Arges, and Samuel Braga), Professor Serrano is excited to now open his own Jiu Jitsu school (Ultra Jiu Jitsu Academy) with friend and business partner Alexis Nixon.

Lineage: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Carlos Gracie Junior > Vinicius Magalhães > Rômulo Barral > Pedro Serrano