Gracie Jiu-Jitsu the original martial arts / self defense version of Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, incorporates martial arts Muay Thai, k. karate, s. karate, kickboxing, boxing, mma, gym and all effective techniques from martial arts around the globe into one fully functional self defense system. We will teach you exactly when and where all techniques are effectively used and when they should not be used. We are committed to, you and your family, ensuring all students are ready to handle any situation in life. Our Philosophy helps you and your children to become positive leaders in our community "The Upper Valley" and globally. We help you and your children to develop mental, physical, and social skills in all areas of life. This will aid them in resolving situations through-out their entire lives.
Our goal is to maintain our strict and high quality standards while providing a fun and exciting environment for you and your children to learn in!
""Those who underestimate Nick would be sadly mistaken, as I have personally witnessed Nick "Submit" opponents much bigger and stronger than he, time and time again, without fail. But what really surprises most who witness this common occurrence, is how easy he makes it look. Nick is a true testament to Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, as taught by our Professor Allen Hopkins. Whether Nick is on the mat rolling, or teaching class basic/advanced techniques or self-defense, he is always in the teaching mindset. Nick takes such a humble and gentle approach to instructing the art, in such a way that anyone, regardless of age, athleticism, or level of experience, can understand it. His drive, passion, and dedication to the art is prevalent in everything he does. To be able to train with Nick is a great honor, as he remains a strong asset, role model, and leader within the Brazilian/Gracie Jiu-Jitsu community."
-Jason Long, Police Officer, Karate Black Belt and a Marine.
"We have known Nick since he first started training Gracie Jiu-Jitsu with Allen Hopkins. We knew him first as a training partner, but as he grew more knowledgeable, we came to know him as a very competent, intuitive teacher. During the last three years, we have started a family and now have two small sons. I hate that Nick moved away from Hattiesburg because I was looking forward to him working with our soon-to-be-three year old during the children’s class. Nick has always shown great patience and a great sense of humor when working with children, and kids of all ages gravitate naturally to him because of his positive attitude and friendly demeanor. Nick is a good Jiu-Jitsu mentor and teacher who seeks not only to improve his own knowledge, but also that of anyone he instructs, regardless of age.."
-Josh, Kristin, Aldridge and Parker Walters .
"I trained BJJ extensively from 2001 to 2006. Life got in the way and I walked off the mat and didn't return until 2011 when I met Nick. Needless to say, I was a bit rusty. I was 5 years older and 20 pounds heavier. Within 6 months of regular training, I was able to see the light at the end of the tunnel again. I credit Nick as one of the main guys who helped me make this happen. His tact, professionalism, and attention to detail enables him not only to be an accomplished competitor, but also a competent BJJ instructor. Train under Nick. You won't regret it."
-Jason A. Miller.
"When I first met Nick I had the self-confidence of a week old kitten and the grappling skills to match, yet for reasons I still don't fully understand he made me a pet project of his when he was teaching under professor Allen Hopkins at Gracie jiu-jitsu of MS. I feel fully qualified to say this about Nick: his jiu-jitsu skills are as technical as they are dominant. Training under him as frequently as I have over the past years has in turn allowed me to develop a set of skills unique to my body type and level of athleticism; I believe you will have a similar experience. If you train under him even for a short time make no mistake about it you will have a legitimate set of self-defense skills. You will also find a belief in yourself that wasn't there before, through this gift of jiu-jitsu and a teacher like Nick you find yourself walking a little taller, speaking a little more assuredly and generally finding your world a cooler place to live in.
Keep fighting the good fight"